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Rated 5 out of
works as intendedFist off, I gave it 5 stars because I have yet to come across another "waterproofing" agent that does the job better or with greater ease. The ones that work are mostly on par with each other, in my opinion.
A few other reviewers summed up the technical errors in ALL of the bad reviews so I will try not to repeat. All of the bad reviews I read were due simply to lack of product knowledge and incorrect application process.
This stuff works really well as a once a year (or more due to heavy use, which means you get out alot and that is something I highly endorse!) application to help with water repellency and breathability. I.e. shed water! It will not make a fleece waterproof or fix a seam tear/hole in your waterproof jacket. Alot of the complaints I read were in reference to pack covers. Ya, this won't waterproof pack covers. They are generally a different material than waterproof garments and once they lose their waterproofing properties it is hard to regain , in my experience. I just recently sprayed my pack cover with a full bottle of the tectron Boot waterproofer in an effort to regain some water tight properties for a trip to nepal in a few days. It is considered a little heavy for clothes and even on the boot end its been known to reduce breathablity. Sounds like it might work well with the pack cover. We'll see.
As far as the complaints about application troubles I'm a little confused. It took me a few times to really dial in a system too, isn't that how most things work. I like to lay a towel down, lay the garment on it, spray and rub until the garment is evenly coated on one side, wait a few mins then flip and repeat on the other. Air dry followed by a few minutes in the dryer. Thats it. It works. I'll copy and past another reviewers instructions because it's precise and there is not much more to know after reading it.
As for the proper use and application of this product:
1) spray application is only neccessary and recommended for *insulated* or fleece-lined waterproof-breathable garments. Nikwax's wash-in product achieves more consistent results with less work for shell garments, but for lined garments, you don't want to mess with the vapor-transmission properties of down or synthetic insulators, so apply the spray to the outside shell only.
2) As another poster noted, you need spray the product on, and RUB IT IN for best results. I simply pull on a medical glove and rub it in by hand to get an even, consistent application and to work it thoroughly into the fabric.
*In the event of sprayhead failure, you can simply apply it using an old sock or small washcloth, which will aid in "massaging" the product into the fabric.
3) ACTIVATE w/ 5mins IN THE DRYER. Excessive exposure to heat is NEVER good for a seam-sealed waterproof garment. Air-dry your insulated garment *first*, then place it for 5-10 minutes in your dryer on low heat. This *reactivates* (essentially "irons in") the DWR coating, and is a trick worth trying on relatively new, clean garments that have begun to lose their water-repellancy, *before* you try re-treating the fabric with TX-Direct.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 2 out of
Wouldn't buy spray againI would likely not buy the spray version of this product, nor would I recommend it to anyone.
The spray nozzle on this does not mist, its more of a sloppy, splattery jet. The instructions say to hold about 6" away, however that would blast a 2" section of the jacket with far too much product. There is no way to evenly coat without applying it a bit heavy, and smearing it around with your hand/fingers to fill in the gaps it misses. Since your jackets are (or should be) somewhat water-repellent, it doesn't really spread evenly. It really needs to be misted on.
I ended up just BARELY getting three jackets refreshed with this whole bottle. That's extremely wasteful considering I was having to wring out the towel i was using to remove the excess as described in the last step before drying. I feel a bit cheated seeing it all go down the drain like that.
The bottle claims it lasts 5x longer. My jackets were all 2-3 years old before finally needing a refresh, so I'm hoping (and being optimistic) that I get 1-2 years out of this treatment. Perhaps the wash-in will work better next time around, but I had heard that it isn't quite as effective.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 4 out of
Patty of the Wild from
repellent works under very wet conditionworks for rain clothes. Survived downpours in northwest Canada.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of
I gave it the whole nine yards.....I used both NIKWAX treatments. NIKWAX Tech Wash and NIKWAX Tx.Direct Spray On. I applied BOTH treatments on a 8 year old ski jacket and ski pants. REI store people recommended both treatments. I followed the instructions carefully (always a painful process for me) and I applied the Tx.Direct Spray On immediately after removing the garments from the washer. Waterproofing treatment works well -but it is hard to say which is more effective - or if both treatments are absolutely required. My only initial reservation was the cost - this treatment is not inexpensive.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 4 out of
It works, so farNot quite sure on how to review this product. Our jackets were starting to 'wet out' and this product came highly recommended. I used it according to the directions after having washed the jackets in Nickwax Tech Wash first. This was in October of last year. So far, so good. It seems to have worked well. Our jackets aren't wetting out anymore. But the jackets haven't been worn much since using this product on them, so I really can't comment on the products longevity. But so far so good.