The 3 Best Women's Winter Boots of 2013

(Vasque)

Vasque Pow Pow UD Boots

The faux-shearling-lined, waterproof-breathable Pow Pow offers both stability and warmth—the two most important ingredients in a winter boot. A solid 400 grams of insulation kept testers from getting icy toes even on a single-digit full-day trek in the Adirondacks. And the higher-than-ankle cut and aggressive outsoles make them plenty stable for cold-weather hiking sans snowshoes. 2.5 lbs

Adidas Libria Padded Boots

(Adidas)

The nearly knee-high Libria might look more fashion accessory than snowshoe boot, but in this instance looks are deceiving. The lightly insulated Libria is winter equipped with high-traction soles and a water-repellent, breathable soft-shell exterior. With its narrow profile, it slips into any binding easily, while an elastic calf cuff keeps out snow. 1.5 lbs

Salomon Rodeo WP Boots

(Salomon)

With its running midsole, the skateboard-inspired leather Rodeo is your sneaker for the snow. Testers called the microfiber lining “teddy-bear soft,” but it’s also insulating and wicking—even spring hikers’ feet never got sweaty. Note: this boot is cut short, so choose it for packed powder or fast-and-light outings paired with a gaiter. 1.5 lbs

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