Materials - GORE-TEX®, Thinsulate™ and Scent-Lok® - Footwear


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GORE-TEX® fabric forever changed the standard for high-performance outerwear when it was introduced in 1978. Today, GORE-TEX fabric is known worldwide for extreme wet-weather protection that keeps you dry and comfortable from head to toe. Outerwear and footwear constructed using GORE-TEX fabric and technology is rigorously tested to ensure it is waterproof to keep you dry, windproof to keep you warm and breathable to keep you comfortable – all day long.


Thinsulate Footwear

What makes Thinsulate insulation so important to a cold-weather boot? Three words: thin, warm, light. Thinness, of course, is crucial in a boot insulation. There is simply no room for anything bulky. The same goes for warmth. Feet, being furthest from your body's center of heat, need insulation more than any other part of your body. With nearly twice the warmth of foam, felt or pile, Thinsulate insulation is just what feet need to stay warm and comfortable. Which brings up the third big benefit of Thinsulate insulation: It doesn't bog boots down with weight. In fact, it's one of the lightest synthetic insulations on the market.



A sponge absorbs water - that is, the entire sponge soaks in and retains the water. Conversely, adsorption, which is what takes place with activated charcoal in Scent-Lok®, is the capturing of matter by the surface of a solid. The surface of activated charcoal is an extensive labyrinth of different size pores, nooks and crannies that trap and hold gases, vapors and dissolved matter (all forms of human scent). Activation (or technically, reactivation) is the process of heating this surface to high temperatures. This releases the trapped scent molecules and reopens the pores, nooks and crannies for future scent adsorption.

Scent-Lok® has the optimal amount of carbon particles. Buy a product with too little carbon and the deer will smell you. Buy a product with too much carbon and you needlessly sacrifice breathability, comfort, weight and softness. We call this delicate balance The Product Function Factor and have created a minimum adsorptive standard to measure all scent control products by.

We've extensively tested our Scent-Lok® products at the very best research facilities around the world. We tested actual human scent under actual field conditions. The result is a technology and a line of products that are the standard by which all others are judged - and which keep getting better!

Activated carbon is the most effective odor-reducing substance known to man; and the best carbon comes from coconut shells. Coconut shell carbon has the largest internal surface area of any carbon on earth, so it ultimately captures the broadest range of scent molecules - and that's why we use it.