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Staying dry and warm in base layers

During this current pandemic, the time we get to enjoy the outdoors feels more important than ever. However, during the freezing winter months, you may be tempted to stay indoors because of dreading getting cold or wet if you venture outside. Right now, fresh air is vital for us all in terms of health and mental wellbeing, so don’t be put off. All you need is the right clothing and, at this time of year, it’s all about layers.

Wearing a number of layers traps air between them, providing additional insulation to that provided by the garments alone. The other big benefit is increased versatility: layering enables you to add or remove layers according to changing conditions, ensuring maximum comfort at all times.

What layers do I need?

Every good layering system, when stripped back to basics, is made up of three essential components: the base layer, the mid (or insulation) layer, and the outer (shell/waterproof) layer. Each fulfils a specific role in ensuring you stay warm, dry and comfortable in winter conditions.

Why are base layers so important?

Base layers are often overlooked when it comes to layering systems. Walkers, climbers and even mountaineers frequently focus on insulation or waterproofing pieces when, in fact, many of the most important issues they face can be combatted by a good base layer. Whether you’re cycling, running or just out for a stroll in the hills, moisture management and temperature regulation are key to keeping you comfortable and safe.

So what are the key base layers and how can Nikwax Sweatproofing aftercare keep them performing for you this winter?

Next-to-skin base layers
Layering systems start with moisture management. Base layers are there to help wick away sweat from the skin when you get warm whilst active – they become your second skin. You should ensure that whilst close fitting, a base layer provides enough flexibility for comfortable movement.

If sweat accumulates against your skin, you will get damp and swiftly feel a chill when you stop being active, this will affect the regulation of your body temperature. Merino wool or synthetic next-to-skin base layers are designed to wick moisture away from your skin. Sweat will spread over a large area and then dry fast, to prevent you feeling clammy.

Many people are not aware that fabric conditioners and some laundry detergents leave behind a residue which impairs the wicking performance of base layers, leaving you damp and clammy. This can also lead to the build-up of bacteria on the base layer leaving it smelling of sweat even after it’s been washed. Using the right cleaning and conditioning products on your base layers will keep them performing at their best so that you can enjoy your time outdoors and stay warm and dry on the inside.

Synthetic base layers
Synthetic layers are great for high-energy activities, such as running or cycling, as they are fast drying and lightweight. However, synthetic layers are susceptible to the build-up of body odours and your kit could soon start to smell.

You can banish the odour from synthetic layers by using Nikwax BaseFresh® when you wash your kit. When used alongside your household detergent, BaseFresh ensures that you can clean your layers without the detergent impairing the technical properties of the fabric.  BaseFresh effectively removes body oils from synthetic fabric and prevents the build-up of bad-smelling bacteria, maintaining freshness. Fabric will become more resistant to stains and day-to-day soiling. BaseFresh enhances performance, improving wicking to spread sweat and dry fast. You stay comfortable and your base layers will smell fresher for longer.  

If you use a lot of synthetic base layers and sportswear, we’d recommend Nikwax BaseWash® a specially designed detergent with added conditioner which will clean your base layers effectively, leaving them smelling fresh and performing at their best.

Woollen base layers
Garments made from wool, such as Merino, make for naturally warming next-to-skin layers. Woollen base layers are naturally wicking and antibacterial, whilst also providing insulation in winter and cooling properties in warmer months. Air pockets within wool will pull excess heat away from your skin whilst trapping heat within the natural fibre, so you remain comfortable without either overheating or getting too cold.

You can wash wool less frequently than synthetic base layers, but they still need to be cared for properly. Nikwax Wool Wash will both clean and condition your garments at the same time, caring for the fabric to maintain its natural properties. Wool Wash deodorises your base layers, preventing any odour build-up and keeping you smelling fresh. You can restore performance of older base layers with Wool Wash, with the fabric retaining its natural softness and wicking enhanced, so that sweat can spread and dry fast.

Nikwax Wool Wash is also perfect for other woollen garments such as socks and jumpers, giving them the gentle cleaning care that this delicate natural fibre needs.

