Nikwax Down Care Kit

The complete care system for thoroughly cleaning, enhancing water repellency, and revitalising the insulation of hydrophobic and regular down gear. Easy to use in your washing machine and by hand, non-flammable and PFC free. Includes a handy roll-top waterproof dry bag with a useful 10L capacity.

For cleaning and waterproofing down gear
  • Enhances the performance of your down gear, keeping you warmer and drier
  • Down Wash.Direct® cleans effectively, revitalises insulation and restores water repellency
  • Down Proof adds water repellency and revitalises insulation
  • Recommended for Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, Hydrodown™ and all other down clothing and sleeping bags

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Kit for thoroughly cleaning, enhancing water repellency, and revitalising the insulation of hydrophobic and regular down gear.


Why down items lose their insulating properties when they get dirty...

Down filled items are used to provide lightweight insulation to keep you warm. The structure of down allows air to be trapped between its filaments and warmed by body heat to provide insulation for the user.

Through use, dirt and body oils build up on down items. This affects both the fabric and the down fill. Dirt attracts water; if the fabric absorbs water, rain and condensation can easily transfer into the down. If down gets wet it clumps together. This causes it to lose loft and insulation as it can’t trap air effectively. When wet, down loses its insulating properties, as water conducts heat away from the body up to 25 times faster than air. It will also gain weight and its breathability will be significantly reduced; leaving you feeling cold, wet and uncomfortable.

Down filled items are most likely to get sweaty and wet inside when used in damp or wet conditions. Therefore it is important to stop down filled gear from getting wet by maintaining Durable Water Repellency (DWR). The outer fabric of your down filled item, as well as the down inside, must be maintained to ensure comfort.

Down is ideal for very cold and dry conditions…

Down has exceptional insulating properties, trapping air between its filaments to keep you warm. No other product offers so much insulation for so little weight and bulk. It’s ideal for sleeping bags, jackets, gilets and down clothing in general.

Water, whether it is rain or condensation from sweat, compromises the insulating properties of down. If down gets wet it loses all of its insulating capacity and also causes weight gain. This reduces the comfort of the user, causing them to feel cold and wet, but more importantly the reduction in insulation is dangerous and in severe cases can lead to hypothermia. When wet, down loses all of its insulating properties, as water conducts heat away from the body up to 25 times faster than air.

Use Nikwax Down Care Kit when your down items soak up water...

How Nikwax Down Care Kit maintains your down items...