working at home, having more time on my hands, i cleaned and re-applied DWR on some hard shells yesterday. first, ran them through the washer with a tech cleaner i picked up a while back at REI. partially dried them, then put them back in the washer with nikwax wash-in DWR, then partially dried them in a dryer & let them hang overnight. made a big difference on this a.m.'s walk.
will probably re-wax my leather boots this weekend.
i entitled this 'environmental soundness' because i was reminded recently, while testing a new backpack, that one of the ultimate 'environmentally sound' things in this arena is building gear that lasts a really long time, and maintaining it so it lasts a long time. whatever someone does to be environmentally friendly, chucking a pack, jacket, or pair of shoes in the dumpster every few years has to be one of the least environmentally friendly things we can do.