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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Boot Hunt on 09/06/2013 23:44:53 MDT Print View

I'm going to need boots for some winter hiking.

Anyone have a suggestion? I've got a wide toe box. Also, I've found that I have no problem using simple Gore-Tex or waterproof boots in the winter with thick socks or VBL socks, rather than insulation. I'd like to keep weight down by going uninsulated, but sealed.

Are Vasque's wide?



Andre Buhot
(Shadow-MKII) - M
Lowa Boots on 09/07/2013 01:49:00 MDT Print View

Hi Max, I have a fairly wide foot. And Lowa boots fit me really well. And last quite a long time.

I work in Outdoor Ed and typically have about 35 weeks in the bush a year mostly off trail.

dave p
(hipass) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
merrill on 09/07/2013 02:06:23 MDT Print View

i bought a pair of merrill norgehunds or whatever dumb name it is,for snowshoeing.They are totally waterproof and work unlike their summer boots.These look like summer hiking boots not massive winter expedition mukluks.They have another version that goes up quite high on your calves as well.

I have a wide foot and merrells seem to run wide.

Edited by hipass on 09/07/2013 02:25:35 MDT.

Richard Reno
(scubahhh) - M

Locale: White Mountains, mostly.
Asolo 520? on 09/07/2013 05:21:20 MDT Print View

I almost never wear them in the summer any more, but they've been great to me for winter use... Great with snowshoes and microspikes, OK with (some) light crampons, and warm enough for me... and they come in widths, if you can find them.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

That works! on 09/07/2013 12:17:05 MDT Print View

Asolo's look good. Will keep my eyes open!

Bogs and Bergs
(Islandized) - F

Locale: Newfoundland
re Asolo 520 on 09/07/2013 12:58:06 MDT Print View

Max, here are two threads on Trailspace about sole delamination on the Asolo 520s:

One of those threads links to this report of Asolo disintegration during a climb:

Just, you know, a heads up in case they haven't fixed that yet.

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Boot Hunt" on 09/07/2013 16:51:02 MDT Print View

I've gone over to Keen boots for their super wide toe box. I've worn Asolos for years because they come in wide. Keen boots can be wider still--I haven't tried every model! I own the Oregon PCT boots, which would definitely work in winter. Not that heavy...anyway, maybe worth a look.

by the way REI in Berkeley did not carry the model that I ended up buying; they only had one or two models that didn't work for me. I had to go online.

greg c
(spindrifter) - F
Lowa +1 on 09/07/2013 17:44:43 MDT Print View

I'll second Andre's suggestion. I have three pair of Lowa boots (all made in Germany) and they don't suffer typical euro sizing issues. Nice wide toe box, yet the heel cup keeps your foot anchored. Brilliant quality also. I'll never go back to the other premium brands. Lowa just works for my feet.

Edited by spindrifter on 09/07/2013 17:45:33 MDT.

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
boot hunt on 09/07/2013 17:57:24 MDT Print View

The most important thing by far is fit.
You can go nuts ordering and returning boots, so find a store that has a good selection to try on. Here in NH, we use Farmway in Bradford VT, the Bootleggers outlets, the Cabela's store in S Portland ME, and others. Once the right fitting boot is found, it can often be ordered cheaper on line.

Make sure your heels do not move side-to-side in the boots when laced, that there is no significant heel lift, and of course, with the wide forefoot, that there is no pinching up front. Sometimes the addition of orthotics, or shaped insoles can tighten things up if needed.

For me, I like the quality as well as fit of Danner 452s for winter use, about a pound heavier per pair than Keen mids; but for you, they might not fit at all.

Once you find boots that fit, then quality can be compared.

Good Luck.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Size Up on 09/07/2013 21:53:58 MDT Print View

I have not worn true boots in a long time so take this with a grain of salt. Since boots lace up farther I find I can get away with a bigger size. I'm swimming in a size 10 shoe but I remember wearing size 10 boots. What happens is the higher ankle locks your foot in place. You do have the extra length which can be annoying but your foot stays where it should be.
Just my 2 cents, I have wide feet too so I feel your pain. I wish Altra would make a boot for snow hiking.

Jeremy and Angela
(requiem) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: Boot Hunt on 09/07/2013 22:15:45 MDT Print View

My current pair is the Asolo Fugitive GTX.

The specs page has it about 15% lighter than the 520, and it also comes in a wide.