Decent Winter Boots? (sorry, another boot thread)

#1
I'm on a search and rescue team and 80% of the time my Lowa Mountains are perfect for the job.

However this last week has been particularly cold; below -20 and the snow is still knee-waist deep. I've been finding my feet getting too cold when on extended jaunts that include time just standing around.

Does anyone know of a really good boot make/model that will be just like my Lowa Mountains, only warmer? A decent 20mm of thinsulate would probably be fine in terms of extra lining - though was thinking I'd be better off with the slightly higher leg of the combat style boot. Anyone got experience of a decent set of boots that might work for me?
 
#4
Boris3098 said:
Where are you based?
East Coast of Canada. The windchill when it's -20 makes it feel like -30 which is... interesting. Most of my kit's pretty decent, but I've always had slightly dodgy circulation to my feet and could do with slightly warmer boots.
 
#5
Miendle Burma pro, I have never been down to -20 in them but they have been the best I have had, not cheap though. Good sole, lace lock, decent leather
 
#6
Tried the ProBoots? They were designed for cold weather operations.
 
#9
Try Neoprene bootliners/socks they always worked for me
 
#10
Try berghaus yeti gaiters. You need the proper boot. Wear them under your overtrousers in those conditions. Brilliant kit. Had mine 20 years.
 
#11
Mag_to_grid said:
Just a thought but how about better socks and maybe gaiters on top?
Currently on decent merino wool socks with seal skinz over. Gaiters over the boots and lower trousers. If I could get away without spending £100-£200 on another set of boots I'd be all for it!
 
#12
Hi Crabby,
A lot of bucks I know, however these are sopposedly some of the best boots you can get for what you want.
I was Ice Climbing in the Rockies last winter, and all the Guides swore by these for a winter boot.
I own a lesser model in the range,The Makalu, good boots, but I did suffer with cold feet hanging around doing Belays or waiting on the face for No2 to climb. It was -25/-30 mind.

Hope this helps
http://www.sportiva.com/products/cat/M

http://www.trailspace.com/gear/la-sportiva/makalu/
 
#13
Thanks - those look pretty much spot on for what I need. -20 really is frigging cold! I'd looked at "Baffin boots", but they seemed more for mincing around in -20 and not be overly active - was concerned my feet would sweat too much when on searches. I'll have to religiously save my beer tokens for the next couple of months, maybe get some a bit cheap in the end of year sales and have them for next year.
 
#14
As I said, my feet only got cold when standing around waiting or belaying. On the walk in and out were fine, but I`m that unfit, I generate a lot of heat when moving.
As MSR would say ask your PSI (Outdoors shop, boot dept)

Edited to add, the model I was refering to was the Nepal as being highly recommended
 
#16
mokaroux said:
go with the Lowa GTX boots, Combat or Mountain; great for price vs quality
That's what I already have (Lowa GTX Mountain). At -20 or lower my feet start to get pretty cold and painful - I'm looking for something warmer.
 
#17
My old issue Matterhorns kept my feet warm, with the issue arctic socks.
 
#19
If the Sock/Gaiter route doesn't work try La Sportiva Batura. Dedicated snow boot with an insulated liner and kevlar and Gore Tex gaiter pre attached. Rated B3 for crampons as well
 

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