I finally splashed out and bought a swanndri off trademe that actually fits me (the ones I have are a little tight) and is a plain dark green. It will arrive in a few days, looking forward to trying it out.

In the meantime I am trying to research way to reproof them. Straight from the shop they are great at shedding water, the effect seems to wear off over a few years. The swanndri website was no help, a few forums mentioned washing on a wool wash with babyoil or lanolin. Has anyone successfully done this?

While browsing some of the international bushcraft sites and drooling over some of their wool jackets/bushshirts, I saw a few with a waxy ventile section over the shoulders. This seems logical because this is always the place where water soaks through, especially with the pack rubbing here as well. (see below)

Has anyone considered sewing a section of waxed heavy cotton or canvas/ventile cloth over the shoulders of a wool jacket or shirt? I can see the advantages if the stitching was done well and didn't leak.

If anyone has any input or experience I would love to hear from you.


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Comment by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 28, 2010 at 6:37
Hi John, that would be great thanks. I'll PM you my address. I have some seasoned rimu and another type of wood with amazing grain if want to trade? There are photos under the Marketplace tab -> Listings

Comment by John Swarbrick on July 27, 2010 at 22:14
Hi Ryan,

I have some Ventile fabric in Antique Bronze ( sand) you are welcome to a bit if you want to experiment with your swanndri...

The effect would be the opposite of the greencraft gruinard shirt above I suppose....

Let me know and I can dig out the fabric...

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