Win a Rab Down Jacket and Nikwax aftercare worth £200

10 years ago Rab partnered with Nikwax to protect the insulation in their down-filled products. Now you have the chance to experience the warmth of Rab's Microlight Down Jacket and the restorative performance of Nikwax down care with this giveaway.

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by Ben Weeks |
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Rab x Nikwax hydrophobic down

Down is naturally breathable, which makes it very comfortable to wear, but this comes with a drawback – it can absorb moisture. This moisture can overload the fibres, or cause them to stick together, stripping the down of its insulative properties.

To mitigate this effect, Rab applies a Nikwax water repellent “hydrophobic” treatment to their down. This treatment significantly improves the performance of the down by preventing the clusters from absorbing moisture and helping it to retain its loft. In the event that the down does become waterlogged, the treatment significantly decreases the time it takes the down to dry and its loft to recover.

"Washing my down gear terrifies me. Down is notoriously opposed to getting wet, so I only ever wash my down-filled kit if it really, really needs it. Most down clothing and equipment now comes with hydrophobic down, so when I eventually resign myself to washing my kit, it’s also important that I give its water-fighting powers a top up. But what to use?

"Ten years ago, Rab announced a partnership with Nikwax. Specifically, they would be using Nikwax water repellent treatment to protect the down in their products. So, if much of my down kit (and a fair portion of it is from Rab) comes out of the factory protected by Nikwax, why wouldn’t I continue to use Nikwax to look after it? That’s what I’ve done, and although washing my down kit still gives me the wobbles, using Nikwax when I’ve needed to has kept my kit in tip-top condition."

Ben Weeks, Trail magazine gear editor

Speciality cleaner and waterproofer designed to revitalise and protect the water repellency and insulating properties of down filled gear from wet and damp conditions. Easy to use in the washing machine or by hand, non flammable and PFC free.

Enter the competiton!

FIll your details in below to be in with a chance of winning a Rab Microlight Down Jacket and Nikwax down aftercare products - a prize bundle worth £200!

The prize draw opens on 20.11.23 and closes at 23:59pm on the 20.12.23 any entries submitted after this time will not be valid or counted.

This competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over.

There are 2 prizes consisting of either one men or women’s Microlight Down Jacket. Plus NIKWAX: 1x1L Down Wash Direct & 1x 300ml Down Proof.

1 winner will be picked randomly from all valid correctly answered entries who have answered during the prize date. The winner will be contacted shortly after the closing date and notified by email and have 7 days to respond before an alternative winner is chosen.

Only one entry per person will be counted.

Prizes will only be delivered to an address within the UK. Should a prize winner's contact details change, it is their responsibility to notify us, or the contact person(s) detailed in the Competition’s Specific Terms.

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The prize is provided by Nikwax.  We are not responsible for any aspect of the prize, including unsatisfactory quality or the entirety of the prize due to their own circumstances or restrictions. Prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.

Our employees (and their family members) or employees of any company involved in the Competition, including any Prize Provider, are not permitted to enter. H Bauer Publishing is the promoter of this Competition, see: for details of our registered office and company number.

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