Make Your Rain Gear Waterproof Again—Minus the Chemicals

February 27, 2019
Photo Courtesy of NikwaxTwo options that will make your rain gear waterproof again—and are good for the planet!

With time and use, those factory-applied durable water repellent coatings on your outdoor equipment slowly wear off. But did you know you can use an after-market treatment at home to help restore your gear’s water resistance, without restoring the PFCs? Several options are available, but only Nikwax produces its entire line without PFCs and has done so for years, including its signature TX.Direct Spray-On and Wash-in waterproofing treatments for outerwear ($13 to $21;



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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.