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  • High-performance, low-impact waterproofing can be applied to wet or dry leather for immediate protection
  • Reduces water absorption in leather
  • Dual-method sponge / manual applicator
  • Will not soften leather; can be applied to wet or dry leather
  • Water-based, biodegradable solution 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 Hiking
Volume 3.4 fluid ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product- Works! I was apprehensive to buy this until I read tons of reviews on Amazon. I bought it at REI so I could return it if it failed to work properly BUT it didn't. It sounds like the REI reviewers don't know how to use this product properly. Application Tips: 1. Wash the boots off with water first- especially the seams. Also wash the tongue and any area you want to waterproof. 2. Warm the boots and/or the wax first, if possible. (I set my boots in the sun and the wax on top of the dishwasher while it was warm. Many people use a hair dryer) 3. Apply wax in thin layers, by hand. Rub in the wax- if you do it in light enough layers, it's super easy and will absorb. Wait 12-24 hour to re-apply so each layer dries properly. Apply 2-5 coats. 4. Test the wax by placing your boot under a faucet and watch it bead!
Date published: 2015-12-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Simply doesn't work I've used nikwax on my boots for years and have always had terrific results: good long-lasting waterproofing performance. But the new water-based formula just doesn't work. I waxed my clean, dry boots carefully (rubbed it in, brushed it hard, just as I always have) and then went for a day hike (snow on the ground, but 50-degree weather, nothing extreme). Just from the snow kicked up on my laces, my boots soaked through. As another reviewer said: what happened to Nikwax?
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No good. Runny. Messy. I've used Nikwax for years. The old Nikwax tube had the consistency of toothpaste and was easy to apply with some firm working. The new tube poured out like water. Tried vigorous shaking to no avail. Made a terrible mess, wasted as much as I applied. Left the boots with a light tan wax color on the seams. Thankfully these are only work boots, so I don't care how they look. What happened Nikwax?
Date published: 2011-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Choice A small package of this product came with a pair of Kinco gloves I ordered for skiing. I applied as instructed to the brand new gloves, waited 24 hours and took them out. My hands stayed dry (probably more a testament to the glove than the watreproofing) but the leather DID soak through. The next week I went to my local REI and bought a tube so I could re-apply. This I did three times over three days and still, no significant water-repellency. Just too thin. I like the other Nikwax products, esp the tech-wash and wash-in but can't recommend this. Next step? Sno-Seal. The tried and true waterproofer here in the NW
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Formerly a top-shelf product, but no more At first I wondered if my new tube of Nikwax was defective - the wax was runny and rather thin - but now I realized Nikwax has reformulated it's line-leading product, and unfortunately the changes have not been for the better. REI used to sell its own brand of smooth leather waterproofing, which I found to be very good, but sadly this item has been dropped. I am not sure where to look now...
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I bought this and it worked great the first time I opened it and used it on some shoes. Then I tried to use it now, (a few months later) on my boots and had the same problems as others. I shook the tube as directed and even mushed it around in my hands but it still came out like water.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Avoid I applied this stuff to my boots about a month ago. I put two coats on, although the second coat didn't appear to do much. It is somewhat easier to apply than the old fashioned products. I went for a hike yesterday and while most of the trail was well packed, no one had broken trail on the last 1/4 mile up to the ridge. So I slogged through some breakable crust. When I got home my boots were completey soaked. There is one caveat: I did not have gaiters and it is possible I got enough snow in the boot cuffs to soak the boots from the inside out. But shouldn't this stuff work from both sides? I recommend sticking with the old fashioned Snow Seal or Mink Oil. We all know they work. I believe technology has failed us once again. Looks like I am hiking it wet boots today and I put Snow Seal on my shopping list.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Use and Effective Produc So, I was tired of getting out the hair dryer and melting snow seal into my boots and decided to try this Nikwax product as I've used their other products with success. No different here as it was much easier to apply and kept my boots dry through two different hikes this summer - West Coast Trail of Vancouver (lots of mud and water) and then the High Divide in the Olympics (less of each). Water kept beading up and feet stayed dry.
Date published: 2015-10-28
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