The reports have just come in of five skiers dying in an avalanche in Austria. This is just the latest news on this front from what looks like another bad season. The incident took place in the Wattental valley, Tirol, and reports indicate that those involved had ignored warnings. The Guardian paper reported that: The experienced […]
it’s fair to say that a Gore-Tex liner allows the manufacture of a lighter boot that’s still pretty waterproof. I say “pretty waterproof” because feet just find a way to get wet. Water can over-top a boot, your feet sweat (and will sweat more in a boot with a Gore-Tex liner than an otherwise identical boot without said liner), and so on. On the other hand, most really good-quality boots do NOT have a Gore-Tex liner. That would include a boot such as the Scarpa SL M3 ($229; www.scarpa-us.com), a beefy but comfortable all-leather boot that’s virtually waterproof when new and will stay that way with only occasional boot treatmentsMyself, I don’t care for Gore-Tex boot liners. But I’m sort of old school. Several of my boots have them, however, so I’m not completely dogmatic about it.
But, the flip side to Gore-Tex is that it does wear out. And once that happens, there is almost no way you can keep your feet dry with a light fabric boot, like the KSB 300 that I reviewed in August.
On the other hand a good leather boot can last for years and will stay as waterproof as they day you got it with a bit of care.
What do you think?