All Nikwax products are water-based, and made with care for the environment. They are also super easy to use in your washing machine or by hand!

Care for your base layers with Nikwax Sweatproofing and be safe knowing that you can enjoy your daily exercise this winter without feeling cold or uncomfortable.

 

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Keep your base layers performing at their best

While we temporarily can’t explore the great outdoors, make the most of the great indoors with regular workouts! Regular exercise has huge benefits for all ages including weight control, combatting disease and health conditions, and giving you more energy.

Keep your body moving with a regular workout to keep yourself in a positive place mentally and physically! We recommend tuning in to #PEWithJoe on The Body Coach each morning at 9am, and getting the whole family involved! For more of our top tips to get through this period, read our Stay Healthy, Stay Safe blog.

In the words of Dr. Nick Cavill, “If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented.”

 

Nikwax Sweatproofing is the care product of choice for all next-to-skin clothing, base layers, sports and gym gear!

To avoid feeling conscious of sweating, or worrying that your gear may start to smell through use, Nikwax’s range of Sweatproofing products are what you need to keep active wear in prime condition.

Unlike household detergents and conditioners, the high performance Sweatproofing range will ensure your garments can spread moisture and sweat quickly and easily, therefore drying faster and preventing you from feeling clammy or smelly.

Washing base layers/sports clothing in normal household detergent and conditioner impair the wicking properties of the fabric. This means that sweat does not spread and body oils/odours build up within the fabric – resulting in smelly clothing, which is not something you want whilst working out at home!

Nikwax Sweatproofing means you remain fresh, dry and comfortable when active. Here are our effective Sweatproofing care products:

BaseFresh®: the high performance deodorising conditioner that you can use with your normal detergent. It allows the detergent to clean away all dirt, but prevents it from impairing the functionality of your technical clothing; wicking is improved, sweat and moisture spread and dry much faster, so your body temperature is regulated and you smell and feel great.

BaseWash®: the deodorising cleaner & conditioner for synthetic sports gear. It removes all dirt and body oils whilst refreshing the fabric effectively at the same time. Odour build-up is prevented and breathability is increased – great for user comfort.

Wool Wash: the effective cleaner & conditioner for woollen base layers. Wool Wash is designed specifically for delicate woollen gear, e.g. Merino; it enhances wicking and breathability, keeping the garment soft and banishing odour build-up.

Sandal & Sports Shoe Wash: a deodorising cleaner for non-waterproof footwear. Keeps your active footwear smelling fresh on the inside by removing dirt and bacteria from the footbed and insoles, as well as cleaning the outside. Bacterial growth and odour build-up is reduced, which in turn will ensure your footwear has an extended lifetime of use!

 

An additional benefit of Nikwax Sweatproofing? It is really easy and safe to use! The products are all water-based and contain no harmful PFCs or solvents. You can pop your gear in the washing machine or clean items by hand nice and easily. To order yours click HERE.

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A New Year…Back to Fitness…

Do you get to the end of Christmas, feel overwhelmed by all the indulgence and can’t wait to get back to the gym, running or cycling in the New Year? Well it is not far away and to ensure you get your 2020 activities off to a good start, you need to stock up on some Nikwax Sweatproofing.

Why? This is why…

Nikwax Sweatproofing is the care product of choice for all next-to-skin clothing, base layers, sports and gym gear!

To avoid feeling conscious of sweating, or worrying that your gear may start to smell through use, Nikwax’s range of Sweatproofing products are what you need to keep active wear in prime condition.

Unlike household detergents and conditioners, the high performance Sweatproofing range will ensure your garments can spread moisture and sweat quickly and easily, therefore drying faster and preventing you from feeling clammy or smelly.

Washing base layers/sports clothing in normal household detergent and conditioner impair the wicking properties of the fabric. This means that sweat does not spread and body oils/odours build up within the fabric – resulting in smelly clothing, which is not something you want when you head to the gym or are busy burning calories in an aerobics class!

