2015 Burton Custom Snowboard Review

The World’s Best All Mountain Freestyle Snowboard

 

 

burton-logo-120-07The Burton Custom Snowboard is consistently the go to board for all of Burton’s top pro riders – from pow slashers, jump jocks, to pipe rippers, the Custom does it all.  With over two decades of innovation and the introduction of new technology, the 2015 Burton Custom Snowboard is by for the best model to date.

The classic camber profile provides pop and quick energy transfer along with it’s supportive Squeezebox Core Profile that allows for an even smoother power transfer.  Torsionally stiffer than those of years past, the 2015 Burton Custom Snowboard‘s 45° Carbon Highlights reduces weight and gives the board a race car type response.

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1 - 2015 Burton Custom Snowboard

 

 

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2015 Burton Custom Snowboard Key Features

User: Intermediate – Advanced
Terrain: All Mountain Freestyle
Size: 146, 151, 154, 156, 158, 160, 163
Shape: Directional Twin
Profile: Camber
Stance: Set Back 1cm
Flex: 5ish/10 Medium
Core: Super Fly II with Dualzone EGD & Squeezebox Core Profiling
Fiberglass: 45° Carbon Highlights
Laminates: Lightening Bolts
Base: Sintered WFO
Edge: Frostbite 360° Wrap Stainless Steel

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Burton Custom Dimensions

 

 

 

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Quiksilver | True Wetsuit

Business Wetsuit

1 - quiksilver-clothing-logo-120Quiksilver Japan jumped head first into the business to active wear segment with the True Wetsuit.  There isn’t much worse than cramming behind an ocean front desk counting down the ticks until punch-out.  Imagine being able to stride from work to water with zero transition time to change clothes.  Quiksilver has done just that; created a business suit designed to give powerpoint presentations that can also snap slashes on tight barrels within the time it takes to get from the office to the beach.

Finding a perfect surfboard can take a tremendous amount of time, as does finding the flawless suit.  The Quiksilver True Wetsuit is available in three killer styles.  The BLK (black) and NAV (navy) suits are cut for business and surfing whereas the Tux (black) is strictly for partying and surfing.

Cut with a modern slim silhouette the pants and jacket flatter the fit, but with a 2mm thickness anyone can slide into a size range from medium to extra large.  GBS (Glued & Blind Stitching) seams assist the regulation of heat while the cuffs freely filers new water throughout the single breasted double button suit.

The DRYFLIGHT 4WAY fabric that was developed in conjunction with Scotchgard and 3M makes up the water repellent and stain/dirt proof Quiksilver True Wetsuit Dress Shirt.  The shirt could actually be worn on a day to day basis – it’s soft to the touch and has a firm collar to frame any well tied knot.

Sublimation transfer printing allows for bold colors on the ties.  A refined finish starts as a 2mm neoprene ultra stretch jersey fabric and gracefully knots with a center dimple.

Draping over a hanger around $2,500 USD the True Wetsuit is a commodity worth its weight in gold.  Whether in a boardroom or on a board the Quiksilver True Wetsuit will be rippling waves for years to come, make sure to get one before the tide dies.

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2016 K2 Carveair Enjoyer Series Snowboard – Sneak Peek

K2 Carveair Enjoyer Series Snowboard

k2-logo-120-07Minds are blown at the first glance of the 2016 K2 Carveair Enjoyer Series Snowboard.  With an directional shape past the contact points and twin shape inside the contact points the K2 Carveair rips groomers like a twin board and slashes pow like a directional board.   A lifted flat section called Lifted Precision Baseline resembles the feeling of a camber profile and the preloaded carbon, kevlar, and urethane Ollie Bar keeps maximum pop between the bindings.

