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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-13-2005, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Default Meindl Sports Wax - worth it?

I just bought a pair of Meindls from AJ Brooks. They recommended using the Meindl Sport Wax to condition, waterproof, etc. How does this compare to Nikwax or Dubbin?
Also, often do you wax your boots? They told me to do it after every hike to avoid having the leather shrink. This seems like overkill if you're doing day hikes every weekend.
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I have a pair of Meindels from AJ Brooks as well. My boyfriend has some too and we end up buying a couple of little containers of the sport wax every year. Before the first hike I ever took with my boots, I waxed them, then dried them with a blow-dryer (be careful not to burn the leather) about 6 or 7 times. I stopped when the leather stopped absorbing the wax. Now I wax my boots every couple of months. I hike a lot in the snow and in wet weather, so I just pay attention to when my boots stop "beading up" with water. If they aren't beading up, it's time to wax again.

Be careful to treat your Meindls carefully. They will last a long time if you take care of them. They recommend that you clean them (brush them off, clean off any mud) after each trip. This makes the wax in the leather able to better do its job. If you don't take care of your boots and you ever have a problem with them, you will be in trouble with the German guy who works at A.J. Brooks. If you don't take care of your boots, he will chew you out! It's scary, and it keeps me motivated to take care of my boots.

So yes, the Meindel wax is worth it. I like it better than the Biwell wax I bought at MEC. These are both beeswax based (not sure what's in Nikwax and Dubbin). You have to remember when using wax that you lose any breathability your boot might have had so you might get sweaty feet. But you do get super dry feet. I have never had wet or cold feet in my Meindels. And the dry feet make up for the occaisional day of sweaty feet in the summer.

Enjoy your Meindels!
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A guy in Altus told me to be careful of using bee's wax because it makes the leather a lot softer than "regular" wax. Not sure if there's any truth in that.
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I use my meindels for wildland firefigting, so I clean and wax them after each deployment (around 14 days) and it keeps the leather in great condition despite the regular abuse they see. My dad has had a pair for over 10 years and that's what he's always done; wax after each 10-15 day stint of using, when it looks like they need it as mentioned above, or every few months during your 'off season' depending on the climate. Enjoy!
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I've always used "Sno-Seal" beeswax on my leather hiking boots (over 25 years), without any problems. One of my pairs of Meindls is 14 years old, and while they've gone through a few sets of soles, the only damage to the leather is from all the sharp scree in the Rockies.

Breathability has not been an issue with Sno-Seal. My boots never really feel damp from sweat.

I've never used Nikwax, but a couple of friends who have used it have warned me not to. Meindl "sport wax" seems OK--I used the jar they gave me for my work boots--but I still prefer Sno-Seal.

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Nikwax is a synthetic/petroleum based wax and it can damage boots over time as the wax breaks down. I use SnoSeal and it is great.
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I love SnoSeal. Nothing else comes close in the coastal wet zone. In hot dry areas a lower wax formula will protect the leather nicely and be more breathable so yield cooler less sweaty feet, but on the wet coast SnoSeal is just excellent. And economical!

Generally speaking any care product with an equipment manufacturers name on it is a custom packaged existing product at twice the price. I can't attest to Meindl Sportwax, but I strongly suspect it's similar and thus overpriced. It won't be a crap product and will be compatible with the leather Meindl uses, but certainly not dramatically better than others. And waxing after every hike is absurd! Profitable for someone, but not you.
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