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Old 01-08-2018, 08:29 AM   #1
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Snowshoe boots

Looking for some information on a quality pair of boots solely for snowshoe bindings. I've had Sorrel's which were warm and made of leather and rubber. The problem was the leather separated from the rubber and have completely falling apart. Leaving the boot useless.

The bindings on my snowshoes cover the toes and the rear of the heel, so, I am looking for a sturdy toe that will not collapse. Warmth and lastly a price that will not break the bank?

Any suggestions?
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:36 AM   #2
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I had the same problem with separation on my LL Bean boots. I was going through a pair a season. Sure, they will fix them, but they're not made for snowshoe bindings.

For the past couple years I've used Vasque Snowblime (Mod. 7840).

http://www.vasque.com/USD/product/me...brind-ud-07842

They're a little heavy and take some getting used to. However, for my type of snowshoeing (non-high peak climbing), they work great. They have a "ridge" built in the back to hold the binding strap, but at size 13, I had to adjust my bindings to get them to fit properly.
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:16 AM   #3
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I had the same problem with separation on my LL Bean boots. I was going through a pair a season. Sure, they will fix them, but they're not made for snowshoe bindings.

For the past couple years I've used Vasque Snowblime (Mod. 7840).

http://www.vasque.com/USD/product/me...brind-ud-07842

They're a little heavy and take some getting used to. However, for my type of snowshoeing (non-high peak climbing), they work great. They have a "ridge" built in the back to hold the binding strap, but at size 13, I had to adjust my bindings to get them to fit properly.
Nice boots, but 3 season? How are they in cold winter temps?
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:23 AM   #4
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Found these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...AUS3NHX2&psc=1
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:32 AM   #5
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Nice boots, but 3 season? How are they in cold winter temps?
If I'm just standing around, they can be a little cool if I don't layer my socks properly. I've used them for snowshoe/ice fishing trips and they're good. They're also pretty good for bare-boot hiking and micro-spiking.
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Old 01-08-2018, 03:40 PM   #6
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Nice boots, but 3 season? How are they in cold winter temps?
I think it said it "looks like a 3-season boot," not that it was, i.e., not like a pack boot, maybe?
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Old 01-08-2018, 03:44 PM   #7
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For the past 3 winters so far I’ve had good luck with These ...using them year-round, with lots of off-trail.
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Old 01-08-2018, 03:55 PM   #8
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My significant other has a pair of these in the women's version:

https://www.lowaboots.com/mens/hikin...Espresso/Brown

She uses them for everything from hiking to snowshoeing. Says they are the best boot she's ever had. And she's had a lot - Asolos, Salomons, etc...
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:24 PM   #9
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For the past 3 winters so far I’ve had good luck with These ...using them year-round, with lots of off-trail.
Holding up well Justin? No cracks in the rubber or separations?
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My significant other has a pair of these in the women's version:

https://www.lowaboots.com/mens/hikin...Espresso/Brown

She uses them for everything from hiking to snowshoeing. Says they are the best boot she's ever had. And she's had a lot - Asolos, Salomons, etc...
Great boots I would say, but $230.00 will break me pretty hard.

Thanks Montcalm
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:34 PM   #11
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Yeah - Lowa's are expensive. I want a pair for myself, but I can't afford it

They actually make some really nice trekking/hunting boots too.
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Yeah - Lowa's are expensive. I want a pair for myself, but I can't afford it

They actually make some really nice trekking/hunting boots too.
Really high quality boots cost more money, no doubt. I had some Asolo's that lasted 5 years and all I did was keep them clean. Great boots. I have Keen PCT's that will do for now but certain bindings don't stay cinched will them. Also, they are not waterproof like they claim. Gaiters are a must with them.
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:49 PM   #13
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Holding up well Justin? No cracks in the rubber or separations?
Yes... one small seam separation on the outer portion of one boot about 1/4” long, but a quick repair & a few applications of Sno Seal and so far we’re getting away with a 3rd winter of use with warm & dry feet again...and man it was pretty friggin’ cold yesterday!
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I needed a new pair of snowshoe/ski boots this year as well. I looked into several and had several suggestions made to me on another forum. I ended up with a pair of these pac boots: https://www.zappos.com/p/baffin-sequoia/product/8570946

