Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


recommendation for boot waterproofing

Messages posted to thread:
sir misalots 06-Jan-18
Idaho_Hunter 07-Jan-18
unhinged 07-Jan-18
Nemah 07-Jan-18
Doug Warren 07-Jan-18
Panzer 07-Jan-18
Tradarcher4fun 07-Jan-18
olddogrib 07-Jan-18
Terry Lightle 07-Jan-18
Shawn 07-Jan-18
Vtbow 07-Jan-18
LBshooter 07-Jan-18
George D. Stout 07-Jan-18
slade 07-Jan-18
Shawn 07-Jan-18
George D. Stout 07-Jan-18
Sailor 07-Jan-18
throwback 07-Jan-18
Bob Rowlands 07-Jan-18
reddogge 07-Jan-18
fdp 07-Jan-18
UpNorth 07-Jan-18
Killinstuff 07-Jan-18
jk 07-Jan-18
Vtbow 07-Jan-18
Idaho_Hunter 07-Jan-18
ground hunter 07-Jan-18
Codjigger 08-Jan-18
rusty 08-Jan-18
Riverwolf 08-Jan-18
George D. Stout 08-Jan-18
Penny Banks 08-Jan-18
GUTPILE PA 08-Jan-18
Cameron Root 08-Jan-18
BIG BEAR 08-Jan-18
BIG BEAR 08-Jan-18
BIG BEAR 16-Jan-18
3Ditional 16-Jan-18
RC 16-Jan-18
SB 16-Jan-18
sqrlgtr 16-Jan-18
Ranman 18-Jan-18
flyfish1 18-Jan-18
From: sir misalots
Date: 06-Jan-18




Got a pair that Id like to keep waterproof Part leather , part nylon.

any recommendations appreciated

From: Idaho_Hunter
Date: 07-Jan-18




Try the Obenhauf boot line. You can type that into Google and it comes up. They make it here in my home town of Peck Idaho. Great family. The guy started logging here 40 years ago. He would use deer tallow and linseed oil to make his own boot oils. Well, after he retired he branched out. Got products for suede, full grain, etc. Even has spray on oils too. I use this now and my full grain leathers do not crack when dry out. You use other products and your leathers will crack. This stuff is top notch. That's why Cabelas carries it. Idaho_Hunter out.

From: unhinged
Date: 07-Jan-18




Second the Obenhuaf. Don't know about the nylon on your boots, I would guess that part was meant to breathe.

From: Nemah
Date: 07-Jan-18




Montana Pitchblend. Works on shooting gloves, quivers, tabs, boots, etc. RKK

From: Doug Warren
Date: 07-Jan-18




Snow Seal. Works Great.

Doug

From: Panzer
Date: 07-Jan-18




If you want something that is cheap and works great, get some gasket wax that you use for toilets. Really

From: Tradarcher4fun
Date: 07-Jan-18




I’ve had great success with Montana Pitchblend. I use on my boots, Quivers, tabs, and dress shoes.

From: olddogrib
Date: 07-Jan-18




Ding, ding, ding...we have a "traditional" winner....Panzer gets the "old school" award! Actually, I finally had to resole my beloved old Danner Frontiers. The boot repair dude new I was a hunter and "did me a favor" by waterproofing them for me with some kind of thick wipe-on silicone treatment. I had to act grateful, but they smelled more perfumey than a French cathouse. I used the toilet ring wax treatment that I was going to do it with to knock that smell down! the method of tanning the leather also plays a role in the best waterproofing. I don't remember that rule of thumb, but it's good to know so you don't turn your footwear rancid. Suede type leathers/nylon on my hiking boots just get spray silicone, but it's smell is mild, dissipates quickly and I don't hunt in them.

From: Terry Lightle Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Jan-18




Montana Pitch fan here Terry

From: Shawn
Date: 07-Jan-18




Foggy Mountain Bear grease, best there is. Shawn

From: Vtbow
Date: 07-Jan-18




Snow seal, heat gun.

From: LBshooter
Date: 07-Jan-18




X2 Shawn, great stuff.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Jan-18




Snow Seal for the leather, just rub it in good. I never use hot air dryers on leather boots, it dehydrates too quickly in my opinion. The Seal will penetrate easily as the boots sit and dry. I use silicone spray on the nylon parts.

From: slade
Date: 07-Jan-18




Just remember if you use these products on Goretex etc they ill no longer breath.

From: Shawn
Date: 07-Jan-18




Yes the Foggy Mountain should only be used on leather parts. Shawn

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Jan-18




Gortex is a liner, not something in the leather. Snow Seal doesn't keep leather from breathing but does make it water resistant...it will still breathe.

From: Sailor
Date: 07-Jan-18




I use snow seal on the leather and the nylon or cordura or what ever it is.

From: throwback
Date: 07-Jan-18




I used mink oil for years and went to the silicone sprays a while back. I use it on leather and nylon alike.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 07-Jan-18




Sno-Seal. I warm the boot to a temperature where the boot can still be easily touched with a hair dryer. That won't hurt the boot in my experience. Heated leather allows deep penetration of successive applications. In fact it's possible to effectively waterproof them with several applications. The downside is your feet will not breathe, and that is a real big deal if you are in those boots all day long.

