It’s that time of year again where you need to swap out one season’s gear for another. And, like with every new hiking season, you might find that it’s time to upgrade some of your gear; especially your hiking shoes or boots. Whether you’re a first time winter hiker, your old boots are shot, or you’re just looking for something different this time around, take your pick from one of these.
Vasque Snowburban Ultradry
Some of us don’t like to mess around with cold temperatures. Are you one of those people whose toes are the first to go in cold weather? We can feel your pain. The Vasque Snowburban Ultradry is what you want to keep all those lower outer extremities nice and toasty. It’s a heavier boot, with fleece lining and double insulation perfect for alpine temperatures. If your winter backcountry experiences are taking you into the depths of much colder places, look no further than this boot.
Salomon XUltra Winter
If you’re looking for a trusted name when it comes to your winter hiking wardrobe, then Salomon is where it’s at. The Salomon XUltra Winter has been recognized by reviewers for being both the best hiking boot and the best hiking shoe for this season. This is a lightweight hiking boot and is flexible enough to walk with ease across hard packed snow. It’s an all around amazing shoe for winter hiking, and comes in styles for both men and women.
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot
Also available for both men and women, the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot is designed for stability and underfoot comfort while winter hiking. The shoe uses the trusted Vibram Evo Sole for sure-footed traction. It’s also durable, waterproof, and breathable, with laces so you can tie it tightly to fit your foot. This is a great shoe for winter hiking. Though a little pricey, this shoe will last you for years.
Saucony Razor Ice+
Want to do some trail running this season, but not really into the whole ‘falling on ice’ thing? Then the Saucony Razor Ice+ is for you! It uses the awesome Vibram Arctic Grip soles that we’ve all been so excited about. This will give you the flexibility to run, without worrying about slipping on the ice. It’s also fleece-lined to keep your feet extra warm, and the shoe is very lightweight considering all that it features.
Merrell Women’s Aurora 6 Ice+ Waterproof
Another one with the Vibram Arctic Grip, the Merrell Women’s Aurora 6 Ice+ Waterproof boots are for ladies who have a hard time finding hiking gear. This will make your shopping experience easy, and best of all, it’s designed for women only. This snug boot will keep you warm throughout the season, and is ideal for someone who doesn’t want to buy a separate pair for every winter activity.
When the weather conditions become dangerous due to ice, snow, and cold temperatures, hikers need to be prepared from head to toe. Don’t hit the trail without having a pair of these in your winter hiking wardrobe.