By John Burns
You don’t have to be a veteran of trench warfare to know your feet are happiest when they’re dry, do you? Especially if it’s not particularly warm, and especially if you’re zipping along ginning up a nice wind-chill factor at the same time. Now that Gore-tex and copycat breathable waterproof membranes are here, the days of plastic bags over your feet are over. Though that’s still an option.
Alpinestars Campeche Drystar – $250-260
Alpinestars alone makes a veritable plethoria (sic) of alleged rainproof boots, “Drystar” being its own version of Gore-tex (“Campeche” being a Mexican state on the Yucatan peninsula adjacent to the Mexican Alps). We can’t vouch for all of them, but my dogs have stayed dry through a couple of reasonable deluges in my Campeches. Features include thick, oiled leather construction, easy entry via zipper and Velcro for a snug fit (avoid these if you don’t really enjoy lots of Velcro), reinforced toe box and heel counters, polypropylene insole with steel shank, and soft, grippy, replaceable anatomical EVA footbeds that make these quite comfy but also quite warm. CE certified.
These I’ve been wearing, the same pair even, for well over a decade and they’re still going strong. I think I got them before I knew what Gore-Tex was, and was amazed a few times how well they kept my feet dry through some pretty damp days. (That’s them in our lead image from five years ago.) These are made of “full grain microfiber,” seal up snug via (also too much) Velcro and a (replaceable) buckle. There’s a removable arch support, ankle and toe protection, padded shin plates, double stitching all over the place, and a bonded non-slip lug sole. Quite comfy and way durable.
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