Battle Tech. Magnum's Precision Ultra-Lite WPi CT boots feature a plasma-based waterproofing treatment that the company says was originally developed for the military to protect soldiers from chemical attacks; it allegedly repels liquids without affecting breathability. The company also says the leather boots protect against electrical hazards and have an ASTM- approved nonmetallic composite toe and a slip-resistant outsole. A pair costs $125. Magnum, 800/521-1698.

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