best winter hiking boots (not vertical mountaineering) with supportive shank
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E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
best winter hiking boots (not vertical mountaineering) with supportive shank on 09/08/2006 16:25:27 MDT Print View

I'm looking for a winter hiking boot comfortable for hiking (not vertical mountaineering) on and off trail for both my wife and me with insulation to about -20 to -25F and a nylon shank for support. I find many winter boots don't have a supportive shank, just soft rubber bottom.

Many thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction.

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
Scrambler LTR TS on 09/08/2006 18:48:30 MDT Print View

What about this boot?

http://www.salomonoutdoor.com/us/product.aspx?gen=1&seg=51&gam=1&act=0&pro=418050&currItem=4

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
B52 TS GTX on 09/08/2006 18:50:04 MDT Print View

OR

http://www.salomonoutdoor.com/us/product.aspx?gen=1&seg=51&gam=1&act=0&pro=417891&currItem=4

(though I prefer more of a traditional less loud look)

John Schafer
(jdshiker) - F
Merrell Winterra on 09/15/2006 08:58:01 MDT Print View

I've used the winterra for the past 2 winters. I don't know if it has a nylon shank or not, but the sole is much more supportive than most pac boots. They work well with both snowwhoes and crampsons. On the downside they are not lightweight and they are a little narrow for my slightly wide feet (I wear the wide version of the montrail hardrock for 3 season hiking). I should have sized up.

I believe they have been replaced by a new model. The Thermo 8 and/or 6. Campmor still hase a few sizes for a very reasonable price.

Hope this helps.