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How can I tell if my boots are designed to be waterproof/breathable?

I have bought my son several boots from REI.  He has a pair that still fits.  But I know that in the past I have bought him waterproof and boots that are not waterproof.  I don't have the box anymore.  How can I tell if the boots are waterproof or not?  The boots he has are Moab and the number on the inside label is J06045

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@BSA1 Thanks for reaching out!

Generally speaking, if a hiking boot is designed with a waterproof/breathable fabric (like GoreTex) there will be a small tag somewhere on the boot indicating that it is waterproof. The Merrell Moab comes in a waterproof and a non-waterproof style. We have included a photo below of the indicator that it is waterproof, for reference. If your son's boot does not have this tag, it is likely not designed to be waterproof/breathable. 

Hopefully this helps!

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Nice! Will keep that in mind. Thanks John!