Nikwax Sweatproofing means you remain fresh, dry and comfortable when active. Here are our effective Sweatproofing care products:

BaseFresh®: the high performance deodorising conditioner that you can use with your normal detergent. It allows the detergent to clean away all dirt, but prevents it from impairing the functionality of your technical clothing; wicking is improved, sweat and moisture spread and dry much faster, so your body temperature is regulated and you smell and feel great.

BaseWash®: the deodorising cleaner & conditioner for synthetic sports gear. It removes all dirt and body oils whilst refreshing the fabric effectively at the same time. Odour build-up is prevented and breathability is increased – great for user comfort.

Wool Wash: the effective cleaner & conditioner for woollen base layers. Wool Wash is designed specifically for delicate woollen gear, e.g. Merino; it enhances wicking and breathability, keeping the garment soft and banishing odour build-up.

Sandal & Sports Shoe Wash: a deodorising cleaner for non-waterproof footwear. Keeps your active footwear smelling fresh on the inside by removing dirt and bacteria from the footbed and insoles, as well as cleaning the outside. Bacterial growth and odour build-up is reduced, which in turn will ensure your footwear has an extended lifetime of use!

An additional benefit of Nikwax Sweatproofing? It is really easy and safe to use! The products are all water-based and contain no harmful PFCs or solvents. You can pop your gear in the washing machine or clean items by hand nice and easily. To find your nearest retailer, click HERE.

 

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Interview: Will Renwick on walking, Wales, Nikwax, and the great outdoors

Will Renwick is the editor of Outdoors Magic – an online publication with a focus on outdoor gear, news and product reviews. He’s also President of Ramblers Cymru and can often be found walking, running, or climbing somewhere deep inside Wales. We spent some time with Will to discuss his love of outdoors, Nikwax Sweatproofing, and his plans for outdoor adventures this year.

At 22, you were the youngest person to walk both the Wales Coastal Path and Offa’s Dyke together. What got you interested in the outdoors at a young age and is it the same thing that keeps your interest going now?
“My outdoor bug all began out of boredom, I guess. I remember getting to the end of my summer holiday between university terms and having nothing good to do with myself. My mum suggested I go off and walk the Offa’s Dyke Path with a friend and so, a week later, off we went with a four-person Lidl tent and a load of Pot Noodles. We faced some big challenges, mainly in the form of blisters, but came away hungry for more. That really opened my eyes to the possibilities for adventure right on my doorstep in Wales. I’ve been exploring the country ever since – almost exclusively!”

You must be living your dream as editor of an outdoors publication. How would you describe Outdoors Magic and what makes it unique?
“This year marks 20 years of existence for us as an online outdoor community and gear review site, which is quite something when you consider that the internet only properly kicked off in the late ‘90s. We’ve been reporting on hiking gear before hiking gear was cool – way before all the hipsters started wearing walking boots and Patagonia fleeces in Shoreditch!

I think what makes us unique is that we try not to take things too seriously. You see a lot of very dry written and video outdoor gear reviews out there these days. We try and have a bit of fun. I think our new Will’s World video series is probably a good example of that.”

Tell us about your role with Ramblers Cymru, and why this matters to you.
“I think we take the access we have for granted. When I was in Ireland last summer, there was a large craggy hill above where we were staying that I wanted to climb. When I started looking for routes I realised there were none. You don’t get that in Wales (or the rest of the British mainland) and that’s thanks, for the most part, to the incredible efforts of the Ramblers. So I’m really proud to represent the Welsh branch as its President, and to help champion the efforts of its volunteers.”

We’re heading into spring and summer – what are your outdoor aims for this year?
“I’m steadily ticking off all of Wales’ long distance trails and there are a couple I’m eyeing up for this year. I managed to sneak the Beacons Way in over February; next up will either be a little-known trail called the Epynt Way, or the Heart of Wales line, which is set for completion this month. I’ve also got a bit of a mad idea to build a coracle and explore Wales’ rivers in it. I’ve just got to figure out how to make one first!”

