Originally Posted by alexspecs
I dunno what you did but i put a shit load of obenauf's on my ascot's and it didn't change the colour too much (as shown).
Yeah, leather treatments don't stop your leather from absorbing water. When soaked for long enough leather will behave like a sponge just like your fingers do when they get wrinkly in the bath. Even my waterproof leather watch band absorbs water and gets completely soaked. The waterproof part just means it doesn't deteriorate after heavy and lengthy contact with water.
As a waxy sort of compound, obenauf's helps to keep oils in the hide when it is wet and when it finally dries out. Basically, putting it on is a lot better than not putting it on.
Funny that wolverine says they're not designed to be worn in the rain. hmmm. Wonder what Crane's has to say about that *stirs shit* JK JK.
Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but I have said again and again, Obenauf's DRASTICALLY changes the colors of leathers such as used on the Katadhin's; some like that color; I don't.
Obnenauf did not provide that warning in the package they sent me, after speaking with the rep, they may now do so.
Ok, I had the same experience as you did with my 1000 K''s using Obenauf's, turns a little darker, certainly not objectional to me at all. Agree with you about no leather treatments not stopping absorption of water - to an extent. I mean if you have constant rain, that's one thing, but Obenauf's states their product to resist "Dynamic and static water penetration".
But a fairly short walk in the rain? Thought there would have been more protection.
Anyhow, we seem to be getting mixed (yet valid) results - some such as Karl from Cranes - who probably is more familiar with the Wolverine line and general leather care than most anyone, has reported far different results and has stated, he thinks my boots have a defect. Others, as we see right here, as well as the CS rep from Wolverine (after keeping me on hold to confer with another person there) says the boots will absorb water from the get-go, don't wear when raining.
Perhaps, just perhaps, Snoseal offers more protection than Obenauf's or Montana Pitch Blend?
I am certainly not knocking the 1000 k boots (which I really like a lot) nor Obenauf's (quality product). I'm just stating my surprise at the vastly different experiences with their ability (after treatment) to abosrb or resist water penetration.