How to clean a sleeping bag with Nikwax!
Ah, the sleeping bag. Your bed-away-from-home. Your cozy refuge in the wild. Adventures will inevitably get it a bit dirty, but don’t fear, it’s easy to wash your sleeping bag. There are two main types of sleeping bags, down-filled and synthetic-filled. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping them both clean and fluffy. A handy Nikwax cleaner […]
Spring is the mood booster we all need! Our motivational ideas will help you get outside and enjoy it.
March 20th officially marks the first day of spring and with the weather already warming and brightening up, bird song noticeably louder, and (finally) an official roadmap out of lockdown, we’re feeling pretty positive here at Nikwax! In celebration of imminent springtime, we’ve put our heads together and compiled a list of ideas to motivate […]
Interview: we talk environment, sustainability and lockdown, with Nikwax’s Sustainability Director
Here at Nikwax, our passion for the great outdoors and protection of the environment is at the heart of what we do. We constantly strive to improve our sustainability and environmental credentials throughout the business, and with that focus, we employed our own Director of Sustainability. We speak to Maïté Angleys about Nikwax, the outdoor […]
Polartec® and the evolution of fleece as a go-to mid-layer
Most of you probably own a fleece item that you bring out every winter season as a versatile, warming layer – be it garment, hat or gloves. We all know it to be that soft, comfortable fabric that just makes you feel lovely and snug when outdoors in winter! Made from synthetic fibres, fleece is […]
Nikwax Hydrophobic Down – the world’s best performing hydrophobic down – Chosen By NOMAD®
NOMAD chooses Nikwax Hydrophobic Down for its iconic yellow sleeping bags, taking performance to a new level in extreme cold and wet conditions New for Autumn/Winter NOMAD have launched a range of new high performance sleeping bags for Autumn/Winter 20-21 filled with Nikwax Hydrophobic Down+ (NHD+). This is the beginning of a new brand partnership […]
Nikwax Tech Wash: The Best in Test for Cleaning Waterproofs
Nikwax proven to provide unbeatable cleaning performance to keep you drier on your next adventure. Nikwax Tech Wash® has been independently proven to be the best performing product for cleaning waterproof gear in a washing machine. It is the only product demonstrated to provide exceptional cleaning performance whilst maintaining 100% of the Durable Water Repellency […]
Improve reusable masks and face coverings with Nikwax
The global population are being encouraged to wear non-medical masks whilst in public, to reduce covid-19 transmission. People are making their own masks – but some of them may increase the risk of infection, due to their lack of water repellency, and improper cleaning. What types of masks are available? There are two types of […]
Stay healthy and stay safe
We are all currently affected by the global Coronavirus. At this unprecedented time, things can be worrying for everybody, but it is important for all that we follow the measures being put in place. The key one right now is, of course, social distancing. We all need that moment of fresh air and exercise, but […]
New Product Bundles!
The downtime that many people are experiencing right now offers the perfect opportunity to clean and re-proof your outdoor gear. We have three new kits now available on Amazon that will ensure you are also highly protected from the weather. These kits will ensure you will stay dry and feel comfortable, whether for use in your outdoor space now, […]
How To: enhance the performance of your softshell jacket
Keeping outdoor clothing clean and protected is vital to ensure it continues to work as it should. Failing to do this would lead to your clothing underperforming and eventually the fabric could degrade, making the item unusable for its intended purpose. Most softshells have a durable water repellent coating (DWR) to ensure you stay dry […]
The first ever Nikwax product – 40 years on…
Just over 40 years ago when Nick Brown, an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for walking, found his feet getting damp in his trusty walking boots in bad weather, Nikwax was created. Dissatisfaction with the waterproofing products available at the time, led to Nick looking to create his own means of keeping his leather walking […]
Nikwax Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide 2019!
