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Nikwax isn’t just for the rain, it also targets sweat…

From the frozen wastes of Antarctica to the highest mountains in the world, Nikwax aftercare products have kept outdoor professionals and athletes warm and dry in some of the most challenging conditions imaginable. However, did you know that Nikwax will protect you in warmer weather too? From cycling the country roads to weekend running, Nikwax Sweatproofing products will enhance your clothing and footwear’s cooling effect, keeping you fresher and drier throughout the summer months. Below, we answer five commonly asked Sweatproofing questions…

Why should I use Nikwax Sweatproofing products in the summer?
They will enhance the performance of your next-to-skin technical clothing by eliminating odours and speeding up fabric drying times, keeping you fresher for longer – and your kit working at its best. As for non-waterproof footwear, you can rely on Nikwax to thoroughly clean and refresh your sandals and sports shoes, giving them a new lease of life. Our Sweatproofing products keep you cooler in warm conditions, warmer in cooler conditions – and smelling better whatever the weather!

Why shouldn’t I use standard detergents to wash my technical base layers and sportswear?
Next-to-skin clothing works brilliantly to control sweat and regulate body temperature. However, household detergents can leave behind a hydrophilic (water-attracting) residue, and standard fabric conditioners can leave behind residues on the fabric that impair its breathability and wicking ability, meaning sweat and moisture is retained. Added to this, body oils and bacteria can build up over time, causing garments to start smelling. Regular household detergents mask the smell rather than removing it, so as soon as you start to use your base layers again, the smell returns very quickly. The Nikwax Sweatproofing range cleans and conditions all next-to-skin clothing and footwear, with no loss of performance. On the contrary, performance is improved!

What products are in the Nikwax Sweatprooing range?
BaseWash® is a specially formulated product that both cleans and conditions your synthetic base layers. It deodorises, freshens and softens your clothing whilst accelerating its drying and cooling properties to keep you comfortable when exercising in the sunshine. Nice weather for ducks? BaseWash also keeps you fresh and dry when working out inside!

BaseFresh® is a fabric conditioner that allows you to wash your base layers with other, non-technical, garments, alongside a conventional washing detergent – great if you just have a few technical garments you need cleaned! It delivers the same results as BaseWash – deodorising, accelerated drying and improved cooling efficiency in warm weather – whilst removing the need for a separate wash. Additionally, BaseFresh treated fabrics are more resistant to stains and day-to-day soiling.

Wool Wash is a cleaner and conditioner for all your merino and woollen base layers (a necessary back-up for our unpredictable British summers). It enhances and revitalises the natural wicking properties of wool to increase its breathability and keep you feeling fresh and dry in the great outdoors.

Sandal and Sports Shoe Wash is an effective cleaner that freshens and deodorises all non-waterproof footwear, including the insoles and footbeds. It removes the dirt and body oils that build up as a result of warm weather, bare feet and/or sweaty socks, and reduces the growth of bacteria (that can lead to your shoes starting to rot). Sandal and Sports Shoe Wash also prolongs the usable life of your footwear to keep it performing summer after summer.

 

What weather conditions and activities are Sweatproofing products best suited to?
Sweatproofing products can be used year-round and will keep you fresher and more comfortable in both wet and dry weather. However, when putting technical clothing and footwear through its paces during summer – aka the sweaty season – you can rely on Nikwax to prevent odours, boost comfort and maximise the performance of your gear across a huge range of activities, including walking, running, cycling, tennis, golf – and even ultimate frisbee!

Are Nikwax Sweatproofing products environmentally friendly?
Yes! Our Sweatproofing range is designed with the same environmentally conscious approach as the rest of our aftercare products – they are all water-based and contain no harmful aerosols. Nikwax is proud to be the only Outdoor company to have balanced our entire operational carbon emissions since our inception over 40 years ago, protecting tropical forest through EOCA and the World Land Trust. BaseFresh has also received an Outdoor Award for Sustainable Innovation.

Stock up on Nikwax and sail through summer staying fresher for longer…

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Iwan Thomas prepares for ultra-marathon

 

We are excited to announce Nikwax’s sponsorship of a moving video following athlete Iwan Thomas MBE, preparing for his first ultra-marathon. Iwan holds the current UK 400m sprint record with a run time of 44.36 seconds.

Covering 100 miles, which is the the equivalent of 400 x 400m races, Iwan completed the gruelling ‘Centurion Running South Downs Way 100’ race during last summer’s heatwave, raising around £25,000 for Group B Strep Support, the world’s leading charity working to eradicate Group B Strep infection in babies. See if you can spot our Nikwax products in the video here…

 

Earlier this year, Iwan also participated in series 4 of the hit Channel 4 show Celebrity Hunted, which follows a group of celebrity contestants on the run for 14 days. Iwan successfully avoided capture by the Hunters – a team of elite athletes, police and intelligence personnel – and was crowned the show’s winner after a gruelling two weeks.

