Updated May 2017
Retailers are slashing prices to make room for summer styles, and to help you snag these deals, we updated this review as of May 2017. We included helpful pros and cons for individual products, and we added comparison charts and graphs so you can easily weigh the options. We also reviewed the current market to guarantee that our Editors' Choice winner still has what it takes to come out on top.
Best Overall Winter Boot for Men
The North Face Chilkat 400
Totally water resistant
Fit is short (order up in size)
Mildly laborious to tie up
For the first time, we reviewed the The North Face Chilkat 400
in place of a lower-scoring offering from North Face that we had tested in the past. We weren't disappointed with our choice, as the Chilkat blew the competition away. This model is snug and cozy and was by far the best option for winter hiking. Whether you're cruising through town to get to the base of the lift or with snowshoes on for a winter adventure, they combine comfort with serious warmth. This boot is also completely waterproof, which ensures that your feet will be dry no matter the conditions. The Chilkat 400's
flexibility and soft upper shaft set it apart from the competition, as very few models succeed in making a tall upper shaft that is comfortable to walk in all day and keeps snow out. Rubbing, itching, and chafing were common complaints from other models, but not with the Chilkat 400
! Not only do we think this is the best boot for winter hiking, but it's also our Editors' Choice award winner as Best Overall Winter Boot.
Read full review: The North Face Chilkat 400
Best Bang for the Buck
The best traction
More labor intensive to put on than others
The Kamik NationPlus
boot was our favorite tested Pac boot for its warmth and comfort. It has a thick and well-cushioned Thinsulate inner boot that kept our feet warm into the single digits, and the design of the midsole made walking long distances comfortable, which is rare for a Pac boot. The large, aggressive lugs are made with soft, sticky rubber; in turn, the lugs provided the best traction on the ice of any boot in our test, and it held its own on snow and dirt as well. While it wasn't the single best boot we tested, the thing that really set it apart is its price. Retailing for only $85, this boot is the most affordable that we tested, by quite a margin. With such high performance, and at half the price of some of the other boots in this review, it was easy to choose the Kamik NationPlus
as our Best Bang for the Buck award winner. For those with higher volume feet, we encourage you to check out the Kamik NationWide
, a wide-bodied version of this boot.
Read full review: Kamik NationPlus
Top Pick for Ease of Use
Bogs Classic Ultra Mid
Very easy to use
Super spacious fit
Not as warm as other boots
Not the best traction
Some quality control issues
In years past, the Bogs Classic Ultra Mid
has been our Editors' Choice for Best Overall Winter Boot numerous times, yet in this year's review, were ranked much lower when compared to the competition. Despite this, we still want to recognize it for its incredible simplicity, which is unique among this selection of boots. Endeared to our hearts, we have awarded it our Top Pick for Ease of Use. With one of the lowest scoring products receiving a Top Pick award, what gives? We will shoot it straight with you: during our ice bucket test, two separate pairs of our test boots leaked water in through the seam, between the outsole and upper; thus, the Classic Ultra Mid
received a very low score for water resistance, as it deserved. This low score dropped it from a top three boot to very close to the basement. However
, despite the manufacturing defect in our boot (and testing a second pair, which also leaked), and complaints of similar things happening to other users, we believe that these are great boots for people who spend lots of time in the cold snow, and avoid standing in puddles of water. The bottom line is that they slip on in a second and fit easily with any sort of sock combination, making them best and easiest choice for winter-time chores such as shoveling the driveway, taking out the trash, or getting the mail. If you live in the snow like we do, then you understand how big of a deal this really is. We just want to be sure to point out that if you live with your feet in the water, then these boots probably are not going to cut it for you.
Read full review: Bogs Classic Ultra Mid