Tips for use, care and cleaning

With proper use, maintenance and care, you can significantly extend the life of your boots and increase efficiency and enjoyment while riding. On the other hand, improper use and maintenance generally result in discomfort and faster wear of your boots.

Before each use

  • Check that the GORE-TEX® lining is free of dirt residues. It is recommended to shake or brush the interior, as small stones etc. can damage the lining, impairing waterproofing.
  • Check that your nails are well trimmed. Long nails can damage the fingers during the route and can also pierce the GORE-TEX® membrane
  • The selection of a suitable sock is very important for comfort and for optimal use of the technical characteristics of the boot. This must have a good fit to the foot and flat seams to avoid friction with the skin. It is preferable that they are made of materials that help to expel moisture, that are of great resistance and that have a certain level of padding. Very important is also its thermo-regulatory capacity.
  • When tying the laces, try to find the right level; the foot should be snugly fit inside the boot, but without too much pressure. Always try to have a good slack for the toes (min. 1 cm. Between the toes and toe of the boot) and a good heel support.
  • The laces are treated to have a high resistance to abrasion and not to absorb moisture, which can make them somewhat more slippery than normal laces. To prevent the knot from unraveling, we recommend secure knots, such as the "shoemaker's knot" or the "double knot".

During use

  • Most of our boots have a lace lock system. This can be useful, for example, to tie the rod more tightly during difficult steps on rocky terrain and then loosen it again during easier routes, without changing the foot grip at any time.
  • To facilitate the evacuation of sweat, especially during long routes and in hot climates, it is advisable to carry spare socks and insoles and change them regularly during the route.
  • Avoid prolonged contact with animal droppings, as these can considerably damage the skin, sole, hooks etc.

Cleaning and care after each use

  • Remove the insole and let the footwear dry naturally, without exposing it directly to any heat source such as fire, radiator, sun, etc.
  • Once all the moisture has evaporated, brush the dirt off all the materials, not forgetting the sole and the inside of the boot.
  • If the boot has been exposed to extreme dirt, animal droppings or other substances that can damage the materials, we recommend washing it with a brush under a stream of warm water, first removing the insole and laces if necessary. It is necessary to reapply waterproofing products after each wash.
  • To occasionally clean the boot more 'thoroughly' there are special products.
  • For hygiene reasons it may be advisable to occasionally wash the inside of the boot and the GORE-TEX® lining. Remove the template (washable) and wash with a brush under warm water (never use soap, detergents or similar).
  • Never wash our products in any type of washing machine.
  • Once dry, store the boots in a dry and ventilated place.

Water repellency and maintenance of the skin

    • Leather is a natural product that requires maintenance to avoid drying out and cracking. It is necessary to periodically apply nourishing cream for skin.
      • For the correct functioning of the waterproofing of the GORE-TEX® membrane, all the exterior materials of our products have been subjected to a deep waterproofing process. For its maintenance, it is necessary to periodically apply (and always after each boot wash) waterproofing products.
      • Periodically apply petroleum jelly to the metal hooks to protect against corrosion.
      • IMPORTANT : Any product that is applied to the skin of our boots must be suitable for footwear with GORE-TEX®, such as Bestard Boot Protection . The use of other products, especially those based on fats, oils or silicone, could damage the perspiration capacity of the skin. At the same time, an excessive use of fat could have a negative effect on the structure of the skin and damage the rubber parts (soles, toecaps, bands etc).

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