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Nikwax Performance?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have any experience with the Nikwax products?

I've got a Spyder jacket thats had most of its DWR washed out and I'm curious how the TX.Direct they recommend performs. Any experiences?

They also claim you should wash your jacket and pants, etc with Tech Wash. I know that regular washing is hard on the coatings, but have you seen any difference with Tech Wash?

OKD
post #2 of 10
Yes on both accounts. They work.

Next time, don't get spyder. Their waterproofing sucks.
post #3 of 10
Dan,
Tech Wash is a "non-detergent." It doesn't create sudsy residues that can clog up the pores of the membranes of the garment. Also it doesn't have the perfumes that can harm membranes. Don't forget that some detergents have bleach. Bleach is not good for the membranes, too.

Denny
post #4 of 10
I've been happy with both the Tech Wash and TX Direct.
post #5 of 10
I'm a repeat customer. It works.
post #6 of 10
Another Nikwax fan here. If you've used regular detergents on the garment, it probably would be a good idea to wash it a couple times to get any residual junk out of the pores. Tech wash can help remove body oils and detergents from the membrane. I use the spray-bottle TX.Direct rather than the stuff you pour into the rinse. My ski school uniform remains quite waterproof/breathable long after those of colleagues who wash theirs in standard detergents.
post #7 of 10
Both work well.

Just purchased a washer/dryer set that has a special cycle for washing/retreating waterproof/breathable fabrics. Makes short work of the process now - load, push da buttons and go ski.
post #8 of 10
There's nothing wrong with Tech Wash, but you can use detergent with GoreTex:
http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Satel...g-instructions

Fabric softeners are the bad thing. It seems that if washing GoreTex with detergent is okay, then it's likely to be okay with other fabrics, but check the garments' fabric care instruction tag to be sure.

Gore also recommends using the spray-on product to renew the DWR.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post
There's nothing wrong with Tech Wash, but you can use detergent with GoreTex:
http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Satel...g-instructions

Fabric softeners are the bad thing. It seems that if washing GoreTex with detergent is okay, then it's likely to be okay with other fabrics, but check the garments' fabric care instruction tag to be sure.

Gore also recommends using the spray-on product to renew the DWR.
Correct, detergent does not harm Gore-Tex, but does tend to remove DWR coatings more so than non-detergent soaps.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Sounds like good advice. I'll get both and give my jacket and pants a washing.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
Next time, don't get spyder. Their waterproofing sucks.
In my experience with Spyder, they've got several different levels of waterproofing, from the bare minimum to classify a garment as waterproof to Gore-Tex.

My jacket is 20,000mm and, while I'd perfer Gore-Tex instead of Toray's Entrant, its never gotten me wet...
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