Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Boots that breathe easier

French company Lafuma will launch a completely different way of waterproofing boots that makes them more breathable this February.

Boots are traditionally made with a tough outer fabric and then lined with a separately made waterproof bootie, inserted and glued into place. Water can pass through the outer fabric and build up between the bootie and outer layer, reducing breathability, comfort and even freezing in cold weather.

Lafuma's new lamination process, OutDry, avoids this by ditching the bootie and laminating the waterproof layer straight on to the outer fabric, similar to what you find in a three-layer jacket. This leaves no gaps for waterlogging so your stinky foot sweat is free to escape.