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Re: Waterproof Boots ???
>Greetings All - now, jus' how important is it to have them thar "waterproof"
>boots. Let's face it - in a downpour your feet are going to get wet. Most
>streams that can't be "jumped" are probably going to be deep enough to be
>over your boot anyway. (ok, sometimes i spend ridiculous amounts of time
>trying to find that strategic dry foot crossing point - the trailhead of
>Castle Ridge up Mt Jefferson comes to mind as there is almost an immediate
>non-bridged stream crossing). Will most properly treated water resistant
>boots let you get away "dry-footed" with those quick couple steps to get
>across a stream ? i usually try to avoid prolonged marshy areas whenever
>And there have got to be tradeoffs - true waterproof boots are likely
>heavier, don't breathe so they'll be hot and sweaty, and no doubt will cost
>more. I've seen Goretex advertised as breathable and waterproof. Anybody
>know if these "live up to their billing" ? What types of leather are
>better, worse, or to be avoided. i noticed that there are different
>waterproofing agents recommended say for the suede leather in the Osolo
>AFX530 and the shiny red leather of the Osolo Posiden. Are seams, the
>leather itself, or the area where to sole connects to the leather the most
>critical part of "keeping your feet dry" ?
>Does anyone think that practically any serious hiking boot when properly
>treated is reasonably water resistant and that boot selection should be made
>on other criteria such as comfort and Tread - Tread now there's another
>issue. After slipping on a tree root and falling off Mt. Adams landing on
>my head, tread on the sole of the boot certainly has got to be an important
>safety issue. Are there particular designs and materials in the
>construction of boot tread/sole that are worth being aware of ?
>greg nyce - AT Hiker from Downingtown, PA - getting closer to completing the
>AT in the Mid-Atlantic states with each passing hike
I've tried gore-tex waterproof boots and, yes, you can stand in streams for
the first week. After that they leak like a sieve, and you can't waterproof
those fabric uppers. Hard to beat Sno-Seal on heavy-duty leather
backpacking boots, like Raichle Montangas (what a deal at @ $265/pair these