When you go hiking in snow, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your feet stay both warm and dry. Wet feet is never fun, but in the summer, for instance, it’s hardly something that you have to worry much about. But when there’s snow on the ground you definitely do not want your feet to be wet. Wet, cold feet can mean serious foot problems, and if left for long enough, a serious health problem. Which is why it is so important to get a proper pair of snow hiking boots for those winter conditions.
Snow Hiking BootsFeatures to try and find when shopping for snow hiking boots.
- Waterproof – It should go without saying, but snow hiking boots should definitely be waterproof. Snow often sticks to boots where your body heat then melts it, and your feet can get rather wet from this if you don’t have a good, waterproof pair of snow hiking boots.
- Insulated – Depending on just how cold outside it is, and how hard you’re going to be working, you might also want to invest in a pair of insulated snow hiking boots. When temperatures get down low in to the negatives, you have to worry about your feet being warm enough. A good pair of socks is definitely good, but so too are insulated boots.
Best Snow Hiking BootsSome of the best snow hiking boots, for both men and women.
Men's Snow Hiking Boots
- Keen Summit County Winter Boots - These are an ideal pair of snow hiking boots to stay active in. They're waterproof, with both full leather uppers and Keen's waterproof liner keeping water out. They're also insulated, on both the bottom of the foot and the rest, so that you will be comfortable down to a very impressive -35. They weigh 3 pounds 7 ounces, which is 1.55 kilograms.
- Sorel Caribou Boot - Another pair of snow hiking boots, this time from Sorel. The entire bottom of these is made of vulcanized rubber, to ensure that your feet stay dry, while the uppers are full grain leather. They also come with a liner, for added insulation, which is also removable. They're good down to -40, so definitely a snow hiking boot for cold conditions.
Women's Snow Hiking Boots
- The North Face Valdez Short Winter Boots - The Valdez boots are an ideal snow hiking boot for those that like to stay active and rack up miles. They're a combination of leather and synthetic upper, as well as a waterproof liner, that ensures your feet stay dry. They also come with an insulating liner that keeps your feet warm all the way down to -25. They're also a relatively lightweight option, at 2 pounds 2 ounces, which is 970 grams.
- Baffin Impact Winter Boots - If you need something for truly awful conditions, a boot like the Impact is ideal. These will keep your feet warm down to an astounding -148, though you would be hard pressed to keep the rest of you warm at that temperature. The bottom of the boot is a straight rubber, to keep you dry, and the uppers are tough, durable nylon. They have a drawcord top, to keep snow out, and easy to use velcro straps instead of laces, so you don't have to risk your fingers just to tie your boots up. The insulating liner is also removable.