How to: enhance the useable lifetime of your waxed cotton jacket
It has always been an iconic staple of country life – the waxed cotton jacket. Synonymous throughout the years, rightly or wrongly, with gentry and activities such as fishing or hunting, the waxed jacket has branched out from field to city, with more outdoor manufacturers designing garments that are reaching a wider and more diverse […]
Interview with Tim Wiggins, Endurance Cyclist
Endurance cyclist Tim Wiggins is the author of Life in the Saddle – one of the country’s top independent cycling blogs. If he’s not busy filling it with news of his latest ride and providing inspiration and advice to the huge number of people in Britain who now love to be on two wheels, then […]
Tents can last twice their effective lifetime with Nikwax®!
You may be starting to think about unpacking and dusting off your camping gear ready for this year’s outdoor adventures. However, will your tent be ready for the new season ahead? If you don’t take good care of it, your tent could start to degrade, with weakened fabric and the chance of it getting damp […]
Nikwax® offers more than just waterproofing – it also targets sweat!
Are you fed up of washing your base layers and technical next-to-skin clothing, only to find they start to smell when you next wear them and that your sweat is not wicking away properly, leaving you uncomfortable when being active? You may find yourself washing the items more frequently; however, washing in standard household detergent […]
How to Care for your Boots
One of the best ways of ensuring your hiking boots are as sustainable as possible, is to look after them so well you never have to replace them. Owning just one pair of boots for many years is a sure-fire way to reduce impact on the environment you’re trying to enjoy. And the best way […]
How to choose a down jacket this season
Winter is coming and now is a great the time to start shopping for your new winter jacket. Nothing beats down for its ability to insulate you and keep you warm. It’s lightweight and incredibly cosy. After all, there is nothing worse than really feeling the chill when you are outdoors and the temperatures have […]
Throw away your hibernation coat and get out for spring adventures.
Spring has officially sprung and we know that the days will slowly be getting warmer and more pleasant for us to get outside and step up our activity levels. Fancy a run? We are just weeks away from the London Marathon and many of us will be increasing training plans in order to be fit […]
Interview with Camping and Caravanning – care for your camping gear
As we look forward to the Easter holidays and a chance to get back onto the campsite, Nikwax interviewed keen campers, Camping and Caravanning magazine, to bring you the best advice on how to look after your tent this season. Stuart Kidman, Editor of Camping and Caravanning – the official magazine of The Friendly Club – […]
Nikwax Expert – BaseWash and BaseFresh keep you warm on the slopes
This month’s guest blog is from Paul Humphreys – Nikwax Technical Sales Representative I have been skiing for most of my life and have skied in most weather conditions from -25C to +10C from the windy ski slopes of Bulgaria to the wide open cold slopes of Breckenridge, Colorado and there are always two items of […]
Hit the slopes with confidence when you use Nikwax on your gear
Summer is becoming a distant memory, but is replaced with new excitement as the winter sports season is almost upon us. So many of us now like to turn our hand to snowboarding, skiing, or other snow-based activities during this time of the year and now is the time to check out your kit and […]
Keep warm & dry in your jackets this season with Nikwax
The darker evenings, colder temperatures and leaves turning gold and red mean Autumn is truly upon us…and it also means we will be getting outside to enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night! Whether you are taking the kids trick or treating, watching a crackling fire whilst fireworks light up the sky, or sipping hot soup while […]
Protect your tent with Nikwax aftercare
People welcome the warmer months when they can take off on mini-adventures and pitch up their tent to enjoy the great outdoors. However, without the appropriate care taken to look after your gear, it is all too easy to find after time that you are sleeping in a damp tent, or that the fabric has […]
How to wash your down garments safely.
