I have been researching boots these days and I decided to test my own boots’ waterproof performance by soaking them in water
- Water in a basin with the level just below the height of the toebox of the boot, to prevent the boots floating I used a heavy object on top of them.
- A roll of dry newspaper stuck inside the boots
- Mountain Warehouse Ascent IsoDry hiking boots (bought £60, RRP £80, Sep 2010)
- Salomon Exode Low GTX approach shoes (bought £60, RRP £110, Sep 2011)
- Ascent: The suede was completely soaked and the newspaper is damp on the sides
- Exode: The suede was completely soaked and the newspaper is slightly damp on the sides
- Ascent: Newspaper is completely soaked and dripping water - test stopped
- Exode: Newspaper is damp on the sides, comparable with the Ascent 30mins ago
- Exode: Newspaper is damp, about 30%
- Exode: Newspaper is damp, about 50% - test stopped
- My two years old Exode wins! It is only damp on the sides when the Ascent is completely soaked through.
- GTX (XCR for Exode) is useful to some extent, it is definitely not fully waterproof, but good to stop the water from soaking the boots completely
- Mountain Warehouse’s IsoDry is completely useless against soaking => I have experienced that on Tryfan
- Suede is very good at soaking water, it should be avoided for waterproof shoes. The bottom rand should NOT be suede (bad choice for both boots). It should work better with the soaking test if the rand is rubber or leather.