Originally Posted by Kashiwa
Thanks. Glad to hear your happy with the water resistance of the "reverse chamois". Just for clarification, the photo I originally posted was of an oiled chamois LWB. I'm not sure if reverse chamois and chamois offer the same degree of water resistance?
Any other thoughts on the water resistance of chamois, reverse chamois and Kudu?
Reverse Chamois WT Boot
Well according to the Horween blog Kudu is a type of Chromexcel:
-Aniline Chromexcel WP
– the classic, hot stuffed pull-up leather
– the same as the above, but with a different oil/wax blend. Designed to be cementable due to less oil.
– receives a different stuffing blend with a heavy addition of wool grease (lanolin)
– A duller version with a more pronounced grain character
– Plainsman that has been hand-curried (oiled by hand)
– Similar to Beaufort, with a lighter colored base tannage, allowing us to produce brighter colors.
– a.k.a. Waxed Flesh, this version is finished on the flesh side, give it a slicked-down-suede look
– A mellow (softer) version with less pull-up
– Chromexcel with a matte, nubuck finish
-Marine Field Shoe
– A natural, flesh out version tanned for the use in boots during WWII (North African Theater)
-Natural M’s Chromexcel
– A heavy, mechanical leather used for oil seals
– A version with a high gloss finish
– softer with a slightly pre-aged look
From the comments section here:
This comment is close to the bottom and is dated April 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm
So I have to assume that the Kudu would be fantastic in rain (Though not waterproof because the tongue is not attached) and should last a long time.
I think you are safe to go with what looks better.
Just about all of the above can be run on either cowhide or horsehide.