The Best Winter Hiking Boots of 2017
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From trailhead to summit, boots to keep your feet warm and dry.
Under Armour Clackamas 200
Best For: Deep Snow
If you tramp through half a foot of fresh every morning to get to your car, take note. The 10.5-inch-tall Clackamas rises above the snow, while its water-resistant rubber-and-canvas upper laughs off precipitation. Inside, your feet will be warm and happy, nestled above a memory-foam footbed.
Saucony Razor Ice+
Best For: Runners Who Love the Cold
Based on Saucony’s popular Peregrine, the Razor Ice+ is basically a running shoe that loves winter. It’s got the same midsole as the Peregrine, but Saucony added a burlier Vibram outsole with two winter-specific rubbers in the lugs—one grips slick surfaces like a crampon, and the other gets stickier as temperatures drop.
Icebug Now3 Bugweb RB9X
Best For: Getting After It Above Treeline
Icebug includes a carbide-studded rubber crampon with the running-shoe-like Now3 Bugweb. Slip it over the toe and heel and you’ve got the grabbiest shoe on this page. Remove it and the Bugweb turns into a fleet, stable trail kick, with over-the-ankle lacing and a low-cut upper.
L.L.Bean Bean Boot
Best For: Classic Style and Comfort
When the snow started falling, the Bean Boot stood tall. Its high, double-walled, waterproof leather uppers, lined with Gore-Tex and synthetic Thinsulate, keep feet dry and toasty down to negative 35 degrees, while the rubber bottom shrugs off precipitation and salt.
Timberland Tenmile Boot
Best For: Chopping Wood
Your chore boot just got an upgrade. The Tenmile’s midsole is made of inverted cones of foam that don’t pack out even after hours of standing. The waterproof leather upper, lined with PrimaLoft insulation, traps heat and keeps out slush.
Vasque Lost 40
Best For: Arctic Adventures
Hitting the tundra this winter? Try the Lost 40. The weatherproof soft-shell upper surrounds heavy-duty insulation—seven millimeters of wool and 200-gram Thinsulate. There are two sections of lacing (one across the top of the foot, the other over the ankle), so you can easily dial in the fit.