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EXPERT TIPS

CHOOSING YOUR GEAR

It's important to choose gear that is suited to your activity, climate, and intended use. Use our Buyer's Guides to help you find the right gear for your next adventure!

HOW TO GUIDES

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CARE GUIDES

We've been making quality products for 40 years that built to stand the test of time. Learn how you can easily make these last like they're meant to! 

USEFUL KNOW HOW

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Shoe and Boot Care

Outdoor footwear will last longer and provide greater water resistance if it's treated properly. Caring for your footwear should involve cleaning, conditioning, and waterproofing. Different treatments are required depending on the type of fabric your footwear is made from. Refer to hangtags, booklets or other explicit instructions on your footwear product where possible.

Cleaning

As a general rule, boot cleaning involves then following steps:

  1. Remove the laces and liners
  2. Scrape off caked-on mud
  3. Brush off superficial dirt with cold water and a cloth
  4. Scrub with a soft brush to remove ground-in dirt
  5. Rinse with cold water to remove fine particles
  6. Air-dry wet boots at a moderate temperature
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Don’t forget to wash the boot lining with gentle soap to get rid of accumulated salts. Do not dry footwear close to a heat source, as this might damage the fabrics even without catching fire.

Conditioning

Leather uppers need care just like skin. Without proper conditioning they will dry out, stiffen and ultimately crack. Conditioners are used to restore lubricants to the leather, keeping it supple and, in some cases, waterproof.
In using your new boots you will gradually wear off the factory-applied buffing wax. Before applying a new conditioner, make sure your boots are dry. During conditioning, pay special attention to the crease in the upper where your toes cause the sole to flex. The upper might crack here if left untreated.

Waterproofing

We do not recommend the use of waterproofing waxes or greases as they can seriously affect the footwear's breathability. Apply only treatments, polishes, conditioners and dressings recommended by the manufacturer. Always check the manufacturer’s care instructions on the label of your footwear first, as each shoe is different.

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