Do-it-Yourself in Mallorca: Manufacture your own boots and put them to the test with Bestard and GORE-TEX Experience Tour

Which hiking boots are the best for upcoming autumn adventures? Your own individually handcrafted ones! The next project of the GORE-TEX Experience Tour will take 15 mountain enthusiasts to the beautiful island of Mallorca (Spain) where they will get the exclusive opportunity to build their own boots directly at the factory of the GORE-TEX brand partner “Calzados Bestard”. Applications can be submitted from the beginning of August 2013 online at

Hiking boots are top of all hikers’ essential gear list. They need to support your feet and ankles on long trails and through uneven terrain, to provide essential comfort as well as providing a bit of unique style to your adventure. 15 winners of the next GORE-TEX Experience Tour project will be invited to the factory of “Calzados Bestard”, a family run mountaineering company located on the island of Mallorca. The company’s experts will guide the participants through the footwear manufacturing process in a three day workshop from November 5th to 7th, 2013. An unforgettable ending to the tour will give the attendees the opportunity to hike in their self-manufactured Bestard boots across one of the greatest and spectacular destinations for nature and adventure lovers.

Calling all mountain enthusiasts

The first day will be dedicated to welcoming and informing the participants about the manufacturing processes of footwear. On the second day the 15 hiking enthusiasts will build their own pair of Bestard boots and put them to the test straight away with a trek in Mallorca on the third day. To apply candidates will need to demonstrate their motivation, excitement and expectations to build their own pair of Bestard boots and hike in Mallorca. Entries can be made on the GORE-TEX Experience Tour microsite from August to mid-September 2013.

All applicants must live in a European country, be at least 18 years of age and have sufficient knowledge of the English language. They must also be in good physical fitness to complete all necessary activities. Enthusiasm for hiking and mountain sports are required as well.

About the GORE-TEX Experience Tour

The GORE-TEX Experience Tour is aimed at young people all over Europe who can communicate and share their experience on the GORE-TEX Outdoor Products Facebook fan page. In order to apply, candidates have to state details about their personal motivation for participating. After that, it will be up to other visitors of the page to vote for their favorite candidates, who will then be evaluated by a panel of outdoor experts and the professionals. Those chosen will not only get an amazing experience with top experts in their fields, but also get the chance to blog and report about their experiences online via all possible social media channels.

About “Calzados Bestard”

“To enhance and manufacture mountain boots and footwear with state-of-the-art technology and an optimum quality for nature enthusiasts”, Antonio Bestard, owner of “Calzados Bestard”, summarizes the company’s philosophy. Founded in 1940, “Calzados Bestard” is represented in over 35 countries worldwide. Bestard supports elite athletes like Bruce Normand from Scotland and Spanish mountaineers like Cecilia Buil and Joan Goyanes.