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Enhancing Natural Materials

Nikwax Eco Materials have developed the best performing hydrophobic down, keeping explorers warmer and drier in extreme cold conditions, without the use of harmful fluorocarbon (PFC) chemistry. Nikwax enhances the performance of nature’s best insulator, to create the lightest, most efficient, water resistant insulation available.

Why Nikwax Hydrophobic Down?

It keeps you dry: Nikwax Hydrophobic Down resists wetting; maintaining the insulation properties and breathability of your down gear…
It keeps you warm: Outdoor gear using Nikwax Hydrophobic Down resists getting wet, so the loft and insulation properties of your gear are maintained and you stay warm…
It keeps you comfortable: When other down insulating gear fails, Nikwax Hydrophobic Down continues performing, keeping you comfortable for longer…
Safer for you and the environment: Nikwax Hydrophobic Down treatment is water based and free from PFCs and other environmentally persistent chemicals…

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Introducing the world’s best performing hydrophobic down

We are proud to set a new standard in high performance insulation materials.
NHD+ is the first and only hydrophobic down to exceed 10,000 minutes on the industry IDFB 18a Shake Test**. That’s 7 days constant exposure to water.
NHD+ keeps users warm, dry and comfortable in a wider range of conditions. It will not wet out from rain, snow, and condensation produced whilst exercising or camping.
NHD+ also keeps users warmer and drier in extreme cold, making it perfect for use whilst alpine trekking and mountaineering.

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Environmentally friendly high performance

Enhancing the performance of recycled down.
The first recycled down to achieve 1,000 minutes on the IDFB 18a Shake Test**.
NHD Recycled was created to support our partners wishing to use recycled down and still wanting a high performance hydrophobic material.
Nikwax have created a treatment suitable for recycled down, giving old down a new life.

Nikwax Hydrophobic Down in Action

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

Leading outdoor brands use Nikwax Hydrophobic Down
Many leading outdoor clothing brands use Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, here are a selection:

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

**Standard Down lasts a maximum of 20 minutes shake time. To be considered hydrophobic, treated down must reach a minimum of just 40 minutes shake time.

Our Product Areas

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Care products that extend the life and enhance the performance of waterproof outdoor gear.

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Care products that enhance the performance of next-to-skin sports clothing and speeding up fabric drying.

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Directional Textiles

Designed to manage moisture in outdoor clothing more effectively, keeping you warmer and drier.

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Eco Materials

Specialist natural materials prepared using a Nikwax environmentally sustainable process.