“What is the waterproof material, is a liner or the leather?”

Asked by Hikeallegheny from Michigan on 1/5/2016 1:50:20 PM
  • As seen in the attached photo, the interior of the boot is some kind of tightly woven cloth mesh facing material, over a padded layer sandwiched underneath the leather outer. Presumably the waterproofing quality is attributable to the leather treatment, which seems more impenetrable than the very natural-appearing leather outer of the Alico Tahoe.
    Answered on 1/5/2016 5:04:41 PM by Onceler from Potomac, MD
  • According to the product specs above: Lining: Dri-Lex®
    Answered on 1/14/2016 11:54:20 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
  • If it is the Dri-Lex then why isn't the backcountry listed as waterproof?
    Answered on 1/14/2016 12:33:50 PM by Hikeallegheny from Michigan
  • I believe the function of Dri-Lex is to wick perspiration away from the foot, not to serve as a waterproofing layer:

    "In footwear applications, perspiration is moved away from the foot surface by heat and mass transfer and into the specific Dri-Lex® fabric in the lining, footbed or upper. The fabric then works in conjunction with other materials to re-distribute moisture."
    http://www.faytex.com/technology.html
    Answered on 1/25/2016 10:26:13 PM by Onceler from Potomac, MD