Winter Hiking Boots

Hiking during the winter is a lot different from hiking in other seasons, especially when it comes to what boots to wear. During the winter, no hiking boots are perfect for all situations, and you need to assess exactly what you need them for.

What You Should Be Looking For

Trekking shoes and regular hiking boots are out of the question entirely, and the lightest shoes you should be wearing are heavy leather boots. However, these are only good for shorter day hikes - for longer and colder trips, you will need sturdier boots.

One of the most important components of a winter boot is a high shaft. It's essential both for keeping snow and water out of your boot, and to provide the extra support and stability needed while walking in harsh winter conditions. Without the high shaft, both your feet and your legs will get sore quickly, and the snow that gets into your boots will melt and cause a whole array of problems for your feet.

Another important thing to consider about winter hiking boots is the material they're made from. Ordinary leather may be fine for shorter day trips, but if you require of your shoes to be able to withstand several days, and nights, out in the cold, you're going to need a better material than leather. Water resistant materials like Gore-Tex is far superior to leather, and never freezes up during the cold nights as it doesn't absorb any water.

Another thing that is sometimes important when choosing winter boots is their compatibility with crampons and snowshoes, which are sometimes required for climbing in snowy conditions, and walking in loose snow.

These are the main aspects to consider when choosing the right winter hiking boots - for a more detailed guide regarding hiking boots in general, check out Choosing The Right Hiking Boots