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Nikwax Outdoor Complete Protection Kit | Review

Four solutions that'll extend the lifetime of your key bits of outdoor kit quite considerably

Nikwax is a brand that has made it into all four editions of our Green Gear Guide now. For good reason too. Ask any one of our testers what they consider to be the most eco-friendly outdoor brand out there and Nikwax would be the first name on their lips. The company itself follows some brilliant ethical and environmental practices, but what we really like about this brand is that their stuff helps to preserve and restore the gear we already own – saving items from going into the landfill and saving us from having to make new purchases. 

The whole set costs £25. Photos: Joe Whitemore

This particular offering, the Nikwax Outdoor Complete Protection kit, is your one-stop-shop for keeping your core items of gear in tip top shape. For the price of £25, you get a bottle of Nikwax Tech Wash, TX.Direct, Footwear Cleaning Gel, Fabric and Leather Proof, a handy boot brush and a waterproof storage/carry bag too. And altogether these are going to clean your boots and restore a water resistant barrier to them and they’ll safely clean your waterproof jacket and trousers and restore a water resistant barrier to them as well. 

For Footwear

Dirt on boots is bad. It attracts moisture, causing fabrics to become saturated and in turn hindering the overall breathability. Not only that but when that mud starts to dry on boots made from leather, it sucks out any oils that naturally keep the leather supple, therefore creating the risk of it cracking or tearing. The green bottle, Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel, is the antidote to this problem. It’a a special solution that makes mud and grime easy to remove – basically doing a tough job quickly and effectively. 

The purple bottle, Nikwax Fabric and Leather Proof, is the stuff that adds a brand new water resistant layer to your boots. All you need to do with this is spray it on and rub it in with a damp cloth and once you’ve done that you’ve got a pair of boots that will be like they were when you first bought them – causing any moisture to run off instantly in beads and, in turn, letting the fabric breathe properly. 

For Rainwear

The two rainwear solutions serve the same purpose and produce the same results as the two footwear solutions. You know when you a jacket ‘wets out’ – basically when it becomes completely saturated – that’s when the durable water repellent treatment that was added when it was made has essentially lost its effect. And when that happens, that’s when a jacket loses its breathability and becomes clammy. 

Washing waterproof jackets and trousers with normal washing detergent isn’t a great idea as you could be washing out the original durable water repellent treatment that your product came with and it can even leave a moisture attracting residue. Using Nikwax Tech Wash (the green bottle) instead will make sure your kit gets properly cleaned and without hindering any water resistance that it already has.

If the water resistance does already seem to have gone, that’s when to deploy Nikwax TX.Direct (the purple bottle). This will add a brand new water resistant layer throughout the garment, making it bead away moisture once again.

Eco Credentials

All four of these solutions are completely free from any nasty chemicals, including those eco-hazardous PFCs that were once prevalent right across the outdoor industry. They’re all water-based, non-flammable and aerosol-free too. The bottles Nikwax use are recycled and are recyclable as well, and then to round it all off, the company, which is now employee owned, can claim to be a carbon neutral business which has offset the carbon emissions from its entire 45 years of operation. 

In case of use, here are some useful videos we’ve made in the past that detail exactly how to apply these solutions to your kit from your own home. 

“An easy to use kit – which I like. However if this was my purchase I would soon end up with left over brushes and drybags, plus a shortage of Tech Wash. You should be ‘washing the dirt away’ far more regularly (is it once in every 6 washes) than reproofing the item. The big problem with reproofing is that people will just try to reproof what they have, without cleaning it first (you would never wax a car without washing it beforehand); the brush helps align this thinking & the drybag always saves the day when you gear gets wet. The Circular Economy is all about keeping the original product going for as long as possible – this is what Nikwax enables.”

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Selected for our Green Gear Guide 2023
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