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Clothing/Protection Gear Reviews

NikWax Leather Care Kit Review

NikWax Leather Care KitI picked up this kit a few months ago and have been using it every now and again to clean up and condition my leather motorcycle gear. It’s a pretty decent box of bottles covering, head to toe pretty much everything you need. You get leather cleaner, leather restorer, waterproofing wax, glove waterproofing and visor water repellent. Not a bad bundle for £20.

The glove waterproofing I used on my Gerbings XR12 gloves, as recommended in their care instructions and on my wife’s Buffalo leather gloves. The bottle has a foam top sponge dispenser type thing, which lets you apply and rub the solution all over your gloves easily. Once dry, the solution is completely invisible, but the palms did feel a little slippery on my grips for a day or two. In the wet, it performed exactly as desired, no water leaks, dry hands – job done, big thumbs up.

The aqueous waterproof wax is intended for boots and works in a very similar manner to the Glove Proof above. To be honest, my Sheltex Hein Gericke boots are pretty good in the wet anyway, but I applied some anyway to the leather exterior. Application is easy and the wax dries and leaves a nice deep black lustre, making my boots look a lot newer than they really are. In the wet the wax works well, water just beads off the boots and your feet stay nice and dry.

NikWax Leather TrousersThe leather cleaner and restorer both come in spray bottles, the idea being to apply first the cleaner, and then follow up with the restorer. I used these on my Alpinestars Bat Pants and my wife’s Shoei leather jacket, both items we purchased second-hand. The leather cleaner did a great job of getting the dirt and grime off the items, particularly on my trousers which had picked up quite a bit of crap from use on the London roads every day. The restorer sprays on as a thick white solution, which is then left on for a couple of minutes and then rubbed into the leather. It made the leather supple again and gave it a nice black lustre. It did collect in the piping of my trousers but did eventually dry invisible. Both of these solutions do pong a bit, but the finished item doesn’t stink much.

The final bottle is Visor Proof, a spray-on water repellent. Just needs a couple of squirts and a good rub and then any rain landing on your visor just beads off. I used other similar products before, both on my visor and on car windscreen, and like those previous this product works OK, but you need to be travelling at least 30 mph or more to really get the most from it. Otherwise, the water droplets just remain on the visor and don’t run off.

Overall, this turned out to be a very handy box to have, and at just £20, less than the cost of a tank of fuel, it’s a no-brainer. I am going through the bottles at different rates though, so when I run out, I’ll have to work out if it’s better to buy single bottles or another box mind.

Rating 4/5

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By Arthur

Seasoned London commuter, doing my best to stay rubber side down and never stop moving forward.

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