This is why I like goretex boots. Dry even though the leather can get soaked through.

From: reddogge Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 07-Jan-18




Another Sno-Seal fan for leather.

From: fdp
Date: 07-Jan-18




Depending on what you use, be sure to treat and condition the leather prior to adding the water repellant.

Not all water repelling agents do any treatment at all. They simply lay on the surface of the leather.

From: UpNorth
Date: 07-Jan-18




Sno-Seal. Throw the boots on a boot dryer to warm up the leather and wipe it on. Let it soak in and repeat.

From: Killinstuff
Date: 07-Jan-18




All that rub on stuff is fine for the leather but it's useless where seams are and water will start coming in sooner or later. So get some shoe goo and a rubber glove. Get a dab on your finger tip and smear it on the seams from the inside. Keep it thin and it dries quickly. Add a second coat if needed. Works great and Truly makes your boots waterproof

From: jk
Date: 07-Jan-18




Goretex in boots lasts for a couple of years at best if you put on much mileage. I avoid it except for Sox. Some say silicone is bad in the long run.

From: Vtbow
Date: 07-Jan-18




Shoe goo is ok for seams, but not truly ply able and will fail in hi flex areas. Best thing for seams is aquaseal seam grip, *but none of these adheasives will work if boot has been previously treated with any wax based product...also, bone are trule uv proof and yellow/dry out over time.....

From: Idaho_Hunter
Date: 07-Jan-18




Snow seal will cause cracks in your top grain leathers after it dries out. That was my go to brand until I lost a $400 pair of White's boots. Obenhauf's does not do this.

From: ground hunter
Date: 07-Jan-18




Obenhauf has worked well for me,,,, check out FNT trapping supply I think they sell a real good one too,,,,

I also heat my boots up with a hair dryer and work it in,,, I take real good care of my upland boots, they get more use than average and last for many years

From: Codjigger
Date: 08-Jan-18




I use mink oil, hand rub it in on warm dry boots...repeat periodically. Sandy

From: rusty
Date: 08-Jan-18




used ground hog fat when i was young, worked good but stunk so bad that my mom made me keep my shoes outside

From: Riverwolf
Date: 08-Jan-18




Rubber....Lacrosse ;)

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Jan-18




Rubber for me is like wearing Frigidaire brand boots. I have some nice Bean boots but under 40 degrees I opt for my leather/nylon hiking boots.

As for cracking leather, that usually comes from drying in an environment of very low humidity...like a heated home in winter. Good quality leather that is not chemically tanned will last for a lot of years if treated with a good leather treatment. I've used Sno Seal since the 1970's, and recently some Mink Oil when Sno Seal started disappearing off local store shelves. Everyone has their favorites and I'm sure a lot of them work very well. Untreated boots will dry and crack long before treated ones do. At least that is my experience. YMMV.

From: Penny Banks
Date: 08-Jan-18




To keep from hurting the leather I heat what ever dubbin I am using with the heat gun then apply.

I have always subscribed to the theory that you could not mix silicone treatments with oil/grease treatments. Has that changed?

From: GUTPILE PA
Date: 08-Jan-18




Don't step in water

From: Cameron Root
Date: 08-Jan-18




Dubin

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 08-Jan-18




Thanks for all the information guys ... I just ordered a tin of the Foggy Mountain Bear Grease and the Montana Pitch blend....... to give them both a try.......Always good info on this site !!

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 08-Jan-18




I have been using Cadillac boot and shoe care lotion.... I'm not sure of the ingredients but it says it's wax free.... It feels like wax on my boots and I have been happy with it but I want to try the Foggy Mountain and Montana Pitch blend...... and then I'll buy a tin of Obenhauf later to compare them all....

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 16-Jan-18




Well I tried Montana Pitch Blend and the Foggy Mountain BearGuard..... No need to look any further..... I am sold on the Foggy Mountain... that's what I'll use from now on.... Thanks !!!

From: 3Ditional
Date: 16-Jan-18




Check out KIWI BOOTH Protector. It repels water and stains, is breathable, and is safe for all materials and colors.

From: RC
Date: 16-Jan-18




Wear rubbers.

From: SB
Date: 16-Jan-18




I always used Nor-V-Gen boot grease. Slathered on extra thick on stitching seams...then in the oven on low heat until it all wicked in.Then another light coat and good to go. Worked fine in Northern Mn. winters on the trapline.

From: sqrlgtr
Date: 16-Jan-18




I truly believe the silicone junk dont remember the name,I put on my last pair of hunting boots is what caused them to crack right where they bend at the toes.my first time useing the stuff and the last.The pair I had before them lasted 4 times as long and they were the same name and style boot.guess I'll go back to sno seal ifn i can find it.

From: Ranman
Date: 18-Jan-18




KIWI Mink oil, contains mink oil, silicone, and lanolin.

From: flyfish1
Date: 18-Jan-18




Feibings Aussie Leather conditioner,It has worked better than Sno Seal and Danner Boot dressing that I have used.I use it on all my leather products,from back quiver to sheaths.





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