Best Snow Boots Reviewed and Rated
It’s going to be that time of year again much sooner than you know it. Snow is already getting ready to fall in most places and your hunting is about to become a lot colder and lot more difficult if you don’t have the right snow boots to keep yourself cool, dry, and as mobile as possible while out in the wilderness. Below is a list of the best snow boots you can find to ensure you’re hunt in the winter months is successful.
Our Top 3 Picks
- Timberland Boots
- No Break In
- Columbia Boots
- Northside Boots
10 Best Snow Boots
1. Timberland White Ledge
The biggest thing here is that this boot stops at the ankle. While many of these boots went up the calf and even claimed to be knee-highs, this boot is there to protect the foot and the foot only. That isn’t a good or bad thing in design, but it’s something you’ll want to keep in mind while shopping.
This design is very focused on making sure your foot is comfortable while wearing them. There’s a padded collar and a removable EVA dual density footbed on the inner portion of the boot. There’s also a pretty well rated support system within the sole to keep you comfortable and moving while using them.
These are the shortest boots thus far measuring just under 5in from arch to shaft, but, as we mentioned, they are designed to be ankle boots. They’ve got a rubber sole and a full-grain leather shell for waterproofing. That leather shell is also designed to be pretty good looking with an oiled finish. The multi directional lugs provide good traction underfoot as well and the tongue is designed to relieve lace pressure while in use.
Reasonably priced when we take into consideration the brand name and quality of the boots.
Excellent for general hiking
Good traction capabilities
Tight laces without discomfort
No break in required
Designed for hiking more than anything else
Not designed for high intensity cold
Projects only foot and ankle from cold and wet
2. Columbia Bugaboot Plus III
The insulation design on these boots doesn’t mess around at all. They’re equipped with a 200g insulation Omni Heat Reflective material that locks in heat and keeps it trapped to keep you warm. This is some serious heat technology that works better than traditional fur linings as it keeps your natural body heat locked in.
The outside of the boot compliments the insulation material with some serious design to withstand the elements. The outer wrapping is some heavy duty rubber mixed with leather and textile along the shaft for total and complete coverage.
This boot measures 7in in height from arch to shaft and all 7in of that is designed for total and complete coverage.The material design combines the waterproof capabilities of rubber with the comfort and outer protection of leather with the total comfort of textile. They weigh about 3lbs so a little on the heavier side for those looking for something a little bit lighter.
Certainly pricy. We recommend this option to serious hikers.
Superior insulation technology
Incredibly comfortable wear
Proven and longstanding cold weather brand
Sizing allows for fit with wool and thicker socks
More designed for cold weather than for wear of use
Inner sole has been known to come loose
3. Northside Everest
The tread on these boots is self-described as “aggressive.” And I’m not one to argue, the boot and the company are all about hiking apparel that can take on the rough and tumble of the terrain. Just looking at it you can see the intricacies of the tread and can get an idea for how incredibly effective they’re going to be out in some tough ground.
These boot sand this brand are all about family. This means there’s a boot for everyone and they’re focused on making something durable to stand up to families in motion and some pretty rambunction use while out in the wilderness. Durability is a big factor here when it comes to the design and construction of these boots.
They feature a a sole made of rubber blended with a leather wrapping along the shaft. The shaft itself measures 8.5in from arch to the top. The weight on these is pretty hefty at 4lbs so while the brand is family focused, these boots are, as the name suggests, for an adult male.
Mid range priced.
Excellent for family needs
Intuitive sizing for no confusion
Removable insert can come loose while in use
4. Baffin Wolf
These boots are designed, first and foremost, to be used in any everyday condition while out in the winter. They’re made from some very sturdy blends of material. The strapping is intuitive and easy to use for anyone and sole itself is more focused on snow and cold than on tread in some rough ground conditions.
Warmer Than Ever
This new design is a lot more technical than the last iterations of the Baffin boot. It blends a hefty and impressive amount of waterproof and insulation material to create the perfect environment while trekking through the snow and cold. In fact, the inner lining features a seven layer insulation system for maximum effect.
There’s a lot of material that went into the creation of this boot. The outer sole is made of lightweight recycled rubber and features a flexible midsole for arch support and comfort. There is rubber compound featured at the arch as well for durability. The molding technology on the outside combines with foam insulation to create a streamlined design for both inner comfort and outer durability. They’re long at 11in from arch to the top of the shaft which covers a lot of leg space during a hunt.
Incredibly warm design
Meant to be used in any situation
Buckle straps are easier and less faulty than laces
Proven brand against cold weather
They run narrow which can be uncomfortable
Sizing can run a little small
5. Kamik Nationplus
These boots are rated for effectiveness at 40 degrees below zero. While most hunters probably won’t be seeing temperatures like that, those of you in the wilds of Montana or in northern Canada are going to want to spring for these incredibly durable and well tested boots.