It’s that time of year again when you need to start thinking about shopping for friends and loved ones for Christmas. To help you out, we have rounded up a selection of the latest fantastic products that we want Santa to leave for us this year and could be great for the outdoor enthusiast in […]
Help Syrian Brown Bears in Armenia
Twice a year the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) hold a public and members vote, from which conservation projects around the world can apply to receive funding to help their cause. From each voting session (spring and autumn) three organisations will then receive funds from EOCA to further their projects and help key environmental / […]
Interview with Erik Ahlström
Tell us a little about yourself Erik, who you are and what you do… My name is Erik Ahlström, I live in Sweden. I love being outside and spend most of my time outside. I’ve spent many years riding bikes in the summer and skiing in the winter months. I’m also a big fan of […]
#PlogForPlastic with Nikwax and help tackle plastic pollution!
At the recent OutDoor by ISPO show in Munich, Nikwax® was excited to announce a new campaign to help tackle the issue of plastic pollution. Nikwax has teamed up with Swedish trail runner, Erik Ahlström, to launch #PlogForPlastic. Erik Ahlström is the founder of a concept called Plogging – it simply means litter picking whilst […]
Be responsible during festival season
This month festival season kicks off across the UK and abroad. Over the coming months, hundreds of thousands of music fans will descend onto temporary campsites and pitch themselves up for a long weekend of musical highlights. A lot of them will take with them a cheap, pop up tent, and once the festival is […]
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 […]
Caerphilly Challenge 2019: interview with Brian Begg.
This month, the Nikwax Caerphilly Challenge Series returns on 9th May. Sponsored by Nikwax, this non-for-profit walking event welcomes around 500 entrants every year and has been running since 2012. But, in fact, its origins go back to 2005, when the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) of South Wales and the Countryside Service of […]
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 Expands its Environmental Commitment
Here at Nikwax, we have always been committed to protecting the natural world we love and enjoy, and this is where the focus has been over the over the last 40 years since the company’s inception -by manufacturing low impact products. We have consistently measured our environmental footprint, so we have a solid understanding of […]
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 […]
SUPPORT the Nikwax nominated project in the 2019 EOCA Funding Vote
Nikwax has nominated the environmental project ‘Children of the Sea’, to stand a chance at winning vital funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) in their 2019 project vote. Fundacion Jocotoco aims to protect the most endangered species and most threatened habitats in Ecuador, outside the governmental system of protected areas. Their Project Objectives: […]
The Nikwax Philosophy – More Than Waterproofing. Part 4 – Consumption Reduction
Nikwax aftercare was created to ensure people could step outside and enjoy the natural world to its fullest, without being affected by the elements. Our products are high performing but with low environmental impact, helping to keep people warm, safe and dry no matter the activity they are undertaking. However, there is more to Nikwax […]
Interview: How the Duke of Edinburgh Award inspires at Glenmore Lodge
For the last five years, Shaun Roberts has been the Principal of Glenmore Lodge – Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre based in the Cairngorms. He worked his way up from Instructor and has more than 20 years’ experience guiding and training people in the outdoors including working for Scottish Mountain Rescue as their Training Officer […]
We commit to recycled plastic for our bottles
Restore, Renew, Re-use, Recycle Nikwax® was excited to announce its latest plans to help do more to protect the natural outdoor world at the recent ISPO trade show, which took place in Munich in February. ISPO is a leading trade fair within the sports sector, with over 2,800 exhibitors presenting from all different sectors, such […]
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 […]
Do More To Get Outside This Year!
Winter is not bleak when you step outdoors; there is a whole wealth of beauty waiting to be found during the cold, wet, and sometimes snowy, season. As tempting as it is to wrap up under a blanket, sip a hot chocolate and snuggle in front of a fire, if you take a moment each […]
Don’t Throw Your Outdoor Gear Away – Donate It!
How many waterproof jackets do you own? What about walking boots? Have any spare pairs of gloves or hats languishing at the back of the wardrobe? Us outdoor folk are often guilty of a gear obsession. We relish brand new clothing and kit because it’s so exciting to test out the credentials of next season’s outdoor […]
Hygge the Nikwax way… embrace a Scandinavian Autumn for ultimate outdoor happiness.
Without even realising it, there’s so much around us that makes us feel content, comfortable and downright cosy, at times when the weather may not be so great, the nights are drawing in, or perhaps when just feeling like we’re having a bit of a ‘grey’ day. It may even just be something that we […]
DoMoreWithNikwax – Part 3!
