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Waterproof snow boots

snowboot-200x148Q. I need a pair of good waterproof snow boots that don’t cost a  fortune. Can you help, Gear Guy?

— Bootless Garrett, Ketchum, Idaho

A. I can indeed, Mr. Bootless. You know, I figure every guy should own a pair of good waterproof snow boots—unless, of course, you live somewhere like Miami. The good news is there are plenty of affordable options.

Although you can find all sorts of boots made with so-called “waterproof” leather or fabrics, for truly staying dry in all conditions I prefer tall rubber-style boots like the Kamik Hunter ($46; These are 14.5 inches tall with aggressive soles and removable insulated liners and an adjustable nylon collar at the top of the boot to keep out the snow and slush. Best of all, since they’re less than $50 you’ll have plenty of money left over for that new sled you’ve always wanted!

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8 Comments on Waterproof snow boots

  1. found great khombu boots at costco once at $20. great and warm

  2. I have found for the money that rocky boots work really well. The hunting ones can come in different levels of warmth, they have a tuff and agressive sole and are really comfortable, there only about $135 ish but they last and are worth the money

  3. spacecadet123 // July 10, 2010 at 10:16 am // Reply

    i desperately want goretex boots but they are so expensive where are they cheep????

  4. Cold Weather Campsite Camper 780 // January 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm // Reply

    Sometimes rubberized overshoes work really great to prevent water and snow from getting to your feet. However, the rubberized overshoes with metal buckles are not very easy to hike long distances such as on a five mile day hike like regular cowhide hiking boots. Some really good rubberized overshoes can be purchased from either a local army-navy surplus store or from Omark Safety, Incorporated. Omark Safety, Incorporated usually carries foot sizes of about man’s shoe size 6 to 12 in several different types of rubberized overshoes boots that can be worn right over a person’s regular shoe without having to change shoes from rubber insulated snow boots.

  5. Goretex Guru // February 25, 2009 at 1:33 am // Reply

    Goretex is a material usually found in the armed forces (my dad’s a colonel in the Marines) and is really durable and waterproof. On some really good camping and hiking boots the entire sole is made of Goretex. On the palm side of some good gloves, the Goretex protects them from the worst parts of the weather and conditions.

  6. 1st class scout // February 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm // Reply

    I agree with the rubber boots complaint, but for me I just can’t my feet inside on any pair, it’s REALLY annoying!

  7. wow that is awesome!!!!

  8. I don’t like the rubber style boots and they keep ripping. Do you have any other options for waterproof boots. Also what is Goretex?

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