 

2016 K2 Carveair Snowboard

Length: 149cm & 154cm

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Sneak Peek 2015 Rossignol Experience Skis

 

Rossignol Rossignol brought plenty of radical Experiences, literally, to this year’s SIA Trade Show in Denver, CO. The newly super-tech-injected Experience series is Rossignol’s attempt at monopolizing the all-mountain ski market. Proof? The Experience’s SIA booth produced longer lines than at a clinic after the Burning Man festival. For over 100 years, pow junkies have been conditioned to salivate from the mere mention of Rossignol, much like Pavlov’s canine bestie. So whether you prefer the small-waisted 74mm or the hefty-midsection of the 98mm, the Experience will outperform your expectations on-and off-piste or from just resting atop a ski rack.

experience 88“So how can I ski better with this new technology?” Well, this multi-award winning all-mountain ski charges-harder down corduroy, floats much better over deep pow and carves more predictably through off-piste obstacles. It’s kinda like old-school power meticulously integrated with new-school tech. Mouth watering yet?

Nick, Righteous Rossi Rep., shocked and awed powder bombers with the series’ new refinements. The most impressive upgrade is the introduction of Air Tip tech. This revolutionary tech, also available in the 7 series, lightens swing weight, generates faster turn initiation, and maintains tip flotation even in variable snow conditions. With a refined rocker profile, you’ll be able to bash through crud without your skis needlessly flapping like your mother-in-law’s jaw. The AutoTurn Rocker profile allows you to carve snow like a Porsche on hot pavement. The Experience is  hard-charging, nimble and lightweight ski that you can pin it to win it!

Rossignol has been steeped in pedigree for over 100 years, so it’s no surprise Rossignol has once again set the standard for which all other skis are being  judged. Why else would Ski Magazine name the Experience its Ski of the Year, two years running?

 

 

Burton Channel System

What Is the Burton Channel?

The Burton Channel is a mounting system that contains two channels in the board (one for each foot) that run parallel to the edges. Traditional boards have binding inserts where the channel is located. The Channel allows nearly infinite and customizable stand-width and angle adjustments. With the rider’s feet closer to the board and less inserts in the board, the board will fully and naturally flex as it was intended. Traditional mounting systems do now allow the board to flex beneath the rider’s feet, creating a “dead spot.”

Check out the clip below to get a visual of how The Channel works. While disc bindings from some other brands are compatible with The Channel, the natural board flex will best be felt with Burton EST or Reflex bindings. Such bindings have an EVA foam pad beneath the foot as opposed to plastic, which will enable the natural flex of the board beneath the rider’s feet. The Burton Channel System is a pretty sweet technology. Check it out!

The Burton Channel System focuses power through a central connection that acts as a backbone for the board’s internal tech. It also lets you easily micro-adjust your stance-width and angles with EST, Reflex or Disc bindings. The Channel is compatible with bindings by Forum, Drake, Union, Flow, Flux, Ride and K2.

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What Are Snowboards Made Of?

Trick question. Snowboards are made of a variety of materials featuring sandwich construction crafted together to make a performance board that gives you speed, flotation and response over the snow. So, if you guessed wood, you are correct. If you guessed foam, P-tex or metal, you are also correct. Specific construction and materials vary from model to model and brand to brand, but there are some elements that are quite common.

There are eight common materials in a snowboard…

  1. Wood or Foam Core – The center of the snowboard is the core. The core is arguably the most important component of the board since the remainder of the board is constructed around it.   Cores are composed of different materials on various snowboards, but the most common type of core is wood. Strips of woods such as poplar, obeche and birch are vertically and horizontally laminated and shaped to created varying flexes. Other core materials used in some snowboards are foam or aluminum honeycomb.
  2. Topsheet with Printed Graphic – The toplayer of a snowboard is called the Topsheet which ultimately protects the board and serves as a perfect canvas for bold graphics. Although the material used for the topsheet can vary, there are typically two types of topsheets – gloss and matte. Glossy topsheets usually come with sublimated graphics, while matte topsheets have screened-on graphics.
  3. Fiberglass – Glass is the standard composite fibre material used in snowboard construction. Fiberglass reinforced plastic provides stiffness and strength to the snowboard. It lies right on top of the core. It’s less expensive (compared to alternative materials), light and allows the snowboard to bend.
  4. Steel Inserts – Steel inserts on the top of the board enable the bindings to attach to the snowboard. Ride SnowboardsThere are varying hole patterns on snowboards by brand. Referred to as “mounting patterns,” there are 4 styles – 2 x 2, 4 x 4, 3D and The Channel.
  5. Plastic base (P-tex) – Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene , or P-tex, is a type of extremely durable thermoplastic that is used on the snowboard base. Not only is it easily repairable should you ding your base on a rock, but it openly openly accepts wax in order to improve its gliding efficiency in a variety of snow conditions. P-tex is a dense, abrasion resistant plastic with low friction properties that gives the board the slippery surface necessary to ride on snow. Wax maintenance should be applied to enable the board to run fast throughout the winter.
  6. Metal Edges – Metal runs along the edges of a snowboard allows the board to dig into the snow while turning. They are held in place by P-tex. Well, there are actually two kinds of Edges – partial steel edges that run only along the sides of the board, ending at the nose and tail, and steel edges that wrap all the way around both ends of the board. Complete metal edges are found in higher quality snowboards.
  7. Resin System (glue) – Glass laminates are bonded with an epoxy resin to create the key structural layer of a snowboard.
  8. Rubber Foil – Also referred as VDS, rubber foil is traditionally marketed as a vibration dampener. While rubber foil does dampen some vibration, it’s real purpose is to act as a bonding agent. By nature, steel is hard to bond to fiberglass, so the rubber is applied around the perimeter of the board on top of the edge to create a better stronger bond.

