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The chemical coating on the outside when new is what is commonly known as DWR and chemically known as a Fluoropolymer. Fluoropolymer is a fluorocarbon based polymer with multiple strong carbon–fluorine bonds. It is characterized by a high resistance to solvents, acids, and bases. This is the same chemical treatment used on all water resistant fabrics. ...


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I too recommend newspaper however you can also give the following a try: Buy a pack of disposable diapers and empty the sodium polyacrylate into a sock or any fine mesh cloth/bag. Carry it in your pack for any absorption emergency. You should make sure to pack it in a sealed waterproof bag until you need it. Otherwise it will suck the humidity from its ...


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You could use a towel or (if you can spare the weight) some old news papers. Me and my friends dry everything except for the tents by fire. Just set a line about 3-4 meters away from the fire so it will only catch some of the heat (30-50 degrees Celsius is fine for anything). I know this really doesn't give you an alternative and I'm interested to see what ...


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The army solution is to have two pairs of boots so that one pair dries while the other is worn (yes, even in the field). Another solution is to use goretex socks so that it doesn't matter what state you boots are in. I find wool socks keep warmth even when wet, and don't chafe or cause blisters the way cotton socks can when wet. You can air dry goretex ...


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Goretex, generally consists of three chemicals. The outer The outer (wear resistant part) is simply nylon or polyester. This is typically non-hazardous and can be disposed as any other plastic (bearing in mind the long periods of time this is likely going to take to decompose) The inner This is the "Gore-tex layer". Goretex itself is simply a ...


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Outdoorgearlab has some quite nice compilation of different shell materials with their history and use cases. If you boil it down with respect to your questions then Active Shell is lighter and smaller and is significantly more breathable but at the cost of durability. As the guys from Outdoorgearlab write it, Active Shell is not intended to be worn ...


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Which one packs down smaller? Gore tex active shell, it consists of 2 layers instead of three and the outer is bonded ot the middle layer reducing it's bulk. Which one is more breathable? Again, active shell. The thinner fabrics will naturally allow more moisture out, there are less barriers between the inner and outside. How much more breathable ...


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http://www.gore-tex.com.au/faq/w1/i1085252/ How should I dispose of a GORE-TEX® product in an environmentally safe way? Garments or footwear made from Gore laminates can be safely disposed of just like any other apparel product. Contrary to most other plastics, Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) – the raw material of our membrane - is not made or ...


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All Gore-Tex products come with care instruction, these should be followed, obviously. It's important to understand how these membranes work, I feel. Many Gore-tex and similar products consist of 3 layers, the first layer (inside the jacket) is designed to protect the Gore tex fabric. The second layer is the actual Gore tex itself The other layer ...


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To go in a slightly different direction here... The most practical way to dry your boots (in a warm climate), Gore-Tex or otherwise, is to wear them and especially to work hard while wearing them. Body heat does a lot to dry out boots and you don't need to carry any extra weight to put towels or newspaper or anything else in them. Many people tend to have ...


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Perhaps not surprisingly, there's not a lot of information floating around about what happens when you subject gore-tex to this kind of stress. Gore-tex is a porous material, so stretching it might yield unexpected results. Worst case scenario, you set your gore-tex hammock on wet ground and the water slowly seeps through. Then again, if the pores are ...


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Put on the gear to test Turn on the shower (adjust temperature to your liking) Walk into the shower Perform a series of movements (walk in place, jumping jacks, etc) Turn off shower Inspect gear for damp spots on the inside This method allows you to control energy exertion (minimize sweat) and exposure time while at the same time simulating "real" ...


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If you want waterproofing available to put under you, I would just bring along a 2 mil thickness of plastic for use as a ground sheet. This will be much lighter and cheaper than the same square-footage of goretex. That thickness will tend to get torn on a long trip, so you may want to bring a little duct tape for use in patching it.


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What is the best way to maintain Gore-Tex walking boots? Clean them occasionally... Do they need reproofing occasionally or is just brushing the mud off enough? and waterproof them. You will notice that they need to be re-waterproofed...when they get wet. Also note: the Gore Tex membrane is inside the boot, between the outer (leather or ...



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