A must-have for boot maintenance and care.
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What's the difference between this product...
What's the difference between this product and the "waterproofing wax for leather" http://www.backcountry.com/nikwax-creme-waterproofing-wax-for-leather.
Which would be better for a pair of leather gloves?
Aqueos wax is strictly for smooth, full grain leather footwear. The Waterproofing wax for leather has a few differences. It can be used on wet or dry leather and it comes in a tube so that you can work it into gloves instead of the shoe-applicator in the Aqueous wax. The truth is you can probably use either for your gloves - dependent on whether you prefer a thicker wax creme (waterproofing wax) or a thinner sponge-on treatment (Aqueous wax).
If you're wondering about what you should use on those frilly gloves that you sometimes have sitting on your desk, the answer is fire - you should light them on fire because they are heinous.
Thanks Mark. Makes sense. I was asking actually asking for the Kinko gloves I've been using for touring. I think they live up to your standards.
Recommended by Scarpa
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I just bought Scarpa Kensis Pro GTX boots and on the booklet attached to the shoe it clearly recommends Nikwax Aqueous for the smooth leather and says you should treat the boots right out of the box. I did so and have used the boots multiple times, all in deep wet snow, with excellent results. The water beads up and doesn't soak the leather yet it did not seem to hamper the ability for the Gore-Tex and leather to breathe. I was skeptical at first that this would just put a rubber coating on the outside of my boots and be equivalent to me wearing trash bags but it came recommended and as performed admirably.
Is this the right product for my La Sportiva...
Is this the right product for my La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX? They're smooth synthetic leather (Lorica) combined with fabric (Cordura) sections...
Didn't Waterproof anything
I used this product on my all leather work boots but it didn't seem to do much of anything to revive their waterproof finish.
Not for me
I tried this product for my new Sportivia Glacier boots and then used them for hiking Colorado 14ers in April - the boots got wet - I re-applied the product - more wet. I got Sno-seal - no more wet. Maybe the product wasn't for my application.
A "Must Have" for hiking boots
I love my new hiking boots, and I expect them to last a long time. To help them, I treated them with NikWax before wearing them to the trail. Nik Wax is easy to apply, and doesn't have to dry overnight. NikWax will also let the leather breathe and is recommended for Gore-Tex footwear. The water that did get on my boots on the hike immediately beaded up and fell off. NikWax is a great product! (Plus I got a cool little ram sticker from Backcountry with my order!)
Best waterproofer I've ever used
I've used this stuff for years on all my leather hiking boots. It's dead waterproof, easy to apply, and lasts a long time. I recently used it on my Nubuck Asolo's, and it works just as well on Nubuck as on smooth leather (even though the directions say not to apply it to Nubuck). I had tried Granger's G-tec (silicone-based) on these boots previously, but was not impressed at all. Nikwax is the only leather waterproofer worth considering.