If all boards were made exactly the same, it’d be a pretty saturated market. Snowboard construction has certainly evolved over the years thanks to new technologies, research and development. Additionally, as rider skill level progresses, so do the boards. Below are some additional materials used in specific models to obtain a desired performance.  After all, a park board can’t be constructed the same way as a racing board!

  • Kevlar – Also found in bullet proof jackets, Kevlar is often found under bindings to protect fragile cores and help retain metal inserts. It’s particularly resistant to impact damage. More times than not, Kevlar is found in expensive freeride and all-mountain snowboards to reduce chatter at high speeds since it’s so effective at dampening vibrations.
  • Carbon – Carbon properties enable it to stretch one quarter as much as glass fibre composites. Carbon fiber stinger are sometimes run from tip to tail along the center of a park board to increase pop without increasing the torsional stiffness. It can also cross link effective edges to improve edge-to-edge response. While Burton was the first company to use this technology, many other companies have followed suite. The Burton Custom is a legendary snowboard that’s been in the line for well over a decade. It’s most famous for being one of the best all- mountain boards in part thanks to carbon fiber technology.

Now we can put it all together and have some fun. Here is an inside view on how a snowboard is made at the Burton Manufacturing Center…

2013 Thirtytwo – 32 DGK Collection

2013 DGK x 32 Collection

How in the world did Thirtytwo and DGK come together for a collaboration?  Through the love of skating that’s how.  Everyone has a different style, or at least should have.  For the hesh dudes Thirtytwo offers the Joe Sexton Signature Series and for the thugs they offer the DGK Collection.  The DGK gear fits a lot bigger than the average pant and jacket combos, but when you’re a Dirty Ghetto Kid, that’s all that you need.  The DGK branding is top notch, the functionality is perfect, and the tech is right on the dial.

DGK Shiloh 2 Jackets

What is big, baggy, and full of features?  The Shiloh 2 Jacket.  The long length keeps your seat dry on crash landings and on long chair rides.  It’s the idea piece of the DGK Collection and screams for respect.

 

 

DGK Blahzay Pants

Shoe string isn’t a very wise supportive device, but make you look cool like the dudes at the local skatepark.  If the shoe string doesn’t keep your Blahzay Pants up, no worries, there is belt loops too.

 

 

 

DGK TM-Two Boots

Thirtytwo riders have a team boot favorite; it’s called the TM-Two.  One thing that could make the TM-Two better is a collaberation with DGK.  Not very many companies put as much detailed effort into their product, but Thirtytwo does.  DGK for live.

 

Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker – Trail Running Apparel

 


Trail Running Jacket: Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker

Everyone loves a perfect windbreaker.  Some people like looking sporty running errands, commuting, and charging through Moab.  The Salomon Fast Wing III is the ultimate light weight (150 grams), packable (armband stow pocket), and wind resistant windbreaker available to trail runners and the general public. The Salomon Fast Wing III is so light you’ll hardly notice wearing it.  The Media Pocket securely holds your valuables and the Wearable Stow Pocket is a genius idea.  The actiLITE™ Stretch Mesh breathability in the arm pit area is unbelievable!  If you’re looking for an active fitting jaw dropping windbreaker, check out the Salomon Fast Wing III.

Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker Features

Smartskin™/Climawind™ Light Ripstop

Smartskin provides two different soft shell components – where movement and ventilation is needed (arms, pits, back, and shoulders) there is a light material and on the front is a Climawind Light Ripstop fabric that blocks the wind for the days you wish you hadn’t stepped outside.

 

actiLITE™ Stretch Mesh

If pit sweat was an evil villain, the Salomon Fast Wing III actiLITE Stretch Mesh panels would be a super hero.  actiLITE stops the disastrous plans of sweat and lets you ventilate freely.  Viva La actiLITE!

 

 

Media Pocket

Carry your keys, cellphone, Stow Pocket, or MP3 Player in the secured zipper chest pocket.  The internal headphone slit allows freedom of exterior movements without the worry of tangled cords.

 

 

Reflective Logos & Panels

Be seen at night with reflective Salomon logos and panels.  Be safe and have fun.

 

 

Thumb Loop

The Thumb Loops provide hand coverage and an immune feeling to nature’s elements.  How will you decide whether or not to use the Thumb Loops?  You can wear one loop and one traditional cuff, and then you could be the LL Cool J of the trail running world….just a thought.

 

Wearable Stow Pocket with Arm Attachment

The Stow Pocket might be one of the best features of the Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker.  It Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker packs small and comes with its own Wearable Stow Pocket.  The pocket can be slipped around your upper arm while wearing the jacket or it can also be tucked away in the Media Pocket with a minimal amount of bulk.

Active Fit

The Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker has a precise fit for your active needs.  It’s not too snug, and not too loose.  The arm length seems a touch longer than the average windbreaker because of the optional Thumb Loops.

 

 

Salomon Hiking Shoes Review: XR Mission


Salomon XR Mission Review

Come ye road and trail runners, unite with the Salomon XR Mission!  This short to mid distance trail running shoe is designed for avid trail runners who may not live next to trails, but run on roads to get to them.  This versatile shoe, with many unique features, can pound the pavement and the dirt giving the XR Mission’s mission – door to trail.  This lightweight, comfortable, and responsive shoe is a true athlete’s dream come true.

The men’s XR Mission and the women’s XR Mission were designed  in collaboration with 2 time Olympic Marathoner and 6 time Moutain Running World Champion Jonathan Wyatt, yet were designed to be gender specific.  The women’s version of the Salomon XR Mission hiking shoes isn’t a smaller size of the men’s XR Mission, it was designed with similar components distinct to women’s needs.

The men’s Salomon XR Mission Hiking Shoes are the most well rounded training shoe I’ve ran in in the last decade.  I can wear it in the gym, glide through a 20K, and rip through the trails with comfort and confidence.  Not only that, but it looks cool and I’ll probably buy a second pair to wear around the office.”  says House employee Matt Gustafson.

 

 Salomon XR Mission Upper

The combination of the following features is almost unreal.  The XR Mission shoes are light, and is unbelievable to think that Salomon can pack so many features on it without having the shoe weigh 12 lbs.  One feature people often overlook is the gusseted tongue – it keeps dirt, mud, and basically all debris out of your shoe.

Quicklace™

Kevlar fibers make the Quicklace what it is; strong and efficient.  With one pull you’ll have a snug fit.  After initial tightening, the section closest to the Quicklace pull cord will be tighter than the bottom, but after a short 50 yard jog the pressure equals throughout the shoe.

Lace Pocket

You’ll find, on the top of the tongue, a Lace Pocket to hide the Quicklace system.  There will be no more of that annoying tap of a lace on your foot.  It’s easy, simple, and brilliant.

 

Protective TPU Toe Cap

Never mind bothersome stumps, bumps, or roots – the Protective TPU Toe Cap is a shield of confidence at the forefront of your action.  It’s tough enough to kick a nail in an oak door without adding any major weight.

