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Q&A How do membrane-based boots breathe?

Yesterday I was shopping for breathable waterproof boots* and this is what the salesperson explained to me. The shoe material does NOT matter. The damp air from the foot goes through the membrane (...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Vorac‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Q&A Waxing G-1000 trousers - melting options

I really need to wax my G-1000 trousers - but I do not own a clothes iron and only a flimsy travel hairdryer. The instructions for the trousers/wax say, I should use either to melt the wax after ap...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Erik‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to waterproof leather gloves & mittens?

I have leather gloves and mittens and I want to waterproof them. I usually use mink oil on my leather boots to condition and seal them, Can I do the same for gloves and mittens or should I use som...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

Question gear waterproofing
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Q&A When should I use spray-on versus wash-in waterproofer for treating DWR garments?

There are both spray-on and wash-in products available for treating my DWR (Durable Water Repellent), gore-tex, eVent and other garments using products such as nikwax wash-in or nikwax tx-direct. ...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Benzo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Restoring water repellency in leather hiking boots

I have a pair of leather boots that are a couple of years old. They were fairly expensive and I'm not a big fan of discarding and replacing things so I'm hoping they can still be of use to me. The ...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by tomfumb‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A I didn't apply enough DWR treatment to my jacket, can I just add more?

I went and applied grangers DWR treatment to my waterproof cycling jacket and put it in the dryer for a few minutes to set it. After my first couple rides, it appears there are a few small spots wh...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Benzo‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I keep a water-proof barrel dry for use in a canoe?

I purchased a couple of used water-proof barrels for keeping things dry in the canoe. They are easy to open and close, so in theory they keep your stuff dry and they float. The lids clamp on (ima...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Restoring waterproofing of tent - worth the hassle?

Background: About 8 years ago I bought a rather cheap tent (about 100 €) for up to 4 people. It's quite large, you can stand upright in it's centre and there's an awning almost as deep as the sleep...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Erik‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

Question tents waterproofing
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Q&A Waterproofing leaking canvas on a pop-up camper

We have a pop-up camper that has seen better days. Last summer the canvas covering the bed ends began to leak in a few critical places, and we are looking for a solution that stops short of buying...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by mweiss‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Waterproofing a sleeping bag

I was out camping recently, and found that the bottom foot or so of my sleeping bag had gotten wet ( in part due to one of the stakes for my rain fly coming loose, but that's another story). As no...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by fyrepenguin‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What material is best for durable, waterproof, gloves in many temperatures and weather conditions?

I have a problem with one hand that has bad circulation, this means that if my hand gets cold and wet for extended times I get chilblains which are more than a nuisance. The problem is that I hav...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Dynadin‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I waterproof a tent just before it rains?

I am camping this weekend and my new tent just arrived today. I want to put it up and waterproof it now with a spray-on silicone waterproofer and a seam sealer. It's evening right now and very bri...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Residualfail‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

Question tents waterproofing
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Q&A What levels of 'waterproofness' and 'breathability' should I be looking for in a ski jacket?

When looking at items like jackets and ski trousers and other clothing, I see stats on the garments similar to the following: Waterproofness - 10000mm Breathability - 15000g/m Lining - 100% Polyes...

1 answer  ·  posted 12y ago by Tom Paine‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does wash in waterproofing work on a non-waterproof shell?

I'm considering an ultralight (non-waterproof) shell and Nikwax wash-in waterproofing as a rain layer. I'd like it to be waterproof through several wearings (a week or more). Does this result...

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the difference between a sac liner and a dry bag?

I know dry bags come in different sizes and materials, some being soft and some being rigid and tough. However I've noticed there are items in the market that are exactly the same as a soft dry bag...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Neeku‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is wax waterproofing more effective than spray for fabric coat?

I am going skiing shortly after Christmas and I have a thick canvas (65% polyester, 35% cotton, brushed) coat that I need to waterproof. Is a wax more efficient for waterproofing than a spray for ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Swagin9‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would waterproofing Styrofoam in a boat make water retention better or worse?

