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Old 06-13-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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How to make boots water resistant?

Has anyone found any way to make their MX more water resistant? I sprayed them once or twice with scotch guard or something similar but it didn't help much. One of these days I'll get a nice pair of water proof adventure boots but for the time being I'm trying to get as many miles out of my Fox boots as I can.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:13 PM   #2
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Water resistant?

If your MX boots are mostly leather (think Hi-Points!), then Aqua Seal may work (with repeated applications......)
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:54 PM   #3
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If your MX boots are mostly leather (think Hi-Points!), then Aqua Seal may work (with repeated applications......)
Well I figured fully waterproof would be to difficult to accomplish. I'm just tired of doing mutli day trips with lots of water crossings and having to put on wet boots everyday.

Thanks, I'll pick up some locally.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:10 PM   #4
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Funny, but I was just contemplating this very conundrum whilst on a wet trip in Nova Scotia last month. My Goretex hiking boots proved remarkably ill suited to keeping my feet dry after even a half an hour of riding in the rain.

I resurrected a north country trick my mother used on me and my brothers when we were kids in northern NY state trooping through snow drifts in the winter: plastic bread bags pulled over our socks and then inserted into your outer boots.

I'm sure somewhere out there someone is selling a $400+ motorcycle boot that's truly waterproof. Bully for them. For people like me, the plastic bread bag trick is a more realistic solution.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:44 PM   #5
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We did that as kids in the snow as well and it's fine for a few hours but I can't do it if I'm wearing MX boots for 8-12 hours a day. I think having my feet sweat inside those bags would be worse.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:03 PM   #6
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Gore-Tex socks is what you need then.


And buy a pair of waterproof boots as your next boots.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:27 PM   #7
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You have to figure out where all the stitching is and seal it - you can do this with with something like sno-seal or maybe a liquid/urethane sealant like seam grip (thinned) to keep the water from seeping in, and snoseal to keep the leather from soaking through.

If there are a lot of moving parts/panels/plastic bits, this can be more hassle than it's worth, and i'd say get some waterproof socks or a boot dryer if youll be near a plug.
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:11 AM   #8
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:56 PM   #9
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You have to figure out where all the stitching is and seal it - you can do this with with something like sno-seal or maybe a liquid/urethane sealant like seam grip (thinned) to keep the water from seeping in, and snoseal to keep the leather from soaking through.

If there are a lot of moving parts/panels/plastic bits, this can be more hassle than it's worth, and i'd say get some waterproof socks or a boot dryer if youll be near a plug.
^ This, but get a disposable paint brush and melt the SnowSeal in advance in a soup can. At a minumum let the boots get good and warm in the noontime sun. Better yet, invest in a cheap heat gun or a really high-output hair dryer.

The goal is to warm the boot/threads so that the melted SnowSeal can penetrate while still melted. You don't want it to cool immediately on contact with a cold boot. The warm boot and melted SnowSeal should slowly cool together. Heat also helps the SnowSeal penetrate the unstitched areas of the leather.

Brush the melted SnowSeal on and don't worry about it being too thick. Do the whole boot. Then go back with the heat gun and a roll of paper towels: melt an area, sop up the extra with a paper towel, wipe with another paper towel, repeat until satisfied.

This should work on textile boots too, but you might want to limit it to stitched areas like the sole/welt and then rely on some Gortex socks to assist.

I hate wet feet! Good luck.

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Old 06-14-2014, 03:04 PM   #10
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That works and is cheap. So does Thompson water seal. It will water proof a canvas tent.

Not meant fore ever, it has to be redone from time to time.
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:27 PM   #11
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A:/ start with quality constructed boots. B:/ if a sewn-on sole work the seam and all other seams in the uppers with Sno Seal and a tooth brush. Massage the excess sno seal into the rest of the boot leather. Don't forget the tongue/leather webbing between the uppers pieces under the laces. C:/ Heat with a heat gun/wifes hair dryer till it melts and coats the seams/threads well. Wipe off excess, go ride. As important as B and C is, don't try to waterproof a screen door so Step A counts.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:33 PM   #12
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Gore-Tex socks is what you need then.


And buy a pair of waterproof boots as your next boots.
+1

I tried waterproofing my Alpinestar Tech 3's and was never very successful.

I was riding as well as walking through quite a bit of water almost up to my knees today. I have a pair of goretex socks that I wear over thin sock which were bone dry at the end of the day. I think they were $20 or $30 from army surplus.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:55 AM   #13
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more info,

http://armyissue.com/catalog/product...oducts_id/2663



And here is an "is use" video, and my socks were 100% dry

http://youtu.be/K3Np7emD5dQ
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:21 AM   #14
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Water proof

...or Seal Skinz water proof socks. Works great.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:57 PM   #15
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Gore-Tex socks is what you need then.


And buy a pair of waterproof boots as your next boots.
What MX boots are waterproof? I bought some Sidi Adv's cos they were about the beefiest thing I could find with goretex or similar.

My girlfriend has had good results with sealskins socks in her MX boots, gets a bit hot in warm conditions though apparently.

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You have to figure out where all the stitching is and seal it - you can do this with with something like sno-seal or maybe a liquid/urethane sealant like seam grip (thinned) to keep the water from seeping in, and snoseal to keep the leather from soaking through.
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I tried exactly that with my Gaerne RX2 MX boots. Carefully seam sealed every join, slathered them with sno-seal, they still leaked like a sieve

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