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Insulated Hiking Boots

Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Omni-Heat

82

2016

Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Omni-Heat

The Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Omni-Heat is a waterproof, mid-cut leather and nylon winter hiking boot with 200 grams of insulation. 

The North Face Ultra Extreme II Gore-Tex

85

2016

The North Face Ultra Extreme II Gore-Tex

The North Face Ultra Extreme II Gore-tex is a low-cut leather and nylon winter hiking boot with 200 grams of insulation and a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane. 

Keen Revel III

82

2016

Keen Revel III

The Keen Revel III is a waterproof, mid-cut leather winter hiking boot with 200 grams of insulation. 

Vasque Snowblime UltraDry

84

2016

Vasque Snowblime UltraDry

The Vasque Snowblime UltraDry is a waterproof, mid-cut leather winter hiking boot with 200 grams of insulation. 

Ahnu Northridge

76

2016

Ahnu Northridge

The Ahnu Northridge is a waterproof, high-cut leather and suede winter hiking boot with 200 grams of insulation. 

Wolverine Gauge Boot

78

2013

Wolverine Gauge Boot

Given the high cut and overall soft flex, the Gauge probably wouldn’t be your first choice for a winter backpacking or scrambling boot, but it works very well for things like snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or working and standing around in frigid weather.

Vasque Snow Junkie Ultradry Boots

79

2013

Vasque Snow Junkie Ultradry Boots

Built like a running shoe with mid-height uppers, the Snow Junkie Ultradry works well when you’re moving on snow, but it gets a little cold when things slow down.

Columbia Hoodster

82

2012

Columbia Hoodster

Lightweight snow hiker with a soft heel and mid-cut for moderate winter adventures.

Lowa Trident II

91

2012

Lowa Trident II

Fur-lined Gore-Tex meets adventure-ready winter hiking boot.

Keen Hoodoo High Lace

79

2012

Keen Hoodoo High Lace

Leah Gallant took this cross-over winter hiking, lifestyle boot to it's limits—and reports.