Review: TX Direct Wash-In

Waterproof gear is absolutely awesome—until it stops working. For the longest time, I would relentlessly use my waterproof stuff, and then sadly shrug off the fact that my gear’s “waterproof” claim was now meant sarcastically and I’d lust after new replacements… even though the old gear was otherwise fine. Nikwax’s TX Direct wash-in waterproofing offers a much cheaper solution, allowing you to get your dry back—in just one run through the washer. As a bonus, the chemicals are environmentally friendly and Nikwax guarantees to keep its waterproofing for four years after the initial wash. Available at Northern Lights, Chalet Sports, Round House, Silvertip Mountain Center, and Barrel. $13;