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How to wax your G-1000 garments

With Fjällräven’s Greenland Wax, you can easily adapt your G-1000 garments to suit different weather conditions and your intended activity level. More wax gives a more resistant garment that can withstand weather and wind. If you wash out the wax you get a cooler garment with maximum breathability.

G-1000 fabric is a classic element in Fjällräven’s clothing. The tight weave of 65% polyester and 35% cotton is windproof, fast drying and very hardwearing, and thanks to the Greenland Wax impregnation it is also water resistant and dirt repellent. Over time the wax washes out of the fabric and its water resistant properties become reduced. After two-three washes it can be time to renew the impregnation. This gives better protection against getting wet at the same time as it increases the durability and therefore the life of the garment.

Greenland Wax is made from paraffin and beeswax. A block of wax (100 g) is enough for about ten articles of clothing. A travel pack (23 g) is practical to have with you in case you want to re-impregnate a garment or part of a garment when out trekking. You can buy Greenland Wax from our webshop or any store where you can buy G-1000 products.

How to wax G-1000

1) Apply Take the block of Greenland Wax and rub it with long strokes against the fabric, leaving behind a thin, even layer. It’s a little like writing with chalk on a chalkboard. Make sure you cover all of the fabric well.

2) Melt Melt the wax into the fabric with an iron on low/moderate heat with no stream (remember to wipe off the iron before you use it on other garments). You can also use a hairdryer or the flame of a camping stove (see below). The wax melts at approximately 55-60°C (131-140°F).

Helpful hint! If you want to make the fabric even more water resistant, repeat the process several times rather than applying a single thick layer of wax. This is a good idea for exposed sections of the garment such as the hood and shoulders, knees and seat.

Note: G-1000 garments with down or synthetic padding and garments with Hydratic lining or a combination of fabrics need to be waxed with extra care – read more here.

Waxing outdoors using your outdoor stove

Once you have rubbed the wax onto the fabric, hold the garment a few decimetres above a steady, strong flame from your outdoor stove. Start further away and slowly move it closer until you see the wax starting to melt. Be careful not to burn the fabric and avoid having your arm or other part of your body inside the garment. Stretch out the fabric over the flame and move it back and forth until the wax has melted.

Waxing services in your store

At Fjällräven Brand Stores and other well-stocked outdoor stores you can find waxing stations where you can get help with waxing your G-1000 garments. Find your nearest store with a waxing station here.

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