Winter is at an end and the weather is improving for outdoor activities. Now is a great time to clean your down items before storing them away ready for next winter. Many people can be nervous about washing down items, but cleaning them with the right product is important to maintain performance, and Nikwax has […]
Keep your base layers performing with Nikwax BaseFresh
During the summer months we all love to get outside and enjoy activities such as cycling, running and walking. How many of us find though that our trusty sports kit and base layers that we wear to keep cool and comfortable are noticeably smellier – even shortly after washing! Base layers, sportswear and gym gear […]
Reproofing Your Rain Jacket
As the months move on we know to expect more and more rainy days. These can cause the most routine activities, like walking the dog, cycling to work or taking the kids to school, to become a chore once the weather starts to turn. Most of us keep a waterproof jacket or two in our […]
The Essential Tech Wash
Guest blog courtesy of Giles Babbidge – a commercial and editorial photographer & writer specialising in the outdoor markets. You can find out more about what he does over at his behind-the-scenes website – www.theactivephotographer.com – or catch up with him on Twitter – @gilesbabbidge. TechWash is one of those products which I have come to […]
Nikwax® Unveils New Down Wash Direct®
Nikwax, the global leader in outdoor aftercare, is excited to introduce Down Wash Direct®, the first aftercare product specifically designed to clean and maximise the performance of both regular untreated down and treated hydrophobic down. Down is a highly effective insulator, but quickly loses its insulation powers when saturated with water. Water-resistant down fills, such […]
We’ve raised the standard for PFC-free Nikwax Hydrophobic Down™!
Nikwax Hydrophobic Down is now at least 15 times less water absorbent than standard washed down Nikwax Hydrophobic Down™, which is being built into sleeping bags and garments and taken up by manufacturers worldwide, is raising its minimum standards for water resistance. Nikwax Hydrophobic Down is much more resistant to wet conditions than untreated down. […]
Adventure-Crossing of the Alps with Children!
Crossing the Alps on a mountain bike together with my children (a son, 3, and a daughter, 13) is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. But before heading off, we had a few queries that needed clarifying. First of all, a 3-year old boy of course wouldn’t be able to cycle by himself, […]
The Benefits of Using Nikwax Polar Proof
When it comes to looking after my kit, I always treat clothing as I would my photography gear; to keep items in prime condition, it’s essential to use recommended cleaning products and follow suggested guidelines. By doing this, I can be sure that they’ll last longer and perform better, even with regular (dare I say, […]
How to clean and waterproof your winter jacket
We often get asked how to use our products effectively. And while we love answering your questions, we thought it might be useful to create a ‘How To Use’ guide for two of our most popular products – Tech Wash and TX.Direct Wash-In. Nikwax Tech Wash First, remove all detergent build-up from your detergent draw […]
Nikwax Guide to Base Layers
What is a base layer? Base layers are great at keeping you comfortable while you’re active. They trap a thin layer of air against the body to regulate temperature, while working to wick sweat away from the skin and speed up evaporation to keep you dry. Base layers come in a range of styles and […]
Join Nikwax and ‘Love Your Clothes’
What’s in your wardrobe? Did you know the average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes and about 30% of it hasn’t been worn in the last year? Plus, we bin 350,000 tonnes of used clothing every year – that’s the equivalent in weight of more than 29,000 London buses! That’s why Nikwax is […]
How to repair your outdoor gear on the move
Have you ever been adventuring somewhere remote and damaged a vital piece of kit? Check out these quick fixes for repairing your gear on the move:
Clean, waterproof and lengthen the life of your summer jacket
Cleaning and waterproofing your lightweight summer jacket keeps it clear of dirt and adds durable water-repellency. It also ensures it stays breathable to keep you cool in the warmer months.
Clean, waterproof and protect your tent and gear for the 2013 camping season
Around this time of year one of our most frequently asked questions is: Should I regularly clean my tent and if so, what’s the best way to do it?
Make your fleece work harder!
In February, Nikwax launched new Polar Proof. Easy and safe to use in the washing machine, it will make any fleece water repellent and maintain breathability, keeping you warm and dry in wet weather, as well as extending the life of your fleece. When wet, fleeces absorb water and become heavy. A fleece treated with […]
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Nikwax® is delighted to have joined forces with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). As leaders in our respective fields, we have teamed up to help young people protect themselves and their expedition kit while outdoors. From the extensive Nikwax® range we have chosen six key products that will make any expedition a success; Tech […]
Nikwax® has won an OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD for TX Direct® version 11.1.
Presented at the Industry’s leading European Trade Fair, OutDoor 2011 in Germany, the prestigious award represents innovation and quality and is hotly contested. This year 301 entries from 23 countries battled it out before being whittled down to 46 winners. TX,.Direct® is designed to add durable water repellency to technical outdoor waterproof clothing. After years […]
We’ve toned up TX.Direct®!
TX.Direct® is the world’s no.1 high performance waterproofing for waterproof clothing that is easy, safe and quick to use in a washing machine. Now the best has just got better! New version 11.1 keeps you drier for up to 5 times longer when exposed to constant rainfall. About the new and improved TX.Direct version 11.1: […]