How to make clothes waterproof with the Fjällräven Greenland Wax

March 7, 2017

Fjällräven Greenland Wax

Wet trousers that cling to your body are not only unpleasant but can even be a factor that could lead to hypothermia.

Add a cold wind to the problem and you could be asking for trouble.

Fortunately, if your outdoor trousers aren’t as wind and waterproof as you would like, then there’s a solution in the form of Greenland Wax from Fjällräven.

But first, about Fjällräven & my G1000 Trousers

18 months ago I bought a pair of Fjällräven Karl G-1000 trousers.

Fjällräven is a Swedish company with a great history and reputation in creating outdoor gear.

Their Kånken rucksack has been very popular with kids and adults recently. However, it’s not just fashionable bags they are known for. You can spot their gear on many adventurers you see on TV and in magazines. For instance, it’s quite often I see Ed Stafford with a Fjällräven backpack on some of his many different travels.

The Karl trousers I have been using are made from a thick and durable fabric called G-1000, which is a cotton and polyester mix.

They have lots of useful pockets, and still look great despite a lot of punishment.

Some sizes of these sell out fast, but fortunately, the guys at Cotswold Outdoor were able to find my size at another store and ship them over to me 🙂  I was pleased to find this service was free, and in a few days after visiting the shop, they arrived at my home.

Applying the Greenland Wax

Many of the Fjällräven made with their G-1000 fabric you can adapt the breathability or waterproofness by using their Greenland Wax.

The Fjällräven Greenland Wax Bar

You can get Greenland Wax in a block that looks a little bit like a bar of soap. It is made from a mix of paraffin and beeswax and provides a non-chemical way of adding some waterproofing and windproofing to your clothes.

Although designed for the Fjällräven G-1000 clothes, I have no reason to suspect it won’t work on other clothes.

I found applying it extremely simple, easy, and not messy at all.

First of all, you simply rub the wax block onto your clothes.

Applying the Greenland Wax

Then you melt it.

You can do this either by using a clothes iron (though remember to clean it afterwards!) or a hair dryer. I used the latter.

Melting the wax

It soon disappears into the fabric without leaving a trace.

Wax Outdoor Trousers

The process is very easy, but if in doubt, here’s a video about it.

Putting the Greenland Wax to the test

It wasn’t long before my trousers with the Greenland Wax were put to the test.

Putting the Greenland Wax to the test

Up on the hills we soon encountered blizzard conditions, with strong winds and driving snow and ice.

I was thankful that I had applied a few coats of the Greenland Wax as it helped keep the cold wind down, and the snow simply brushed off, with no wet patches as it melted onto my trousers.

The Greenland Wax gets the Thumbs Up awardSo whether you own any Fjällräven G-1000 items or not, getting a bar of this could just help you stay warm and dry when exploring the outdoors.

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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  1. As a greener alternative made locally, might I suggest Fortis Phase 1 and 2 trousers as well. They take a *light* waxing and (ahem) fit more of an English gentlemans waistline.

    I also might suggest the following wax-on recipe;

    Your local candle shop will equip with a lifetimes supply for about a tenner

  2. Hi There, We don’t have a lot of fjallraven down here in NZ, but i bought a parka from a local brand called macpac which is 68% Cotton, 32% Nylon. Would Greenland wax be ok to use on this fabric?

    • I don’t know. My guess would be the wax is ok but not sure how well the nylon will work with the heat treatment. You might want to try a waterproof coating you can wash on, like Nikwax.

  3. Hi yes I have been wearing fjall raven clothing for nearly 20years and the products are very good and tough but I also wear paramo outdoor clothing and i have to say they are much easier to maintain , not cheap but worth every penny

  4. Fjallraven gear is really first class. It’s all very well designed and made. Being able to leave your gear unwaxed for maximum breathability or waxed for wind and water resistant is a big plus.

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