How should I choose winter hiking boots?
Winter hiking can be pleasant or miserable, depending in large part on whether you have the right winter hiking boots.
Some special considerations when choosing winter hiking boots include:
- Cut: Outdoor hiking boots and hiking shoes can be low- , middle-, or high-cut. High-cut boots are usually the best choice for winter hiking boots because they will cover your ankles and keep snow and slush at bay, and they will provide the most stability on trails or through woods that are partly or fully snow-covered.
- Climate control: Keeping your feet warm and dry is especially important when choosing winter hiking boots. Look for waterproof hiking boots, such as Gore-Tex hiking boots, or boots with Gore-Tex liners.
- Construction: For increased dryness and warmth, look for winter hiking boots with the fewest seams for water to seep through. For example, the Asolo Women’s Tps 520 Gv Backpacking Boots are made of full-grain leather for maximum support and feature a Gore-Tex lining for dryness and comfort.
Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop for expert advice about winter hiking boots.