Nikwax and its Brand Partnerships
Nikwax is proud of its multiple brand partnerships, borne out of a mutual desire to develop outdoor innovation, safely… Did you know Nikwax Directional Textiles are chosen by Páramo® Outdoor Clothing to keep their users safer, drier and warmer?Put simply, thanks to Nikwax Directional Textiles, Páramo clothing systems keep you cool or warm, depending on […]
Is this the secret to sleeping well on the campsite?
We take a look into Coleman’s revolutionary BlackOut Bedroom technology. Every camper has been there – roused from their slumber several hours too early by bright sunlight streaming through the flysheet. And, if that’s not enough to disturb you, then proceeding to become increasingly hot and uncomfortable as the temperature outside warms up. If the […]
Meet the new Nikwax Youth Ambassador
Here at Nikwax, our passion is for everything outdoors and we know just how important getting outside can be for peoples’ fitness and general wellbeing. We are really excited to now have our first Youth Ambassador – 14 year-old Elvie Baker – daughter of naturalist and wildlife presenter Nick Baker. We took some time out […]
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 […]
Three Tips for Photography in the Outdoors
Nikwax’s own photographer – Lucas Canino – takes some time out from capturing the beauty of the environment to give you some top tips for outdoor photography. Though amateur and professional photographers alike, tend to gravitate toward a particular kind of outdoor photography – wildlife, landscape, sports, etc. – they are united by their willingness […]
THE NIKWAX DUOLOGY® WATERPROOF SYSTEM – MULTIPLE SEASONS, ONE ACTIVE OUTDOOR COMBINATION
Do you own a Páramo® clothing system yet? If not, you should… Páramo is the award-winning outdoor gear brand that optimises your garments for unpredictable weather by using Nikwax Analogy® waterproof fabric. Thanks to Nikwax Analogy, Páramo clothing is extremely durable and ultra-efficient at keeping outdoor enthusiasts and workers (such as Mountain Rescue volunteers) dry […]
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 […]
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 […]
Twelve simple ideas to lift your happiness
Let’s face it, we’ve had a lot to deal with in the past 12 months and with national restrictions in place, it hasn’t been an easy ride at all. Getting outside however, is vital for our all-round health (even just a few minutes can lift the spirits) so we have listed twelve simple ideas to […]
Enjoy the outdoors this autumn
Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons, with fields, parks and gardens full of crisp colourful leaves and lawns doused with dew. Now is not the time to stay inside for days on end with the heating cranked up high. Embrace the autumnal freshness and get some exercise, or have some fun in the fresh […]
Tim’s tale of cycling the Lon Las Cymru
Hello! I’m Tim, Head of Product at Nikwax. This is my tale of cycling the Lon Las Cymru (Green Lane of Wales) with zero preparation last month, before Wales entered lockdown! In early September, I was lucky enough to find myself with a week of holiday to hand. Due to the delights of covid-19, the […]
Top walks to try with your Nikwax’d footwear!
Now that you have cleaned and waterproofed your outdoor footwear with our Footwear Kit, build up your steps and take a hike across some beautiful walking routes this autumn. Staycations have been the way to go in 2020 and there are stunning locations you can visit and enjoy safely as the season changes. The Coast… […]
Revive tired waxed cotton jackets with Nikwax
Waxed cotton jackets provide shelter from the wind, insulation in colder conditions and keep the wearer comfortable and dry. Plus, the fabric is incredibly durable and tough against abrasion – they are harder to rip or get holes in. Waxed cotton jackets may lack the freedom of movement you find in hardshell waterproofs, however, they suit those […]
Staying Active! What Nikwax are getting up to…
Here we are, still within ‘lockdown’, all finding ways to keep ourselves active and entertained at home, or out but with social distancing. We thought we would share some of our experiences with you – perhaps give you some inspiration during this different time we are all experiencing. First up is Nikwax Commercial Director – Chris Field, […]
Nikwax solves a PPE problem: How can you safely clean reusable PPE gowns whilst renewing their protective qualities?
Reusable gowns are an excellent solution to the supply crisis – but they need to be water repellent. Professional organisations and community groups have taken the initiative and are making reusable PPE gowns to support healthcare workers. But, it is crucially important that that they are properly cleaned to renew and maintain their bodily fluid resistant […]
How to clean disposable gowns and masks more safely
Testing by Nikwax shows disposable masks and gowns can be cleaned in a washing process whilst maintaining their functional qualities The process could be rolled out quickly using existing cleaning facilities Safely reusing disposable or single-use PPE could increase effective supply by 5 times in a crisis situation Health innovation to alleviate PPE crisis Nikwax, […]
Bring a camping adventure to your home during the Easter holidays!
