Ma Nikwax to the Rescue

Post by blogger | June 13, 2013      

As they say, redder is better for ski photography. With a little help from Ma, this jacket is red.

A favorite jacket covered with a long ski season worth of grime is as sad as a one eyed, bedraggled teddy bear. Even if you’re comfortable with the grunge look, performance starts to decrease when hi tech fabrics get clogged with sunscreen, dirt, grease, taco sauce and the region’s best beer (PBR is said to not have as deleterious an effect — testing is ongoing). And when Mom shows up for a visit, it’s not a question of if it gets washed, but when.


Before Nikwax but after washing with regular laundry detergent. Some of that black smudge is Cherokee engine oil. We used regular dish soap that contained a grease cutting formula to dissolve the grease and rinsed it thoroughly before the final wash with Nikwax.

Concerns about destructing the weather repellent finish are legit, especially since gear must perform in harsh conditions and we’ll admit we have wrecked a piece or two while zealously scrubbing. Out, damned spot. Out, I say.

But no more Lady MacBeth episodes for us, thanks to Nikwax. We used Nikwax Softshell wash-in treatment and the softshell came out looking and performing like new. Downside to Nikwax is it doesn’t last forever, and it’s more expensive than regular laundry detergent.


After. Nikwax treatment passes the water bottle test.

Fabric experts say that storing a garment clean will extend its life. Care for your gear so it’ll work next season. Get your Nikwax products here.



4 Responses to “Ma Nikwax to the Rescue”

  1. XXX_er June 13th, 2013 9:32 pm

    I like powdered laundry detergent and whatever spray-on DWR’s is on sale myself and in rigorous field tests (actualy I ran out half way thru a treatment) they all work about the same

    IMO a DWR treatment lasts longer than most relationships

  2. Andy June 14th, 2013 4:02 pm

    Where is the ski photo taken? Looks like a pretty sweet descent but if you have to get across that glacier it looks pretty hairy!

  3. Neil June 16th, 2013 4:03 pm

    PBR and beer should not be used in the same sentence.

    And have been using Nikwax for a fews years, its the ducks nuts.

  4. Tomas June 20th, 2013 10:29 pm

    Coleman headwall on mt. Baker is my guess.

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