[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]Nikwax Down Proof Wash In Review[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]You know when you have those “well, shit” moments and you think that you have completely destroyed one of your best loved pieces of kit? Well, doing the Nikwax Down Proof Wash-in review caused one of those moments. Pulling my beloved Uniqlo down jacket (yup, thats right!) out the wash and seeing the state of it made my heart stop and more than a few colourful words slip out of my mouth. The pictures below don’t do it justice…

Anyway! I have been meaning to wash this jacket for a while now, since Ireland in fact where it got punished constantly! I refuse to take it to the dry cleaners as it will cost more to dry clean than the jacket cost in the first place but I know that washing it normally would likely destroy it completely. The crew at Nikwax convinced me to give their Down Proof wash in hydrophobic treatment a go and here we are, staring blindly at the washing machine watching my jacket go around and around and just slightly starting to panic at what I have gone and got myself into this time…[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Nikwax Down Proof Wash In Review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]The Good Stuff…[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]So the good stuff first. It comes in a convenient and easy to use plastic bottle that is resealable in case you only want to use half, of if you have very tiny clothes I guess. The instructions are clear:

  1. Remove all detergent from the dispenser (drawer). Detergent will counteract the actual substance adhering to the clothes and imbuing its water resistance. The detergent will want to wash out what the Nikwax is trying to put in!
  2. Dump said down jacket into washing machine and adjust settings for a cold wash on delicates (silk, that sort of thing).
  3. Pour the Nikwax Down Proof Wash In into the drawer.
  4. Close drawer and put the wash on.
  5. Panic.

What could possibly go wrong? Simple right! Well, yes, actually. Despite what Katie may believe, I do actually know how to work the washing machine and so panic definitely ensued when my jacket started doing the rounds.

The bottle claims that the Nikwax Down Proof Wash In “adds water repellency, revives insulation & breathability”. How much water resistance it adds is up for judgement. The end result of pulling my beloved jacket from the wash was immediately ‘further panic’ followed by ‘well this should be OK after a shake, surely’ though to ‘what was I worrying about in the first place?!’. The jacket, since being work outside in the English Summer (rain) has proven its worth – resistance indeed, you can see the water beading off which is quite satisfying – it does what it says on the tin![/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Nikwax Down Proof Wash In Review - My Uniqlo ultralight down jacket[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]The Bad Stuff…[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]The only thing I would add is that if you do not clean the detergent drawer on your washer and/or you wash on too high a temperature then it will limit or null the effects of the Nikwax Down Proof Wash In. This, however, is more of a user warning more than a product issue.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Nikwax Down Proof Wash In Review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]Technical Specifications[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]Nikwax Down Proof – Wash in waterproofing for down filled gear – Adds water repellency, revives insulation & breathability – Recommended for Puffa.

Comes in a 150ml resealable bottle and is sold in most places on Earth and probably further.

Nikwax Don Proof retails for about £7.10 for a 300ml bottle of you can get it with their Down Wash product also for about £9.10 on Amazon.

Its a white liquid – it looks like runny PVA glue and smells suspiciously similar too.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Nikwax Down Proof Wash In Review [/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]Other Lines[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]Nikwax also do a full range of treatments, not only for Down Filled Gear but also for washing already treated hydrophobic down, such as my sleeping bag and other such kit which is becoming more popular. They also have a full range of TX. Direct Wash In which caters to adding water repellency back to waterproof gear and also Tech Wash which caters to a wider range of waterproof type gear.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]Conclusion[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]All in, the Nikwax Down Proof Wash In product and the full range behind Nikwax are pretty spectacular. They didn’t destroy my down jacket and only made it better – result! Everybody has waterproof kit and who doesn’t need to wash it once in a while? Get yourself some of this and prolong the life of that kit![/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]Image Reel[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_images picture_size=”auto” hover_type=”none” autoplay=”no” columns=”1″ column_spacing=”13″ scroll_items=”” show_nav=”yes” mouse_scroll=”no” border=”yes” lightbox=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-2.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-3.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-4.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-5.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-6.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-7.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-8.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-9.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-10.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-12.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-11.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-13.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-14.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-15.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-16.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nikwax-down-proof-review-1.jpg” alt=””/][/fusion_images][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]