Spray it on, wipe it off, get your tail out there, and have fun.

Gore-Tex, HyVent, eVent, and any other synthetic fiber garment with a durable water repellent (DWR) or polyurethane (PU) coating will eventually allow moisture to seep through the outer fabric. The Nikwax TX Direct Spray-On is a quick and easy way to replenish that waterproof barrier before your next outing. Simply spray on, wipe off any excess, and allow to dry to reinstate that barrier.

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You owe your gear the best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an essential for making sure your shells and down jackets stay water repellent. Super easy to use, just make sure to follow your manufacturer's wash instructions. Personally I opt for the spray on DWR treatment rather than wash-in, as coating the inside of your water-permeable hardshells, softshells, and down jackets stifles their breathability.

Definitely choose spray on over wash in

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nikwax honestly makes a great product. I have used their washes as well as the waterproofing sprays for years and so far I have yet to have a complain. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a simple waterproofing solution.

Saved my mitts and hands

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had a pair of old mitts that used to get soaked on any wet days but after a full round of treatment with this they as good as new. Make sure to follow the instructions and clean your gear before applying though. Found that if you do not do that it will not last as long.


    At least every year I use TX Direct to revive my the water repellence on my outerwear. I'll spray allover and then turn the item insidious and throw in the dryer on low for a few min and then hang dry. This way it disperses evenly and doesn't drip everywhere.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This spray is rock solid and renewed my fans gear. You could definitely see the spots I missed when it rained as the water absorbed instead of beading and running off!

    Brett- I'm glad you love it! Staying dry is primo! :)

    Get some new DWR on your stuff!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Nikwax strikes again!
    This stuff is great. I love using this spray after a good washing on my goretex jackets and pants. It revitalizes the garments and makes them bead off water again. Anytime you are soaking in some rain or snow, it is time to revitalize your garments. Wash, spray, and dry- as easy as pie! (literally, just a step by step processes not pi itself).

    No more wetting out.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This DWR spray will keep your jacket and pant's face fabric from wetting out, which sucks when it's raining non-stop or snowing like crazy on a powder day. Wetting out doesn't actually get you wet if you're wearing a waterproof jacket, but it will cause the cold and clammy feel, as you're holding onto all that residual moisture. This treatment will bead off moisture brilliantly, thus keeping your gear from soaking up all that water!

    Nikwax tx spry

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This works great at reviving my patagonia fishing waders. Recently my waders have been soaked on the outside and didn't bead water off like it used to. I sprayed it with this nikwax and it beads right off again!

    Great for repellent and like philosophy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Worked great on an older softshell, did have to rub it in a bit to enhance adherence.
    Really like the company philosophy of environmentally friendly processing and non-toxic chemicals used.

    NikWax to the Max!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Seriously, such a life save when your favorite ski jacket now collects more water than your bathroom towel. The instructions are incredibly easy to follow, and it makes the waterproofing on it just like new. I used them a pair of bibs that began soaking through. Afterward, they were solid and dependable.

    If your jacket had DWR or a PU coating, and its failing now, use this. You'll thank me later.

    It Works

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Your jacket isn't "worn out" it's just worn through the DWR coating. TX Direct is how you keep a rain shell repelling rain. Make sure you use a residue-free detergent like Tech Wash beforehand, and you'll be good to go.

    THE Best DWR replenishment/waterproofing

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is the ONLY DWR replenishment & waterproofing I use. Have tried other approaches in the past for my 3 layer GoreTex garments (TNF, Arc Teryx, Monstone) and ToddTex tents & bivy bags (Black Diamond PTFE laminate fabrics), but TX Direct Spray on is the best! Easy to use: follow the Nikwax instructions. I've used this product for over 10 years. TX Direct allows me to get the best performance and protection out of expensive PTFE fabrics!

    Work like a charm!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Applied a layer to my snowboard jacket and snowboard pants after washing them in tech wash and product worked like a charm. To test it out, I poured water on my jacket after a day of drying and it just sat there like a puddle.

    Spent 4 days in Jackson and 3 in Beaver Creek and never had an issue with being wet. That means a lot considering I feel quite bit.

    Works great

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Keeps my DWR coatings on all my gear up to par.

    Don't follow the included instructions.!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Here is the modified instructions that has yielded me way better results.

    Soak your gear in Tech wash for several hours, especially if you used it enough for the DWR to be rubbed off and needs to be replenished.

    Rinse and dry thoroughly.

    Lay flat, and make sure you don't get it on hard floors (will make the area feel slippery for weeks.)

    Spray as evenly on the garment as you can, better too much than too little. Spread it with a clean damp/wet clothe making sure you get it on high wear areas.

    Let it dry for several minutes, test by running under a faucet, going over the areas you missed.

    Other notes: If your jacket or any garment you intend to use this on isn't waterproof, this will NOT make it waterproof!
    Seriously, if water is making it through your rain gear or garment, this isn't the solution!

    For course threaded fabrics that are used on packs and such, two coats is usually required.

    Nikwax Does it Again!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I normally use the wash-in version of this, but I decided to try the spray-on this time around, and it worked every bit as well! This works best when you use Nikwax Tech Wash on your hard shell first, which strips any grime and oils off of the fabric. Then just spray on the TX-Direct to reapply the DWR (Durable Water Repellant) coating that causes water to bead up and shed off of the fabric. This keeps water from pooling or soaking into the fabric and enables your jacket to breathe the way it is designed to. I use Tech Wash and TX-Direct on all of my Gore-Tex outerwear a couple of times a year and it keeps everything looking like new! A must-do if you want to the the most out of your expensive waterproof garments!


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Followed the instructions to renew waterproofing of my rain jacket. I didnt notice much of a difference- it's gortex so it doesnt leak per se but still soaks up water. Maybe it needs a few applications.

    Unanswered Question

    Has anyone used this on an Arc'teryx Atom LT jacket? I have one that is a couple years old and is losing its water resistance.

    Worth every penny

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    With the amount of money spent on quality gear you want it to last this along with other nikwax products I have used for years greatly helps refresh those waterproof qualities.

    Works but expensive.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This stuff does work when you follow the directions. I use it when I cannot use the wash-in with like my backpack or just spot treatments on my raingear.

    However, this stuff is pretty expensive and sometimes requires two coats for courser fabrics that are often used for backpacks. That can add up quick! (-1 star)
    It won't make anything waterproof, just more resistant to water sitting on your gear.

    Also, avoid using on hard floors, it can make the floor slippery. You don't want to slip and die, cause that would be very bad.

    I wish they sold larger bottles of the spray on for a better bang for the buck. Or some refill for these small bottles. (10oz)

    Not to take any business away from Backcountry.com, but you can buy 500ml / 17oz. Nikwax TX direct from nikwax.com