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    Default Salewa Raven Combi GTX Boots

    Thanks to threads here on mountaineering boots, I finally found a boot that fits my skinny heels! Several folks recommended this boot and apparently love them too. So I was wanting to waterproof the seams and was wondering what others have used on this boot. I have a tub of Obendauf's leather preservative, but this boot has some cordura-type fabric, a neoprene ankle collar, and some leather that appears to be coated in some synthetic rubber-like coating. Any suggestions? Think it's ok just to rub the Obendauf's into all the material?

    FYI - I emailed the company several weeks ago asking, but no answer yet.

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    Raven Combis are Gore-Tex lined, and waterproof. Obenauf's has a spray bottle applicator that is made for fabrics, it's different than the paste cream and dobber bottle formula. I **would not** use any creams or gels and rub it into the fabric, it will ruin any breathability. Best bet may be some Nik-Wax DWR spray on formula made for breathable fabrics.

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    I have this same bot and have taken them on many, many hunts. The ultimate test is Kodiak in November, where they he'd up fine and kept my feet dry. I just spray them with the stuff from Fred-Meyer that is designed for gore-tex fabrics. It costs somewhere around $5 and works well. Three years and still ticking. I though about getting another pair... but, the old ones do not have a problem yet. FYI if you want a lighter low-top version for training in the summer (fit is the same) look into the GTX trainer by Salewa. Have those too and they are great for everyday use.

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    Thanks to you both for the advice; it is greatly appreciated. I've got a couple of cans of the DWR spray and will try them.

    xcrnr, thanks also for the tip on the trainers!

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