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Failed Controlled Waterproof Test
on September 27, 2013
The first thing that we do (and you should do too) when we purchase waterproof shoes is to conduct a home waterproof test, because with mass production in Asia, you never know.
To conduct the test, we fill our very clean sink with cold water approximately 3 inches.
While it is filling we run just the toe section of the shoes under the tap for 1 minute each holding them at an angle to make sure that the water only hits the front of the shoe.
When the sink is up to 3 inches, using a completely dry hand to hold the shoe from the inside, with the laces inside the shoe, we dip the toe section ONLY of each shoe into the sink until 3 inches from the toe of the shoe are covered in water, and hold it steady there for 30 seconds.
Afterwards we place both shoes down on a towel and wait 15 minutes to see how well the waterproof material blocked the water.
In the case of this Columbia shoe, the left shoe was completely dry and passed.
Unfortunately the right shoe had a puddle of water in it--the water basically ran completely through the top toe part of the shoe as if there was no insulation at all.