|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2012
First: Buy the right boots. Second: Keep them in tip top shape with these tips.
|Full-grain||The full thickness of the cowhide (not sanded or buffed); best quality leather. Very durable with good water resistance.||Polyester||Versatile and used both alone or in blends. Abrasion resistant, easy to clean, and quick drying; often stiffer then nylon.|
|Nubuck||Leather that’s sanded or buffed for a suedelike finish and easy-break-in softness. Good water resistance and durability.||Nylon||Lightweight and flexible, often mesh or paired with split-grain leather. Resistant to water, tears, and abrasions.|
|Split-grain||Inner part of the hide that’s split from the outer hide. Often paired with synthetics to add durability to light, breathable boots.||Synthetic leather||Less expensive, lighter weight, and lower maintenance than natural leather. Water-resistant and easy to clean.|