 

SensiFlex™

SensiFlex offers support and freedom near the medial and lateral knuckels of your foot.  The hexagon TPU material allows the farbric to expand and contract which drastically reduce the chance of bunions and offers unparalleled  comfort.  For the first time ever you’re foot won’t have to mold to your shoe, your shoe molds to your foot.

SensiFit™

Sensifit reduces the amount of material slippage by wrapping overlays around you foot.  The firm hold keeps your foot where it needs to be, over the tread.

 

Friction Free Lace Eyelet

Never worry about going over and under or under and over again.  The Friction Free Lace Eyelets are breeze.

 

 

 

Salomon XR Mission Outsole

The wide cushioning of the Salomon XR Mission Outsole is quite remarkable.  The chevron Contagrip pattern assists your acceleration and breaking making the shoe handle like no other while the OS Tendon saves precious energy.

Non Marking Contagrip®

The cross road junction of durability and light weight ingredients are combined to make the Non Marking Contagrip outsole unbeatable.  The Contagrip LT is light weight and the traction pattern amplifies your skills on technical terrain.  Contagrip HA softens the harsh striking areas on rough trails and reduced outsole wear.

Contagrip LT

The Contagrip LT has grip like a mudding truck without the heavy rubber.  The soft light material reduces the XR Mission’s overall weight and increases traction.

 

Contagrip HA

The high abrasion areas of the heel and ball of the foot are the dedicated areas when the Contagrip HA is located.  This dependable material won’t wear away like common outsole material and it offers great support and impact resistance.

 

 

OS Tendon

When the Oversized Tendon (OS Tendon) flexes it quickly rebounds into it’s original position; saving you more energy than you can imagine.  The OS Tendon midsole integration acts like a tendon, making your strike more stable and powerful.

 

Salomon XR Mission Midsole

If there is two words that could sum up the Salomon XR Mission is would be…rugged cushioning.  The outsole makes for the first half of the sum were as the second half emerges from the midsole.  Salomon has branded the XR Mission as a short to mid distance running shoe, but with the shock absorbing midsole you’ll run longer and harder than ever before.

Light Weight Muscle

A witch’s brew of dragon tears, leprechaun hair, and blueberry Jelly Belly filling make the Light Weight Muscle (LT) possible.  Actually it’s just 2 different EVA composites, but it’s just as magical.

Molded EVA

That’s right, the EVA is molded.  Molded to be the most effective cushioning midsole thus far in the Salomon line.

 

Compressed EVA 

Salomon has put this EVA to the test, compressed it, and designed it to take a beating so you won’t have to.

 

 

XR Mission Sockliner

Ortholite®

Your feet will stay cool throughout your whole run because of the moisture wicking Ortholite Sockliner.  You’ll receive unconditional love from the EVA heel cup, just like from your parents.

 

 

 

Gore-Tex Care: Maintenance, Washing & Restoring Gore-Tex

Taking good care of your waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex jackets or pants is very important when you consider the cost of wearing Gore-Tex.

Care of Gore-Tex

You love your Gore-Tex®. Admit it. Whether it’s your shoes, your jacket, or your gloves, you rely on Gore-Tex to keep you dry and comfortable for hours, days, months and years on end. Fortunately, Gore-Tex is easy to take care of as long as you keep the following in mind:

How to Wash Gore-Tex

Before you throw your Gore-Tex gear in the wash, be sure to read the cleaning instructions carefully. The first thing to note is that Gore-Tex should not be dry-cleaned if it uses both Gore-Tex fabric and down insulation. However, some outerwear garments that use Gore-Tex fabric also use silk or wool and these garments should be dry cleaned only. Be sure to request clear, distilled solvent rinse and a spray-repellent when dropping your Gore-Text off at the cleaners.  If you decide to wash your Gore-Tex at home skip the fabric softener (including dryer sheets) since they contain, among other things, fragrances, waxes and oils that will adhere to your Gore-Tex and lessen it’s ability to breathe and repel water. Never use chlorine bleach on your garment.  Machine-wash your outerwear in warm water using liquid detergent, preferably in a front loading washing machine. If you have a stain, you can use a stain remover such as Spray n Wash™ or Shout™.

