Don’t trust your typical detergent to get your technical clothing clean. Enter Nikwax. With a myriad of specialized products they’ll have something to fit your washing needs. Nikwax gave me the opportunity to test out their Nikwax Tech Wash, Nikwax Base Wash, and Nikwax Wool Wash.
Nikwax Tech Wash, Wool Wash, Base Wash Review
First and foremost: Nikwax works!
Tech Wash: is what you want to use to wash your technical outerwear (jackets, pants, packs). Basically anything that’s waterproof. It’s formulated to lift and remove dirt out of the fabric and waterproof membrane. Thus revitalizing the waterproof properties of the jacket. Even on old jackets, you’ll see an improvement of the waterproof performance. What happens is the dirt and grime gets into the fabric and interferes with the waterproof treatments ability to repel water. Remove the dirt and grime and voila! Using Tech Wash is also the preferable first step to re-waterproofing your jacket.
Base Wash: Base Wash is specially formulated for washing your synethic base layers. It will get the funk out of your shirts. It is also supposed to help your base layers wick better, but I haven’t noticed a difference. I preferred to not wash my layers in this every time, only periodically. The scent of the base wash is strong and lingers on the garments, even after drying (don’t worry it’s a “clean” scent).
Wool Wash: you guessed it, Wool Wash is made for washing your merino layers and clothes. It’s formulated to clean and soften your wool garments and enhance the wool’s natural wicking properties. One odd thing I noticed with the Wool Wash is it didn’t get the stink out of one of my shirts. I know that merino isn’t supposed to hold odors but one of my shirts does. After washing with Wool Wash my shirt was soft and clean but the funk was still lingering. It did wonders on my wife’s merino coat though.
- All three formulated to revitalize, clean, and extend the life of your gear
- Wool wash didn’t get the smell out of my shirt
- Base Wash scent was a little strong for my taste
Want to get more life out of your gear? Get Nikwax.