Nick Brown, a keen Youth Hosteler since the age of 10, was fed up with the lack of waterproofing products around for looking after his own boots so decided to make his own. Nik's Wax became Nikwax and that is how this brand got started over 40 years ago.
The first commercial Nikwax product was produced in Nik's london flat in 1977 at the age of 22 using a discarded tea urn, Primus stove, jug and a few other hardware items. Before long, this non softening waterproofing wax for leather boots began to set a new standard as he began to sell successfully to the outdoor market, expanding to sell in 8 other countries.
Being a walker and outdoor enthusiast, Nik's thoughts soon turned to clothing that needed to stay waterproofed, windproof and be comfortable too. By the 1980's Nik had created water based products to replace the harmful, flammable solvent products still being produced and also created non aerosol products as he became more aware of the disappearing ozone layer. Not only was his products avoiding emitting harmful solvents, they were just so easy to use...just re-proof using the washing machine. Nikwax products continued to grow to include the re-proofing of ropes, tents and other equipment too and today has 40 products for waterproofing, cleaning and conditioning.
Nikwax is incredibly successful, achieving awards and is a household name across the world. Here is a list of some of their achievements:
Nikwax was the first to...
produce non-softening waterproofing wax for leather mountain boots...
develop water-based waterproofing for clothing that can be used in a washing machine.
manufacture an entire range of water-based waterproofing products and has never used aerosols.
to carbon balance its operations for forty years.
to win the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.
develop PFC-free hydrophobic down that withstands a 1000+ minutes IDFB 18A shake test.
to use guaranteed PFC-free chemicals in its entire range of products.
to be listed in The Sunday Times Green List.
manufacture high performance directional waterproof fabric systems that do not require a membrane or coating.
manufacture PFC-free waterproof, breathable and directional fabric systems.
to develop a tent cleaner that revitalises water repellency and provides UV protection.
Here at e-outdoor we know how important looking after your outdoor gear is to you, particularly when it comes to your outdoor clothing and outdoor footwear. That's why we stock a great range of Nikwax products, to help you clean, protect and restore your favourite pieces of outdoor kit. Choose from conditioners, washes, cleaning gels, waterproof restorers, tech wash and more – whatever you're cleaning and protecting requirements, Nikwax have the product for you. Browse our full range of Nikwax products and buy online today.