We have found, at Zamberlan, that many hikers don't fully understand what makes a waterproof hiking boot, well, waterproof. Understanding waterproof technology, specifically Gore-Tex, can help you better use this type of footwear and better care for it.
Here are some excellent resources from Gore-Tex, which will allow you to better understand waterproof footwear, the technology behind it, and why you may (or may not) need it.
What Makes Waterproof Hiking Boots Waterproof?
This Gore-Tex article gives a nice high-level introduction to waterproof and breathable membranes and how they work in footwear. (Please ignore the photos of La Sportiva boots...it's paid placement ;)
Why You Need Waterproof Hiking Boots
This article, also by Gore-Tex explains the benefits of using boots with waterproof and breathable membranes.
Various Gore-Tex Footwear Membranes and How they Differ
This resource page explains the difference between the three types of Gore-Tex membranes used by Zamberlan in our boots:
- Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
- Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
- Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort
Please see our other article about caring for your boots with Gore-Tex membranes here.