As you may know, this summer we undertook a challenge to #DoMoreWithNikwax, where we teamed up with 3 top athletes and got them to cycle / hike / camp in 10 countries across Europe in just 21 days! Markus Stitz was our first challenger and then Fredrika Ek took over for part two. Finally it […]
Vote to support reforestation in Madagascar
Reforestation of the Indri Lemur Habitat and Development of an Amphibian Trail around the Mitsinjo and Torotorofotsy Reserves, Madagascar. Nikwax is proud to nominate this project for the chance for it to receive a grant from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) in their yearly project funding scheme. The public vote is live now and we […]
EOCA – Why care?
Recently having a connection to our environment has become increasingly popular. This stems from the disconnect we have with the environment on a day to day basis when we are all plugged into various devices, updating our statuses on social media and watching the all-important hilarious cat videos on YouTube. The need we feel to […]
Stage 2 of #DoMoreWithNikwax
As summer turns to autumn and holidays draw to a close, here is a little something to inspire you to get up, get out and keep being active! This summer Nikwax teamed up with three athletes – Markus Stitz, Fredrika Ek and Jenny Tough – to undertake the #DoMoreWithNikwax challenge, which saw them ride a […]
#DoMoreWithNikwax – First Week of the Challenge
Our mission this summer is to inspire you and others to get up, get outside and get active – to enjoy the great outdoors, whilst also looking to preserve the natural environment that we all love. By teaming up with 3 key athletes, the #DoMoreWithNikwax challenge is well underway, with the combined total of activities […]
EOCA – Protecting & Conserving the Outdoors
Over the years the environment and the importance of being environmentally friendly has been increasingly pushed to the forefront of the news, bringing with it a more conscious consumer. Put simply, people are more and more aware of the impact they are having on the environment and consequently changing their habits. The topical news story […]
Nikwax launches #DoMoreWithNikwax Challenge
7,000km Riding | 7,000m Hiking | Camp 10 Countries #DoMoreWithNikwax Challenge Summer 2018 With Fredrika Ek | Markus Stitz | Jenny Tough To encourage others to get outside and do more Nikwax proudly launch the #DoMoreWithNikwax Challenge that will see world class athletes ride a combined total of 7,000 km, hike 7,000 m and camp […]
Interview with cycling world record breaker – Markus Stitz
Markus Stitz hit the headlines in 2016 when he became the first person to cycle Around the World on a single speed bike (a bike with just one fixed gear). He peddled 34,097 kilometres in total, covering 26 different countries. But he says those aren’t the most important figures to him, “I guess the most […]
How to Dress for Mountain Biking: 5 Tips for Choosing the Best Apparel
Our guest blog this month comes from Amanda Wilks. Image © Pexels.com Any dedicated sports enthusiast knows that having proper equipment is crucial in any field. Naturally, this is also true for MTB. Thus, how you choose to dress for mountain biking is an essential part of your success, which is why you need to know […]
Camping With a Conscience
This summer, thousands of tents will be left for landfill as festival goers choose to discard cheap or broken camping gear rather than pack it up and take it home. At last year’s Glastonbury Festival, more than 1,000 volunteers were drafted in to clear up the mess left behind – costing organisers around £785,000 for […]
The importance of layering when active outdoors
Winter can be a fantastic time to be outdoors – especially if we are lucky enough to get snow! You want to ensure you keep warm, but you don’t want to overheat or be too cold, so layering up your clothing is the most beneficial way to stay comfortable. Every layer will play a key […]
Nikwax 40 Year Round Up
As we are coming to the end of our 40th birthday year we thought it would be great to share some of our highlights with you! Here are our favourite moments from the year:
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 […]
Nikwax proud to balance its carbon emissions for 40 years
More Than Waterproofing – In their 40th year Nikwax is proud to have balanced all their operational carbon emissions since their start. Maintaining their commitment to conserving and protecting the natural world. As Nikwax celebrates its 40th year as a forward thinking, innovative company, we are also proud to be celebrating the fact that we […]
Prepare for The Wild Boar challenge, 2017!
