User Review: Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: It's not expensive
Ok, this stuff is the deal.
- Extends boot life
- I didn't find it 30 years ago
This stuff was invented by a North Idaho forest fire fighter. That's where I was and what I was doing when I discovered this stuff back in 1996.
In the five years I fought wildland fire I tromped through fire, ash, planted trees in spring rains, crossed creeks and slogged through knee-deep mud and as long as I wasn't actually working in the creek all day, my feet stayed pretty dry and gave me no blisters. Some guys used boots with WPB liners and cheap boot grease and my leather logger boots with LP stayed dry longer. Today I use it on work and leather hiking boots.
I grew up in the Seattle area trying really hard to keep my feet dry with very little success. I have used mink oil (terrible), pure lanolin (not bad), sno-seal, pure bees wax (a close 2nd), and silicone (smelly) and this is the real deal. I also use it on any leather that needs moistened, softened or waterproofed.
Don't expect anything to permanently waterproof boots. This will not give you the same protection of rubber boots.
I don't usually melt it; the heat from your fingers applying it is usually good enough though once in a while I set them near the wood stove (3-4 feet away, no closer) to help the oil penetrate the leather.
Clean leather is better to start with of course but even if you can't get them clean it can be applied to dirty leather with pretty good results.
I will never use anything else.