Overall: 2.7 / 5 based on 3 reviews
2 of 3 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Wash in water repellant -
The Barbour Nikwax Wash-in did a fairly good job on the portion of the jacket it worked on. Areas of the jacket were not fully restored, think I will have to use the product a second time on the jacket to try and get 100% coverage. It is definitely better than spraying with Scotchguard, and I would recommend it to others and use it again myself.
Product Backfired -
I have been a diehard fan of Barbour's for over 15 years and have previously been more than satisfied with the jackets and the after sales services (mainly annual re-waxing my Beaufort and the odd repair/darning). However after wearing a navy blue Polarquilt Liddesdale model regularly for a couple of years, I felt it was in need of a wash (lower bottom sleeves were shiny from wear) but the instructions prohibited anything but ‘a non detergent’ washing agent – something I was not able to find anywhere. I was in Boston recently in the Barbour section of Orvis, the salesperson said what I needed was indeed difficult to find but she had it in stock : Barbour’a own NICKWAX Tech Wash Wash-In Cleaner. I followed the instructions carefully but was horrified to find that after the wash the jacket colour had been rendered several shades duller than before and it became downright depressing to wear (but was otherwise in good shape). I was extremely disappointed that Barbour’s own product was responsible for fading the colour to such an extent that I have not been able to wear that jacket again.
wash and wear -
By: chili from connecticut yankee
Top 250 Contributor
These are the best coats we've found for wearing in cold rainy weather and ice storms. With a snap in hood and lining, you can work and hike through the worst winter, spring and fall weather. But they do get dirty from sand, etc. They will need cleaning. Once a year is a good suggestion. Maybe even twice a year if it's esp. rough. We've tried the thornproof dressing. it's not ever given us a dry finish. With the thornproof dressing, the jacket remains sticky, waxy, and wet. But the new wash and wear products the Barbour laundry soap and the Nikwax WP Wash In are perfect for getting a clean and new wax finish to a Barbour coat. We added some softener sheets to the dryer and they came out soft and perfect instead of stiff and waxy and wet. No one wants your Barbour wax to rub off on their coat. Following the directions on these new wash and wear products should result in a nice wearing dry and soft jacket and still be impervious to the roughest weather. One suggestion is to wash the coat at the end of the wearing season and treat it with these products. Then put in a space bag for the summer. When you open the space bag in the fall, your coat will be ready to wear. One suggestion, buy two of each Barbour wash and wax product. We found one bottle washes and waxes 2 coats