Do you love the relaxed feeling of sitting around a campfire at night with the stars shining and no noise except the brief breezes through the trees, cracking of the fire and the laughs from your family? That’s what many of us are craving right now, but have been asked to stay home, leaving […]
The Best Outdoor Events Of 2020 For Your Diary!
Get the most out of them with Nikwax, the global leader in safe, high performance waterproofing, cleaning and conditioning for your outdoor gear #DoMoreWithNikwax FEBRUARY THE MANCHESTER WINTER WARMER RUN: 2nd February, 2020 @ Heaton Park, Manchester Lace up those trainers, don your motivational cap and embrace this opportunity for a winter keep fit session in […]
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 […]
Keep your animals dry and comfortable with Nikwax aftercare
Nikwax® aftercare is formulated to safely clean and waterproof ALL animal rugs and coats, to help keep your animals warm, dry and comfortable throughout autumn and winter. CLEAN with Nikwax Rug Wash Effectively cleans away ALL dirt and contaminants on the fabric, revitalising its water repellency, insulation and breathability. If water starts to be absorbed […]
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 […]
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 […]
Interview: Will Renwick on walking, Wales, Nikwax, and the great outdoors
Will Renwick is the editor of Outdoors Magic – an online publication with a focus on outdoor gear, news and product reviews. He’s also President of Ramblers Cymru and can often be found walking, running, or climbing somewhere deep inside Wales. We spent some time with Will to discuss his love of outdoors, Nikwax Sweatproofing, […]
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 […]
Nikwax and The Duke of Edinburgh Award
For the last seven decades, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has transformed the lives of millions of young people – teaching vital life skills and giving them the chance to take part in outdoor expeditions and exciting volunteering opportunities. Nikwax has been working with the DofE for seven years. A relationship that’s set to […]
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 […]
Interview: Get Outside with Parkrun
According to YouGov, last year’s second most popular New Year’s resolution was to ‘exercise more’ (top of the list was ‘eat better’). But if you’re not the sort of person to relish the wintry weather, you might need some encouragement to exercise outdoors. Especially as it’s common knowledge most of us will give up on […]
Joey Holmes – Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers
What to buy the adventure junkie in your life? Joey Holmes is mad about outdoor clothing, gear and camping. As the editor of Cool of the Wild – a website dedicated to enjoying and exploring the wild outdoors, she knows a thing or two about what trail-loving hikers and mountain-mad alpinists would love to discover […]
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 […]
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 […]
Seeding the meadow with the help of a Nikwax Environmental Grant!
This month’s guest blog is courtesy of Dr Emma Edwards-Jones, whose community in Snowdonia received a Nikwax grant to make a dedicated flower meadow. Each year, Nikwax looks to make available small grants for community projects which focus on the environment. A little bit can go a long way and Nikwax strives to help those […]
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 […]
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 […]
Interview with Debbie Martin-Consani
This month we interviewed ultra-runner Debbie Martin-Consani. You can read more about Debbie HERE. How has your running schedule been this year so far? The weather hasn’t been kind to you in Scotland, have you managed to regularly get out running? “Living in Glasgow, I don’t really have an option to allow weather to affect […]
Get your gear ready for the half-term winter break
The half-term holidays are not far away and lots of us will take the opportunity to get away on a short winter break. Whether you choose to travel abroad to spend time on the wintry slopes, or even just have a staycation here in the UK, we guarantee you will be taking key pieces of […]
Pro-skier Daniel Loots talks to Nikwax
How have you enjoyed this year’s winter snow season? Where did you go for your annual ski/ board snow fix? It’s been a great season so far, probably the most snow I’ve seen since I started skiing, spending most of my ski-time in the 3Vallee or Les Arcs. What clothing and equipment have you chosen […]
Nikwax at the Keswick Mountain Festival
Last month we made our annual pilgrimage to the Lakes for this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival. The rain was horizontal and the winds strong but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands who travelled, some hundreds of miles, to one of the UK’s most jaw dropping landscapes, for a weekend of trails, triathlons and tunes. […]
Top camping hacks for your summer adventure
Thinking about where you can take the children to enjoy the outdoors this summer, going away with friends or planning a solo mini adventure? Camping has become one of the most popular holiday choices nowadays. We have put together a few helpful tips so that your camping trip this year can be all you want […]
