Athletic GORE-TEX Safety FOOTWEAR RESULTS OF OUR SUMMER WEARER TRIAL AT STADTWERKE MÜNCHEN (SWM)

Test Shoe: SANDER PRO GTX ESD S3 by ELTEN
GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Footwear

Athletic GORE-TEX safety footwear (S3) is particularly suitable for use in the utilities industry. It offers durable protection against commonly occurring chemicals, plus it's totally waterproof – key attributes when working on wet ground, in rain, or at the bottom of a wet shaft. These breathable, lightweight safety shoes are equipped with a thin, 3-layer, non-insulated GORE-TEX Extended Comfort laminate. As a result, wearers hardly ever feel hot and sweaty, not even while performing physically taxing tasks.

This has been confirmed by our summer wearer trial: between June and September 2016, 21 workers at SWM tested the ELTEN Senex Pro GTX ESD S3 low-cut safety shoe and the mid-cut version Sander Pro GTX ESD S3. They wore the shoes in normal everyday use for 12 weeks. While carrying out repairs and working in wet shafts. Over half of all the participants wore the ELTEN shoes four or five days a week for between six and nine hours a day, both indoors and outdoors. For 37 percent of the participants it was the first time that they had worn safety footwear equipped with a membrane.

At the end of the 12 week wearer trial, a questionnaire and a personal debriefing session were used to collect feedback on the S3 safety shoes from the participants.
I often work in shafts with standing water. After working in mildly wet conditions, they were dry over night. High quality footwear, good wearer comfort.

I often work in shafts with standing water.
After working in mildly wet conditions, they were dry over night.
High quality footwear, good wearer comfort.

Technology

GORE-TEX Footwear

GORE-TEX Extended Comfort product technology offers waterproofness and high breathability.

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ELTEN

Manufacturer of the test shoes engineered with GORE-TEX Extended Comfort technology

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Waterproofness

WATERPROOFNESS

Nearly all of the participants (95%) confirmed that the safety shoes were totally waterproof.

temperature

PERCEPTION OF TEMPERATURE

The test shoes also scored high when the participants were asked about the temperature inside the shoes and the climate comfort factor. 81 percent of the participants said that the temperature was “pleasant” (when the shoes were worn outdoors at temperatures between 10°C and 25°C, also indoors and sitting in vehicles).

38 percent of the SWM workers said that they actually found the test shoes “cooler” than their old safety shoes (without a membrane).

Sweating

SWEATING

67 percent of the participants said they perceived “no sweating” or only “mild” sweating in the test shoes.

Light weight

LIGHT WEIGHT

81 percent of the wearers also praised the test shoes for their light weight.

Wear and Tear

WEAR AND TEAR

The large majority (90%) of the participants expressed their satisfaction with the wear resistance of the shoes.


Engineered with: GORE-TEX

Testshoes

ELTEN Senex Pro GTX ESD S3 and ELTEN Sander Pro GTX ESD S3

  • Highly breathable
  • Pleasant temperature, even when performing high intensity activities
  • Durably waterproof
  • Quick re-dry
  • High level of wearer and walking comfort
  • Light weight
  • High level of resistance to wear and tear
  • Protection against exposure to sewage and commonly occurring chemicals
  • Toe caps and penetration resistant soles
     

SENEX (Low Cut) SANDER (Mid Cut)

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Wearer Trials

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