Did you know Nikwax Sweatproofing products will clean and condition your next-to-skin clothing and footwear without compromising its performance? They are the must-have products for all budding ultra-marathon runners! Next-to-skin clothing works brilliantly to control sweat and regulate body temperature, however, did you know household detergents and conditioners can leave behind residues on the fabric that impair their ability to evaporate sweat? This causes them to retain moisture. Added to this, body oils and bacteria can build up over time, so they start to smell. Regular household detergents mask the smell rather than removing it, so as soon as you start to use your base layers again, the smell returns very quickly.

Nikwax’s Sweatproofing wash-in cleaners, BaseWash® and Wool Wash, gently clean, remove embedded odours and prevent the build-up of odour-causing bacteria. They also accelerate the ability of the fabric to dry, to help regulate your body temperature when sweating.

Our wash-in conditioner, BaseFresh® can be used in place of standard fabric softener in a washing machine. It deodorises and improves wicking, keeping your base layers smelling fresher for longer.

Sandal & Sports Shoe Wash is great for cleaning and freshening all non-waterproof footwear – from sandals and sports shoes, to insoles and footbeds.

 

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Enjoy the outdoors this autumn

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons, with fields, parks and gardens full of crisp colourful leaves and lawns doused with dew. Now is not the time to stay inside for days on end with the heating cranked up high. Embrace the autumnal freshness and get some exercise, or have some fun in the fresh air. The great outdoors is the best medicine for everyone and best of all its completely free! There really is nothing better than stepping outside to clear your head and to get some fresh country air. We encourage you all to embrace the autumn weather; here are 6 activities you can enjoy in the countryside…

  1. Walking 

Walking is a simple form of exercise but often overlooked! It is one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses. One brisk walk a day keeps the doctor away, as the saying goes. You do not have to walk for hours on end: even a brisk 10-minute daily walk has a lot of health benefits. So grab your favourite reliable walking boots, a warm jacket and take time to appreciate your stunning natural environment.

  1. Cycling

Cycling is one of the best ways to take in scenery and nature. This fast-paced activity is sure to draw you in, having the wind in your hair and enjoying the peace and tranquillity that the countryside offers – you will never want to return! Find a path, trail or track and you are guaranteed to stumble upon a beautiful cycling route. All you need is a bike to enjoy the fun, and with so many places you can hire a bike from for the day, no one needs to miss out!

  1. Foraging

There are plenty of berries, seeds and nuts to go round at this time of the year. They will be easy to spot in hedgerows and woodland, and you might find that local parks and your own garden provide foraging hotspots. All you need is something to collect your bounty in. Be mindful and make sure you leave plenty behind for wildlife, so only pick from an area with a plentiful supply. October is great for damsons, walnuts, hazelnuts and, if you are near the sea, it’s also the perfect time for collecting mussels.

  1. Bird Watching

As mentioned above, berries, fruit and seeds are readily available in autumn. It is a time when you will see birds preparing for the cold winter that lies ahead; flocks of birds are also very common sightings at this time of the year. So, it’s the perfect time to grab your binoculars and head outside. As well as bird watching, you’ll also have the opportunity to spot some other wildlife!

  1. Horse Riding

To quote Winston Churchill, ‘no hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle’ and this is the time of year for blissful long canters through soft fields and gentle trots along idyllic bridle paths. No more pestering horse-flies, cough-inducing dust and hard-baked ground, just crisp air, a riot of coppery colours and that gorgeous autumn glow. Notwithstanding the small matter of wet mud (much easier to brush off once dry!) autumn is arguably the ultimate season for equine pastimes.

6 Yoga and Mindfulness

Finally, take some time for yourself this autumn. Roll out your yoga mat in the garden or in a park and move mindfully in the fresh air. It is best to layer up, then, as you get moving you can start to remove some layers as you get warmer. If yoga is not your thing you can still take a mat, towel or blanket outside, sit down and practice meditation or mindful breathing. You might even have time to do this before work whilst the mornings are still light.  

Stay warm and dry this autumn with the Nikwax Sweatproofing range, which cleans and conditions all next-to-skin clothing (think synthetic and woollen base layers), with no loss of performance. BaseWash® and Wool Wash gently clean, remove embedded odours and prevent the build-up of odour-causing bacteria whilst also accelerating the ability of the fabric to dry – to help regulate body temperature when sweating. For maximum enjoyment in the great outdoors, reach for the Nikwax!

 

 

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ISPO News: We previewed the Nikwax Sweatproofing range of products

More Than Waterproofing – A family of expertly designed cleaners and conditioners that prevent odours, boost people’s comfort and performance, that are kind on the environment

Nikwax innovation – finds new ways to use water to control the moisture made by our own skin

Nikwax has spent more than 40 years’ inventing ways to protect us all from the elements, so we can enjoy more of the outdoors with clothing and gear that keeps on performing.

