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What boots for winter? (any recommendations?)

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What boots for winter? (any recommendations?)

Hi everyone,

This year will be our first winter in Canada and we are looking to buy a good pair of boots.

After searching online, I saw many people recommending the Sorel boots. We checked them in the shop but they look very thin..

My wife was looking at these boots in the shop, it says down to -40c but online reviews say that actually you get cold around -5c to -20c.
https://www.kamik.com/b2c_ca_en/momentu ... #color=blk

So.. we are winter newbies who don't want to get cold.

Would anyone be able to recommend a good pair of boots (men/women)? Our budget would be around $150 each.

Thank you
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Where are you? There's a big difference between a winter in Leamington and one in Kuujjuarapik.
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Thanks for the comment,

We're moving to Calgary soon (now in Toronto) - so let's get prepared for Alberta winter.
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Check out the Sorel website and read the reviews on their various boot models.
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As a life long Albertan, I’ll say that it depends on what your going to do need boots for :)

I have 3 pairs of winter boots, depending on what I’m doing outside.

For going to the mall I have a pair of timberland lined boots, they are light weigh and as long as I keep moving they work well for about any temperature. If I’m working outside I use a pair of redhead hunting boot, 800gram of thinsolate, waterproof, they are 10” boot I think. I’ve used them down to -40 again as long as I’m moving they are fantastic. I wouldn’t wear them to the mall :) I also have an old pair of classic white removable liner sorels, but I very rarely wear them unless we get 2’ of snow, just an awkward boot to move or walk in if your going to the store.

Cheers and welcome to Alberta !
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Thank you both!

@mrwinky - appreciate the advice. We're mostly going to use boots to commute to work when it's really cold/snowing. So waiting for the bus in the cold, walking in the snow etc.. for about 2 hours per day.

We work in an office so I guess we don't need those extreme conditions boots, but we'd still like something warm since it's our first winter here ("winter" where we used to live was about +25c, you understand why I'm trying to be prepared).

Ideally we'd like to have one pair of "all rounder" boots, if this is possible at all.

Would you have anything to recommend for this?
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Honestly if your going to be commuting , I’d recommend timberland chillberg.

I have these ( or similar, since mine are a few years old)
https://www.marks.com/en/timberland-men ... width%5D=M

They are great for walking, not too bulky so I can go walk the mall with the family, great traction.

Let me know if there is anything I can help with

Cheers
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mrwinky wrote:
Oct 9th, 2018 9:39 pm
Honestly if your going to be commuting , I’d recommend timberland chillberg.

I have these ( or similar, since mine are a few years old)
https://www.marks.com/en/timberland-men ... width%5D=M

They are great for walking, not too bulky so I can go walk the mall with the family, great traction.

Let me know if there is anything I can help with

Cheers
Thank you again, appreciate that.

Pardon my ignorance but although these boots look good, I thought that:
- 200g insulation is quite low (we might be cold on -20/-30c kind of days)
- it would be better to have "higher" boots, covering a bit higher than just the ankle

I mainly get my information from online reading though (like this article: https://www.switchbacktravel.com/best-winter-boots), not from experience.
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Calgary can get a lot of snow and cold winters.. If you are walking a lot then I'd probably go for something higher up so your pants can be inside the boot and dont get wet. I've got a pair of Sorel Snow Lions that I wear when its wet and snowy, and keep a pair of shoes in the office I can put on when I get there.

And since i've lived in Canada all my life I have many, many, many other types of boots that I wear.. but the Sorel are good at keeping you warm and dry. Not so great for wearing all day at work tho.
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I'm going to continue this thread going. Can anyone recommend warm winter boots for walking?

I saw the post with the timberland chillberg. Is there any other anyone can recommend?

I have these Northface boots (link below) but they kill my knees after walking for a kilometer or so but are really warm.
https://www.sportchek.ca/product/331622 ... olor%5D=99

Thanks
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Keelie wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 10:18 pm
Calgary can get a lot of snow and cold winters.. If you are walking a lot then I'd probably go for something higher up so your pants can be inside the boot and dont get wet. I've got a pair of Sorel Snow Lions that I wear when its wet and snowy, and keep a pair of shoes in the office I can put on when I get there.

And since i've lived in Canada all my life I have many, many, many other types of boots that I wear.. but the Sorel are good at keeping you warm and dry. Not so great for wearing all day at work tho.
Ya, I think I have a pair of Sorels like that somewhere in the house, or else I was gonna try and get them. The fabric on the shaft is light, and good for walking in deeper snow.
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I have a pair of Ugg Boots (looks sortve like this, but mine has a zipper) that I wear all the time and wore in freezing cold Quebec City during a snowstorm over Xmas a couple of years ago.
https://www.ugg.com/women-boots-classic ... omen-boots

I also have a pair of Sorels that I wore in Iceland, and in freezing Chicago last Xmas. They get heavy and clunky wearing them all day tho.
https://www.sorelfootwear.ca/en/womens- ... 5#start=13
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I bought some Kamik's and I personally think they are overkill (even in -20 to -30) unless you plan to be standing around and not moving much. I barely touch them now but they are made well.

I myself use a pair of Salomon hiking boots and thick wool/merino socks instead. They keep you warm enough and are much better for mobility in the snow and on the ice. Then, you can use them the rest of the year when actually hiking.


btw the quest prime gtx are on sale at mec atm: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5051-421/ ... king-Shoes

and they also do waterproof ones: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5059-648/ ... nter-Boots which you may want in slushy weather but these might be too warm for hiking in summer.
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Just ordered a couple pairs (for the Mrs. and I) of Bean Boots with Thinsulate/Gore-tex. Polarizing style but we like them. You can go shearling-lined if you want even more warmth (might be worthwhile for Calgary), or unlined if you want a 3-season wet weather boot.

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