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Berghaus and Nikwax Partner with Environmentally Friendly, PFC-Free Nikwax Hydrophobic Down

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Berghaus and Nikwax are two of the longest established British Outdoor brands, having started in the 1970’s. When it comes to providing outdoor people with comfort and safety in extreme environments, Berghaus and Nikwax know all about the need for high performance gear. Both brands are also committed to the lightest possible environmental footprint; so when Berghaus learned that Nikwax had developed a process which could make down exceptionally water-resistant, without using persistent organic pollutants, they were delighted. After testing confirmation, Berghaus has decided to include Nikwax Hydrophobic Down in its range for winter 2016. 


Down is the optimum material for very cold conditions, providing exceptional insulation for the absolute minimum of weight. But until recently, its big drawback has been its vulnerability to water. When down gets wet it loses all of its ability to keep you warm. However, Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD) provides the optimum outdoor insulation solution – water-resistance, low weight and high insulation, without the use of hazardous persistent chemicals.

  • You can shake NHD with water for 1000 minutes and it still will not sink.
  • You can wash it at least five times with Nikwax Down Wash Direct and it will maintain its water-resistant and insulation properties. 
  • Combine this performance with excellent Berghaus clothing design and you have an elite product.

Nick Brown, CEO of Nikwax said “I am delighted to be working with Berghaus on this project. This is a great step on the road to showing that the best available technology can also be the most sustainable technology, and moving PFC products out of the outdoor market.” 

Paul Cosgrove, Extrem Category Manager at Berghaus said, “Berghaus and Nikwax are leaders in providing innovative, efficient and sustainable technical solutions to outdoor problems. We are extremely pleased with this fantastic leap forward in performance down insulation and look forward to working with Nikwax into the future.”

Nikwax has pioneered the move away from polluting PFC water repellents and continues to demonstrate that high performance waterproofing can be achieved with minimum environmental effect.

About Berghaus
Celebrating our 50th year anniversary in 2016, Berghaus has created generations of market-making, iconic products that have led the way for others to follow. That innovation legacy continues today withMtnHaus, our UK based engineering team, which has achieved multi-award winning, world’s first, world’s only, world’s lightest and environmentally conscious outdoor apparel and gear. Expedition tested by its team of professional athletes, mountain guides and every day adventurers from legendary English climber Sir Chris Bonnington, and his lifetime of Himalayan accomplishments, to world adventurer Leo Houlding and his recent first ascent of the NE ridge of Ulvetanna in Antarctica, athletes rely on Berghaus kit to perform from the in the highest reaches of the globe to everyday walks in the park. Live for Adventure. Visit for more information.

For further Berghaus press information, please contact Alli Nolan at Terra Public Relations –T: 307-733-8777 or E: 

About Nikwax
Nikwax® was founded in 1977 by Nick Brown, a keen mountain walker and traveller, who designed his own product – a waterproofing wax – to keep his leather mountain boots dry. Subsequently Nikwax has become the global leader in environmentally safe aftercare and waterproofing solutions that extend the life and performance of technical footwear, clothing and equipment. Nikwax care products are distributed to 50 countries. Nikwax® is the only major aftercare company to have never used aerosols or fluorocarbons. Nikwax products are all fluorochemical-free, use advanced elastomer technology, are not tested on animals, and are non-persistent in the environment. Nikwax has received numerous awards including the prestigious Queen’s Award (4x), Sunday Times Best Green Award (3x), the Green Apple Award, and is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified. In 2014 Nikwax won the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

For further Nikwax press information please contact:
(US/CAN) Kate Ketschek at Revolution House Media –T: 603-828-1050 or E:
(UK) Stephanie Briggs at Spring PR – T: +44 [0]1249 750819 or E: