by Diane Spicer
What are the best winter hiking boots for your feet?
Depends on where you're going to wear them, the activity level you'll be putting them through, but also upon the shape of your arch and width of your foot.
Let's take a closer look at how to choose the perfect pair of winter boots.
Hiking trails become muddy, frozen, slippery, or buried beneath snow as the seasons change from their summer time splendor.
Your regular hiking boots aren't going to cut it.
Your feet deserve stability, good thermoregulation and protection from the elements.
Look for these features in any boot you're considering for snowy, cold conditions:
I grew up in a snowy, cold upper Michigan town, so I know winter boots inside and out.
The brand I come back to year after year is Sorel.
These boots may seem overbuilt, but in fact, every feature is incredibly useful and well designed.
And who doesn't love the security of triple stitching?
Rest assured, you'll like the way they perform on the trail, or attached to your snowshoes.
Here's a company that also knows winter conditions:
So it's no surprise that they feature Sorel winter boots.
Take a look at the variety of Sorel winter boots offered by Getzs, and see if you like the look of any of them.
I was gifted with a pair of Baffins recently, and they are my new favorite winter hiking boots!
There's another company that has earned my trust: KEEN.
I use them for lots of three season trail miles, and have come to enjoy their out of the box comfort along with their durability.
Now KEEN has entered the winter hiking boots market, with this little beauty they call the Durand Polar.
Here's why these boots are worth a look:
Note that I don't wear these boots for snowshoeing, because you can't remove and dry the liner material and I want as much insulation between my feet and the snow as possible.
However, for booting it up snow packed trails, or for plowing through slush and mud on a winter hike, these boots are the real deal.
And they look kinda cute with my jeans tucked into them for a quick trip to the grocery store. Just sayin' ;)
Do not mess around with your feet in cold, wet conditions.
Hypothermia sets in really fast if you're not paying attention to your core body temperature, and just think how much heat you'll lose to the cold ground if you wear sub-optimal boots.
Sometimes you can get away with less expensive hiking gear, but not for your feet.
Invest in a great pair of winter hiking boots, and then relax into the wonderful vistas that unfold during winter.
More winter hiking tips can be found here!
Best Winter Hiking Boots
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