5 key pieces of advice on how to choose and care for a down jacket…
It’s been a warm start to winter but now the weather is getting colder you can officially start the search for a new, cosy jacket if your current one has reached the end of its useable life with you. There is nothing worse than feeling the chill in plummeting temperatures and down reigns supreme for […]
Nikwax – the Hydrophobic Down and aftercare specialists
Did you know that Nikwax has enhanced the performance of nature’s best insulator (down) to create the lightest, most efficient, water-resistant down? Nikwax Hydrophobic Down + and Nikwax Hydrophobic Down Recycled were launched in 2020 to keep people warmer and drier without the use of harmful fluorocarbon (PFC) chemistry… Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD) + is […]
Is Iceland on your bucket list? Don’t forget the Nikwax
Charlie Smith is a designer, filmmaker and cold weather adventurer with a penchant for heading into frozen and hostile environments. Having led expeditions in the Arctic; including dog-sledding across Scandinavia and travelling extensively in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Greenland, Charlie is no stranger to uncomfortable journeys in the cold. Working alongside leading adventure brands such […]
My Coastal Life – Nikwax’s Rose Cawte
There is always salt in the air, it’s that distinct smell you notice when you arrive at the coast. I love the pureness of it. My favourite feeling is stepping off the train from London and taking a deep breath of the freshest, cleanest air. Those big, bright, clear skies that you only find by […]
Nikwax isn’t just for the rain, it also targets sweat…
From the frozen wastes of Antarctica to the highest mountains in the world, Nikwax aftercare products have kept outdoor professionals and athletes warm and dry in some of the most challenging conditions imaginable. However, did you know that Nikwax will protect you in warmer weather too? From cycling the country roads to weekend running, Nikwax Sweatproofing […]
Give your ski gear an end of season MOT
As the European ski season comes to a close, we want to highlight the importance of looking after your gear before safely packing it away until next winter. So follow these steps to ensure your gear goes away safely, ready to serve you well again the next time. Step 1: Clean your outerwearYour ski jacket […]
How to camp like a pro with Ben Phillips, Nikwax Product Feedback Executive
Since the boom in sales of camping gear in 2020, people are continuing to plan holidays and time away ‘under canvas’, with the Camping and Caravanning Club reporting that Easter 2022 bookings are up 33% on Easter 2019*. If you are thinking of getting away from it all, take a leaf out of Ben’s book […]
Newsflash – Haglöfs have partnered with Nikwax on their new Nordic Expedition Down Hood Jacket
We are excited to share that Swedish outdoor clothing and apparel brand Haglöfs has chosen us to supply the down for its new and award-winning Nordic Expedition Down Hood Jacket! Filled with H Platinum Down, which features Nikwax Hydrophobic Down+, the jacket takes weatherproof insulation to the arctic level. “Haglöfs is focused on high performance […]
EcoSki: How to make your ski kit last
Our friends at Ecoski raise awareness about how we can all meaningfully reduce our impact as skiers, help protect the very thing we all love and make it easier for snow sport enthusiasts to make better choices. They have brought together key figures from the world of sport, environmental activism and fashion, to help them […]
Maintain the performance of your Nikwax Directional Textiles® for longer
Nikwax is the global leader in safe, high performance waterproofing, cleaning and conditioning for outdoor gear, but did you also know that Nikwax manufactures a range of high performance waterproof fabrics? Páramo Clothing has been using our Directional Textiles for nearly 30 years and we’d like to introduce them to you… OUTERWEARNikwax Analogy® Waterproof fabric […]
How To: make fleece water resistant with Nikwax
Fleece keeps us warm during autumn and winter, whether we wear it as a top, jacket, gloves, scarf or hat. The fibres trap body heat, keeping you feeling cosy and warm when the temperatures are low outside. However, water and fleece are not great companions… If you are caught in the rain wearing untreated fleece, […]
Care for your waxed cotton jacket
Waxed cotton jackets are perfect for when the weather cools down, providing insulation, breathability and water repellency to cope with a range of weather conditions. With styles now so varied – from traditional to higher-end fashion designs, you can stay dry and comfortable whether you are taking part in country pursuits or enjoying a gentle […]
Enhance your outdoor space this summer
Over the last year, our lives have been completely topsy-turvy… Bedrooms got turned into home offices, the dining room became a school room, and the lounge became a makeshift gym/dance studio… Very little was normal, except for our outdoor space. Whether you own a large or small garden, a patio space, or even just a […]
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 […]
How To: safely re-proof your softshell jacket
Softshells are great, versatile jackets that provide a range of uses… Wear a softshell as an insulating mid-layer in colder, wet weather, or as a lightweight outer layer in-between seasons, when the weather can shift from cool to warm. Most softshells have a durable water repellent coating (DWR) to keep you dry in light rain […]
How To: stay cosy and dry in your fleece
Many of us are having to spend more time at home right now, why not make the most of this opportunity to clean and proof your winter gear with Nikwax, so that you stay warm and dry and really enjoy the time you spend outdoors. Fleeces are often an overlooked item when it comes to […]
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 […]
Staying dry and warm in base layers
During this current pandemic, the time we get to enjoy the outdoors feels more important than ever. However, during the freezing winter months, you may be tempted to stay indoors because of dreading getting cold or wet if you venture outside. Right now, fresh air is vital for us all in terms of health and […]
Keep synthetic tents protected from the rain and UV rays
Nikwax’s duo of tent aftercare products are safe for the user and the environment, they are water-based and contain no PFCs or harmful chemicals. Your synthetic tent must be protected from the sun. The ultraviolet (UV) rays can be incredibly damaging and reduce the fabric tear strength, making your tent vulnerable. UV rays, as well […]
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 […]
End of Ski Season Checklist – How to Store Ski Gear Properly
It’s the time of year when snow is out of the picture. Before you enter summer mode completely, take a moment to clean and store your ski and snowboard gear. Many people don’t know how to store their ski gear properly. This end of ski season checklist can help avoid delaminating jackets, funky smells, rusty edges, […]
Keep your base layers performing at their best
While we temporarily can’t explore the great outdoors, make the most of the great indoors with regular workouts! Regular exercise has huge benefits for all ages including weight control, combatting disease and health conditions, and giving you more energy. Keep your body moving with a regular workout to keep yourself in a positive place mentally […]
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 […]
Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel is the high performance cleaner your outdoor footwear needs!
During winter, outdoor footwear is susceptible to the elements, with wetter weather causing walking routes to become muddy and waterlogged. You still want to enjoy the outdoors, especially on those crisp and sunny winter days, but the terrain can be a potential hazard for your waterproof footwear. Mud and dirt that collects on footwear will […]
Care for your warm winter gear with Nikwax!
We head straight for our cosy winter garments at this time of year, so that we can keep warm and snug when outdoors. It is important to look after garments made from wool or fleece, so that they do not get affected if you get caught in the rain. Also, you want to know that […]
A New Year…Back to Fitness…
Do you get to the end of Christmas, feel overwhelmed by all the indulgence and can’t wait to get back to the gym, running or cycling in the New Year? Well it is not far away and to ensure you get your 2020 activities off to a good start, you need to stock up on […]
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 […]
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: […]