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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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I have a query about fully waterproofing an old pair of boots. I have a pair of Mammut brecon gtx boots that I've put three hard years of use into. The bottom sole is wearing from scrambles and they no longer stay waterproof to handle a day hike on the WEsT coast. I've taken care of them by washing after hikes/ adding waterproofer afterwards (nikwax nubuck leather treatment), but it never seems to withstand against constant wet grass rambling, puddles, etc. So I've come to resign them to either day hikes where wet feet aren't an issue or fair weather. Or I can slather them in some sort of permanent goop and forego breathability.

So I ask what other have tried or suggest to permanently (or atleast seasonally) waterproof them. My first thought was a thin layer of silicone or similar bathroom sealant. I've also read about waxes but I'm not sure how well those would hold up to snow/slush conditions or heavy downpours. Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.

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My leather/synthetic blend merrells did this... i tried alot of things; wax leather, spray and wash synthetic parts, "goop" to the stitching. kinda worked a bit... the best option i found with them was to slather the zamberland specific sealant on the whole thing (available at mec). but ultimately i ended up buying a new pair of boots.
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You could have them bronzed.... Or just buy plastic boots. those stay waterproof.
For hiking on the West Coast, a nice pair of rubber boots will also stay waterproof, as long as the level of the water/mud stays below the top of the boot.
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Good old Sno-Seal is still the best wet coast leather treatment IMHO. Use a hair dryer to warm the leather, watch the Sno-seal melt into it until it soaks up all it can take and stops looking dry. Stuff is great, even though it hasn't changed much since 1933.


BTW, MEC no longer carries it. Far too economical, effective, boring low-profit old-school product for the "new and improved" MEC, where trendy has replaced professional.
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Good old Sno-Seal is still the best wet coast leather treatment IMHO.
BTW, MEC no longer carries it.
Great stuff. You can buy it at amazon.ca
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Great stuff. You can buy it at amazon.ca
Also at Army & Navy.

I warm my boots in the oven.
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Yes, Sno-seal >>>>>> Nikwax
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Great stuff. You can buy it at amazon.ca
Sno Seal. Its the way to go, but that doesnt mean u dont have to be ready to reapply it
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Applied liberal amounts of sno-seal with the hair dryer, really soaked it up. To confirm, Army and Navy does still stock it (about $10) which saves the cost of shipping from amazon. Thanks for all the input folks. Looking forward to dry feet in the upcoming snowshoe/crampon season!

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