You recently tested out a t-shirt treated with Nikwax® Sweatproofing – can you give us your honest review?
“It’s impressive to see how a Nikwax Sweatproofed base layer compares to a non-Nikwax’d one when they’re both wet. The treated one dries so much faster. I’ll be honest, when I go on my long distance walks I’ll often walk and sleep in the same t-shirt for days on end, so it’s pretty convenient to have something that will wick sweat away quickly.”

How do you look after your outdoor kit to keep it fresh and in working order?
“I’m lucky to get quite a lot of kit to test out for Outdoors Magic, but I also have a load of old favourites that I’ve kept in good nick by looking after them. It’s kind of weird to now be getting to the age where the kit that I remember buying when I was younger is now looking retro. How do I look after it all? Waterproofs definitely need a bit of TLC and reproofing them every now and then can make a massive difference to their lifespan. I don’t Nikwax my kit enough, but when I do it I’m always pleased with the results.”

What’s your favourite piece of kit that you would recommend for outdoorsy people like Nikwax fans?
“I’ve become strangely attached to a Patagonia hat that has these fleecy earflaps. My girlfriend detests it and my friends rib me for it, but it’s so damn practical! I wrote a review of it on our website recently and it reads more like a love poem.”

Where’s your favourite place to be outside in Wales?
“Got to be Newport in North Pembrokeshire. People tend to think that Pembrokeshire is all about coastal walking, but up in the north of the county there’s also some fantastic hillwalking within the Preseli Hills. I particularly enjoy running there. You can be getting buffeted by wind on a summit and then chilling out on a beach less than 40 minutes later. There’s a craft beer brewery or two as well – Wales’ answer to Vancouver!”

You’re a social media fan – how do you incorporate this into your outdoors life and why do you think this is important?
“I think Instagram Stories has made for a really interesting way to share adventures. It’s great for showing the course and progression of a journey and taking people along with you. What it’s important to do however, is to make sure you don’t let it influence your decisions. For instance, don’t pitch your tent in an exposed place on top of a mountain just so you can get an epic shot. I’ve been guilty of this in the past. I’ve also let my walking pace be dictated by a desire to get a perfect shot, hiking faster than normal to catch the sunset on a mountain for instance. Sometimes you need to stop and think about the real reason you’re outside. It’s for switching off.”

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Nikwax® offers more than just waterproofing – it also targets sweat!

Are you fed up of washing your base layers and technical next-to-skin clothing, only to find they start to smell when you next wear them and that your sweat is not wicking away properly, leaving you uncomfortable when being active? You may find yourself washing the items more frequently; however, washing in standard household detergent will not solve the problem – it will keep on happening.

These garments are designed to maintain your body temperature when being active. Sweat and moisture are drawn away from the skin due to the highly wicking, breathable fabric – it spreads over a large area and subsequently dries quickly, which means you won’t suddenly feel wet or cold. Whereas, if you were being highly active in a normal t-shirt, you may find that sweat is not drying, but rather being absorbed into the fabric – as a result you will experience discomfort from the sweat cooling on your skin and the garment chafing as you move.

Washing in regular detergent and fabric conditioner reduce the performance of base layers: wicking is impaired, odours are masked by perfume and not properly removed, so you feel uncomfortable and smelly!

Footwear is also of importance – how many of us experience damp, smelly sports shoes or sandals? Dirt and odours are not just limited to clothing; footwear is also affected if not properly cleaned and can lead to the materials starting to decompose, which reduces the useful lifetime of your non-waterproof footwear.

There is a solution! Nikwax offer a high performance range of Sweatproofing products that have low environmental impact and even save on energy as they allow you to wash your garments less often, plus they can be left to dry naturally. Your garments will have enhanced performance and you will stay dry, comfortable and smelling fresh. So what are you waiting for?

Read on to find the Nikwax® Sweatproofing aftercare to suit your needs and learn how easy it is to use!

Nikwax BaseWash®: for synthetic technical base layers.

