Do fabric Gore-Tex boots need to be waterproofed?

Like most synthetic waterproof gear, fabric boots usually feature both a waterproof lining (such as Gore-Tex) that physically prevents any water from seeping through, plus a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating that helps water to bead on the surface so it rolls off before it can saturate the fabric. A DWR coating is necessary as wet boots are heavier, take longer to dry, and have reduced breathability due to the waterproof membrane being trapped under a skin of moisture. DWR wears off through time so its good practice to rinse your boots clean after use, air dry them thoroughly and apply a fresh coat of DWR every few months if you’re using them regularly (check the manufacturers advice).

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Ask the Expert with Asolo’s Marco Zanatta, Product Manager