Using their expertise, they’ve now turned their attention to developing an entire range of Sweatproofing products specifically designed to care for all next-to-skin technical clothing and footwear which need specialist care to keep them working at their best.

Next-to-skin clothing works brilliantly to control sweat and regulate body temperature, however, household detergents and conditioners can leave behind residues on the fabric that impair their ability to evaporate sweat. This causes them to retain moisture. Added to this, body oils and bacteria can build up over time, so they start to smell. Regular household detergents mask the smell rather than removing it, so as soon as you start to use your base layers again, the smell returns very quickly.

Nikwax Sweatproofing range cleans and conditions all next-to-skin clothing and footwear, with no loss of performance

Nikwax’s Sweatproofing range of wash-in cleaners, BaseWash™ and Wool Wash™, gently clean, remove embedded odours and prevent the build-up of odour-causing bacteria. BaseWash and Wool Wash also accelerate the ability of the fabric to dry, to help regulate body temperature when sweating.

Nikwax award winning1 wash-in conditioner BaseFresh™ can be used in place of standard fabric softener in a washing machine. BaseFresh deodorises and improves wicking, keeping base layers smelling fresher for longer.

Sandal & Sports Shoe Wash™ is great for cleaning and freshening all non-waterproof footwear – from sandals and sports shoes, to insoles and footbeds.

More Than Waterproofing – Nikwax continues its commitment to a business approach that conserves the natural world

Nikwax’s Sweatproofing range is designed with the same environmentally conscious approach as the rest of their aftercare products. They are all water-based and contain no harmful aerosols.

Nikwax is proud to be the only Outdoor company to have balanced their entire operational carbon emissions since their start 40 years ago, protecting tropical forest through EOCA and World Land Trust. The forest they continue to restore sucks the CO2 they emit back into the atmosphere.

1Nikwax BaseFresh™ received an Outdoor Award in 2017 for Sustainable Innovation.

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The Future For Nikwax – More Than Just Waterproofing

A new family of products and maintaining its commitment to conserving
the natural world

40 Years of Nikwax – Invention and Innovation, to keep people dry, with concern for the environment
Nick Brown, CEO started Nikwax in 1977. The catalysts were, firstly, as an outdoor person who backpacked in the mountains, wanting to have dry and comfortable feet. Secondly, as a young person having just finished university, being able to earn a living. These two needs came together to form Nikwax, a business that first focused on preserving, and waterproofing, leather mountain boots. In due course, focus extended to production with minimal environmental impact. What followed was developing the first range of water-based garment waterproofing products that could effectively replace harmful aerosols, could be used easily at home in a washing machine and were safe .

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The future for Nikwax is – More Than Just Waterproofing – Outdoor Innovation.
Out of concern that climate change is increasingly threatening to alter the way of life for billions of people, Nikwax is innovating to adapt, but in a way that also takes care of our planet. Nick Brown comments: “As consumers become more aware of the environmental challenges, they will become selective about which brands they support. They will want the brands they choose to have a history that they can be proud of, combined with the ability to invent new and greener solutions to the practical problems of life”.

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More Than Just Waterproofing – Nikwax Sweatproofing –

Nikwax introduced a new family of products at OutDoor that they will be developing into the future.
Nikwax believes outdoor comfort is not just about repelling water away from your clothing system, it is also about making the best use of the water we produce through our skin. So, they have bought together a range of products that make fabrics dry faster and therefore cool you more efficiently, reducing the need to sweat. At the same time, they reduce odour build up in the fabric, extending the useful life of garments. Nikwax has brought together this family of products under the Sweatproofing banner, to help people better understand the benefit of increasing the performance of technical underwear.

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NEWS UPDATE! Nikwax Sweatproofing advanced laundry conditioner BaseFresh® earns an OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD in the “Sustainable Innovation” category.

Nikwax’s approach to developing innovative products that enhance people’s comfort and enjoyment of the outdoors, with care for the environment has earned them an OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD for BaseFresh in the category “Sustainable Innovation”. 

BaseFresh is an advanced laundry conditioner for all next-to-skin technical base layers, underwear and wicking clothing designed to be worn next to the skin which deodorises, inhibits the build-up of body odours, makes fabrics dry faster and therefore cools more efficiently, reducing the need to sweat.

Recognising people’s comfort outdoors is not just about keeping water out of clothing, BaseFresh is part of Nikwax’s new Sweatproofing family of products. The range also includes BaseWash, Wool Wash™ and Sandal Wash™, expertly designed to clean and condition next-to-skin technical clothing, extending the useful life of garments with no loss performance.

To see more from Nikwax at OutDoor visit our Portal HERE

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