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Kevin Root

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I do on my Lowa Hunter GTX Extreme boots. I like to give them treatment after 6 moths or so to help keep them waterproof, treating and conditioning the leather even though they have Gortex. Using a product similar to LOWA Water Stop seems to work well for me.

I treated them right out of the box from day one and it's help keep them in great shape for multiple seasons now.
 
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bearguide

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kenetrek sends waterproofing with there boots which works great
 

tstowater

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I do what the maker recommends before I wear them. Only way to insure that it will work. Continue to treat when necessary and boots will last longer. Too expensive to not handle correctly.
 

Matt Cashell

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I follow the REI method Kevin linked above. I do not treat boots like the Hanwag Mountain Lights right out of the box, because I do not want to interfere with the factory DWR.

At the first sign of DWR loss, I treat.

EXCEPT traditional all-leather boots receive a leather treatment right out of the box.
 

bowinhand

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Usually treat leather boots before I wear them in the field or off trail by the manufacturers recommendations or email/call the manufacturer and ask them if a particular product is safe on their product, most times they are knowledgeable. My "daily drivers" I that are fabric and leather I wait until the factory DWR has worn off before treating as stated above.
 
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