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Why Use Nikwax?

They say April showers bring May flowers. That means we should expect more rain coming.  Want to know how to waterproof, enhance technical properties, or add UV protection to your gear, clothing, and shoes? It’s really simple, get some Nikwax. Nikwax is a collection of water based products that protect your stuff without giving off emissions of harmful solvents. In fact Nikwax is the only waterproofing company to never have used fluorocarbons(PFCs). Nikwax is Easier, Safer, Drier.

Green is Clean, Purple is Proof

When trying to decide what Nikwax product you need the first thing to remember is Green is Clean, Purple is Proof. Products with green caps are for cleaning your shoes, clothing, and gear. Purple on the other hand is used for waterproofing or UV protection. From there you will need to know the type of material that your shoes, clothing, or gear is made out of. Finally, you may even get to choose how to apply it, wash-in, spray-on, or sponge-on. Now, let’s break down the different products


TechWash- Liquid, non-detergent soap. Cleans and maintains waterproof clothing and equipment.

DownWash- Very effective liquid cleanser for down garments and sleeping bags.

BaseWash- A Nikwax wash-in cleaner for synthetic base layers (fitness t-shirts, etc.,) and synthetic socks.

WoolWash-Washin cleaner for woolen base layers and socks. Nikwax Wool Wash cleans safely, softens, enhances wicking, freshens wool and accelerates drying.

SandalWash- Deodorize, clean and sanitize your sandals. Recommended for all natural and synthetic sandal materials.

Footwear Cleaning Gel – An easy-to-use cleaner for all outdoor and sports footwear, including shoes and boots made of smooth leather, suede, nubuck, or fabric.



Footwear Conditioner – An easy-to-use waterproof conditioner for all full-grain leather footwear.

Soft Shell Spray – Restore the water repellency of your gear with the Nikwax® Softshell Proof, the spray on makes even application simple.

Waterproofing Wax – Water-based Nikwax Waterproofing Wax adds water repellency, reduces water absorption, and maintains breathability on smooth leather.

Nubuck & Suede Treatment – Maximum waterproof protection with little or no change to appearance or texture of boot.

Fabric/Leather Treatment – Maximum waterproof protection with little or no change to appearance or texture of boot.

Tent and Gear Solarproof Weatherproofing – Protect against UV damage and add water repellency to tents, packs, panniers, camera bags and other gear with Nikwax Tent and Gear Solarproof. Spray-on application.

Waterproofing Wax for Leather – Easy to use waterproofing paste wax for smooth leather footwear.

TX.Direct Wash-In – Water-based treatment that renews waterproof performance.

TX.Direct Weatherproofing Spray – TX spray reduces the water absorbency of fabrics, optimizing breathability.



BaseFresh – Nikwax BaseFresh is a deodorizing conditioner for all technical underwear and wicking clothing worn next to the skin.

If you just bought yourself some nice expensive jacket or boots, do yourself a favor and get some Nikwax to protect and add life to your gear. You just made an investment in purchasing your new gear so invest a little of your time to keep it around longer. The Base and Tech Washes do a great job of removing odors from your stuff. Be it the smelly mud from Tough Mudder, random city pond from GORUCK, or just plain stink from constantly being used. Don’t throw your stuff away, give it new life after a bath in Nikwax.

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