Trekking shoe knitted into shape
World-first trekking shoe: Dachstein unveils the new Super Leggera GTX, a new trekking shoe with highly functional knitted uppers, at the ‘OutDoor’. The flexible fabric of the uppers provides a snug-to-the-millimetre fit around the foot when laced up.
It’s a stable ankle corset and feel-good shoe, all in one. The Vibram® Motionflex sole also has its own flexible zones and was developed to cooperate with the uppers and enhance the ‘natural walking’ motion. The sole is robust and grippy for mountainous terrain, while remaining flexible enough to encourage the natural roll-over of the foot. Dachstein has its own GORE-TEX membrane under the water resistant and non-rubbing AeroKnit uppers.
The membrane enables this sporty shoe to be watertight and breathable for everyday trekking. Since it is particularly the areas just above the sole that suffer extreme wear when hitting a rock or getting stuck, these are the zones now protected by sprayed-on TPU plastic. Quality assurance is an important element in Dachstein’s product development, which is why Super Leggera GTX is manufactured in Europe.
Caring for membrane footwear
Membrane footwear is also no stranger to water!
After cleaning and drying your footwear, boots with a protective membrane must under no circumstances have oily or greasy care products rubbed into them. Such products help to make leather goods waterproof, but in membranes they cause the build-up of water between the membrane and the outer material, preventing the release of humidity. As a rule, membrane footwear doesn’t require any care after cleaning. However, although the membrane ensures the shoe or boot remains basically waterproof, the uppers should still be impregnated regularly with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) spray. Usually, such footwear has already been DWR-impregnated prior to sale. Nevertheless, this protection can wear off with intensive use. This protective effect can be regenerated by coating outer surfaces with one of the many DWR sprays on the market. It is far easier to impregnate shoes with a spray than it is to immerse an item in a DWR solution, as is often the case with clothing.
Hooks and eyelets can be protected from rust and corrosion by applying a dab of Vaseline or wax. There are special sprays to combat unpleasant smells. The insoles can wear out and should be replaced regularly, since they absorb the majority of the sweat produced and are subject to the greatest amount of wear.
Cleaning trekking boots outdoors
Jump in the stream!
On multiple-day tours it’s important to rinse off the worst of the dirt carefully at the end of the day in a stream or by using another source of water. Subsequently, laces should be fully loosened and insoles removed. Our tip: Even after a one-day tour, stepping into a stream makes cleaning at home much easier, because the dirt doesn’t get a chance to dry on.