When training for a big upcoming backpacking trip, it’s a good idea to test out your gear ahead of time.
That way when things go afowl, you’re not in a pickle out on the trail.
Now, my gear failure does not pertain to backpacking per se, but I am glad I found out that my snowboots are utterly not waterproof before I tried to use them in a situation where wet feet would be a serious problem.
On my daily walk, I wanted to wear my hiking boots, which are supposedly waterproof, along with my gaiters for the deep snow.
However, I hadn’t gotten more than a few dozen yards from my house when I realized the rain had turned the snow to slush.
It was like walking through a slurpee.
So I went and changed into my snow boots.
And I took off.
By the time I had made it to my turn-around point, my feet were pretty darn wet.
I saw a cool snow formation on the way back down. A snowball had formed and rolled down the hill. But it had rolled into a doughnut shape.
By the time I got home, there were literally puddles inside my boots. But don’t take my word for it, look at the stream of water I am wringing out of just one of my socks after I got home!
My boots were so heavy by the time I got home.
It took 4 full days for the liners to dry out!
So what’s the take away from this experience?
Check your gear! Test it. Put it through it’s paces. Before you take it out in the back country.
Especially if it’s been a while since you’ve used it.
Did I mention that these boots are at least 15 years old? Yeah, they obviously need some work.
As the boots were drying, I decided to see if I could diagnose the problem. Sure enough, it became obvious when I looked inside without the liners.
Now that I know what the issue is, I’m hoping a layer of waterproofing and some seam seal will do the trick. We’ll see I guess.
I am not upset that the waterproofing on uppers is failing. As I said, these boots are at least 15 years old. I thinks it’s to be expected, and it is repairable, so no worries.
When I inspected the rubber bottom part of the boots, I was truly impressed. They are in perfect condition. Unlike my Bogs boots. (See below.)
In the mean time, I have no waterproof shoes to hike in, so I’ll have to wait till all the slush freezes, or it snows an appreciable amount (new fluffy snow is fine for these boots), or things dry out some before I can get back up into the canyon. So today, I took my daily walk in my parents’ neighborhood since we’re housesitting for them. At least it’s exercise.