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  • High-performance, low-impact solution adds durable water repellency, revives breathability and maintains internal wicking properties
  • Provides high-performance waterproofing while maintaining fabric breathability
  • Easy, wash-in application is effective on all waterproof / breathable laminates, coatings and microfibers
  • Recommended for Gore-Tex®, Ultrex, Entrant®, eVENT® and Triple Point
  • Water-based and biodegradable formula contains no fluorocarbons or VOCs
  • Nikwax is a global leader in safe, high-performance waterproofing and cleaning solutions for clothing, footwear and equipment


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Best Use Multisport
Volume 16.9 fluid ounces
Rated 4 out of 5 by from NICE product! It really makes a difference and the droplets run off nicely over the jacket!! I recommend you to use gloves to apply the product because u get really sticky and "waterproof" and you can not wash it out easily (good for the fabric, not for the hands) U need to find a good place to apply the product where u can make a little mess around. I personally didn't want to try the Wash-In version, which may be easier to use, but I am concerned it may damage the Gore-Tex membrane or reduce breathability. Water Repellency is great but it leaves a strong smell to silicon or plastic and the application is something you don't enjoy to do. After a couple of weeks the smell goes away.
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Results I mainly use this on my 10yr old ski pants as the first line of defense against wet Sierra Cement and snow covered chair lift seats. I have yet to get a wet butt or crotch since using. I don't just spray it on but also work it into the fabric with a NixWax dampened rag. For those concerned about smell, it goes away after a week. For those with application issues, it is a wax. So try poking a needle through the nozzle to clear any blockage that may have incured during manufacturing. I've been using the same bottle for 3yrs now. Little goes a long way.
Date published: 2009-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This stuff works! I decided to try nikwax because my hiking boots (Vasque goretex) were soaking and retaining water more than I like. I live here in the Northwest (lots and lots of rain) and I commute with my bike year round. Needless to say I need protection for my shoes. (Galoshes dont work for me) Because my boots are on their 3rd season their life is wearing thin and dont shed water like they did when they were new. I gave nikwax a try using it exactly as directed on the bottle and it works like a charm. My boots retain very little water and I can watch the rain literally bead up and shed right off. Very happy with this product as it can add some extra life to that expesnive gear we like to use and would rather not have to run out and buy again. Get out there!
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works as intended Fist 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: 2013-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product from a Great Comopany I applied this to a Marmot Precip jacket that was about 4 years old and had begun to loose it's effectiveness. Laying the jacket down on a flat surface, I zipped it chut and began spraying the Nikwax on the front of the jacket, worked out to the sleeves and then began folding it in on itself as I worked through the back of the sleeves and jacket. This allowed me to thoroughly massage the spray into the jacket, saturating it completely and not wasting a drop. Once the jacket was soaked, I rolled it into a ball and left it to sit for about 15 minutes. After that, I rolled it out, checked for any dry spots - easy to tell by the change in the jacket's color - and applied more of the spray, massaging it again as I went. It was then rolled up again and left for another 15 minutes. After that it was air dried on a hanger and then run through the dryer on low for about 10 minutes. As with any tool, if you want a good result, you have to use the tool properly and I think this is the best, most effective way of using the Nikwax. I used the small (5 oz) bottle and had a little left after doing the entire jacket and hood. I have complete confidence that this jacket will serve me well in any rain I encounter on the southern portion of the PCT as I set out at the end of the month. When I get to Kennedy Meadows, I'll switch out to a heavier/newer Marmot shell which will be appropriate for the weather I am likely to encounter as I move north to Manning Park. Again, use the tools you have effectively and in a manner they were designed for and you'll likely have fewer problems out there.
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great if item can be tumbled dried As other people have stated, do your research before building up expectations. This does not make non-waterproof items waterproof, it restores the dwr (durable water repelant). The dwr is what causes water to bead up and fall of waterproof items which allows them to breath. Anything that is truly waterproof will remain waterproof regardless of the dwr, unless the membrane or seam tape is damaged (which can never truly be repaired). The waterproof membranes are inherently waterproof. Usually when people complain that their "gore-tex jacket isn't waterproof anymore" what has actually happened is that the dwr is no longer effective for shedding water off the jacket, which causes the outer fabric to become saturated with water and the item looses its breathability, causing condensation to build up on the inside. This is called wet out, and yes, it feels like your jacket is leaking, but it isn't, its just not breathing. It should also be noted that for best results, item must be cleaned prior to application and put through tumble drier afterwords. Check your care label, nearly all gore-tex (and similar) garments can and should be put through and tumble drier (heat helps the bond the dwr and fabric). My Lowe-Alpine shell cannot be put through a drier which is why this Nikwax has never been very effective on that garment, even after using an iron to apply heat. For items that cannot be tumble dried, I find that the Tectron spray is the most effective.
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from repellent works under very wet condition works for rain clothes. Survived downpours in northwest Canada.
Date published: 2013-08-19
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Would this work on some PrAna Zion pants to refresh the water repellency?

Asked by: AKHaese
​This treatment is specifically designed for jackets and pants with a waterproof/breathable membrane (i.e. Gore-Tex or eVent). Washing your pants in Nikwax Tech Wash will revive the durable water repellent finish (DWR).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-20

Is this spray appropriate for jackets with a DWR finish in addition to Goretex (DWR = Durable Water Repellant)?

Asked by: Jewels
This treatment is a great choice for jackets that have both a DWR and a Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-28

Is there an odor associated with this spray? And, if so, does it quickly dissipate or does it cling to you for a week or so? Thanks!

Asked by: sassyc
​This spray does have a slight odor, but it tends to go away after just a few days.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-10

The wash in says I shouldn't use it with gear that has a wicking liner - has anyone used this on something with a wicking liner, and did it work?

Asked by: K_E_G
The spray-on water repellant treatment is intended to be used on the outside shell surface. If applied to a wicking liner it will impact the breathability of the fabric.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-10

I have a 2.5-Layer REI Elements ultra light jacket that I purchased in 2004. Will this product help with restoring the DWR? I have followed the recommended cleaning directions, but alas too much fun ...and washing.

Asked by: tksalamin
Yes, this will help restore the DWR. See our Expert Advice article for more details:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-27

Will this TX.Direct Nikwax work on a tent? I bought it for that purpose, but I maybe should have purchased the "Nikwax Tent and Gear SolarProof Waterproofing Spray" instead (which I just learned about). Are these products similar? Thanks.

Asked by: murphydg88
The Gear SolarProof Waterproofing Spray is a better choice for a tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-25

Can this be used for hiking boots such as the Merrell Moabs?

Asked by: SnowshoerInSoCal
This treatment is better suited for apparel. We recommend the Nikwax Fabric and Leather Waterproofing for Footwear for the Merrell Moabs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-10
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