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RE: boots/GTX

On Tue, 26 Mar 1996, Jim Owen wrote:
> Jennifer -
> A word about goretex - I learned the hard way on the Trail  - it works very
> well as long as it's clean.  How do you keep the inside of your boots clean?
> There are those of us who consider Goretex boots a scam.   Personal
> opinion is to buy boots for comfort, durability, etc - but not because
> they're Goretex.

For what its worth - here is my humble opinion:
I agree with Jim, I think it is a good way for manufacturers to get 
people to buy their shoes because "Gore-Tex" is a buzzword that everybody 
can recognize (just like work boots insulated with Thinsulate).

GTX in shoes raises the price and cuts down on breathability.  While it is a 
'breathable' fabric, there is only so much humidity it can transport, and your
feet are pretty much the most humid places on the planet (no offense to 
anybody's feet).

I mentioned before that I have a pair of Fabiano Trionics, a popular boot 
that consistently gets high marks.  Before I got them, I spoke to Michael 
and Ed Fabiano who said that they decided to stop using GTX in their line 
of boots.  It just didn't work, despite all the wonderful pamphlets the 
people at Gore will send you if you ask (1-800-431-GORE)

Again, just my opinion


(or "Gear Weenie" as I am known to my friends)

Jeff Mosenkis,                                                   
University at Albany - Psych, Anthro, Judaic Studies             

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