If you enjoy hiking or backpacking in cold weather and also during the snowy winter months, then you know that wearing the appropriate footwear is crucial. Snow boots are first and foremost designed to keep feet warm during cold weather and dry when worn in the snow. Yet did you know that there is a huge difference between a generic winter boot---that is said to also fulfill these functions---and a snow boot that is specifically designed just for this kind of wear? Read on and learn about the elements that make up a high-quality snow boot and learn about the hallmarks of good snow boots.
Look for the Rubber Sole
Check the bottoms of the hiking boots you are considering for purchase. Good snow boots feature a rubber sole that provides excellent waterproof foot protection. A good example are Sorel's Bear snow boots that feature a waterproof rubber sole which is seamlessly connected to the upper portion of the snow boot. Snow does not tend to stick or freeze to the rubber of the sole, and therefore this kind of sole is perfect for hikes in even the deepest powder.
Feel the Weight
Compare the snow boots you are considering to average winter boots. Notice that good snow boots are heavier than winter boots. This is due to the fact that snow boots feature a lot of additional material designed to keep feet warm and dry, even in deep snow. For example, the Salomon Scrambler FG TS snow boot contains various waterproof membranes and insulation, as well as a heavy leather exterior. Moreover, a thick interior liner and a molded midsole enhance the comfort level of the snow boot, and contribute to an overall water and temperature resilient construction.
Examine the Upper Boot Exterior
Check out the upper exterior of the snow boots. Manufacturers commonly use leather or nylon for this portion of the boot. Look to see that the rubber sole seamlessly melts into the upper portion of the boot, and that the manufacturer certifies a treatment of the boots with sealant. Merrell Thermo Juneau waterproof snow boots underscore this kind of design and also showcase that the top portion of the boot goes beyond the bottom line of the snow pants worn. This protects your feet and ankles further from snow entering the boot, and adding wetness and cold to your feet.
Article Written By Sylvia Cochran
Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.