Sussex Search and Rescue – one big family
This month’s guest blog is written by Nick Rewcastle, Secretary for Sussex Search and Rescue – a volunteer organisation utilised by Sussex Police to help search for, and rescue, missing people. Read on for a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be a part of this invaluable charity. When my (now) wife told me […]
Christmas Gift Guide
There are still some shopping days left, so here are some ideas for the outdoors enthusiast this Christmas. Baby BOGS B-MOC Puff Owl – RRP: £45 Keep your children dry and comfortable in the rain with these cute Owl-patterned waterproof boots. 100% waterproof, with a slipper-soft lining for ultimate comfort and a draw cord to […]
One man and his dog – Interview with SARDA founder
Have you ever wondered who’d be your knight in shining armour if you ever got lost in the English wilderness? Luckily for you, Nev [Search and Rescue Dog Association founder and president], his gang of handlers and their pesky canines are of service; suited and booted in their BOGS footwear, rucksacks and with dog treats […]
The Best Time To Be Outside
Our guest blog this month comes from Mick Ryan, a director of the photo-location guidebook company fotoVUE, alongside Stuart Holmes. They publish guidebooks that show you the best places to take photographs in the most beautiful places on Earth. They currently have four books published, with another 20 in preparation. www.fotovue.com A few weeks ago […]
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, […]
A Cycling Icon
Winner of three World Enduro Champion titles and recently crowned Pinkbike’s Female Athlete of the Year, Tracy Moseley is a cycling icon for many an aspiring mountain biker, and also a coach at her local cycling club. We grabbed five minutes with her: How did you first get into racing and what inspired you? I […]
Get Outside And Get Active!
Is your New Year’s Resolution to get more active? There are many fantastic ways to get energised and the winter landscape can be a wonderful motivator to start your `New Year, New You`. Being active is more than just getting fit and working off the extra treats you indulged in over Christmas. It also helps […]
Christmas Gift Guide!
Finding it hard to choose that perfect, fun, or useful present for someone? Check out our Gift Guide, showcasing outdoor goodies perfect for all! Mum Bogs Winter Blooms Winter Boots – from £85 Bogs have launched a range of floral-patterned waterproof winter boots. For the wettest of days down to the coldest of temperatures […]
Down Wash Direct – A Mountaineer’s Review
Guest blog by Paul Lewis As one of this year’s Trek and Mountain Stok Kangri expedition sponsors, Nikwax kindly gave team members a supply of their products. These included footwear proofers and a supply of wash-in cleaners and proofers for clothing and fabrics. Peak Mountaineering has been users of Nikwax products for years because we value their […]
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 […]
Put Pedal to the Test with Tech Wash & Polar Proof!
Nick Mitchell is this month’s Guest Blogger. A cycle tour guide and author of cycling books, he has ridden over 25,000 miles across Britain and from Munich to Sheffield and Sheffield to Norway! He is preparing for a cycle tour – The Road to Vienna – and if you wish to join this, or a […]
Sniff Test with BaseFresh
Alex Bardua is June’s guest blogger! Founder of outdoor-professionell.de, gear-testing has become one of his passions and he likes to get to the nitty-gritty to make sure readers of his product tests get a hands-on result and not just machines doing the job! Those who do a lot of sports know this dilemma: base layers […]
River dancing: my quest to save the rainforest
A guest blog this month comes from BBC wildlife presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star, Steve Backshall. Easter and its lure of chocolate hold nothing over me: Easter is a time for doing adventurous things. So when I got booted off Strictly, signing up to kayak the 125 miles from Devizes to the Houses of […]
Nikwax Glove Proof – as much of a safety item as strapping on your gloves!
Motorcycle gloves must be one of the most difficult pieces of kit to make waterproof. They are gloves, much like any other, but they need to keep a rider’s hands warm, comfortable, and protected. Modern motorcycle gloves contain special protection over the knuckles, finger joints and the scaphoid and wrist area amongst others. At the […]
Nikwax Hydrophobic Down: can it stand the heat… well the rain!
Nikwax Hydrophobic Down is the latest high performance, PFC-free innovation from the Nikwax lab. It provides a flexible Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish on each individual down filament and is guaranteed to be water resistant and highly durable. To test just how high performing Nikwax Hydrophobic Down really is, Greg Care – Nikwax and Páramo […]
World Land Trust needs your votes to help its Caucasian Leopard project!
WLT could win a €30,000 grant from National Geographic Germany for its Caucasian Leopard project and you can help by casting your vote! National Geographic Germany is a member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), who shortlisted the World Land Trust’s (WLT) project for this public vote. Nikwax, a long standing WLT corporate supporter, […]
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 […]