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Kevin Lane
(KEVINLANE) - F
Winter Boots on 01/24/2014 05:38:11 MST Print View

The Keen Winterports that have served me well for the past few years are beginning to show signs of age. This model has been discontinued and the replacement,, the summit county, is heavier. I was wondering if anyone can tell me the lightest winter boots that they use for winter excursions

Thanks
Kevin (Paddy)

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Online catalogs on 01/24/2014 16:11:58 MST Print View

Check (in this order):

1. CABELA'S

2. GANDER MOUNTAIN

3. BASS PRO SHOP

4. REI

Lots of selections. For overnignt camping get boots with a removable liner so it can be warmed in your bag overnight. Cold toes in the morning hurt!

ALSO get a pair of thin neoprene diver's socks and seam seal them. Wear over a pair of thin poly liner socks. They are WARM ans you'll never wet-out your boot liner.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Online catalogs on 01/24/2014 16:42:48 MST Print View

get a pair of thin neoprene diver's socks and seam seal them.

Eric, "thin"? I'm not familiar with a diver's world. I'm seeing 2mm socks ... thin enough?

Matt Weaver
(norcalweaver) - F

Locale: PacNW
Re: Winter Boots on 01/24/2014 16:59:28 MST Print View

I wore those same Keens for a winter and a half, loved them but like every other pair of Keens I've owned, they wore out very quickly. It's to bad too, I absolutely love the fit of their shoes but I rarely get more then a season out of a pair.

I've been wearing a pair of Vasque Snow Junkies for the last few weeks, and so far they're very decent. They want to lace up super tight with no effort, but so long as I keep the laces on the loose side they're pretty plush, with the capability to be very supportive if need be. Warm enough for high excursion, so far are waterproof, lightweight for a winter boot, and should last me longer then my Keens did.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Thanks Eric on 01/24/2014 18:28:15 MST Print View

Thanks Eric as I just ordered some Keen 200-Gram Mid Incline Pac Boots from Cabellas for 70$


:-)

Kevin Lane
(KEVINLANE) - F
thanks for the replies on 01/25/2014 13:27:01 MST Print View

I will look into those boots. As far as the goretex socks recommendation is ncerned, I have found that far better vapor barrier socks are (cannot find any longer) the Climb High or Integral Designs versions. RBH used to offer the thin vapor barrier liner but now only makes the combined vb and insulated variety and Stephensons has their vp socks and glove liners. I like the turkey bag idea, when I have gone the plastic bag route I have raided buildings that have plastic bags for umbrellas

Kevin Lane
(KEVINLANE) - F
cABEELLAS on 01/25/2014 14:09:09 MST Print View

I second that thanks for the Cabelas reference. $70 for the Keen Mid Incline is awesome, especially if that weight of 1.6 lbs for the pair is true!

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: cABEELLAS on 01/25/2014 14:12:42 MST Print View

Kevin,

Code 4work gets you free shipping.
I ordered a pair if 13&14 and will return one or both to my local store.

Kevin Lane
(KEVINLANE) - F
Snow Junky Boots on 02/10/2014 14:20:06 MST Print View

Campsaver has these babies in limited sizes on sale for $85 or so

Joshua A
(Aberrix) - M
Mukluks on 02/11/2014 09:02:12 MST Print View

Steger Mukluks

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Neoprene socks on 02/11/2014 14:38:50 MST Print View

Jim,

I've been using the 0.5 mm NRS HydroSkin Wetsocks:

http://www.nrs.com/product/2342/nrs-hydroskin-wetsocks

I'm not sure yet if these work as well as a purely waterproof sock, but they seem to be somewhat functional, comfortable, and increase warmth. I haven't seam sealed mine yet though. I definitely like the feel of them better than sliding around in an oven bag.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Neoprene socks on 02/11/2014 20:54:41 MST Print View

thx Andy.

While I (maybe) have your attention ... those event gaiters you were using, still working well? I forget the brand, pls refresh my memory.

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Gaiters on 02/12/2014 11:00:14 MST Print View

Jim,

The gaiters are Rab Hispar:
http://us.rab.uk.com/products/mens-clothing/gaiters/hispar-gaiter.html

I haven't had the opportunity to use them much lately, but I'm still happy with them.

Warner B
(Wlb) - F
New Balance 1099 hiking boots 15 oz on 02/12/2014 15:53:39 MST Print View

The first time I bought a pair of these it was because I couldn't find anything else in a 4E. Then I found out that they dont slip on wet rocks in creek crossings or exposed boulders in a thunder storm. Best grip of any boot I have ever owned. With 200 grams of thinsulate I have yet to feel the cold in deep snow and the flex in the sole keeps them from clogging thus the microspikes have stayed in the pack unless solid ice. I now own 3 pair and wear them all day everyday (personal trainer) and they breath well enough they have never felt clammy.
They are pretty much waterproof but I sprayed them with waterproofer just to be sure. I have been at several camps after wet hikes with boots lined around the fire to dry and mine still cozy on my feet. Several times I have wondered how these aren't more popular and better known.

http://www.joesnewbalanceoutlet.com/detail.asp?style=MO1099GR

I do wear Neos overboots when it gets down to single digits or below and the combo is very comfortable and easy to put miles on.

Edited by Wlb on 02/12/2014 15:56:20 MST.