Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD)™ Wins 2018 OutDoor Industry Award

In one of the most highly coveted international outdoor product design competitions, Nikwax wins its second OutDoor Industry Award in two years.
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Nikwax®, the global leader for over 40 years in aftercare products for outdoor performance gear and apparel, has won the highly coveted international OutDoor Industry Award for its Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD)™. With nearly 250 products submitted, just 37 products were selected by the six-member expert panel. Each submission was debated on its degree of innovation, sustainability and functionality.

NHD™ is a technology designed to resist water. Individual down fibers are treated with Nikwax, making NHD™ 50x more water-repellent than conventional down. It maintains its ability to insulate even after being shaken with water for 16 hours (1,000 minute shake test), extending the range of conditions in which users can stay warm and dry. Working with leading industry partners including Mountain Hardwear, NEMO, Therm-A-Rest and Rab, NHD™ is found in top performing sleeping bags and apparel.

NHD™ was ranked Outstanding for its Functionality and Sustainability. According to the jury statement, “A new step forward for eco-friendly, innovative, functional down production. Nikwax Hydrophobic technology makes down fifty times more water repellent than conventional down.”

Nikwax’s revolutionary Hydrophobic Down is a water resistant down fill that retains loft and recovers quickly after a downpour; all without adding weight. By adding a flexible PFC-free Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish to each individual down filament, the absorption of moisture is reduced – whether from the inside (perspiration, condensation) or the outside (rain and snow). NHD™ maintains its high performance loft and insulation properties in cold and damp conditions. Because it stays moisture free, there’s less bacteria trapped inside a garment or sleeping bag, which can result in the breakdown of damp down. This increases the useable lifetime of the gear and also provides odor resistance.

“Nikwax Hydrophobic Down is proof that fluorocarbon-free products can outperform other waterproofing products. There is no reason why brands should not be using fluorocarbon-free alternatives,” said Nick Brown, founder & CEO of Nikwax.

This OutDoor Industry Award is Nikwax’s second in the last two years. In 2017, the brand’s BaseFresh® advanced laundry conditioner that deodorizes technical underwear and wicking base layers won for its Functionality, Sustainability, and Price-performance ratio.

About OutDoor Industry Award
Awarded at the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, 37 outstanding product and material innovations were selected from over 247 entries in this years’ competition. The expert panel was composed of international designers, apparel and equipment experts from retail and industry associations, journalists and athletes. For retailers, end users and the media, the OutDoor Industry Awards serve as a valuable, independent source of information when there are so many new outdoor products on the market. This is where innovative ideas set themselves apart from the competition. The expert panel of judges gives OutDoor Industry Awards only to those products that it feels really excel in terms of quality, design and sustainability. To see all winners, please click here.

About Nikwax
Nikwax was founded in 1977 by Nick Brown, an avid hiker and traveler, who designed his own waterproofing wax to keep his leather mountain boots dry. Today, Nikwax is the trusted global leader in environmentally safe aftercare solutions. Nikwax products extend the performance life of technical clothing, footwear and equipment. Most recently, the company launched Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD)™, the leading PFC-free hydrophobic down that performs to the highest level of testing, the 1000 minute shake test. Nikwax products are fluorochemical-free, use advanced elastomer technology, are not tested on animals, and are non-persistent in the environment. The carbon balanced company is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified and is the only major aftercare line to have never used aerosols or fluorocarbons. Nikwax North America is a subsidiary of Nikwax Ltd, a UK company. For media inquiries and more information, please contact Kate Ketschek at Revolution House Media, 603-828-1050 or


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