From the Royal Geographical Society’s Karakoram Expedition in 1980, to modern-day climate change researchers in the Arctic and the Antarctic, explorers have been enhancing their gear, extending its life and staying dry, by looking after it with Nikwax Waterproofing products.
Chosen by Explorers Since 1977
"The single most eco-friendly thing a brand can do with their products is make them built to last. The problem is that not many do. Fortunately, Nikwax have long been around to pick up the slack. From my experience their kit will genuinely lengthen the lifespan of your gear, making sure it doesn’t break down after just a couple of rough days out. It’s actually amazing what it will do to items like waterproof jackets. Often we forget the maintenance they actually need in order to function at their best."
Will Renwick, Outdoors Magic
"After six months adventuring in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands, my kit had taken a real battering from the weather. After over 2,000km of intensive hiking, with over 150,000 metres of ascent, I wouldn't have been surprised if much of my kit was no longer salvageable. I used Nikwax to clean and re-proof my boots and apparel before and after my adventure, and it's meant that I haven't had to retire a single item. Nikwax helps to extend the life of my favourite outdoor kit, whilst also being non-toxic to the environment."
Nic Hardy, Adventurer
"My life and work are associated with extreme weather conditions, so it is especially important for me that Nikwax protects my clothes and my clothes protect me.
As a mountain guide, the Nikwax membrane waterproof suits me perfectly. Nikwax is convenient to use and penetrates deep into the fabric. With Nikwax, my jackets and trousers keep their waterproof and breathable properties longer than without treatment.
I live and work on Elbrus, Europe's highest peak, a dormant volcano, and wear GORE-TEX clothing in all seasons.
In addition to bad weather with snow and rain, we have also strong winds that carry small particles of volcanic dust with sand. This clogs the pores of the membrane, and it loses its working qualities. Nikwax waterproof creates not only a water-repellent layer, but also helps to protect my garments from dirt."
Elisabeth Pahl, Freeride champion
“I was born in Siberia, so I know what is cold. Our winters are severe and frosty, and Red Fox down garments help me a lot in everyday life and sports. Down is the best insulation, and it’s lightweight.
I run often when temperature is below zero. I’m an athlete, so I need frequent and quality care of my outfits. It seems that down clothes require high maintenance. But I use Nikwax Down Wash, so I don’t think how to maintain functional properties of the apparel.
Down garments can be washed in a washing machine. Nikwax Down Wash protects waterproof coating of the fabric and doesn’t let down fibers stick together. After washing with Nikwax Down Wash the clothes look like new, and down provides the same warmth. It’s a find for me!
I always prefer walk or run outdoors to indoor training in winter. Trees and ground are covered by sparkling snow. I don’t want to miss such beauty! That’s why I choose high performance Red Fox outfits and Nikwax products”.
Varvara Shikanova, Skyrunning champion
"I choose Nikwax because it's brilliant at giving a new lease of life to my (numerous)
waterproofs, particularly the older ones! They come of out the washing machine smelling
gorgeous and keep me cosy and dry in our wonderful Welsh weather."
Rebecca Lees, Ordnance Survey Get Outside Champion
"Nikwax has always been an integral part of our gear TLC, helping give equipment a longer life and making our outdoor passions all the more sustainable"
Josh and Sarah, Veggie Vagabonds
“I love having Nikwax on hand to re-waterproof jackets, boots and other outdoor kit. It’s super easy to use. It’s also far more eco-friendly to keep your kit in good condition for longer than replacing it, so Nikwax is a more ethical (and cheaper!) solution."
Sian Lewis, Freelance travel and outdoors writer & author
Travel Blogger of the Year, The Girl Outdoors.
"I've been putting gear through its paces for a good while and, like our bodies, regular maintenance, care and love for boots, tents, hammock tarps and jackets keeps them going for much longer. If you value keeping old gear over buying new, ensuring your lifestyle is sustainable and your footprint low, there's not another brand that can compete with Nikwax."
Dave Cornthwaite, Adventurer and Founder of SayYesMore, the YesBus and the Big Sky Hideaway
Chosen by Outdoor Brands
Nikwax is also chosen by a variety of extraordinary outdoor brands who love the great outdoors just as much as we do.
