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Keeps you warmer and drier, extending the range of conditions you can use your down clothing and gear.

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Nikwax Hydrophobic Down in action

The floating sleeping bag experiment. The Nikwax team conducted an experiment specifically designed to demonstrate the waterproofing capabilities of Nikwax Hydrophobic Down*.

*Sleeping bags are not flotation devices of any sort, so please DO NOT try to replicate this experiment.

Nikwax waterproofing expertise applied to down

Nikwax has been inventing and making high quality waterproofing products for over 40 years that enhance the performance of clothing, equipment and gear and prolong it’s active life. To keep your warmer and drier and increase your comfort outdoors in a way that isn’t harmful to the environment.

Nikwax applied this thinking to improving the ability of down creating Nikwax Hydrophobic Down™. Down that has a water based, PFC free waterproof treatment applied, making it more than 50 times more resistant to water than standard down. Extending the range of conditions you can use your favourite clothing and gear.

Down is a fantastic insulator

Down is the very soft layer of feathers closest to a bird’s skin. It’s arguably the best insulator for any winter outdoor clothing and gear – as it’s light, packs down and breathable and incredibly efficient at trapping and holding body heat and keeping you warm in even the harshest conditions.

But looses it’s ability to insulate you when it gets wet

However, when down gets wet, it loses all of its insulating properties. It’s delicate tendril structure which makes it such a good insulator collapses when it gets wet, soaking up water and clumping together. This means it becomes water logged, heavy and loses all of its ability to keep you warm.

Nikwax Hydrophobic Down™ resists water so you continue to stay dry and warm

Down with a Nikwax Hydrophobic Down treatment applied is highly water resistant. It can resist 16 hours of direct exposure to water and still retain it’s insulating properties. So if you can continue to wear clothing and gear containing Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, even if it rains or snows and still stay dry and warm.

Safe for you and kind on the environment

Like all Nikwax products, Nikwax Hydrophobic Down is responsibly sourced, water based, free of PFC’s and other environmentally persistent chemicals and is kind on the environment.

Look for Nikwax Hydrophobic Down in clothing and gear by:

Win a Mountain Hardware StretchDown™ DS Hooded Jacket containing Nikwax Hydrophobic Down

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Nikwax Philosopy
More than waterproofing...

Nikwax have been making cleaning and waterproofing products for 40 years, to help people enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

  • All Nikwax products are water-based, non-flammable, don’t contain any PFC’s, solvents or propellant gasses. They’re safe for you and your family and kind on the environment.
  • Nikwax is the only outdoor company to receive the
    Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.
  • Nikwax believes that caring for the environment in everything it does is important. So Nikwax have carbon balanced all of their operational emissions by planting tropical rainforest in partnership with World Land Trust.