Excellent Combination of Materials
It's lined with 200B Thinsulate insulation material and moisture wicking lining on top of that to make the inside of it 100% waterproof and incredibly warm while out in the elements. The outer shell of the boot features a highly effective rubber material at the sole while the shaft is wrapped in thick leather. The rings on the laces are also rust proof for best use.
These boots measure 10in from arch to shaft which gives some excellent coverage from foot to mid calf. The platform gives you almost an inch in height over the wet ground and the combination of rubber, leather, and Thinsulate work together to create a waterproof, incredibly warm boot.
Worth it if you go outdoors frequently in winter time.
Proven against intensely cold temperatures
Very sturdy build and mix of materials
Intuitive sizing to avoid hassle
Bottom tread is excellent against slippery surfaces
The shape of the boot can make them slightly uncomfortable to wear
May require knee-high socks to avoid discomfort
6. Sorel Men’s Bear
It goes over a foot up from arch to shaft which means it’ll be covering the majority of your leg and the part that is most likely to be affected by weather and wet components on the ground. They also will keep you safe from the higher levels of snowfall that can happen in the winter.
They feature a barrel lock closure for the laces. They also don’t form any inner seam on the boots, completely on the outside, which keeps them from being a liability in the snow. They lock in and hold tight to keep the rest of the boot tightly closed and safe from the elements.
They measure 13.5 inches from arch to shaft, covering all of the lower leg. They feature a polyurethane coated shaft, combined with the rubber sole for maximum waterproofing against snow and rain and even creeks. The heel puts you at 1.25 inches above the ground for some added protection against snow and rain residue.
These are pricey, we’re not going to lie. But look at what you get for all your money. You’ll see it in action every time you use them so it won’t be so much a loss as an excellent investment in your hunting gear. That being said, don’t purchase them lightly.
These are designed to take on snow of varying heights, so if you’re going to be out in deep snowfalls, these are your best bet with their 13 inch height. Their price also makes them a long term investment so keep that in mind while researching and deciding on them.
Height allows for maximum coverage
Excellent lace design
Highly waterproof materials
Can be somewhat hard to put on
Can run small
7. KingsShow Leather
The waterproof technology here starts at the rubber sole and toe and doesn’t doesn’t until it reaches to the top of the shaft. It blends rubber and leather to ensure the waterproof material is there protecting every part of your foot that the boot covers.
Lace Up Construction
The lacing can be a crucial downfall of any waterproof boot. It can be the place where water seeps in and makes you and your hunting trip miserable. The lace up construction on these boots is designed to ensure that doesn’t happen.
They measure 5.25 inches from arch to shaft, covering a good portion of the leg past the ankle and it’s all lined with waterproof rubber and leather They weight about 3 lbs so they won’t be too heavy to move around in and feature the duck toe on the boot for maximum waterproofing and protection.
The price on these is extremely good for everything you get with them. There’s a lot going on in these boots but they’re priced low. So the price to value ratio is certainly in your favor when it comes to these boots.
If you need something completely and totally devoted to keeping your feet dry from snow or rain, then these are the boots for you. They’ve got high levels of protection from the bottom to the top which makes them an excellent buy for anyone whose focus is on the waterproof features of the boot.
Solid blend of materials for warmth
Proven brand name
Inner seams can come loose during high intensity use
Can discolor socks
8. Totes Arnold
The inner portion of the boot is insulated with sherpa lining. This is an incredibly soft and incredibly effective insulation material that you often find in similar boots and moccasins. It’s an excellent guarantee of warmth.
Along the outside of this knee-high boot is a durable rubber shell and weather-resistant material that keeps out the cold and wet for as long as you need. The D-ring design on the laces also gets the boot nice and tight so you’re not slipping and sliding while wearing them.
These are labeled as knee-high boots and measure 9in from the arch to the top of the shaft. They weigh about 2.3lbs so keep that in mind while using them. They’re an imported item and have some excellent craftsmanship to bring together all the materials to keep the wet weather out while you’re hunting.
Only for the ones with deep pockets.
Incredibly warm interior
Shaft height allows for total coverage
Rubber shell and weather resistant material work together incredibly well
Proven waterproof capabilities
They tend to run a little small
They can be a bit heavy to move around in
9. DP 0613W Waterproof
These boots are designed to be used in the great outdoors. The sole is thick and the ridges are designed for finding traction wherever you are and giving you the ability to move freely. The heel measures about an inch of lift off the ground for the best mobility through the sloppy, wet ground just after a snow or rain storm.
Comfort and Function
These rubber boots fight hard against the weather and work to keep you insulated in warmth with the faux fur and heat coat of the interior. Meanwhile the rubber sole tackles the harshness of the weather and conditions around you. So it’s a perfect blend of comfort and warmth with getting the job done while you’re huffing it through the woods.
