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Hydrolysis, And Tips To Avoiding It

Garmont, one of our boot suppliers takes all things into consideration when they design their boots. Comfort, flexibility, durability and of course, great quality boots. After a lot of wear and tear though, your boots can succumb to damage and decomposition, otherwise known as hydrolysis.

Hydrolysis is defined as the chemical breakdown of a compound due to reaction with water. It is a result of the specific compound, Polyurethane that is found in the soles of your boots, deteriorating, and disintegrating. This can therefore cause the sole of your boot to detach. In most high quality hiking boots, this compound is used as it is the best material for boot performance. Soles that contain this Polyurethane wedge are great for support and impact absorption for long spans of time, but unfortunately they are still subject to aging. This aging causes the sole to harden and directly damages it’s adhesive properties, which can affect the support and cushioning that the sole is designed to provide.

Also, when taking into consideration the amount of rain, snow and wetness you will endure throughout a hike or backpacking trip, hydrolysis is a huge component and risk at any time. Hydrolysis is what you are seeing when the sole part of your boots starts to crumble into a dust-like substance. Here we are giving you the top tips on how to avoid this hydrolysis in your Garmont and even in other boots.

1. CLEAN YOUR BOOTS After a long hike, you come home and want a nice long shower to clean off the dirt and sweat from your day. Before you leave your dirty hiking boots at the door to harden with dirt, it is crucial to take the time and clean your boots as hydrolysis can occur quicker with dirty boots. Some things that go into cleaning your boots include, removing the footbed and laces, so tha