Help Please! - Pro Boots

#1
I've got myself a pair of pro boots and was wondering if anyone alse with them uses normal polish on them. The instructions that come with the boots says not to as it affects the performance of the gore-tex.

I was just wondering what everyone else thought?
 

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#2
I never had a problem using normal Kiwi stuff. The only problem I got was that the leather on one boot perished in one area, then split but I don't think that's related to my choice of polish. I now have one boot that works and the other in the bin... I wonder of anyone on ebay wants to buy one boot?
 
#3
I had the same problem U_Q. One of mine split, I was told it probably was because I used bog standard kiwi !

It was my left, I dont suppose you have a size 9 left do you :D
 
#6
i haven't had a problem using normal polish on my proboots - had them for about 2 years now, and still waterproof, no splits, or owt.

TJ
 

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#7
Mighty_Blighty said:
I had the same problem U_Q. One of mine split, I was told it probably was because I used bog standard kiwi !

It was my left, I dont suppose you have a size 9 left do you :D
Unlucky! It's a left 10 with spashes of white paint on it...
 
#8
Pebble_Monkey said:
I've got myself a pair of pro boots and was wondering if anyone alse with them uses normal polish on them. The instructions that come with the boots says not to as it affects the performance of the gore-tex.

I was just wondering what everyone else thought?
Try polishing just the *outside* of the boot.

HTH
 
#10
Got my first pair in early 90's when they were being trialled. I've still got them and they are brilliant. I was issued another pair and they lasted about a year before the leather split on both boots, just below where the laces end on the outside.

I can only assume that what we trialled used better leather than the ones that are being issued now.

Boney
 
#11
boney_m said:
I can only assume that what we trialled used better leather than the ones that are being issued now.
Boney
Now, there's a surprise... I can recall speaking to my old CSM, who was on the trials team for the SA80 and he recalled that the trials weapons were lovingly crafted.

msr
 
#12
The ones used on trial were made in the factory in Wales, I remeber going there and getting a set, then the MOD decided to by the 'same' boot from a different manufacture, Brazilian I believe, and guess what...? They CRAP!!!

Same goes for the Assualt Boot, the ones trialed were the dogs dangles, the ones issued now.............. :roll:

And the same goes for the CS95, trialed, brill, issued, due to the fact that it is from the cheapest manufacture, in Eastern Europe, is crap!!!

I'm so glad we joined the EU, its those laws that mean we have to shop out to the cheapest competitor, even forgien ones, suposidly in the EU, and when they win the contract they then sub it out to sweat shops else wehre!!!

All in all it ends up costing more than if it was all kept in the UK, the quailty would then be better.

I dont see the US Army subbing out its uniform or boot contracts, made in prisons yes! Now that is an idea!!! :?
 

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#13
Getting back to the original point of the thread...

Have had mine for five years now and have had absolutley no problems using normal kiwi.

C_C
 
#14
Our troop had a similar problem, especially in snow etc. We reverted to using Nick Wax and it seemed to do the trick. Saying that another pair did the same old "cracked below the laces" so could be down to leather used. the Nick Wax was a godsend though.
 
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#16
Carlos_Hathcock_II said:
I dont see the US Army subbing out its uniform or boot contracts, made in prisons yes! Now that is an idea!!! :?
Funnily enough when the spams decided they would all wear berets a couple of years back, they had them all made in China... until some congressmen found out, after which the whole lot were junked and they bought a new lot in the States. :D
 
#17
Suggest keeping the Pro Boots for what they are intended ie cold & the field - use other boots for daily wear. Use Nikwax or something on your field boots. Nobody in the civvy mountaineering / outdoor world uses polish on their boots for a reason. We do it to stay smart & shiny. You want the boots to perform as well as possible? Use the best stuff on them!
 
#18
Mr_C_Hinecap said:
You want the boots to perform as well as possible? Use the best stuff on them!
Reminds me of a question I raised earlier - "Why are our boots black? " The reason I asked is that brown polish has more wax, the leather is better, brown is less visible than black when in the field etc etc etc.
 
#19
You can get Black waterproofing in the form of "Leder Grease" from Altberg or Black waterproofing from the Danner boot company.

I have had two pairs of Pro-boots and both seemed to be of good quality leather.

Assault boots however seemed to go through a phase of being made out of leather which looked to have some form of coating which peeled off!!

The ones I have now are better quality all round.
 

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