Treating Gore Tex waterproof motorcycle
As with Gore Tex waterproof
clothing, we want water to be beading up on the
surface and rolling off. This prevents the water
droplet to be absorbed into the surface and
ensures that the textile, leather etc can
continue to be permeable to allow the Gore Tex
membrane to breathe.
The opposite of surface beading is
surface wetting. This is when water seeps into
the fabric or leather. At this point,
permeability is obstructed. The surface will also
remain wet for a much longer period of time.
So what to do?
Keep the leather clean by
brushing or wiping off dirt is a good first step.
Surface dirt (ie dust in the crevices of leather)
soaks up water and promotes surface wetting.
Avoid or limit
the use of traditional leather polishes and
waterproofing agents that would clog the pores of
Use Durable Water
Repellent (DWR) products that are
designed for use in Gore Tex products involving
leather. These products will encourage surface
beading and not clog the permeabilty of your
waterproof motorcycle boots.