Kelsey Hulse

Kelsey Hulse

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Kelsey Hulse's Passions

Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing

Kelsey Hulse's Bio

I'm the technical field rep for Nikwax. I also work part-time for an AWESOME shoe store in Seattle called Market Street Shoes. I have over 7 years of experience in outdoor and footwear retail, so I just love to talk about the clothing, footwear and gear that enables SERIOUS outdoor adventure! Follow me on Twitter @nikwaxnerd

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on March 17, 2011

Hi!
Grease stains are tricky, aren't they?!? One of the best ways to treat them is to soak the affected area in warm water and dish soap (like Dawn). THEN follow up with Tech Wash. Dish soaps are the best at cutting grease and the tech wash will remove any residue left behind by the dish soap. Hope this helps! Thanks for the question! Stay dry! :)

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on January 28, 2011

Hi Paul! <br/> The Nikwax Wash-in product should...

Hi Paul!
The Nikwax Wash-in product should not be used as a Spray-on. The two are formulated differently and you could get streaking or spotting from using the Wash-in in place of the Spray-on. If you have any other questions about this, you can reach us at (800)563-3057. Thanks for your question! Stay Dry!!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on January 12, 2011

Hi! Nikwax Down Proof adds microfine durable...

Hi! Nikwax Down Proof adds microfine durable water resistance (DWR) to both the exterior fabric and the feathers within a garment. It is designed to preserve loft and will not cause clumping. However, i'm not certain how it will affect the microfiber exterior, as it is usually used on nylon or something similiar. It will add DWR, even to something that wasn't water repellant in the first place, but it may slightly alter the appearance of the textured exterior. I hope this helps! Thanks for your question! Stay Dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on January 12, 2011

Hi Eric! Tech Wash is definately what you...

Hi Eric! Tech Wash is definately what you want to use to clean your fleece jackets. One thing to be aware of though, if this is the first time you've washed a new fleece it may distribute fuzz over your other jackets in the washing machine. But other than that, yes, you can definately throw them all in together. If you decide you want to waterproof that fleece, check out Nikwax Polar Proof. Thanks for your question! Stay dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on December 29, 2010

Hi Roberto! Washing your gear with Tech...

Hi Roberto! Washing your gear with Tech Wash will never compromise the existing DWR (durable water repellency). In fact, if the DWR is still solid (it wears off over time), Tech Wash will help it work better. As for proofing, the Tx.Direct wash-in product would be great for your pants. The only "liners" you would worry about would be those that are designed to wick sweat off the surface of the skin (like a running shirt with a hanging mesh liner). I wash all my snowboard pants and jackets with Tx.Direct wash-in and it works great. Tech Wash and Tx.Direct work best as a team. Give them both a try... I think you'll be pleased. If you have any more detailed questions, don't hesitate to contact us at (800) 563-3057. Thanks for your question!

Stay Dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on December 27, 2010

Hi Eric! <br/> Softshell proof is a great choice...

Hi Eric!
Softshell proof is a great choice for your pants. As to whether to use the spray-on or the wash-in... I only recommend the spray-on product if the garment has a liner that is intended to wick sweat (such as a running shirt with a hanging mesh liner). I use the wash-in treatment for all my softshells as well (which I LIVE in). That said, you should ALWAYS use Tech Wash before treating garments, as the proofers will not adhere well to dirty fabric. Please let me know if there is any other information I can provide. As always, feel free to call us at (800)563-3057 with questions. Thanks for your question!

Stay Dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on December 6, 2010

Hi Ansbug! <br/> This size bottle will be...

Hi Ansbug!
This size bottle will be sufficient for a 3-4 person tent. A conservative estimate would be approximately 150 square feet per bottle. I hope this helps! You can also contact us at Nikwax at (800) 563-3057 if you have any other questions! Thanks for your question!

Stay Dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on November 29, 2010

Hi Austin!
The answers above are correct. Tech Wash is a cleaner that will improve your jacket's breathability. If, after cleaning, you notice that water isn't beading up on the surface of the jacket anymore, it's time to reapply the DWR (durable water repellancy) to the outside using the Tx.Direct spray-on found here: http://www.backcountry.com/nikwax-tx-direct-spray-on

Thanks for your question! Stay dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote a review of on November 10, 2010

5 5

I have narrow heels which makes finding boots tough because my heels tend to slide up and down the back of the boots. These boots have a nicely shaped back and great lacing system which arrests motion of the foot inside the shoe. They are also extremely supportive. The boots have a roomy toe box, but I bought a half size larger than I typically wear and found that to be perfect.

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Kelsey Hulse wrote a review of on November 10, 2010

5 5

The perfect jacket for softshell junkies. I fell in love with the mithril the moment I put it on. The fabric is thick enough to be warm and rugged, but still extremely breathable. I'm just shy of 5'10" and the sleeves and torso length is plenty long in a size large. The shoulder/arm construction allows total freedom of movement, which makes it great for almost any activity. The hood is roomy, comfortable and warm. I live in Seattle and I plan to live in this jacket all fall and winter. It's so comfortable I may wear it to bed.

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on November 8, 2010

Hi Casey! <br/> For full grain leather boots,...

Hi Casey!
For full grain leather boots, go with the Waterproofing Wax for Leather. If your boots are part leather and part woven, use Nikwax Fabric and Leather proof. Both work REALLY well. Before proofing clean them with this Footwear Cleaning Gel. Any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us at 800.563.3057. Thanks for your question! Stay dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on November 8, 2010

Hi Willie! <br/> Softshell Proof is perfect for...

Hi Willie!
Softshell Proof is perfect for your jacket and the wash-in is SUPER easy to use (I use it frequently) and very effective. Like Phil said, you definately want to clean it with Tech Wash before proofing (the proofer can't adhere to dirty fabric). If you have any more detailed questions, don't hestitate to call us @ 800.563.3057. Thanks for the question. Stay dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on November 8, 2010

Hi Lawson! <br/> You certainly can use this....

Hi Lawson!
You certainly can use this. Softshell Proof is designed with 4-way stretch fabrics in mind, so it will work on, though is not necessary for, hard shell fabrics (meaning waterproof/breathable laminates like eVent). Thanks for the question. Stay dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on November 8, 2010

Hi Peter! <br/> Steve gave you a great answer....

Hi Peter!
Steve gave you a great answer. If you have a pair of fleece gloves, use the Polar Proof. Use Glove Proof for fabric or combination fabric and leather gloves. All the specific products Nikwax makes are designed to proof while maintaining the original look and feel of the garment. Thanks for your question. Stay dry!!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on November 8, 2010

Hi Samuel! <br/> You could use the Nubuck &...

Hi Samuel!
You could use the Nubuck & Suede, but i'd save that product for your suede footwear. Nikwax makes several products designed specifically for full grain leather footwear. Nikwax Conditioner for Leather will waterproof and soften the leather. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather (in either the Creme or Liquid formulations) will waterproof without softening. You can get any of these through our friends at backcountry.com. Thanks for your question! Stay dry!

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Kelsey Hulse wrote an answer about on November 8, 2010

Hi Dave!  <br/> As Kirk mentioned, Nikwax Base...

Hi Dave!
As Kirk mentioned, Nikwax Base Wash is designed for anything that you wear next-to-skin. It works great for cycling jerseys, shorts and tights. One thing to note, though, is that in addition to removing odor Base Wash also increases wicking ability. So, you don't want to use it on anything that is designed to be waterproof, since wicking and waterproof-ness don't play well together. But go ahead, throw your stinkiest cycling stuff at our Base Wash, it cleans gently and removes embedded odor like a dream! Thanks for your question. Stay Dry!

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