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I have a high-end gore-tex jacket and my wife has Paramo. I also have Paramo trousers. They are quite different: Gore-Tex is designed to be a physical barrier that prevents water getting through, while Nikwax Analogy (the fabric in Paramo jackets) is designed to be highly water-repellent and wick water quickly from inside to out rather than being actually ...


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When washing rain coats and fleeces I use Nikwax tech wash and reproofer (millets link), on the bottle these say reconmended for Goretex so I assume it's the same. In general with waterproof clothing do not use normal washing powders as these remove the waterproof coating.


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I would say that this guy at the hut was plain wrong. As far as I'm concerned, the working principle of the Gore-Tex membrane is gradient-driven. That means, the membrane itself (if you consider only the membrane and ignore the layers it is sandwitched in) does not have any physical or chemical preference to transport moisture into a certain direction. ...


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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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I trust Arc'teryx's Product Care Information. There's a video to take you through the whole process. And you actually DO want to use the dryer because the heat reactivates the durable water repellant (DWR). DWR is the actual substance/layer that does the water repelling. You can also follow the instructions recommended on the actual GoreTex site: Washing ...


10

There are a lot of variables here so you won't get a hard-and-fast response. It will depend on the stiffness and construction of the boot, your usage, the amount that you sweat, the terrain and the weather. Those who dislike Gore-Tex boots find that: Under heavy use the membrane degrades and fails, often within weeks. Breathability is compromised and ...


9

Gore-Tex is a family of products and even DryQ isn’t a single fabric. Probably a better comparison would be between Gore-Tex Active Shell and DryQ. Both are a new generation of waterproof fabrics that has only recently come to the market. Both are supposed to be much more breathable than older membranes like Paclite, eVent, Gelanots and others. I would ...


9

Whatever you do, the membrane will wear out in a few years. That's one of the reasons why many people prefer leather boots, because once the membrane starts to leak, they can still waterproof the leather (it's much harder to perfectly waterproof textile). That said, you can always try to keep the membrane as long as possible. One thing manufacturers ...


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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 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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Goretex does two things well. It's a very light completely windproof layer. Properly cared for it's waterproof. There are many places it's used where it's completely inappropriate and just adds cost. In my experience boots are one of those places. Goretex only "breathes" when there is a significant difference in the moisture content on one side of the ...


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The accepted answer is an excellent summary, but I'd like to add my personal observations. I do most of my walking in Scotland in "dreich", cold conditions. Paramo is the only thing that keeps me dry. Having gone through a series of GoreTex/Event/Triplepoint jackets beforehand, my experience was of being drenched in my own sweat even if they kept the rain ...


6

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 ...


6

The Gore-Tex trail shoes I'm wearing right now have the Gore-Tex layer on the inside (between my socks and the outer suede/synthetic). I'm not sure that you can do anything to fix that layer once it is worn out. I would make sure you clean mud off your boots as soon as you can (usually once you get home from a hiking trip). If you have leather boots, then ...


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As long as you are washing with a front-loader, then putting in your water-proofs and washing on a low temperature with reproofer (instructions should be on the bottle) will get your get clean and waterproof. Top-loaders batter the hell out of your clothes, and can damage the waterproofing. Also - do not but them in a dryer... hang them out (you probably ...


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Given the description of the problem, it seems you have to replace the zip entirely. You can bring it to a tailor, they should be able to do most of it. They may not have the waterproof zipper, though, but you can find it online. Measure it first. It is probably a #5 size, though you don't have to use the exact same model. Or you can do it yourself if you ...


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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 synthetic) and ...


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From my experience with WP/B garments, keeping them clean will keep them useful and functional for a long time (I have a 11 years old Gore jacket). What I do is: Clean the garment in the washing machine (30 degrees, delicate cycle) using pure soap flakes under two conditions: Heavy soil (WP trousers after a very muddy trip) will be cleaned straight away ...


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Nikwax Analogy (Paramo) fabrics and Gore-Tex fabrics are very different, and in fact fall under two different categories: Nikwax is more of a softshell and Gore-Tex is a hardshell. That means Paramo is not 100% waterproof, even when treated while Gore-Tex fabric is (when well maintained). The fact that Nikwax fabric is not completely waterproof means that ...


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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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Your final sentence is correct. The newspaper will wick water from internal fabric, but it will not pull water back through the Gore-Tex layer. It only allows water vapour to pass through. You actually need quite a head of pressure to force water through Gore-Tex, otherwise it would leak when you walk through a river, for example. The hiking boots my ...


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I have to completely agree with your quote. Essentially in all GoreTex shoes I ever owned, from hiking boots to essentially everyday leather sneakers, the membrane degraded over very short time (at most within a year or two). I don't think it is possible to make any general statements though. The degradation obviously depends on how the shoes are used, so ...


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You can find some goretex patches that you can use to repair. I fixed a pair of gaiters where crampons opened a whole on the side using one of those patches. I didn't turn up very good but I think it was my job instead of the patch itself. :) Goretex website has some information. I haven't used goretex for a while so I don't know how things are. Repair ...


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Without having to carry any extra items and thus extra weight, this is what you can do to dry your boots, Gore-tex or otherwise, in the field, in above-freezing temperatures: Prevention: Make every effort to keep your feet dry in the first place. Sometimes it's just inevitable though. Absorb excess water: After removing your insoles, use a highly absorbent ...


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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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