  • BaseWash both cleans AND conditions! Dirt, contaminants, bacteria and built-in odours are removed, whilst freshness is restored from its deodorising capability.
  • Garment wicking properties are revived, ensuring sweat and/or moisture will spread over a large area and, subsequently, dry faster.
  • BaseWash can be used neat to tackle tough stains prior to washing.
  • Best for if you have a full load of base layers to clean (whereas BaseFresh is fantastic for a smaller amount that you could clean with regular laundry whilst maintaining the garments’ technical abilities).
  • Machine wash: only 50ml is required per wash and no need for additional detergent. Wash according to care label (note: do not use fabric conditioner).
  • Hand wash: just 25ml of product is required in hand-hot water, followed by 3 rinses in cold water.
  • Do not use fabric conditioner.

Nikwax BaseFresh®: for technical, wicking, next-to-skin garments and regular laundry.

  • BaseFresh is a high performance conditioner that deodorises fabric, removing built-in odours and preventing their build-up.
  • It can be used with standard detergent: its formulation allows the detergent to clean away dirt and contaminants without compromising the fabric’s performance properties.
  • BaseFresh can be used in any standard laundry load, is not just for synthetic fabrics, and can replace standard household fabric conditioners.
  • Use in-between cycles of BaseWash to maintain the breathability, wicking and freshness of technical base layers. It will also make fabrics more resistant to stains.
  • Great to use if you just need to clean a couple of base layers and want to include them in a regular laundry load.
  • Machine wash: just add 50ml to the fabric conditioner drawer of your washing machine, ensuring any standard conditioner residue is fully cleaned out beforehand. Wash according to the care label.

Nikwax Wool Wash: for woollen technical underwear and next-to-skin garments.

  • Wool Wash is gentle yet high performing, both cleaning and conditioning woollen garments during one wash cycle. It can also be used on Merino wool.
  • Its technical capabilities revitalise the wicking properties of the wool, to spread moisture over a large area and dry quickly, maintaining vital breathability.
  • The conditioner in Wool Wash effectively removes all odours, deodorising the fabric to keep people smelling fresh when wearing their woollen layers.
  • Wool Wash ensures that woollen garments stay soft and comfortable, as well as inhibiting the build-up of any pilling on the fabric. Garments look and feel newer for longer.
  • You can use neat Wool Wash to treat stubborn stains before washing.
  • Machine wash: just 50ml of Wool Wash required and wash according to care label (note: do not use fabric conditioner and do not use on waterproof clothing).
  • Hand wash: just 25ml of product is required in hand-hot water, followed by 3 rinses in cold water. 

Nikwax Sandal Wash: for all non-waterproof footwear.

  • Sandal Wash is the specialist deodorising cleaner for all non-waterproof footwear, removing built-in dirt whilst effectively freshening.
  • It can be used on footbeds and insoles, aside from the main footwear material, to give an optimum clean.
  • Sandal Wash helps prevent degradation of the shoes’ fabric and composition, caused by the build-up of bacteria. Footwear will last longer!
  • It thoroughly deodorises footwear, banishing smells and reducing bacterial growth.
  • Apply by hand: rinse footwear in water to remove loose dirt, use the sponge applicator to apply product all over the shoes/footbeds, rinse well with clean water and leave to dry naturally.

Use Nikwax Sweatproofing and you will get more out of your base layers and footwear. Clothing will last much longer, which in turn helps to reduce the volume of garments and footwear that end up in landfill. So not only do you help yourself by using Nikwax Sweatproofing, you are helping the environment too!

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Nikwax offers more than just waterproofing – it also targets sweat!

What is the one fact of life that none of us can escape? Our clothing and footwear can smell! Through regular wear or high energy activities, body oils and sweat will build up on the fabrics of clothing and on the footbeds of shoes, resulting in an unpleasant odour.

