I gave my Forma boots a clean at the weekend. After a sponge and scrub I realised I needed a bit of treatment to keep the leather in good condition. I thought this could also help with the waterproofing, despite the natural properties of the full grain oiled leather. My natural response was to get some old school dubbin. After a bit of research on the Forma website, I saw the following statement.
“Heavy waterproofing products or waxes can block the stitching lines which allow the boots to breath and dry naturally. Any lightweight water-based leather conditioning product is ok to apply from time to time. Oil based leather products are not recommended as they soften the leather too much and can cause bonded soles to separate from the leather.”
I tested out opinion on the forums. The first response mentioned Nikwax, something that I was just looking at on another page.
Since going out to buy some there were some further responses suggesting the alternative products. These were Urad JoJo wax cleaner, Renapur leather treatment, Ledergris, and Gliptone’s Liquid Leather. I should note that some of these are oil or wax based. I wanted to stick with the water based product recommended by Forma. The oil/wax based products can also darken the leather to a greater degree.
Having treated the boots and let them dry naturally over a longer period they do seem to have returned closer to their original colour.
A (relatively) stress free approach to planning your next trip
I have planned a few tours now and have numerous trips completed that have been subject to a pre-planned route. Additionally, I’ve had a number of overseas visits that have largely involved riding motorcycles, particularly in the US.
Planning is part of the enjoyment of the trip
There is a lot of information out there on websites, in forums and other media such as podcasts, but I wanted to tell you about my approach to planning. Hopefully you will find this useful if you plan to do the same.
I was going to open with a reference to my latest ride being the first of the new season but I realised that a ‘riding season’ is so subjective. There are those that ride all year and those that only ride when the weather is warmer and drier.
I sit between these two camps. I don’t get pleasure in riding in inclement weather but it certainly doesn’t bother me. I’ve invested in enough suitable clothing to ride in all conditions. While a warm sunny day brings out the best in all of us, I wouldn’t see the lack of sunshine as a reason not to ride. Its all about choice, and I ride when I choose to.
With only a few days gone since the passing of the new year and with the weather cool but stable a decision was made to take the bikes out for a run. There was no plan other than to meet in Chester at 10am on a Sunday morning with the inference that the ride would be North Wales based on our meet up point.