Gear Care and Maintenance

Recent Gear Care/Maintenance Product Reviews

rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In

Great as a cleaner. Not good as a repellant at all. Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof

Not only didn't help, but when it rained the material soaked through fabric and came into tent. Used it on a four-year-old, single wall Nemo tent that has light usage. Applied spray as directed, wiped off, and let it dry.  Went on a trip two days later. Every time we had rain I had to continuously wipe the inside of the tent and wipe up the puddles that formed at the foot of the tent. So glad our group decided to pull out a day early.  I should have left a section untreated so I could see if the… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
303 Aerospace Protectant

I began using 303 a couple of years ago on my kayaks after it was recommended by a friend. It does bring new life back to an older kayak and I believe improves their glide and tracking. It's worth the price, but I agree with the other buyers, purchase it in larger quantities and it goes a long way. I originally purchased a small bottle to try and after seeing the results now I purchase it by the gallon and refill the small spray bottle to use it.  Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
303 Aerospace Protectant

The best protection available for rubber and plastic. Formula 303 Protectant was originally developed by NASA for use on the Space Shuttle. It looks like milk and has a very slight smell that reminds me of Elmer's glue. It can be quite expensive if you purchase it in the small spray bottles, but is quite reasonably priced by the gallon. It's advertised as sunscreen for your plastic, and I can attest to its effectiveness. Used regularly it will keep your plastic and rubber products free of sun damage… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Nikwax Down Wash Direct

This is an effective product for cleaning and restoring loft to down garments and sleeping bags/quilts. It works for both hand and machine washing. The price for a bottle is steep, but I have found it to be pretty concentrated, with good results using less product than is prescribed. Background: Nikwax Down Wash Direct is a specialty detergent for washing high-quality down products like jackets (puffies) and sleeping bags/quilts. Anyone who is familiar with high fill-power down products knows how… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Barkay Products Slim Sew Sewing Kit

Very compact sewing kit in a hard case. There's probably no smaller sewing kit that you could put on a carabiner or keychain. I assemble these kits and make some of the parts by hand. You could find much larger kits in a dollar store for less money, and you could find those cheap kits that come in flexible plastic envelopes, but the closest you'll get to the Slim Sew would probably be if you made your own from a pill bottle on a key chain. Those pill bottles are thicker though. You could also… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof

Just a scam, IMHO. Applied per instructions to a 3-person tent fly with zero effect. Water immediately passes through the fly. It's a waste of money on a lame claim from this company. I'm done buying any Nikwax products. I've moved to McNett's Gear Aid line and they are the shizzzz!  Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Nikwax Down Wash

It works to clean down bags and garments safely, but is more costly than Gear Aid Revivex. Tried it and find it's effective to clean, but at three to four times the cost of Gear Aid ReviveX Pro Cleaner. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gear Aid ReviveX Pro Cleaner

Best bang for the buck. Previously, I've used Nikwax for down and thought I'd try McNett's Gear Aid. I won't be using Nikwax any longer and here's why: GA goes waaay farther, like about four to eight times what NW does making it that much less cost. Having used the 3-4 ozs. of Nikwax that's recommended for a down bag and finding that it does the job fine, I tried Gear Aid. They say it's concentrated four times more and using it made a believer of me. Literally, 1.5 ozs. cleans a down sleeping bag,… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
303 Aerospace Protectant Equipment Cleaner
$4 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax Conditioner for Leather Footwear Cleaner
$7 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid ReviveX Pro Cleaner Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$8 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit Repair Kit
$14 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid MiraZyme Odor Eliminator Equipment Cleaner
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$12 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Patches Patch/Tape
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scrubba Wash Bag Equipment Cleaner
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
McNett Zip Tech Repair Kit
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Outdoor Sewing Kit Repair Kit
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP Footwear Cleaner
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Original PEET Dryer
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
InstaMorph Repair Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Efferdent Cleanser Equipment Cleaner
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Urban Armor Gear Outback Phone Case Repair Kit
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Berkeley Premium Cork Grease Equipment Cleaner
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ReviveX Down Cleaner Down Cleaner/Treatment
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Freesole Shoe & Boot Repair Footwear Cleaner
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid SilFix Sil-Nylon Repair Kit Repair Kit
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Fabric Repair Tape Patch/Tape
$3 - $4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Mat Repair Kit Repair Kit
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Aquaseal Seam Seal Seam Sealer
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Otter Wax Fabric Wax Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Tent Sure Tent Floor Sealant Seam Sealer
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
DryGuy Force Dry Shoe & Glove Dryer Footwear Cleaner
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
E-6000 Adhesive
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tectron Sno-Seal Waterproofing Footwear Cleaner
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nikwax Down Wash Down Cleaner/Treatment
$10 MSRP
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user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$6 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atsko Sno-Seal Footwear Cleaner
$8
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nikwax Down Wash Direct Down Cleaner/Treatment
$9 - $11
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Seam Grip+SIL Seam Sealer
$8
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rust-Oleum NeverWet Boot & Shoe Water Repelling Treatment Footwear Cleaner
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kenetrek Waterproofing Boot Wax Footwear Cleaner
$16 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Gear Aid Seam Grip+WP Seam Sealer
$6 - $22
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
McNett MiraZyme Odor Eliminator Equipment Cleaner
$4 - $8
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Seam Grip WP Field Repair Kit Repair Kit
$7
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof Equipment Cleaner
$13 - $18
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Water-Based Seam Seal Seam Sealer
$4
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Granger's Extreme Cleaner Spray-on Down Cleaner/Treatment
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof Footwear Cleaner
$9 - $10
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid ReviveX Leather Gel Water Repellent & Conditioner Footwear Cleaner
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Fast Cure Seam Sealant Seam Sealer
$7
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Seam Seal Seam Sealer
Barkay Products Slim Sew Sewing Kit Repair Kit
$4 MSRP

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