I read Will Reitveld's article, and I'm also trying to decide on winter footwear. Last year was my first year snow-camping, and while the instructors recommended something along the lines of the Sorel Caribou, I didn't want to buy something so single purpose(I lived in San Francisco, so the only time I'd use them was snowcamping)
I managed to score a pair of thinsulate Salomon boots on clearance at REI for $35, and these served me okay in the Sierra and at Mt Lassen down into the 20s, though my toes were a bit chilly.
This winter, I was debating either Caribou type boots, or overboots with my trail shoes. I already have the trail shoes, and price-wise, the overboots cost about the same as the Sorels.
I'd like to be able to be comfortable stationary in at least 10F degree temps in the US Northeast, with room for error (or an extra pair of socks)down to 0F. Snowshoeing on a day trip, I've been fine in just my Asolo Fugitive with a thick pair of socks, so I'm looking for a snow-camping specific boot.
I'm just concerned about weight. Shoes + overboots + snowshoes seems like it could get heavy. My Salomons are about 18oz a boot if I remember correctly.
Also, my trail shoes aren't sized for wearing a heavy sock, whereas I could size-up in a boot and leave room for more insulation.
I looked at the NEOS overboots and the weight is what turned me off, though the hard rubbers soles would certainly stand up better to walking around camp.
To keep this thread going, what do other's use?