“At Merrell we choose to work with Nikwax, as the global #1 outdoor footwear brand wants to work with the number one in footwear aftercare. Caring for our shoes ensures they will continue to perform as well as they did fresh out the box. Plus, Nikwax’s environmental approach, carbon offset and full recyclable packaging is something the whole industry can aspire to!”Neil FindlayMerrell
“Experiencing the great outdoors has never been about staying clean. It’s about immersing yourself in nature – no matter the weather or terrain. Our packs are designed to follow you on these journeys but it’s with the help of technical partners like Nikwax that ensures adventurers keep on adventuring. From waterproofing to scrubbing away the trail after a long hike, Nikwax has always been our recommendation.”Vicky SwyerOsprey
“Buffalo Systems has been producing performance outdoor apparel for adventures the world over for 40 years. We have confidence in recommending the Nikwax range to our customers as the quality of the products is exceptional as is the ethics of the company and its vision for the future.”Edward AustinBuffalo
“At Anatom we see waterproofness, breathability and aftercare as a concentric circle. Without aftercare waterproofness and breathability suffer greatly. We have worked with Nikwax from day one. They are a company which shares the same values as we do in terms of the environment and our impact on it. We also appreciate the fact Nikwax is water-based which makes it very easy to use. The footwear cleaning, conditioning and proofing are the best in the world and that is why we promote Nikwax to all of our new customers and established users.”Gordon FraserAnatom
“KEEN is a leader in the footwear industry having moved several seasons ago to choosing safe, effective PFC-free Durable Water Repellent alternatives to repel water and dirt from the uppers of our shoes and sandals. Waterproofing is not necessary at first, however after some wear, we recommend treating your shoes with a silicone-based, environmentally safe waterproofing spray like Nikwax in order to keep the boot protected and stain-free. KEEN, like Nikwax, take responsibility for the sustainability of our products very seriously, sharing a brand synergy to ensure outdoor products are consciously created to minimise impact on the environment and can be renewed and long lasting.”Joren MeijerKeen
“At Superfeet we believe in brands and products that complement the premium Superfeet fit, therefore we recommend Nikwax to ensure that our outdoor footwear and clothing stays waterproof and keeping people dry and warm.”Tord NilsonSuperfeet
“Salomon are proud to build products using the finest materials, and so recommend regular product care and protection. To prevent natural aging of leather Salomon recommends treating all leather products with a cream or water based wax treatment such as Nikwax. Carl, one of our outdoor ambassadors praises Nikwax as he hasn’t been let down by the products and likes that they come in larger size bottles to save stocking up. Carl really knows how to put his equipment to the test and is glad he uses Nikwax to protect his favourite items.”Oliver DentonSalomon
“As the Masters of Insulation our customers expect our products to deliver superior performance for longer. That’s why we choose Nikwax Hydrophobic Down treatment to dramatically reduce the negative effects that moisture can have on the down insulation and ensure our jackets absorb less water, dry faster and retain their loft for longer, whatever the conditions.”Jim EvansRab
“The result says it all. We wash & proof thousands of garments & Sleeping bags per year & Nikwax is the product we can always rely on to deliver the long-term results we expect & need”Magnus SellbergOutdoor Buddies
“Alpkit and Nikwax share similar beliefs of a circular economy where renewing your gear and using it for longer are good things. Nikwax is a great partner because it enables our customers to get the best performance out of their Alpkit gear for longer whilst reducing their environmental impact.”Alice PeyredieuAlpkit
“We like to look after our kit because we can't keep throwing items away and just replacing them, it’s not sustainable. We already frequently use Tech Wash, TX direct, Down Wash and your shoe cleaner and proofer (which is the best hands down). We’ve tried other brands but always come back to you, it's just a better product. We also admire Nikwax’ green credentials, it’s something that’s extremely important to us.”Tina CollinsTentlife
“Red Fox was born in Russia, where winters are snowy and severe. For many years we have become a leading manufacturer of high-quality down jackets, pants and sleeping bags and we are proud to be an authorized distributor of Nikwax products in Russia. They are sold all across the country in Red Fox stores and partners’ outdoor chains as well. Our ambassadors choose Nikwax to maintain protective properties of their functional gear. We recommend your brand to athletes taking part in Red Fox Elbrus Race andVlad MorozRed Fox
Red Fox Adventure Race annual competitions.
Nikwax ambassadors and friends are always welcome in our stores!”
““Your tent is generally the most important camping essential you need to take great care of if you wish it to last as long as possible. Not caring for your tent and storing it in the wrong kind of environment can drastically decrease the quality and lifespan of the fabrics. For the best results, clean your tent with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash® and reproof it with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof®””Technical Tent Product Manager, BobVango
Find out more about Nikwax Waterproofing products
Nikwax is best known for its high performance cleaning and re-proofing products which are easy to use and safe for you and the environment. Our most popular products Tech Wash and TX.Direct have been shown, through independent testing, to be the best performing technical cleaner and waterproofer.