MADE IN EUROPE MANUFACTURING : All our Forclaz trekking boots are made in Europe.
These TREK boots are manufactured within the European Union, in Romania, in a factory specialising in the production of trekking boots (GRISPORT) This factory uses exclusively water-based adhesives, without chemical solvents. Most materials are of European origin. MANUFACTURER: https://grisport.it/company/?lang=en Tip: copy and paste the links you find on this page into your favourite browser ,)
This product has been the subject of an eco-design approach = The interior dyeing of the lining of this boot was carried out using a process called DOPE DYEING -> Dope Dyeing is an effective, innovative dyeing process that reduces the environmental footprint. Yarns are created by adding dyes directly to the polymer melt during the spinning process, while reducing energy, water and waste consumption.
WHAT’S THE TYPE OF USE FOR THESE TREKKING BOOTS? WHICH ROUTE
The programme of this trekking boot that is generally used at low altitudes and/or on trails can occasionally be appropriate for certain passages that do not pose any great technical challenges: crossing scree, snowfields, elevation gains
ADHESION OF OUR SOLES WITH GRIP
The grip of our soles is certified To be benefit from the certification, the boots must pass laboratory tests to assess the grip coefficient on different surfaces (Smooth, Rugged, Dry, Wet). To validate these tests, we got a representative panel of testers to evaluate the quality of the soles in the field, in the mountains, over a distance of 500 km The lug pattern will also give you suitable grip on wet and muddy terrain
WHY CHOOSE A LEATHER MODEL? Advantages and drawbacks
Advantages: extremely soft, durable and of course, waterproof: it prevents water running across the boot by repelling and absorbing it. Breathable leather (natural pores of leather skin), but less so than a synthetic boot in strong heat. To reduce this problem, nubuck leather is used for greater breathability but is also more sensitive to rain. Drawbacks: It needs to be nourished, hydrated and treated to remain waterproof
HOW WATERPROOF ARE THESE BOOTS?
This boot has been validated by a waterproofing test at 30,000 repeatable flexes, i.e. 15 km - 6 hours of walking, in water up to the mid-upper, which today guarantees a very good level of waterproofing for your boots. --> Our assessment indicates a LEVEL OF 3/5 giving 6 hours of waterproofing when hiking in the rain. The details of tests carried out to assess the waterproofing of our boots is below, in the features section.
HOW TO PROLONG WATERPROOF PROPERTIES is also a question of accessories! and a bit of elbow grease ,)
A waterproof grease is recommended to nourish leather to stop it drying out (cracking), to make it waterproof and protect against stains. 1/ TREKKING BOOTS MAINTENANCE BRUSH https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/trekking-shoe-maintenance-brush/_/R-p-307665?mc=8551990 2 / RE-WATERPROOFING GREASE FOR LEATHER BOOTS https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/grease-for-re-waterproofing-leather-boots/_/R-p-9513?mc=8229704
WATERPROOF BOOT OR GAITER? it’s not necessarily one or the other! it provides additional protection
A shoe's waterproofing is often undermined by water getting in from the top of the shoe. --> To keep your feet dry for longer, it is therefore advisable to use a waterproof gaiter or mini-gaiter that will prevent water as well as pebbles, sand, etc. from getting inside through the top Model perfectly suited to these boots TREKKING GAITER TREK 500 BLACK / €15 https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/trek-500-trekking-gaiters-black/_/R-p-124466?mc=8347880&c=BLACK
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR LEATHER BOOTS? - 6 steps for maintaining your leather boots
1/ Take out the laces to avoid getting grease all over them 2/ Brush when dry to remove dust and all the particles stuck to the leather. This is essential so any dirt doesn’t get stuck under a new layer of grease. 3 /Grease the leather with a brush, rub it deep into the seams and gaps 4 /Wipe off extra grease with a soft cloth. 5/ Gently rub to “shine” 6/ Replace the laces! ,)
HOW TO WATERPROOF MY LEATHER BOOTS ? with a waterproofing re-activator
1 / Use a brush and/or sponge to clean the boot and remove any dirt or mud. 2/ Then leave to air dry, away from any heat source. 3/ Finish by using a re-waterproofing spray to keep optimal water-repellency of the upper and extend the life of the boot. Link below for the applicator, also available online https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/100-ml-waterproof-stain-resistant-spray-for-leather-and-textile-walking-shoes/_/R-p-312940?mc=8575571
WHICH SIZE SHOULD I SELECT?
WHICH SIZE SHOULD I SELECT?For hiking, feel free to buy one size larger than your usual size to guarantee excellent comfort on the descent and avoid toes rubbing at the tip of the boot. Tip: keep your toenails short and, before descending, check that your lacing prevents your foot from sliding forwards inside the boot.
5 levels of waterproofing
During the waterproofness test, we test 5 levels of waterproofness: 2,000 flexes (approximately 4 km ,30 minutes of walking) 10,000 flexes (approximately 10 km ,3 hours of walking) 30,000 flexes (approximately 15 km ,6 hours of walking) 50,000 flexes (approximately 20 km ,8 hours of walking) 100,000 flexes (approximately >20 km ,24 hours of walking)
Our boots are laboratory tested according to two successive tests Test 1 / We test the efficiency of the membrane only when it is pressured and placed in water, we check the absence of water on the surface, like when you test a punctured inner tube. Test 2 / Thanks to mechanical arms that simulate walking, the assembled boots are half immersed in water and they complete thousands of flexes to check that the inside of the boot remains dry and it is therefore waterproof.
BUYING TIPS / HOW TO TRY YOUR BOOTS ON
How to choose your boots: 1. Try on both shoes, standing up, with the socks worn for hiking. 2. Tighten the laces correctly 3. Check the following two areas of comfort: the base of the heel and the front part of the foot going down. 4. Get up to walk with the boots on. 5. Try on several sizes and several models. 6. Wear your boots for increasingly longer periods to wear them in
Laboratory tests were conducted to test the following elements: - tearing of the eyelets and straps - bonding of the sole - toxicology - UV resistance - abrasion of the sole and components of the upper - accelerated ageing.
SATISFIED OR YOUR MONEY BACK
If you do not need a new product or if it doesn't meet your sporting needs, you have 365 days to exchange it or seek a refund in all Decathlon stores.