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Scarpa Boots water tests

After the recent walk where my Scarpa ZG65 XCR boots let me down by leaking, after a morning walking in heavy rain. I returned them to Open Air who agreed they were faulty and supplied me free of charge with a new pair.

I thought I would be smart and test the new boots before walking in them. I quickly made a test rig to hold the boots down in the sink to a depth of 120mm. Before immersion I weighed the insoles (about 28gm apiece), then repeated weighing after various immersion times. Here’s the results:-

As you can see the boots were pretty water tight for around 8 hours or so, after this the right boot leaked noticeably more than the left. Obviously this was a static test, in practice when walking you will get a pumping action so it will be interesting to see how they fare in the next rain walk.


Reader Comments

  1. I cannot believe that you wasted 8 hours of your boring life submerging boots in water. People are dying. I'm calling the police

  2. I cannot believe that you wasted 8 hours of your boring life submerging boots in water. People are dying. I'm calling the police

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