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As the Holiday seasons fast approach , I am getting a lot of questions about these 2 membranes and what they do.
The basic use of both products is to serve as a breathable waterproof barrier inside apparel and footwear. The secondary use is insolation.

Another question I get asked is " Waterproof" and "product XYZ said it was waterproof and it leaks"... That is the keyword Leaks. Waterproof products can and often do still leak. It simply means per our Corporate Lawyers the material is not damaged by Water. The question really should be is it leakproof?

Most of the time the follow up question is why on our CruiserWorks™ boots why don't we use either product. The answer is one of philosophy and common sense. Animal hide by natural design is leakproof. Any leaking comes from seams , cracks or poor leather quality that is very porous and over processed.

We use the highest quality leather available, that is heavily treated and double ,even triple stitched with very thick threads and then seams are sealed.
That keeps the water out and each pair is tested for leaks during the QC.

Philosophically , using Gor-Tex™ , Sympatex™ is akin to putting a plastic bag around your foot ... The outer material that should have prevented leaks has already failed, and the membrane lining is acting as a sponge. If you want to test it get a piece of the raw membrane material , weigh it and then put it in water and weigh it again. The results are interesting

While true that the membranes breathes, The membrane is not just drying itself but is inhibited to do so and it is relative to the ambient temperature, the materials it is next to etc.

It also encourages perspiration, hot feet in the Summer, leading to blisters and skin irritations. In the winter once the membrane is engorged leads to cold feet. Drying a pair of boots can take a long time even with a boot dryer.
The lining acts as insulation also, good in the cold not so good on hot Summer days. Our belief is that insulation is best done by socks and varied based on ambient temperature

We at CruiserWorks ™ use Kevlar™ as a added protective layer, that is relatively porous , not for insulation.

In conclusion my advice is
1. Use organics. Nature designed hides to breathe and not leak. This includes saddles, gloves etc.
2. Insulation is best provided by liners, socks or other materials to add versatility.
3. The exceptions I suggest are jackets and pants. A all leather riding jacket and pants like a track suit can be very costly. If using synthetics, look for good quality seams and removable liners for 3-4 season use.
4. Take care of it. Visit our website and note we offer 4 leather care products for a reason. There are replacement oils to creams and polishes. The oils must be replaced as the leather is an organic. Make sure that products if used on seats don't contain Silicon. It is like putting Armor-All™ on motorcycle tires.
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