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

Barkay Products Slim Sew Sewing Kit added Nov 20, 2018
$4 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid ReviveX Pro Cleaner added Aug 18, 2018
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Otter Wax Fabric Wax added Apr 9, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
DryGuy Force Dry Shoe & Glove Dryer added Mar 26, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rust-Oleum NeverWet Boot & Shoe Water Repelling Treatment added Nov 17, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Urban Armor Gear Outback Phone Case added Nov 13, 2017
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scrubba Wash Bag added Sep 17, 2017
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nikwax Down Wash Direct added Jan 13, 2016
$9 - $11
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Granger's Extreme Cleaner Spray-on added Jan 11, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
InstaMorph added Dec 10, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Original PEET Dryer added Dec 6, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Berkeley Premium Cork Grease added Nov 24, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric added Jul 5, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Mat Repair Kit added Mar 14, 2015
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Efferdent Cleanser added Mar 10, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kenetrek Waterproofing Boot Wax added Oct 27, 2013
$16 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
E-6000 Adhesive added Apr 12, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Patches added Mar 28, 2013
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid MiraZyme Odor Eliminator added Oct 28, 2012
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP added Jun 4, 2012
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Seam Seal added Apr 10, 2011
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
303 Aerospace Protectant added Jun 28, 2010
$4 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax Conditioner for Leather added Jun 28, 2010
$7 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On added Jun 28, 2010
$12 - $21
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In added Jun 28, 2010
$6 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atsko Sno-Seal added Jun 28, 2010
$8
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof added Jun 28, 2010
$13 - $18
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof added Jun 28, 2010
$9 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ReviveX Down Cleaner added Jun 28, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Freesole Shoe & Boot Repair added Jun 28, 2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Aquaseal Seam Seal added Jun 28, 2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tectron Sno-Seal Waterproofing added Jun 28, 2010
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid ReviveX Leather Gel Water Repellent & Conditioner added Jun 28, 2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nikwax Down Wash added Jun 28, 2010
$10 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
McNett Zip Tech added Jun 4, 2010
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Outdoor Sewing Kit added Jun 1, 2010
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit added May 7, 2010
$14 - $29
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
McNett MiraZyme Odor Eliminator added May 7, 2010
$4 - $8
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Water-Based Seam Seal added Mar 8, 2010
$4
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Seam Grip WP Field Repair Kit added Nov 10, 2009
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Fabric Repair Tape added Nov 2, 2009
$3 - $5
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Seam Grip+SIL added Nov 2, 2009
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid SilFix Sil-Nylon Repair Kit added Nov 2, 2009
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Fast Cure Seam Sealant added Oct 8, 2009
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Tent Sure Tent Floor Sealant added Oct 8, 2009
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Gear Aid Seam Grip+WP added Jun 20, 2008
$7 - $22

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