|I discovered a couple of
unexpected advantages when wearing breathable and
waterproof Gore Tex motorcycle riding
My feet are more
comfortable in both hot and cold weather riding.
In fact, I noticed that my feet actually felt
cooler when riding, even in mid-summer high
it would seem counterintuitive that a waterproof
motorcylce boot will allow your feet to feel
cooler in hot temperature riding when compared
say, to the same model boot without
waterproofing. But the opposite is true. And when
we think about it, it makes sense.
average, our feet give off a lot of humidity (ie
moisture vapor). In hotter temperatures, this
good quality, breathable and waterproof
motorcycle boot (ie Gore Tex or other quality
breathable liner) will allow this humidity to
transfer off your foot and through the Gore
Tex liner and then through the leather.
does this work? The heat generated by your foot
will help evaporate the moisture. This evaporated
moisture will then go through the permeable
membrane (ie Gore Tex) and finally to the
leather. The leather liner absorbs the moisture
and evaporates it to atmosphere. So in effect,
you have evaporative cooling of your boot as well
as evaporative cooling of your foot inside the
boot. This explains to me why my feet feel cool
when riding in hot weather and wearing breathable
Gore Tex waterproof motorcycle riding boots.
order to maximize this, it's best to wear
wicking-type socks. In fact wearing wicking type
socks during most activities is often a good
idea. A cotton sock will absorb humidity and
retain it. This slows the flow of humidity
through the process ie Gore Tex and then leather.
A wicking-type of sock will wick humidity from
the foot and more easily transfer it to the Gore
about cold weather riding?
worn my Gore Tex Kalahari BMW GS boots in
temperatures close to 32F (0C) for sustained
periods (ie 12 hours or more, night riding). Cold
feet have not been a problem for me.
the same principles are at play as when riding in
hot temperature, some variables change. For
example, your feet will generate much lower
levels of humidity and sweat when exposed to cold
ambient temperatures. And so there will be lower
reason for this is that you are not generating
any activity-based heat while sitting motionless
on a motorcycle. Any moisture generated by your
feet will likewise be evaporated. But the
trade-off here is that a non-breathable
motorcycle boot will have that moisture saturate
your socks and boots. You will lose more body
heat through conduction to the cold boot.
extremely cold weather riding, say at
temperatures lower than 32F (0C), I would
probably wear some rubber slip-ons over my boots.
This would cut down heat loss by both conduction
and evaporative cooling.
the above process
to function as intended, permeability must be
present at each stage. This includes the
Gore Tex membrane as well as the leather.