Each year in Caerphilly, Wales, the Borough Council’s Countryside and Landscape Service, along with Caerphilly Adventure Group, Caerphilly Ramblers, Islwyn Ramblers and other partners, organise the Caerphilly Challenge. This annual event consists of a series of routes for people to walk, or even run; varying from a mild 1-5 mile walk, through to the longer […]
Carbon For Conservation
For almost a decade Nikwax has been supporting World Land Trust (WLT) in safeguarding and restoring critically threatened habitats around the world through the Carbon Balanced programme. Nikwax’s approach to environmental sustainability is completely in line with the offsetting programme’s ethos of measure, reduce and then offset greenhouse gas emissions. Launched in 2005, the Carbon […]
NEW Tech Wash v16.1
NIKWAX doubles Tech Wash® effectiveness and saves energy Not everyone knows that there are three things which destroy the water repellency and breathability of an outdoor jacket. The first is dirt. Dirt is water absorbent and will stop water beading up on a jacket and stop your jacket from breathing. The second is household laundry […]
Nikwax sponsors the Keswick Mountain Festival
We are proud to be one of the sponsors of this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival, being held in Crow Park, 19 – 22 May! Set in the stunning scenery of the Lake District, this fantastic 3-day event provides outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with a huge variety of activities, events and music to […]
LifeStraw – ‘Follow the Litres’ Campaign
“It all started with the issue of safe water. Which should never be an issue.” Swiss-based global health company Vestergaard manufactures award-winning LifeStraw water filters and purifiers. First introduced in 2005 as a personal “straw-like filter, the LifeStraw portfolio has grown to include technologically advanced products fit for all purposes — from the personal LifeStraw, […]
The Best Technology can be Environmentally Friendly
Nikwax is excited to have just launched its most advanced Nikwax Hydrophobic Down at the OutDoor Trade Show in Germany, which welcomes over 900 exhibitors from the global outdoor market. Nikwax Hydrophobic Down is being built into sleeping bags and garments worldwide, and once again we have proven that high waterproofing performance can be achieved […]
Nepal Disaster Appeal – you can help!
You will have heard of the recent devastation that has befallen Nepal. Following the earthquake, registering 7.8 on the Richter scale on 25 April, the country has just been hit again; this time near Mount Everest, registering a magnitude of 7.3. The first quake was enough to put millions of innocent people in a position […]
A personal letter from Nick Brown, founder of Nikwax, about PFC pollution, and Greenpeace
Dear Outdoor Enthusiast, I am writing to you about something which I do not think has received enough attention in the UK, in the hope that you will help us to publicise it. PFC pollution – Britain lags behind in awareness Most people in Britain would have no idea what I am talking about, whereas […]
WLT – Save the Andean Condor
Soaring high above the mountains in the very remotest parts of South America, the Andean Condor is a spectacular sight. With a wing span of up to three metres, the Andean Condor has a vast range, flying over lowland desert and coastal regions of South America as well as riding thermal currents high over the […]
Nikwax Photo Competition – The Results!
We’d like to thank absolutely everyone who sent in snaps of themselves enjoying the great outdoors! We had an amazing response to the competition and were genuinely overwhelmed by the number of entries – there are definitely some budding photographers amongst you. Our winning photo (left) is from Paul in Birkenhead, Wirral and it was taken on […]
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. […]
Nikwax celebrates presentation of Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2014
On Friday 7th November Nikwax was officially presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2014, in a ceremony led by HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, on behalf of her Majesty the Queen. The photo above shows our Managing Director, Nick Brown, being presented the award by HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter […]
Nikwax becomes ‘Sustaining Member’ of EOCA
Nikwax is proud to be a member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), and our commitment to the cause was further underlined by becoming one of the first ‘Sustaining Members’ at OutDoor in Friedrichshafen, Germany this July. EOCA is an organisation that uses its membership fees to fund and support environmental causes around the world. […]
Nikwax adapts for abrupt climate change
The weather has gone completely mad and protective clothing needs to adapt: Nikwax brings new, “Nikwax Fleece & Windproof system” two-part, PFC treatment free waterproof clothing technology to adapt to abrupt climate change Recent years have seen highly variable weather in the UK: the 2012 drought and the greatest downpour in 250 years accompanied by […]
Nikwax team up with GB Rowing Team as they look to make waves en route to Rio
Rowing is synonymous with British sporting success over the past 30 years, since Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matt Pinsent and others became Olympic legends. A gold medal at the summer Olympics has pretty much been a guarantee on the boating lake since 1988. And now, in 2014, the new generation of oarsmen and oarswomen are […]
The work of the European Outdoor Conservation Association
Tanya Bascombe from EOCA gives us the low-down on the great work done in the UK and overseas: As an outdoorsy type, I bet you probably consider yourself ‘Quite Interested’ in green issues and conservation? ‘Treading Lightly’ – all that kind of thing? Well did you know that across Europe, an ever-expanding group of outdoor […]
How to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development
Nikwax has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development! We’re amongst just 13 companies across the country this year to have received an award in this environmental category, so we’re immensely proud of all our hard work that led to this achievement. We make every effort to minimise our impact on the environment […]
GREEN CHEMISTRY WINS NIKWAX ITS FOURTH QUEEN’S AWARD
Nikwax has today received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success and celebrates the consistent development of products and approaches to management that are commercially successful and have major benefits for the environment, society and British economy. If you’ve ever noticed your coat soaking […]
Join us for a 50km charity challenge!
