Granted I don't have years of wear in anything, but I don't replace anything, I'll buy new stuff but still keep old stuff for wet days etc. (Including the 8-year-old pair of shorts I wore this morning).
The care labels tend to say don't use conditioner so I try not to.
Personally I'm a bit of a minger though and will often wear something more than once before washing it. I might have to reassess this if I ever join a club.
I couldn't bear to put stiff, dried-sweaty clothes back on
I wash them at 30 degrees, without conditioner.
Some of my kit is going strong six or seven years on, but when I find something I like, I buy several of them, so they each probably get used once a week, rather than every time I run.
I think it must be a "girl" thing about not washing kit after every run. Mind you I also wash my OH's as well and he doesn't always put it in the basket to wash . i'm sure he'd happily just wash it once a week (if at all!)
It's not a smelling thing, so much as the feel of clothes that you've sweated heavily on, then they've dried.
They go crusty and stiff and nasty, and you've got extra salt in there to aid chafing.
It's no problem to shove them in the wash - it's not like the old days when you had no machine and had to do it all by hand, and they dry really fast.
My Squeeze washes his after every run too
I only own wicking synthetic T-shirts as I don't have to iron them.
So I wear the previous day's casual t-shirt for running in the next day.
Shorts and socks have to be fresh though I sometimes make windshirts (pertex etc) last a couple of runs.
I've been amazed at how long technical fabrics last. I haven't worn out anything "technical" yet - I've been using it for about 10 years now.
They keep their shape and just never seem to wear out. The only thing that has happened is that a few of them have pulled threads where I've caught them on brambles etc. and a few have stains I can't get out. There's no point me worrying about that though as I look awful when running so a couple of marks on my T-shirt won't make any difference.
Mind you nothing can beat the Burnley football shirt I got in 1982 when I was in junior 4. My little lad wears it now, and it still looks amazing - only has 2 pulled threads!
Depends how much i sweat - if not much I'll chance a vest more than once. Shorts I wear several times usually as I don't sweat THAT much.
I'd tend to wash kit on low temp as most the time they're not dirty, just sweaty.
Can't honestly say I've ever had kit wear out on me though - and I've got several vests that must be 3+ years old now.
I wonder whether its the manufacturer? Most technical kit lasts a long time whereas i suspect more fashion-conscious togs may not be up to the job?
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