Many consumers do not realise that they are, potentially, damaging their technical clothing when washing it with their usual household detergent. It is always a good idea to remind consumers that standard detergents can actually impair the wicking capabilities of next-to-skin clothing; this is because it causes the fabric to retain moisture rather than repelling it and letting it wick away. As a result, people may find that their base layers are not drying very quickly and that breathability is lost. Also, many people believe that using normal fabric conditioners will remove the sweaty smell they find on their base layers. Temporarily, they will smell nicer, however, fabric conditioners simply mask the unpleasant smell – they do not properly remove the bacteria that has built-up within the fabric.

Help your customers choose the right aftercare solution to care for their base layers and non-waterproof footwear with some key Nikwax Sweatproofing facts:

• Nikwax Sweatproofing range is HIGH PERFORMANCE: garments and footwear work harder, for longer!
• The range is LOW IMPACT: it is water-based and contains no harmful solvents, PFCs, or nasty chemicals. The products are therefore safe to use and environmentally friendly.
• The products are EASY-TO-USE in a washing machine and items can be left to dry naturally, which saves energy.

Some key sales tips to guide your customers to the use and benefits of
Nikwax Sweatproofing

Nikwax BaseWash: for synthetic technical base layers.
• BaseWash both cleans AND conditions! Dirt, contaminants, bacteria and built-in odours are removed, and freshness is restored.
• Garment wicking properties are revived, ensuring sweat and/or moisture will spread over a large area and, subsequently, dry faster.
• BaseWash can be used neat to tackle tough stains prior to washing.
• Only 50ml is required per wash.
• It can be used for hand washing: just 25ml of product followed by 3 rinses in cold water.

Nikwax BaseFresh: for technical, wicking, next-to-skin garments.
• BaseFresh is a high performance conditioner that deodorises fabric, removing built-in odours and preventing their build-up.
• It can be used with standard detergent: its formulation allows the detergent to clean away dirt and contaminants without compromising the fabric’s performance properties.
• BaseFresh can be used in any standard laundry load, is not just for synthetic fabrics, and can replace standard household fabric conditioners.
• Use in between cycles of BaseWash to maintain the breathability, wicking and freshness of technical base layers. It will also make fabrics more resistant to stains.
• Just add 50ml to the fabric conditioner drawer, ensuring any standard conditioner residue is fully cleaned out beforehand.

Nikwax Wool Wash: for woollen technical underwear and next-to-skin garments.
• Wool Wash is gentle yet high performing, both cleaning and conditioning woollen garments during one wash cycle. It can also be used on Merino wool.
• Its technical capabilities revitalise the wicking properties of the wool, to spread moisture over a large area and dry quickly, maintaining vital breathability.
• The conditioner in Wool Wash effectively removes all odours, deodorising the fabric to keep people smelling fresh when wearing their woollen layers.
• Wool Wash ensures that woollen garments stay soft and comfortable, as well as inhibiting the build-up of any pilling on the fabric. Garments look and feel newer for longer.
• It is easy-to-use in a washing machine with just 50ml of Wool Wash required (note: do not use fabric conditioner and do not use on waterproof clothing).
• Wool Wash can also be applied by hand, with just 25ml of product.


Nikwax Sandal Wash: for all non-waterproof footwear.
• Sandal Wash is the specialist deodorising cleaner for all non-waterproof footwear, removing built-in dirt whilst effectively freshening.
• It can be used on footbeds and insoles, aside from the main footwear material, to give an optimum clean.
• Sandal Wash helps prevent degradation of the shoes’ fabric and composition, caused by the build-up of bacteria. Footwear will last longer!
• It thoroughly deodorises footwear, banishing smells and reducing bacterial growth.
• Sandal Wash is easy to apply by hand: rinse footwear in water to remove loose dirt, use the sponge applicator to apply product all over the shoes/footbeds, rinse well with clean water and leave to dry naturally.

By providing as much advice as you can, on the importance of choosing and using the correct product aftercare, your customers will get more out of their outdoor clothing and footwear. By using Nikwax Sweatproofing, their kit will last much longer, which in turn helps to reduce the volume of garments and gear that end up in landfill. So not only do they help themselves by using Nikwax Sweatproofing, they are helping the environment too!