In theory Styrofoam is a closed cell product meaning that is water proof. In practice it tends to absorb and hold water It can take months to dry out very saturated Styrofoam. As a rule Styrofoa...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would Gorilla Glue Work on Goretex?

Is this waterproof glue effective on Goretex? It mentions 'etceteras' in its label but does it stick Goretex to fabric? The stitching on my boot is ripped. I'm not considering sewing it becaus...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Neeku‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the difference between water-resistant and waterproof?

I've gone camping for quite a bit, but when it comes to choosing between water resistant and waterproof gear, I always take the latter. I'm actually curious if there's a difference between these t...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by yuritsuki‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A What materials are most durable for marine vessel interior resurfacing?

When resurfacing counter-tops, ceilings, etc. in marine vessels, what materials stand up the best to moisture, yet are manipulable enough without excessive tooling? This can be at many levels of d...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by TomSchober‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

Question boats waterproofing
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Q&A Putting electronics inside a surfboard?

I want to put some electronics inside of a surfboard. What would be the best way of doing this? Just cutting a hole, put electronics in and then cover with like foam, epoxy and glass fibre?

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Lightvvind‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why is silnylon/silpoly slippery, but silicone sealant is not?

I am seam-sealing a tent made from silpoly with silicone sealant (generic 100% silicone, couln't find any silnet around me). The fabric is very slippery, much more than regular polyester fabric or...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by njzk2‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I extend the life of waterproof leather boots?

I've got some leather boots that are showing some wear and tear. More importantly, the seam between the sole and boot is starting to crack and allow some water in. Do products like ShoeGoo or FreeS...

1 answer  ·  posted 12y ago by BMitch‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A To stuff or not to stuff (the rain-fly of a tent)

I have friends who say stuffing your rainfly prolongs the life of the tent, because folding waterproof material over and over is going to make it leak. I have other friends who say folding and roll...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I take care of Gore-Tex boots?

I have a pair of Gore-Tex walking boots that I have used a fair bit now and want to make sure I keep them serviceable for as long as possible. What is the best way to maintain Gore-Tex walking boot...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Phil‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I use a blue plastic tarp to float my vehicle across water?

For those unaware, the US army has been using canvas tarps to float jeeps across water for decades. Video http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675028751_US-4th-Engineers-troops-with-Bantam-Jeep_...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does Life Paint effect waterproofing?

I got given a free can of Volvo Life Paint, the idea being you can spray any material and it'll become reflective under a light source. On the can it simply says it's less effective on shiny materi...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Spray on waterproofing for non-dwr fabrics?

I have a pair of knickers I use for bike commuting year round. Since it's the start of the rainy season on the east coast, I was wondering if a spray on waterproofing product such as nikwax spray o...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Benzo‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I spray a 'good' raincoat with 'water proof' spray?

I come from a family where outdoors activities include picknick baskets and a time limit of four hours tops. However, my girlfriends family loves taking me on outdoor holidays, the kind where you w...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Sanchises‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to repair rubber welly boots?

I have a pair of wellington boots (aka rainboots or gumboots), they are now a few years old and getting a bit worn out. They have a few small punctures in them, and are splitting where they bend at...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by vclaw‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A What EXACTLY is the chemical coating on the outside of GoreTex?

I've got a pretty good understanding of how GoreTex works. I understand that the outside chemical coating effectivly holds water off the outer layer (using little chemical spikes). But I can't q...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Q&A How water proof are these kinds of tents?

I have been living in the US for some time and I was surprised to see that these kinds of tents are pretty common now I was skeptical about the effectiveness of this "partial" rain fly in case o...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Martin Van der Linden‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are some good ways to waterproof a geocache / letterbox?

Has anyone got any good tips on how to (cheaply) waterproof a geocache or letterbox? Those pill pots used to work brilliantly - one inside the other - but now they seem to be rather hard to come by...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much waterproofing spray to apply to my softshell jacket

I have a Showers Pass Portland Rain Jacket. The manufacturer recommends using Nikwax TX Direct Spray On to maintain waterproofing properties. How much should I apply to the jacket? How do I know i...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Benzo‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