Sympatex Moisture-Tech®

The innovation

A new type of waterproof lining laminate to create an excellent micro climate in the shoe.*

How it works

Moisture is wicked quickly from the foot through the inner lining and into the hydrophilic intermediate layer. During strenuous physical activity the surplus moisture is buffered there and cannot get back into the inner lining due to the suction effect which is directed towards the outside. The moisture is transported to the hydrophilic membrane through an innovative intermediate layer. Once there, the moisture generates large scale activation of the hydrophilic membrane which speeds up the transmission of water vapour. This high activation (high moisture concentration on the membrane) also supports dynamic breathability.

The benefit

High wearer comfort and dry feet for maximum performance in changing climatic conditions. Faster drying of the inner lining in extremely wet conditions and reduction in odour formation. The innovative technology proves its worth in particular during strenuous physical activity in the outdoors or at work. In firefighter boots Moisture-tech® is also the solution to unpleasant heat and moisture development in the boots and thus reduces the risk of blister formation on feet.

*Patent application document published under No. WO2013050349A1

Moisture-tech® – HOW IT WORKS




Footwear comfort test by Empa*

On the basis of a footwear comfort test using the Empa foot model, the Empa test confirmed the superiority of Moisture-tech® technology compared to top competitor technologies in terms of moisture management and heat blocks in footwear.

The method

  • Perspiration measurement in the sock: Outdoor footwear and firefighter boots in static and dynamic situations
  • Heat insulation measurement in the firefighter boots

The objective

The less perspiration in the sock, the more comfortable and drier the foot climate. Prevention of overheating in the firefighter boots.

1. Outdoor footwear**

Perspiration test

The result

Remaining perspiration in the sock / Moisture-tech by Sympatex® = 1.98 g
Remaining perspiration in the sock / Top competitor technology = 3.54 g
≙ 78 % more moisture

The benefit

The innovative Moisture-tech® laminate ensures faster wicking. Perfect moisture management to keep your feet comfortable at all times.

*Empa: Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt Switzerland
**Empa test report No. 460‘650/09.05.12

2. Firefighter boots*

Perspiration test

The result

Remaining perspiration in the sock / Moisture-tech by Sympatex® = 5.83 g
Remaining perspiration in the sock / Top competitor technology = 10.19 g
≙ 74 % more moisture

HEAT INSULATION TEST

The result

Rct / Moisture-tech by Sympatex® = 45 % less heat in the boot

The benefit

The innovative Moisture-tech® laminate ensures faster wicking and prevents heat block in the boots. Perfect moisture management to keep your feet comfortable at all times.

**Empa test report No. 461774