I've finally reached the stage where my gear list is stable and actually being used on a regular basis and hence needs to be cleaned more regularly. This has led to me to think about correct gear cleaning and maintenance. Who uses technical washes like nikwax, mcnett etc and how do you find them? Are they worth it over just normal detergent?
Is it only down garments and DWR clothing I need to worry about or will fleeces and synthetic base layers benefit from specialized cleaning products also?
I think this is becoming more relevant because just when you find your favourite piece of gear your find they change it the next year or discontinue it so you better make it last as long as possible.