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Old 10-15-2019, 03:59 PM   #1
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Winter boots

I wanted to start a new thread for winter boots, since the info I dug up using the search engine was at least a decade or more old, and most of the boots aren't made anymore and the links were dead.

This is the year I want to do some winter camping, but in the past my hunting boots didn't cut it, temperature wise. I know pack boots are generally warmest, but not easy to hike in. Any suggestions for something that I can hike in that will also be warm when just hanging around camp? What is everyone wearing these days?
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:39 PM   #2
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I have a pair of Salomon winter hiking boots that work well.
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Old 10-15-2019, 06:11 PM   #3
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I have a pair of Salomon winter hiking boots that work well.
You know the model?
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Old 10-15-2019, 07:03 PM   #4
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Hiking and/or snowshoeing?
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:02 PM   #5
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I like to do a lot of off-trail hiking but I’ve been using a pair of these (mostly year round) for the past couple years. Warm, dry, & lightweight. https://www.google.com/search?client...EW&pie=plaji-i I bought a size big & wear two layers of socks... Usually just cotton socks in the warmer months, merino wool in colder temps. For lounging in camp & late night/early morning pee trips I just use a comfy pair of a lightweight Sketchers slip-ons.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:05 PM   #6
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For me it's pac boots JohnnyV. Yes they are heavy and cumbersome but warm feet are more important to me than weight in winter. Schnee's makes an awesome boot. I do own a pair of Lowa GTX boots that I used before switching to the pacs. They are pretty good too.
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:17 PM   #7
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Kenetrek also makes a fine boot.
If a Pac boot is acceptable-Kamik makes a 'Nation Wide' and a similar model, I think its Nation Pro, that are warm, dry and lighter than other pac boots. I own the one...and along with a pair of Russian hand made wool insulated boots are my go to snowshoeing boot but the latter aren't for hiking, too slippery, just snowshoeing.
LL Bean has both faux fur lined and insulated light pac boots but owning both I think the -f temperature rating is off but friends in Maine love them.
I wore many insulated logger boots and still do and climbed and hiked all over the Dacks while living there for over a decade.
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https://www.backcountry.com/salomon-...-gtx-boot-mens
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:23 AM   #10
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Hiking and/or snowshoeing?
Ideally, yes.
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:41 AM   #11
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Kenetrek also makes a fine boot.
If a Pac boot is acceptable-Kamik makes a 'Nation Wide' and a similar model, I think its Nation Pro, that are warm, dry and lighter than other pac boots..
Kenetrek boots look nice, but they are more than I want to spend. I'll check out the Kamik's though. Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:49 AM   #12
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I bought Keen Men's Summit County boots two winters ago. Dry and warm in snow and mud. Pricy, but I got them marked down to $118.
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I'm a sucker for Flip Flops. Hows that for cheap footwear
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:18 AM   #14
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I'm a sucker for Flip Flops. Hows that for cheap footwear
What do you do in the winter? bubble wrap?
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In winter, they're called Slip Slops.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:49 PM   #16
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Choice depends on two things: Fit, and Need for warmth.

Fit: Everyone's foot shape is different. Try on several brands and models. It's not something you can really do well online, unless it's a repeat purchase.

Need for warmth: Again, everyone is different. For example, my feet (and hands) get cold easily (due to Raynaud's). If I went on a winter hike in the Salomon Quest, my next stop would be the ER for amputations. So I wear the Salomon Toundra (kind of like a pac boot, big and soft and heavily insulated). With room for thick wool socks and chemical heaters. But again, your needs may vary; no one else can guess how much insulation you need.
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Choice depends on two things: Fit, and Need for warmth.

Fit: Everyone's foot shape is different. Try on several brands and models. It's not something you can really do well online, unless it's a repeat purchase.

Need for warmth: Again, everyone is different. For example, my feet (and hands) get cold easily (due to Raynaud's). If I went on a winter hike in the Salomon Quest, my next stop would be the ER for amputations. So I wear the Salomon Toundra (kind of like a pac boot, big and soft and heavily insulated). With room for thick wool socks and chemical heaters. But again, your needs may vary; no one else can guess how much insulation you need.
Good advice -- I'm kind of with you on the cold feet thing. My feet are always cold even when the rest of me isn't. So I was really just looking for some good brand names to research. I basically want the warmest boot I can get that is still viable to hike a few miles in. So this thread helped. Thanks.
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:37 AM   #18
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Choice depends on two things: Fit, and Need for warmth.

Fit: Everyone's foot shape is different. Try on several brands and models. It's not something you can really do well online, unless it's a repeat purchase.

Need for warmth: Again, everyone is different. For example, my feet (and hands) get cold easily (due to Raynaud's). If I went on a hike in the Salomon Quest, my next stop would be the ER for amputations. So I wear the Salomon Toundra (kind of like a pac boot, big and soft and heavily insulated). With room for thick wool socks and chemical heaters. But again, your needs may vary; no one else can guess how much insulation you need.
Everyone's feet are different and what you wear does, in fact, depend on trail conditions. I had no visits to the ER after hiking in my Solomon Quest winter boots last year. No trudging through the snow, but temps down into the single digits and no cold feet wearing the boots with polypro liners/heavy weight hiking socks or thick 100% wool socks and gaiters.
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So I wear the Salomon Toundra (kind of like a pac boot, big and soft and heavily insulated). With room for thick wool socks and chemical heaters. But again, your needs may vary; no one else can guess how much insulation you need.
I checked these out -- they use Aerogel! I'm kind of fascinated by that. I"m not sure how they make it flexible enough for footwear, but they say -40F! That sounds pretty amazing.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:18 PM   #20
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I just picked up a pair of the Solomon Toundra Forces to use for winter walks and with snow shoes. They are extremely lightweight for a -40 boot and not too large. They lace up nice and tight with no slop. Less cumbersome than a pack boot. Looking forward to using them in some sub zero temps!
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