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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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Avoid ankle pain when wading in cold water

For ankles specifically, you might try waterproof socks. The water will get in at the top by wicking through the insulation, but slowly. This should avoid the shocking cold that leads to pain. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Comparing breathable vs non-breathable clothing. What are good/bad points of each?

Aside from the practical differences aside, i.e. breathable lets sweat out, but tends to only keep rain out temporarily, breathable fabrics are typically made of 'forever chemicals' which might cause ...
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How to waterproof leaking 3-layer shell fabric

There are a few manufacturers of soaps and products specially designed for cleaning and treating waterproof and waterproof-breathable gear, to extend their usefulness. Two that come to mind are Nikwax ...
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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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Should I wash new child snow mittens before wearing?

Following @csk advice, I washed the mittens in luke-warm water with a little bit of soap and then dried on a rack. I was worried that washing might remove the waterproofing but that was silly: the ...
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Waxing G-1000 trousers - melting options

That should work great. As you probably know The G-1000 fabric is a specific cotton-polyester blend. Cotton and polyester will not be damaged by those temperatures. The Greenland wax is made from ...
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Waxing G-1000 trousers - melting options

I would try the "flimsy travel hairdryer". It does not take that much heat to melt the wax, just keep it close to the trousers. I got a G1000 hat and once successfully used a burning candle to get ...
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Is it possible to apply DWR to heavy cotton fleece hooded sweatshirt for water resistance?

I suspect that sweatshirt fabric has too open a mesh for any waterproofing agent to be effective. Rather than risk a garment you love, buy as close to a similar weight sweatshirt at a thift store, ...
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How to remove butter stain from raincoat?

Ok. If you aren't going to wear it dirty, then risking its waterproofing doesn't matter. Things to try: First one sounds crazy: You have a stain. Stain the rest of the poncho to match. You can ...
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How do I extend the life of waterproof leather boots?

I have had an old pair of work boots do this, I used shoe goo [what I happened to have] and they lasted months longer, I am less sure if I would trust it for a hiking boot. It will depend on what kind ...
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