WHAT’S IN THIS BOOK?
Outdoor gear works best when cared for.
Items like rain jackets, leather boots, tents, down jackets, gloves, and more, all need care to perform their best. In this book we’ll help you understand how to get the most from different types of outdoor gear.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Follow the color-coded pages.
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
FOOTWEAR & GLOVES
NEXT TO SKIN CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR
DIRTY CLEAN PRODUCTS WITH GREEN CAPS ARE CLEANERS. (GREEN FOR CLEAN).
GEAR LIKES TO BE CLEAN
PRODUCTS WITH PURPLE CAPS ARE WATERPROOFERS. (PURPLE FOR PROOF).
FOLLOW THE CARE LABEL.
Your gear will likely have a tag inside it that tells you how to care for it, complete with cryptic symbols (see left).
Nikwax products work best with warm water on a regular cycle, but when in doubt, follow the care label on your item.
Nikwax waterproofing products also don’t need heat to activate the water-repellency, so no need to use a dryer.
Waterproof/breathable jackets and pants are great for protection against rain or snow. Not to be confused with “slickers” or PVC rainwear,
keep you dry, while also allowing sweat vapor to escape. These
may have a membrane like GORE-TEX®, or simply use a water-repellent
JACKETS & PANTS
Down-filled clothing and equipment provides unrivaled warmth-to-weight ratios. However, dirty down attracts water, and deteriorates prematurely. When down gets wet it loses its insulating abilities, leaving you cold. Clean your down on a regular basis.
JACKETS & BAGS CLEAN
Jackets and sleeping bags with synthetic fill are the work horses of insulting gear. They stay warm when wet, and keep you toasty. They perform best when they repel water, so keep them clean and waterproof for best results.
JACKETS & BAGS
UV rays are extremely damaging to outdoor gear. Just two weeks of summer sun exposure can reduce fabric strength by half, making tents and packs more susceptible to tearing and ripping.
Both cleaning with Tent & Gear Solarwash and
will add UV protection, extending the life of gear up to 150%.
UV PROTECT CLEAN WATERPROOF
LEATHER SHOES & GLOVES
Suede and nubuck are textured leather. They tend to be softer and break in easier than full-grain leather. To maintain their texture, it’s important to use the right waterproofing product. Nubuck & Suede Proof adds water-repellency, while preserving texture.
SUEDE & NUBUCK SHOES
Fabric and fabric & leather combination are the most common types of footwear available. Add water-repellency with Fabric & Leather Proof, but remember, if the shoes have large mesh or perforations, they may never be fully waterproof!
FABRIC & LEATHER SHOES
Summer footwear enables all sorts of fun, warm-weather adventure. However, sometimes sandals and other next-to-skin shoes can get a little rancid. Regular cleaning and deodorizing with Sandal Wash will ensure your friends keep inviting you along for summer fun.
SANDALS & SOCKLESS SHOES
CLEAN & DEODORIZE
Synthetic fitness clothing is a wonder. It dries quickly and wicks sweat. However, it also has a tendency to develop and harbor stench. Use a technical detergent like Basewash, or an additive like BaseFresh, to eliminate odors and improve technical performance by increasing wicking.
SYNTHETIC FITNESS CLOTHING
CLEAN & DEODORIZE
Merino wool is nature’s wonder material. It is soft, wicks moisture, resists odors (to a certain degree), and is warm when wet. Care for your wool layers with Wool Wash, which safely cleans, enhances wicking, softens, and deodorizes.
MERINO WOOL CLOTHING
CLEAN & DEODORIZE
Nikwax is the global leader in safe, highperformance cleaning & waterproofing for outdoor gear. Founded in 1977, we’ve spent decades perfecting our solutions, and we never stop. Our products are used loyally by millions of people in over 60 countries.
EASIER: Nikwax products are easy to use at home, whether in your washing machine or by spraying them on.
SAFER: Nikwax products are made with care for the environment, never any aerosols or PFCs. All Nikwax products are water-based and non-persistent.
DRIER: Nikwax products are highperformance. We test them excessively in our lab, and in extreme weather environments.
Entirely PFC-Free, aerosol-free, water-based, and biodegradable high performance products
The only company in the world to have offset its entire 40+ years of operations
Preserving and regenerating forests and protecting threatened ecosystems.
Reducing waste and keeping gear out of landfills.