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: 4 of 5 (4)
Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In reviewed Oct 29, 2019
$6 - $34
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof reviewed Jul 27, 2019
$13 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
303 Aerospace Protectant reviewed Apr 25, 2019
$4 - $84
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nikwax Down Wash Direct reviewed Feb 26, 2019
$9 - $11
Barkay Products Slim Sew Sewing Kit reviewed Nov 20, 2018
$4 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nikwax Down Wash reviewed Aug 18, 2018
$10 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid ReviveX Pro Cleaner reviewed Aug 18, 2018
$8 - $9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Fabric Repair Tape reviewed Aug 18, 2018
$3 - $4
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof reviewed Jul 3, 2018
$9 - $10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Otter Wax Fabric Wax reviewed Apr 9, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
DryGuy Force Dry Shoe & Glove Dryer reviewed Mar 26, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP reviewed Jan 3, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rust-Oleum NeverWet Boot & Shoe Water Repelling Treatment reviewed Nov 17, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Urban Armor Gear Outback Phone Case reviewed Nov 13, 2017
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scrubba Wash Bag reviewed Sep 17, 2017
$50
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Water-Based Seam Seal reviewed Aug 10, 2017
$4
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Gear Aid Seam Grip+WP reviewed Jul 27, 2017
$6 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax Conditioner for Leather reviewed Jan 8, 2017
$7 - $8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Mat Repair Kit reviewed Dec 14, 2016
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ReviveX Down Cleaner reviewed Nov 16, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Patches reviewed Sep 25, 2016
$3
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Fast Cure Seam Sealant reviewed Jul 11, 2016
$7
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Granger's Extreme Cleaner Spray-on reviewed Jan 11, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
InstaMorph reviewed Dec 10, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Freesole Shoe & Boot Repair reviewed Dec 9, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Original PEET Dryer reviewed Dec 6, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Berkeley Premium Cork Grease reviewed Nov 24, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
McNett Zip Tech reviewed Nov 24, 2015
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid MiraZyme Odor Eliminator reviewed Nov 10, 2015
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric reviewed Jul 5, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid SilFix Sil-Nylon Repair Kit reviewed Dec 19, 2014
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid ReviveX Leather Gel Water Repellent & Conditioner reviewed Dec 12, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
McNett MiraZyme Odor Eliminator reviewed Jul 11, 2014
$4 - $8
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atsko Sno-Seal reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Tent Sure Tent Floor Sealant reviewed May 30, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Outdoor Sewing Kit reviewed Apr 1, 2014
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Efferdent Cleanser reviewed Mar 10, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kenetrek Waterproofing Boot Wax reviewed Oct 27, 2013
$16 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tectron Sno-Seal Waterproofing reviewed Oct 2, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit reviewed Sep 21, 2013
$14 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
E-6000 Adhesive reviewed Apr 12, 2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Seam Grip WP Field Repair Kit reviewed Jul 28, 2012
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On reviewed Jul 25, 2012
$12 - $21
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Aquaseal Seam Seal reviewed May 2, 2011
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Seam Seal reviewed Apr 10, 2011
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Seam Grip+SIL reviewed Oct 26, 2010
$8

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