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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.
In the snow and mud, I know.
Hiking trails become muddy, frozen, slippery, or buried beneath snow as the seasons change from their summer time splendor.
This puts your feet, and the rest of you, at risk.
Your regular hiking boots aren't going to cut it.
Your feet deserve stability, good thermoregulation and protection from the elements.
You need the best winter hiking boots when you take them into specific conditions.
Look for these features in any boot you're considering for snowy, cold conditions:
You will find different heights, so be sure to select the one for your expected snow levels. If in doubt, go higher to protect your calves and heels.
Here's where personal experience and a lot of winter hiking experience kick in.
I grew up in a snowy, cold upper Michigan town, so I know winter boots inside and out.
And have worn out plenty of pairs.
I also snowshoe. A lot.
So based on all of that, I have whittled down to only a few brands that perform well for me.
You might find lists of "10 best winter hiking boots" on other sites. I stick to a few curated pairs - only what works, that's the Hiking For Her motto!
The brands I have on my feet currently are these:
The brands that I see rave reviews for:
One of the few companies that has earned my trust for winter boots: 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.
Their winter boots, also good.
Here's why their boots are worth a look for winter weather:
Note that I don't wear these boots for snowshoeing, because you can't remove and dry the liner material. I want as much dry insulation between my feet and the snow as possible, day after day. (see Baffins below)
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' ;)
If you want warm, dry fully functioning feet in the worst winter conditions, check out Baffin boots.
Note that these won't be comfortable for long hikes in the snow for some people. But they are superb for keeping feet warm and dry.
I use these for snowshoeing, or for long winter chores like shoveling snow.
The pair on my feet:
Why I love these best winter hiking boots:
And lots more! Be sure to check them out.
I hike in Salomons during three season conditions (see my review here), and they make winter hiking boots that are well built.
If you will be snowshoeing as well as hiking, this boot is great for these reasons:
|Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid Winter TS CSWP Hiking Boots
|Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Waterproof Boots
For a heavier pair of winter hiking boots which are also compatible with snowshoes, this pair from Oboz works well.
The weight is 2 lbs. 9 oz. per pair, with winterized rubber outsoles to keep out the cold.
Bonus: These boots are available in wide sizes, too. You don't see that very often, so if you hike with wide feet, try these boots.
The thing about Hiking For Her that is different: I answer every email I receive. And lots of them are about which hiking boots to buy.
How to find winter hiking boots are included in those general questions!
So I pulled together my answers to winter hiking boots FAQ for you.
Click on a question to get started with finding a great pair of winter hiking boots for your feet.
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!
Or dive into all of my snowshoe tips.
Best Winter Hiking Boots
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