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Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In is a simple and effective way to restore the water repellency of coats, jackets and other wet weather clothing.
This time of year generally demands a good waterproof jacket when out riding, and if you've spent a lot of money on one, you want it to last for years. Unfortunately, regardless of how waterproof they are when you first get them, jackets lose waterproofing as time goes on. Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In aims to solve that by re-waterproofing them, and improving breathability.
I tested this out on a Gore jacket I've had for about three years that had fallen out of favour for this exact reason: rather than water beading off, it was just soaking in.
With the TX.Direct you simply put the jacket/garment in your washing machine, and instead of using detergent you just put this stuff in instead. Nikwax suggests washing out all detergents from the machine first.
I used it on both my Gore jacket and another Berghaus non-cycling coat, and when I took them out of the machine they soaked my kitchen floor. I hadn't put two and two together, that through waterproofing a coat it will pool water in the washing machine. However, at least my soaked kitchen floor and socks are testament to the fact that it works.
After I had left them to 'dry' (dripping above the bath), they both work as new. Both jackets did the same thing in terms of soaking up water beforehand, and now water beads off them – even in the heaviest rainfall. My previously redundant Gore jacket is now back to being my go-to.
This water repellency doesn't just help with waterproofing either, but also assists breathability. When water soaks into a jacket it can lose up to 70% of its breathability. Both jackets are now considerably more comfortable to wear, even in the worst downpours.
With an rrp on a 300ml bottle of £8.25, it's a snip compared with the cost of my previously redundant Gore jacket – north of £120. You should get six washes out of a bottle, which actually puts the price at £1.37 per jacket, making it an even better deal.
Overall the TX.Direct Wash-In lived up to its claims and reinvigorated a jacket that I'd left hanging in my wardrobe for the past six months. There is no patchiness in the coverage either – I haven't noticed any points where water soaks in. This is a genuinely impressive product.
An excellent way to take waterproof jackets back to their previous best
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In
Size tested: 100ml
Tell us what the product is for
Adding water repellency to jackets that may have lost it over time.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
For best results remove all non-washable parts and always clean item(s) first with Nikwax Tech Wash® in a separate wash cycle. No need to dry item(s) before waterproofing.
Remove all detergent build up from the detergent dispenser.
Place maximum of 2 clean garments in washing machine.
Use 100ml per garment.
Run 30°C synthetic cycle and slow spin.
Do not machine-wash garments if taped seams have become dislodged.*
To maintain waterproofing always wash with Nikwax Tech Wash®. Do not use detergents.
Did exactly what it sets out to do, with water now beading off jackets where it previously soaked in.
It's around the same price as the similar Grangers product; you get more for your money if you buy bigger containers.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well; it did exactly what I needed it to.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It is so simple to use yet still does a great job at bringing things back to a useable state.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It soaked my kitchen floor...
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
This product does exactly what it sets out do with minimal fuss and maximum outcome; it's really impressive.
About the tester
I usually ride: Mercian King of Mercia or Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.