Nikwax Analogy from Nikwax is a dual‑layered fabric that draws water away from the body, helping keep the user dry.

Benefits

  • Reduced chemicals
  • Durable weather protection
  • Breathable
  • Moisture control

Applications

  • Textiles
  • Clothing

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 12: Responsible Production & Consumption

The Challenge

Waterproof jackets usually consist of a membrane that keeps water out and traps water in. If the water remains inside of the jacket, the user may become cold. Many jackets are treated with chemicals to provide waterproofing and insulation.

Innovation Details

The Nikwax Analogy® system has an inner layer, called the pump liner, which mimics the action of animal fur by pushing water outwards to protect from rain, condensation and perspiration, while also providing insulation. The pump liner is covered by a durable densely woven outer layer, which provides windproofing and deflects rain.

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Biomimicry Story

Mammals are able to force water droplets away from their skin due to the arrangement of their fur. The dense, water repellent layer of fur along the skin forces water droplets away from the body where fur is less dense, causing “directionality” of the water droplets.