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Nikwax Hydrophobic Down Honored with FabricLink Network’s Top 10 Textile Innovation Award

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Seattle, WA {March 24, 2016} – Nikwax, the global leader in high performance waterproofing and cleaning products for technical outdoor gear, was named to FabricLink’s Top 10 Textile Innovations of 2015-16 for its Nikwax Hydrophobic Down. 


Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD) provides the optimum outdoor insulation solution – water-resistance, low weight, and high insulation, without the use of hazardous persistent chemicals. For performance standards: 

  • In the industry IDFB 18A Down Shake Test, NHD performs for 1000 minutes without sinking.
  • It can be washed at least 5 times with Nikwax Down Wash Direct and will maintain its water-resistant and insulation properties.
  • NHD offers high performance with a solution for an extended performance life.

The FabricLink Network (FLN) Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards are presented annually as recognition to those organizations and product developers who pursue their ideas and strive for excellence in advancements of textile products and technologies. The awards are meant to empower and encourage every textile industry researcher, engineer, designer, and product developer to continue to pursue their ideas and strive for excellence in innovation.

Kathy Swantko, founder of the FabricLink Network, explains the motivation behind the annual awards, “Textiles are in everything we do: science, clothing, design, medical equipment, emergency first responders and more; these awards recognize the innovators in the high tech specialty fabric markets. The awards are presented to recognize the designers, manufacturers and suppliers, who are leading the way with new products and technologies.” 

“Nikwax appreciates this recognition by FabricLink Network as one of the top innovations of the year,” said Rick Meade, President, Nikwax North America. “There is increasing global scrutiny of chemical content (including Perfluorinated Chemicals, PFCs) in outdoor gear – and this award highlights the new, high-performance options available to material developers, progressive brands and forward looking consumers. With NHD, new Nikwax Down Wash Direct, and a full range of aftercare products, Nikwax is a leader in helping partners and consumers realize waterproofing performance without PFCs.”

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. Nikwax Hydrophobic Down can only be produced with materials that have been screened for ethical sourcing, addressing sustainability and animal welfare.In the US, NHD is available from Downlite.

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 and it 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. 

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:

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