Stuff: Fjallraven Greenland Wax

Surely you are familiar with the arctic fox. Fjallraven has been a trusted name in outdoor apparel for a long time. While I'm working on a larger blog post about their Greenland pant, it occurred to me that I should put up a quick rad stuff blog post about the Fjallraven Greenland Wax

Fjallraven Greenland Wax, the original DWR treatment

The Greenland wax has been handmade since 1968 with a combination of paraffin and beeswax without any chemical additives. But what does it do? It is used to make their G-1000 fabric water repellent.  Why is wax coating so great? Well wax coating is the original DWR (durable water repellent) and while there is a socially conscious concern to the affects of chemical treatments and waterproof membranes on the environment and ecosystem, wax coating is environmentally friendly and readily availability. If you're old enough to remember canvas tents and packs then you'll know about wax coatings. These wax coatings are what kept you dry in the rain when sleeping in a canvas tent. 

Does Greenland Wax work? Yup. Does it work really well? Yup! Is it easy to apply? Yup, in fact it couldn't be easier. You can add it Fjallraven G-1000 fabrics, to canvas, and cotton in 3 easy steps. First, apply the wax by rubbing it on the surface of the material, then heat it with a hair dryer, heat gun, or with an iron to melt it into the fabric. Finally,  repeat if necessary. A proper application should last you a while and when you see that the fabric starts to wet out again, just add another application of wax.

The Fjallraven Wax comes in 2 sizes. Small and large and cost $5 and $10 USD respectively. The small size is plenty to keep you stocked for a while. There are other waxes available on the market, I've tried most of them but the Fjallraven Greenland Wax just works better and it's pretty easy to find through any Fjallraven stockist. 

If you want to add some DWR properties to your natural fibre gear, definitely check this stuff out.

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