Baffin is a reputable maker and these are pretty light for a pac boot at 1lb 13oz/boot. I like that they have a removable liner so I can hang them to dry at the end of the day. They have a heel shelf for binding straps as well. I did have to buy a full size larger than my regular boot size as the liner made the toes just a little to snug for my liking and that was with a nylon sock liner and 1 pair of heavy wool socks. I also had to shorten the laces so I could just tie the boots rather then use the "speed-lace setup and toggle system" I think is useless. So far I'm impressed with their lightness and warmth although I can't vouch for their durability yet as I haven't been on a real trip with them...
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I needed a new pair of snowshoe/ski boots this year as well. I looked into several and had several suggestions made to me on another forum. I ended up with a pair of these pac boots: https://www.zappos.com/p/baffin-sequoia/product/8570946

Baffin is a reputable maker and these are pretty light for a pac boot at 1lb 13oz/boot. I like that they have a removable liner so I can hang them to dry at the end of the day. They have a heel shelf for binding straps as well. I did have to buy a full size larger than my regular boot size as the liner made the toes just a little to snug for my liking and that was with a nylon sock liner and 1 pair of heavy wool socks. I also had to shorten the laces so I could just tie the boots rather then use the "speed-lace setup and toggle system" I think is useless. So far I'm impressed with their lightness and warmth although I can't vouch for their durability yet as I haven't been on a real trip with them...
Hi Bio, I had a look at the Baffin's as well. Nice boots, keep us updated if you can.
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Yes... one small seam separation on the outer portion of one boot about 1/4” long, but a quick repair & a few applications of Sno Seal and so far we’re getting away with a 3rd winter of use with warm & dry feet again...and man it was pretty friggin’ cold yesterday!
What and how was the quick repair?

FYI You already probably know this being in your chosen occupation but Polyurethane roof and flashing sealant can't be beat for shoe repair methinks.
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What and how was the quick repair?

FYI You already probably know this being in your chosen occupation but Polyurethane roof and flashing sealant can't be beat for shoe repair methinks.
I used a little bit of Gorilla Glue under the flap of the separation in the seam & kept it tightly closed until the glue dried.

Polyurethane is a great tip, I used to poly (spar-urethane) my Rocky boots all the time after they started to break down. I’ve also used silicone to fill cracks in my boots in years past....but that didn’t seem to hold up very well after a while.
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I used a little bit of Gorilla Glue under the flap of the separation in the seam & kept it tightly closed until the glue dried.

Polyurethane is a great tip, I used to poly (spar-urethane) my Rocky boots all the time after they started to break down. I’ve also used silicone to fill cracks in my boots in years past....but that didn’t seem to hold up very well after a while.
After testing both, along with Shoe Goo, I believe poly caulk is superior to Silicone as it adheres to both leather and rubber (and stays adhered) and has more stretch-ability.
I put some on my Rocky boots where the leather uppers were separating from the rubber bottoms, about 4 years ago, and it is still holding strong.

The only bad thing about is every hunting season I get ribbed about how cheap I am in not buying a new pair of boots.
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I have been happy with the Salomon Toundra; I'm on my second pair. It's a single boot, so not suitable for deep winter overnights; but for snowshoe day trips it's very good - warm and light.

Shoe Goo is butadiene rubber in a solvent. Gorilla Glue is polyurethane adhesive. I have found that the butadiene sticks better to fabric than the polyurethane; both are better than silicone.
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I hike in Northface Chilkat boots many years. List price is $130 but you can often get for less. I have two pairs so one pair can dry overnight. I went hiking last weekend in -12F. I was moving, obviously. My feet stayed warm.

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