best waterproofing for hiking boots
Hiking shoes and hiking boots are made using a combination of nylon and split-grain leather or suede to be lightweight and moderately durable. Mesh panels are frequently included to add breath-ability. A good waterproofing wax formula will waterproof the leather and suede. If the waterproofing formula contains cod oil and tallow it will also waterproof the nylon portion. Forget trying to waterproof the mesh!
Beeswax and pine resin are the two essential ingredients to make your boots truly waterproof. By adding cod oil and beef tallow to the mix, you will also preserve your boots and keep them from cracking and becoming distressed. Ole Time Woodsman Boot Grease has revived the old 1800's leather preservation and waterproofing formula that trappers, hunters, logging crews, and the U.S. Calvary used to protect boots and saddles.
Back in the day, a warm, dry, pliable, and long lasting pair of boots was essential to anyone who spent time in the out of doors. Today it is no different!
When choosing the best leather care product, the first thing to remember is that leather is an animal skin. And the care and feeding of leather must be consistent with its natural state to prevent drying, cracking, distressed leather, and rotting stitching. That means, NO chemicals, NO mineral oil, NO neatsfoot oil, and NO paraffin. Only pure beeswax, tallow, cod oil, and pine resin, were the accepted ingredients for preserving and waterproofing leather. Trappers, loggers, hunters, and especially the military knew the importance of preserving leather and stitching. Ole Time Woodsman has recreated the exact formula that those who relied upon dry and long lasting footwear once used.
Simply warm the Ole Time Woodsman Boot Grease with a hair dryer and apply with a rag or fingers directly to the leather. Pay attention to the seams and stitching. Let dry, wipe. and buff.
There is nothing better for your boots and saddles!
Ingredients: Natural Beeswax from Maine, Hand Rendered Beef Tallow, Pure Cod Oil, and Pine Resin Volume: 8 fl oz