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Would waterproof gaiters (over waterproof trousers and boots) prevent water from seeping through my clothes if submerged?

Your issue isn't the material (Gore-Tex is fully waterproof for the pressure of standing in water) but rather the interlocking mechanism between your articles of clothing. There are a few ways of ...
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Paramo vs Gore-Tex jackets?

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, ...
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Mountaineering trousers with short legs

Look in the women's section of your favorite clothing supplier. The average woman is shorter than the average man, which means there are often smaller sizes in these selections. They also have ...
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From the perspective of someone engaging in an outdoor sport, is there any fur that confers an advantage over all synthetic materials?

TLDR: If you're in extreme Arctic conditions fur does have an advantage. There is this study on the Inuit's Fur Parkas ABSTRACT: The traditional clothing system developed and used by the Inuit is ...
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I need to wash my waterproof coat without ruining the waterproofing

The following information is from Regatta Professional. Question: How should I wash my Waterproof Garment? Answer: Always follow the care symbols on the inner label when washing your jacket. It ...
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Spray on waterproofing for non-dwr fabrics?

TL;DR - It will help, but it's no magic bullet. Spray on DWR like nikwax or granger's will help the water bead up for a while when applied to knit fabrics. But the garment will still wet out with ...
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Paramo vs Gore-Tex jackets?

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 ...
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My Rab jacket is no longer water proof/resistant after wash

From Rab's website (https://support-uk.rab.equipment/hc/en-us/articles/360013402518-How-to-wash-a-waterproof-jacket-): Washing waterproofs tips Rinse your washing machine out before use. This clears ...
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Paramo vs Gore-Tex jackets?

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 ...
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Allergic to Neoprene and need water shoes

One summer job, I needed shoes to walk on a rocky beach, sometimes in the water, for 5 to 10 miles per day all summer. Stretchy neoprene shoes were terrible for this- no traction and no support. So I ...
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Allergic to Neoprene and need water shoes

Two suggestions. Buy canvas sneakers or tennis shoes, or even those flat soled kungfu shoe style slippers. Leather boat shoes.
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What's the difference between water-resistant and waterproof?

In outdoor garments, water resistant means that it will keep you dry in light rain for some time, is not a garment to withstand heavy rain. Water proof means that it will keep you dry in the rain, but ...
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Waterproof mittens for cycling and snow-fun: leather or synthetic?

For extended outing using an antipersperant on your hands helps. Overmitts plus fleece liners is my goto. I have a pair of leather cowhide overmits that I use when working -- leather takes the abuse ...
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Waterproof mittens for cycling and snow-fun: leather or synthetic?

I spend a lot of time in the snowy wet Sierra's and the only way I know to have a dry pair of mittens at the end of the day is to have two pairs of mittens. Goretex et al can help, but only if the ...
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Waterproof mittens for cycling and snow-fun: leather or synthetic?

I can't answer the specifics of mittens, but I can answer in terms of leather and cleaning/drying. Artificial fibers materials can be very hard wearing, if you get the right ones - gloves designed ...
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How to remove butter stain from raincoat?

You already washed it, so it is probably not as waterproof as it was new. If the pores/fabric are open enough to trap butter and keep it through a wash with dish soap. you have two options. Buy a ...
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What's the difference between water-resistant and waterproof?

Water resistant is often used where water resistance is quantified usually in terms of static pressure head. An obvious example is watches which have long been classified by water depth in metres of ...
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How to fix tears in waterproof pants?

Duct tape works as a temporary repair. Get rid of the duct tape glue. A: remove the duct tape. B: trying various solvents, remove any residual glue. You can try solvents first on the duct tape ...
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tips for wading in knee deep water where water moccasins could roam

Walked and floated miles on the San Gabriel, several times ; never seen a cotton mouth there. Two grandsons were with me who would have likely flushed them out. I have seen them in E TX a few times , ...
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How to protect GoreTex from bag strap abrasion?

No expensive Gore-Tex jacket will degrade at a material level to the point where it needs structural reinforcement during a reasonable lifetime of a jacket. You'd need to regularly use the jacket ...
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Would waterproof gaiters (over waterproof trousers and boots) prevent water from seeping through my clothes if submerged?

No. Classically, there are two ways to clothe yourself for partially submersed activities in water: wetsuits or drysuits. A wetsuit is a tight neoprene layer, usually full-body, used by divers, ...
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How do I extend the life of waterproof leather boots?

I recommend you bring your shoes to a professional shoemaker / cobbler. The issue you are describing in where your seams crack sounds what I have had multiple times in the past, and my shoes were ...
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Membrane jacket rises up when crouching

Sew a crotch strap: one end on the back, one on the front with quick release fittings, and length adjustable allowance.
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Can I use wading sandals with waders?

I would hesitate to do so. The keen wading sandals I've worn let in a fair amount of gravel. This gravel, when caught between the sandal and the neoprene bootie, will make mincemeat of the bootie - ...
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How can I adjust a neoprene wrist/neck seal on a drysuit, by cutting and joining?

I finished the job last night, using "Black Witch" glue and reinforcing tape. It looks good so far - the join is like a less tidy version of the seam in my first picture, as I erred on the side of ...
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How can I adjust a neoprene wrist/neck seal on a drysuit, by cutting and joining?

A YouTube search for “neoprene neck gasket repair” yielded some hits such as this one in which the guy uses a heat gun to remove the tape on the seam: https://youtu.be/MtEODsp1JO8 The advantage of ...
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Should I wash new child snow mittens before wearing?

Commonly cited reasons for washing new clothes, especially those worn next to the skin, are to remove some of the chemicals added (for whatever reason) to the material by the manufacturer -- ...
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