How long do/did your waterproof boots stay waterproof?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by 2low2go, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. 2low2go

    2low2go Banned

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    When riding in rain, how long till water seeps through?
    Over the years, how long till the waterproof membrane fails?
    What boot do/did you wear?
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  2. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Oxtar Matrix (Gore-Tex): water never seeps in and the membrane hasn't failed in 7 years.
    Sidi On-Road Gore-Tex: water never seeps in and the membrane hasn't failed in 2+ years.

    Before that it was just work boots and Totes rubber covers.
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  3. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Dr Martens EH Wellingtons - I go through a pair every 18 months as everyday boots/riding boots. Never leaked no matter how long in the rain.

    Forma GT riding boots - ridden is some pretty heavy rain for hours on end. Never leaked, not even a drop. Had them about 18 months and they have about 15k miles on them.

    Neither have zippers or laces and both are waterproof from the outside, not from a liner.
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  4. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    Had some Gaerne sport-touring waterproof boots (now discontinued). They were waterproof for about 3 years before the dry-tech membrane gave out. I will not buy another "waterproof" boot unless it was made with a Gore-tex membrane.
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  5. 2low2go

    2low2go Banned

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    Do your gore-tex boots end up smelling when it's really hot and sweaty? Or do you wear different boots for that weather. I'm looking for a single do-it-all boot (who isn't rite?)
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  6. precarious

    precarious Been here awhile

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    My Sidi Canyons have lasted almost 30K miles and they survived a 70mph crash. I had to replace the buckles, but they are still intact and still waterproof and breathable. I still wear them. I don't like walking in them, though. No arch support, anymore. I'll have to get some insoles.

    As for smell, they never got too bad on hot days. I never once took them off and thought, "Phew!! What a stench!"

    For a do-it-all, I love the Canyons. Good protection without being over the top like an Adventure or Discovery, truly waterproof, and warm in the cold but cool in the heat.
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  7. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    My TCX Infinity boots are still 100% waterproof after four years and maybe 40k miles with minimal care on my part. Awesome boots.
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  8. andrewhtf

    andrewhtf Been here awhile

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    Axo Stivali : the first rain a week after i bought it. Only leaks on the left boot. The right side remains dry, so i blame it to poor QC that one got away.

    Forma GT : bought it used, as i was looking forward to try out this boot before buying a brand new one. This pair is a year old and only used for road touring, nothing offroad, and went through a few rains without leak - as claimed by the previous owner.

    Rather than waiting for the rain, i wore it and stepped into a nearby creek, about 3-4 inch deep of water. Well, it leaked at the front and bottom of feet, and the wetness is telling pretty quick. Probably i can forgive it given the fact that it is a used pair, however it is enough to tell me that whatever membrane it has, IT HAS FAILED over time.

    So once i wear off this two boots, i'll put my money into a pair of goretex boots and see if it is as good as has been said.
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  9. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Been here awhile

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    I wear red wing engineer boots.

    Never a problem in the wet, actually in the heat because my feet are by the collectors it's not bad.

    However no stiff protection/armor....

    I drive a train so when I have to run, well I have to run, and have to pick the best of both worlds. Stiff bike boots won't cut it.

    Open to ideas on high wear comfy boots. The red wings are ok but not great.
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  10. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Mine leaked when the water (creek) was over the top of the boot.... took 3 days to dry out. Still water proof .. even when the water is on the inside.
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  11. Avispao

    Avispao Hornet 900 Adventurer

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    Alpinestars Web Goretex, 9yo, 25k mi., water never seeps in and the membrane hasn't failed.
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  12. CanyonRider

    CanyonRider Been here awhile

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    In my seemingly endless search for the perfect boot, I've decided (for me) there is no such thing. I find Gore-Tex and other waterproof solutions too hot most of the time and less the 100% waterproof when I really need them. Consistent with the theory that dual-purpose anything rarely excels at either, I decided to divide and conquer by combining really comfortable boots with really waterproof overboots.

    I wear Vendramini Aero Air-Tex Boots. They are light, comfortable, well-ventilated, easy on/off, can walk around in them and offer some level of support and protection.

    http://www.helmetheadcycle.com/product/2791/vendramini-aero-air-tex-boots

    I carry TREDS Waterproof Motorcycle Rain Boots that I can slip on with the rest of my rain gear when the weather turns ugly. Absolutely, completely waterproof.

    http://www.treds.com/products/waterproof-motorcycle-rain-boot/

    Comfort when I want it (which is most of the time), waterproof when I need it (only occasionally). Works for me.
    CR
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  13. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    About 12 years and running.

    They are not riding boots as such. They're a military work boot, gortex, but also wear them around the house to yard work, the garage etc. I can ride all day in them in any temp and can wear them all day around the yard. Other than a few scuffs they're holding out great
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  14. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    Sidi On-Road Sympatex -- 12, 13 years? I forget exactly, but I love em.

    Not a great boot in terms of protection (no armor at all), but all day comfy and all day dry.
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  15. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    I'm too scared to smell mine, but I do wear thin polypropylene socks, to maximize wicking.
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  16. dsauer

    dsauer Been here awhile

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    Sidi women's Way street boots - 9 years and the right one just started leaking. Not a whole lot of protection (ankle cup thingies) but comfy and easy to walk in.
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  17. ElTigre1

    ElTigre1 Been here awhile

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    Alpinestars SMX4. 50,000 miles and no leaks.
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  18. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    My gortex lined army issue combat boots from around 2004ish just started leaking this year. Not too bad yet except that once wet they stay wet a long time.

    Probably will be in the market for replacement next spring.

    This winter I'm going to try out some fairly cheap discount hiking boots of some sort. Looking for waterproof-ish and highly insulated. Hopefully I'll have the sidecar build done before the snow flies so I won't have to worry about falling over so much.

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  19. DRGNHTR

    DRGNHTR Dragonhunter

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    Gortex, 14 or 15 years old, look like hell but don't leak. :D
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  20. dseric

    dseric Living for Adventure

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    My Oxtar(now TCX) Infinitys lasted about 5 years. Last trip they leaked so off to Gore Tex they will go. Will see what happens.
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