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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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>I'll put my opinion in here too. I had a pair of Danner Mtn. Lights for 
about 5 years. The Gore Tex wasn't worth the price. The boots kept my feet 
hot in hot weather and wet when it rained. I liked the boots otherwise. My 
new boots are Asolo 556's,, or Pinnacles, which do not have goretex. So far, 
I really like them, almost as well as the Raichle Montagna's I had for 15