We recently had the chance to review some of Nikwax’s great cleaning products, which we found to indeed be a “gentle, green, and effective way…to clean, protect, improve performance, and prolong the life of most athletic wear, outdoor clothing, and footwear.” But arguably Nikwax is more noted for its durable water repellent (DWR) products, which we also had the chance to review.
Nick Brown (the “Nik” in Nikwax) developed and patented Nikwax TX 10i, a water-repellent elastomer based on EVA, which we find in the soles of our shoes. Nick perfected how to take mineral wax, which is typically brittle, and make “it very elastic and resilient. Nikwax treatments coat fabric and leather fibers with a network of elastic TX.10i water-repellent molecules.” The end result is durable water repellent that you can wash in or spray on.
Nikwax offers a fix for worn out incontinent gear that didn’t used to leak—just dump the TX.Direct Wash-In in the washing machine. Add your item(s) after cleaning them with a non-detergent cleaner, and wash. You have just recharged your DWR! You can hand wash in a smaller amount of water, too, for potentially better results, and to be honest we went berserk and washed TX.Direct into a bunch of things we wanted water resistant. Jackets that had lost their DWR to age are restored; items that never repelled water suddenly do. It’s magic!
Nikwax also offers another alternative. I had a shell that had lost much of its DWR just where the straps of my pack had rubbed it raw. TX.Direct Spray-On offers a targeted, specific way to apply the amazing TX.10i product—just spray any problem areas.
TX.Direct Spray-On runs about $15 for the small bottle and the TX.Direct Wash-In is just $13 for the smaller bottle that officially will treat a small number of items. I highly recommend checking out the DuoPack options Nikwax has so you can clean and waterproof conveniently. This represents a great investment by restoring your expensive gear to its water-repelling youth!