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Waterproof or Water Resistant: What's the difference?

A question we often get asked is whether water resistant is the same as waterproof? In a word, no. Let us explain why.

DEFINITIONS

WATERPROOF: A waterproof material or product is completely impervious to water penetration, which means no water can get in or out of the product or material. Providing sustained protection from water for a significant period of time. 

WATER RESISTANT: A water resistant product or material will prevent water penetration, but only to a certain level. Therefore, it is not completely impervious to water penetration, and water will get in or out of the product or material when exposed to high levels of water. 

WATERPROOF VS WATER RESISTANT: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

The fact that footwear may be water resistant does not guarantee it will be waterproof. This misunderstanding can cause some issues. As many people purchase work boots and rigger boots thinking they’ll keep their feet completely dry. This can lead to frustration and, even worse, damp feet. As a rule, unless footwear has a waterproof membrane, (which is essentially a plastic bag placed behind the material upper) it will not be fully  waterproof. V12 water resistant explinationWhen a boot is stitched together, small holes are made with the needle and the thread itself will tend to wick water through the stitch hole once saturated. Once water penetrates, the flexing action of the foot simply sucks more in. As a rule, unless footwear has a waterproof membrane, it will not be completely waterproof. If you can imagine a sock made from a waterproof material that is sandwiched between the upper material and the lining, this is the membrane. V12 waterproof membranes are full of microscopic holes, each one many times smaller than a water molecule, but large enough to allow perspiration to escape. The difference between buying good quality waterproof boots and lower priced boots that claim to be waterproof is that the cheaper option will often be hot and sweaty to wear. In other words: they’ll be uncomfortable, why? Because only a dry foot is a comfy foot.

 

OUR TOP 3 WATERPROOF BOOTS 

V12 Defender STSV12 Rocky IGSV12 Caiman IGS

OUR TOP 3 WATER RESISTANT BOOTS 

V12 Avenger IGSV12 Puma IGSV12 Bison IGS

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