The water proofing and repellency will leave your boots, clothing and tent eventually. There are several products that restore it. Here are a few from Nikwax, Granger and Atsko that can solve this.
Before you purchase any of these or similar products, review the differences between 'waterproof' and 'water repellency'. The best way to understand each is to use a few examples.
Water proof hiking boots will prevent your feet from getting drenched if you can't avoid tromping through a stream to cross it. It prevents water from penetrating even when engulfed in water for an extended time.
If your waterproof boots have become a sieve and aren't keeping your feet dry. You will want to apply a durable water repellency product.
This will provide protection, but you better make that stream crossing a little quick. Water repellent products promises to keep water from penetrating but may not provide the same protection when your hiking boots were new.
Use your common sense too. If the water level on your stream crossing is above the top of your hiking boots, there isn't a water proofing or repellency product that can help you.
Gore-Tex is the best know ingredient technology used to waterproof footwear and clothing. Under your shoe's upper, there is a thin layer of Gore-Tex that prevents water from penetrating and drenching your feet. Lesser known technologies such as Columbia Sportswear's OutDry and General Electric's eVent work similarly.
Granger's G-Max Universal Footwear Waterproofer is touted for use on Gore-Tex and eVent. It applies simply. Clean your boots or shoes by gently running the pair under water and wipe off the excess dirt, spray with the product, and wipe off any excess with a damp cloth.
I crossed a creek recently with my GoLite Footwear Timber Lite hiking boots and the cool feel of water bit my feet. The product application was easy since Granger designed the bottle with a simple spray top.
Granger does state that the G-Max Universal Footwear Waterproofer adds water repellency to your footwear. And it did just that. The next several stream crossings were dry, but I did scoot through each quickly. (MSRP $10.00)
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