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August 05, 2009

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Bates Introduces GX-8 Gore-Tex Insulated Side Zip Boot


Bates® launches an extension of their popular GX series with an 8” insulated boot featuring 200g. Thinsulate™ Insulation and GORE-TEX® waterproof technology arriving in stores Fall 2009

ROCKFORD, Mich. (July 2009) As the GX Series product tops the charts each year as a best seller, Bates has extended this line with an 8” Gore-Tex® Insulated Side Zip (Style 2488). Waterproofing and warmth join forces with the combination of two superior footwear fabrics, Thinsulate™ and Gore-Tex® to make this new product a necessity for those withstanding cold temperatures and wet climates.

The unique fibers of Thinsulate™ insulation rank superior when compared to synthetic insulations and are much more efficient at keeping feet warm and comfortable. The GORE-TEX® Insulated Comfort features keep feet dry, warm and protected by being durably waterproof and breathable and providing vital climate comfort. Built with an athletic cement construction for lightweight flexibility and side zip for easy on and off, these boots reflect the quality and craftsmanship that goes into every product Bates manufacturers. The new 8” Gore-Tex® Insulated Side Zip Boot is best suited for fall and winter outdoor activities and will be available in stores and online at www.batesfootwear.com October 2009.

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Committed to service and product excellence, Bates Footwear is a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., one of the world's leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear and apparel. The Company’s portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates®, Chaco®, Cushe™, Hush Puppies®, HYTEST®, Merrell®, Sebago®, Soft Style® and Wolverine®. The Company also is the exclusive footwear licensee of popular brands including CAT®, Harley-Davidson® and Patagonia®. The Company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in 180 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit our website, www.batesfootwear.com.