*Always check the individual care label and follow those instructions first. This advice is not intended to override any specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Drying Gore-Tex

Gore-Tex Volcom Snowboard Jacket

Gore-Tex Volcom Snowboard Jacket

When drying your garment in the dryer, tumble-dry warm is the recommended setting. The heat from the dryer helps to reactivate the durable water repellent (DWR) treatment on your garment’s outer fabric. DWR is a repellent for outdoor fabrics and is recommended for use with Gore-Tex products. However, it is not recommended to use the wash-in treatments as this may affect the garment’s breathability. DWR is available at your local outdoor retailer. If you need to restore the water repellency after being caught out in a rainstorm, simply machine wash the garment, rinse, and put it in the dryer. Washing will remove dirt and other contaminants and the heat from the dryer will redistribute the DWR treatment on the fabric surface. If the DWR treatment is no longer effective after washing, it can be restored by applying a topical DWR treatment.

Ironing Gore-Tex

If your jacket or pants are wrinkled after coming out of the dryer, it is acceptable to pass the iron over the garment. Only use a warm steam-iron. Be sure to place a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron. You do not have to iron the garment until it is completely dry. Be very careful not to melt the outer fabric.

In summary, Gore-Tex products such as Gore-Tex JacketsGore-Tex pants and Gore-Tex Shoes are built to last and are easy to take care of. Taking care of your Gore-Tex will ensure that you get your money’s worth from the product. Routine care and maintenance on your part will ensure the highest performance from them and extend their useful lifespan. So, follow the instructions carefully on the label to help your Gore-Tex product looking fresh and new for a very long time.

Pretreating Gore-Tex

If you are taking on the responsibility of cleaning it yourself be mindful of a few thing before jumping in. It is safe to use a pre-wash treatment such as Shout or Spray ‘n Wash as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. And always be mindful to rinse well. Bleach is something that you should never allow to come in contact with your Gore-Tex jacket or pants, as this will likely damage your garment.

Repairing Gore-Tex

Gore-Tex is guaranteed for a lifetime against manufacturer’s defects. Gore isn’t afraid of anyone putting it to the most extreme tests! Accidents do happen, however. Gore makes a repair kit that comes with two patches that press on if you in the field and happen to tear your jacket or pant. It’s not a bad idea to stash one of these in your pocket. Once you get home, ironing the patch increases its performance. Patches should last just over five washings. A more permanent repair is recommended, so take your damaged Gore-Tex gear to an authorized repair center or contact Gore directly at 1-800-431-GORE.

Gore-Tex Footwear

You can clean the outside of your Gore-Tex footwear using a brush or a cloth and tepid water. When drying your shoes, remove the laces, loosen the tongue, avoid direct heat and allow them to dry naturally. Gore recommends applying a topical water repellency restorative (DWR treatment) for outdoor fabrics. They do not recommend wash-in treatments as they can affect breathability.

Gore-Tex Gloves

First off, Gore-Tex gloves rule! Say good bye to swampy, cold hands. Your Gore-Tex gloves should be hand or machine washed in warm water with powdered detergent. Follow the same rules (no bleach, no fabric softener) as you would with your outerwear. Gently squeeze the water out of your gloves, but do not wring or twist them. Allow them to drip-dry with the fingers pointing upward.

Restoring DWR

Gore-Tex is treated with DWR, or durable water repellent. It is an extremely thin polymer that causes water to beadupon the surface of your gear and roll off. DWR is not permanent, however. Dirt, exposure to insect repellents, detergents, and normal wear and tear will eventually cause the DWR to stop working. Normal washing and tumble-drying outerwear will redistribute DWR over the surface, thereby reactivating it. Over time, however, a topical DWR treatment for outdoor fabrics will be needed and can be applied to the garment. Never use wash-in treatments, as they will affect the garment’s ability to breathe. If your footwear needs its waterproofing refreshed, a DWR treatment for shoes will do the trick. Unless it has been specifically approved for use on Gore-Tex, never use any waterproofing waxes, greases, or polishes on your Gore-Tex shoes.