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Why should you buy Muck Boots?

Muck Boots have been one of the best known neoprene insulated boot ranges on the market for a number of years.

 

Neoprene is a fantastic material for wellington boots. Neoprene is essentially a layer of aerated rubber that is waterproof, stretchy and a very good insulator.

 

The manufacturing process ensures you will have warm dry feet in temperatures from -29 deg º to +29 deg º, subject to the range selected. Warm dry feet - quite a compeling combination.

 

The sole pattern varies depending on the range selected and these reflect the varying conditions the boots are suitable for.

 

It is not by chance that Muck Boots provide one of the largest repeat order rate than any other product we offer.

 

We thought it would be a good idea to explain how they are constructed and the features that make them so popular.

 

For a start Muck Boots are handmade, so there may well be slight variations in size and finish.

 

Manuafacture starts with a premade sole.

 

A 2mm layer of thermal foam is attached to what will be the inner face of the sole. This provides a physical thermal barrier to reduce cold entering the boot via the rubber sole.

 

A 'former' is placed on the sole. This effectively defines the inner space within the lower boot. Pre-cut strips of neoprene and 'Airmesh' liner are then placed over the former and stretched to the outer edge of the sole starting at the front and working down the sides of the boot.

 

The 'former' is then removed and the neoprene from each side of the boot is then pulled round the rear of the boot and a vertical joint is formed.  That joint runs from the sole to the top of the boot.

 

At this stage the basic shape of the boot is seen, but there are cuts in the neoprene around the toe to ensure a smooth fit around the 'former'.

 

Toe protectors, be these fibreglass or steel are then placed in position.

 

Layers of rubber are then vulcanised onto the outer face of the neoprene and sealed onto the edge of the sole. These rubber layers provide a protective layer to the neoprene and form a watertight seal with the edge of the sole.

 

This is only a basic description of the manufacturing process, but we hope it gives you a feel of the care and attention employed to ensure the boots meet your expectations.

 

 

100% WATERPROOF BOOTS

 

The neoprene upper is bonded to the rubber sole. This provides a 100% waterproof boot.

 

Additionally, all Muck Boots have an outer layer of thick rubber vulcanised onto the sole. This outer rubber extends at least to ankle height on all boots. This provides a further level of protection against water ingress.

 

 

WARMTH

 

There are three main grades of insulation available in the current range of Muck Boots. Boots.

 

Sub Zero to +29º C  

 

5mm neoprene uppers are provided to the boots and 4mm to the gardening shoe.

Airmesh lining is provided to trap small pockets of air within the boot.

6mm Nitracel inner sole to provide a comfortable and insulated footbed.

Varying heights of outer rubber protection, dependant on intended use.

 

-29ºC to +21ºC

 

5mm neoprene uppers are provided to the boots .

Airmesh lining is provided to trap small pockets of air within the boot.

2mm Thermal foam underlay to instep area.

6mm Nitracel inner sole to provide a comfortable and insulated footbed.

Varying heights of outer rubber protection, dependant on intended use.

 

-40ºC to +16ºC

 

5mm neoprene uppers are provided to the boots .

Airmesh lining is provided to trap small pockets of air within the boot.

A fleece liner is provided to the boot upper.

2mm Thermal foam underlay to instep area.

6mm Nitracel inner sole to provide a comfortable and insulated footbed.

Varying heights of outer rubber protection, dependant on intended use.

 

 

Extreme Comfort Fit

 

The stretchy nature of the neoprene upper ensures a comfortable fit for thin or wider calfs. The reason the outer rubber protection layer does not extend to the full height of the boot is to ensure some degree of stretching is retained, even in boots intended for heavy duty work and a highest rubber protection layer.

 

The 6mm Nitracel inner sole provides a cushioned footbed, making it possible to wear your Muck boots for extended periods.

 

Around the top of the boot upper is an elasticated top binding that ensures a snug fit to the calf and avoids cold air entering the boot.

When you think of neoprene do you think it's only used in manufacturing wet suits?

 

Like me, you would be wrong.

 

When you start to read about neoprene, you become staggered by it's wide range of useful properties that make it ideal for a wide range of applications.

 

Let's start at the begining. Neoprene was invented by DuPont in 1930's initially as a synthetic rubber- but the initial manufacturing process produced one particular problem, it gave off a very unpleasant smell . That really did limit the potential applications for a time.

 

Luckily DuPont developed an alternative manufacturing process that both eliminated the problematic smell and reduced the manufacturing cost at the same time - a real 'win-win' situation.

 

From it's basic form, neoprene is similar to a rubber sheet. In this form, neoprene can be used for gaskets and seals.

 

Then DuPont 'foamed' the sheet by adding nitrogen gas. Even when 'foamed' or 'blown', the material retains it's waterproof properties. The air pockets now enhance the features of the base material to include the insulating qualities we are familiar with. It also makes the sheets significantly lighter and therefore suitable for a wider range of applications.

 

The expanded material has now turned into the typical spongy sheet we all associate with the manufacture of diving suits - and of course Muck Boots, where the insulating properties are the fundamental to the design.

 

A few particular points you may not have been aware of :-

 

Neoprene, being essentially a synthetic rubber, is easily and very successfully 'vulcanised' or bonded onto other rubber products - hence the success of bonding the Muck Boot sole to the neoprene upper.

 

We all recognise that neoprene is a very good insulator, but did you know that neoprene can withstand temperatures upto   500 º C before it will burn?

 

Did you know that due to it's resistance to heat, Neoprene is sometimes used as the insulator in fire doors.

 

Did you know that due to it's resistance to heat, Neoprene is used in the manufacture of fireproof gloves.

 

Did you know that due to it's resistance to heat, Neoprene is used to line landfill sites, to stop gas seepage and be resistant to the spread of heat if the underground gases spontaniously ignite.

 

When you think of it, Neoprene is a prestty special material.

How Muck Boots are manufactured

Main Features of your Muck Boots

Neoprene.....a brief history of this fantastic product