We have a new and exciting charity challenge for you to get involved in – Widehorizons Adventure Challenge on Saturday 4th October 2014. The event, supported by Nikwax and Páramo, challenges teams of two to four to cycle 37km, canoe 3km, and run 10km (50km in total), across the beautiful South-East countryside, including Bedgebury Forest […]
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 […]
Nikwax demonstrates that High Performance outerwear does not depend upon PFC technology
Nikwax Waterproofing has until now been best known as a world leader for its waterproofing aftercare products. However, Nikwax is now entering the international world of supplying PFC free water-repellent technology to manufacturers of outdoor clothing. Nikwax is launching two new garment component products at ISPO 2014: Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, which is being built into […]
Nikwax signs with GB Rowing Team
Top-class technical cleaning and waterproofing for clothing and equipment are a daily necessity for a successful rower. And, for the next year, the GB Rowing Team will rely on Nikwax as its provider of high quality cleaning and waterproofing products after the company signed as an official supplier. Nikwax, founded in the UK in 1977 […]
Nikwax Launches Environmental Grants Programme
Nikwax today launched a grants programme to support environmental projects across the UK. The programme, which will see six grants totalling £3,000 being awarded every year, is designed to support small groups and organisations in their environmental ambitions. Over the past two years, Nikwax has supported several groups. An outstanding example is Tchad Solaire, an […]
Nikwax launches NEW Cotton Proof
Nikwax today launched a new and improved version of its Cotton Proof product to waterproof all your cotton clothes and kit. Easy to use in a washing machine at home, Nikwax Cotton Proof will make any cotton fabric water repellent keeping, you warmer and drier when caught out in the rain. Now in a new, […]
Sudan refugees get a helping hand from Nikwax!
Nikwax was approached last year by TchadSolaire, an NGO working to improve the lives of Darfurian refugees in the Chadian desert. The growing refugee camps and the need for cooking fuel has put pressure on the surrounding ecosystem and women leaving the camps in search of wood risk being attacked and raped. The NGO provides […]
Rab and Nikwax; in partnership
We are embarking on a new partnership with clothing company, Rab, to create hydrophobic down. The waterproof down will be used in Rab clothes and sleeping bags from this Winter, it was announced today. Talking at ISPO, Rab CEO, Matt Gowar said, “There are many treatments on the market, but when we wanted to develop […]
Nikwax Supports Greenpeace on PFC Pollution
Greenpeace calls for ban on fluorocarbon water repellents (PFCs) Earlier this week, Greenpeace published a report calling for a ban on all PFCs (fluorocarbon chemicals) in the outdoor industry. Nikwax aftercare products have NEVER contained PFCs because we share Greenpeace’s concern that these chemicals pose a risk to people’s health and the environment. PFCs are […]
Nikwax had some fantastic news this year at the annual OutDoor trade show in Friedrichshafen. Following our long running association with the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), we were named Conservation Champions for our work and support for conservation around the world. Nick Brown our Managing Director picked up the award from EOCA President John […]