it’s fair to say that a Gore-Tex liner allows the manufacture of a lighter boot that’s still pretty waterproof. I say “pretty waterproof” because feet just find a way to get wet. Water can over-top a boot, your feet sweat (and will sweat more in a boot with a Gore-Tex liner than an otherwise identical boot without said liner), and so on. On the other hand, most really good-quality boots do NOT have a Gore-Tex liner. That would include a boot such as the Scarpa SL M3 ($229; www.scarpa-us.com), a beefy but comfortable all-leather boot that’s virtually waterproof when new and will stay that way with only occasional boot treatmentsMyself, I don’t care for Gore-Tex boot liners. But I’m sort of old school. Several of my boots have them, however, so I’m not completely dogmatic about it.
But, the flip side to Gore-Tex is that it does wear out. And once that happens, there is almost no way you can keep your feet dry with a light fabric boot, like the KSB 300 that I reviewed in August.
On the other hand a good leather boot can last for years and will stay as waterproof as they day you got it with a bit of care.
What do you think?