Features and Specifications
The boot features a rubber exterior with a faux fur and heat reflective material on the inner portion. It measures 12in in shaft length from the arch up and the heel stands at 1.5in while the remained of the platform is .75in.
Affordable and a good choice if you're on a budget.
Excellent insulation material
Highly waterproof thanks to rubber and oil resistant tech
Excellent and sharp look for use out in the wilderness
Designed best as snow boots and won’t work well as primary hiking boots
These boots have a cotton blend insulation that will keep you incredibly warm and protected from the elements while trudging through the snow. These boot strap heat in and hold onto it to keep you completely comfortable while the snow falls down.
It’s not enough to just trap in heat, of course. And these boots are 100% waterproof to deep snow, creeks, and treks through ice. They’ll keep the moisture and cold out to prevent discomfort or injury while hunting.
Features and Specifications
The heel height on these boots is a little just under 2in to give you some sizable height to be above layers of moisture and snow on the ground. The outer fabric is a mixture of faux-leather and rubber to repel water. The inside is padded, fleece lining for maximum warmth and comfort.
Extremely thick to keep out water
Black color works with all hunting gear
Sizing can run large
Criteria For Evaluation
A lot of research went into what makes the best snow boot. Our top ten list found that there were three standouts with the Northside, Timberland and Columbia boots brands. Timberland in particular was a no brainer, but still had to go through many rigorous tests to earn a spot on the list. Some of the major things we ranked the boots on was durability, comfort and overall effectiveness in snow.
Durability was up first, with performance strongly based on how well the boots did in different elements. This criteria has a little bit of the water testing, but was not based exclusively off of it. Snow boots had to prove they were capable of lasting in the harsh elements and not breaking apart after a few months of use. Boots with bad durability show signs of wear as early as the first month of use, and usually begin to fall apart not long after. A solid durability rating was a must to make the top ten list, and to get the most value for your money.
The next criteria was related to durability, and is none other than water resistance/proofing. Waterproof gained a significant advantage over snow boots that were water resistant. Obviously, boots that didn’t meet either one of these criteria were left off of the list. This was more common in fashion snow boots, which also lacked the durability necessary to make it in the harsh elements. It should be noted that some water resistant snow boots ranked higher based on their scores in other areas, and were placed in the top ten accordingly.
Branding is a key criteria for many reasons, the top one being Timberland. When consumers are confused about which snow boot is the best, going with a trusted brand will usually satisfy them. This is where the Timberland’s and Columbia’s win on branding by providing the safest customer experience possible with a blind purchase. It’s very unlikely that a top brand will disappoint with a purchase when you’re confused about what to get. The same can’t be said of trying out an unknown brand, which can be great sometimes but inconsistent in others.
Design was a criteria that we looked at more for usefulness rather than style, which is a separate criteria. We looked for snow boot designs that had proper balance, and promptly discarded boots from the list that were bottom heavy. The design criteria also had us looking at any unnecessary features that could cause problems when the durability faded. This was restricted to the heel area and up, where some makers practiced the most creativity. While some of the options were nice, others were wholly unnecessary and bulky on the leg. Designs that affected durability were taken off of the list, which led to quite a few.
Now on a more visual level, style came into play as a criteria that mattered for a lot of consumers. It included available colors, and the willingness of the company to differentiate the men’s snow boots from the women’s. A lot of brands didn’t make their women’s offerings much different in design from the men’s, which is a shame. Style points were given to brands that actually took the time to develop both sides and provide attractive options. There were some really attractive snow boots on the list that gained some traction due to this criteria.
Warranties were next, and of course Timberland ran away with this criteria. It was easier to look at the other companies and what they offered. Length of the warranty wasn’t as important, and it was more about what they covered. Extra points were also given for companies that had a relaxed policy on sizing. Even with the best measurements a consumer can come up short when picking out a snow boot. A good company won’t penalize a customer that makes this mistake, and will be more than happy to swap it out for the correct sizing. The companies that passed this test made it into the top five without a problem.
Break In Period
The break in period for any boot can be short or long, and varies by brand. For this criteria we rewarded boots that had the shortest break in period. We didn’t penalize snow boots with long break in periods, and instead used a point based system to rank the best of them. During the break in period, users wear boots in so that they mold to the foot better. Once this is done enough, you’ll get a ‘true fit’ and much improved comfort. For users that only go out with their snow boots occasionally, getting past this break in period can be tough if it isn’t short. And with this in mind, the last two things we tested for was comfort and insulation.
Comfort and Insulation
These two features are tied together, since good insulation leads to warmth on cold days. A boot with good insulation can even get past some of the shortcomings when paired with bad socks. When your foot isn’t actively moving, the temperature drops faster. Good insulation can slow down this temperature drop to where it isn’t even noticeable. And when paired with a good socks, your feet will remain warm even on the coldest of days. Comfort levels will vary depending on how long the break in period lasts, but even in the early stages buyers should have a good sense of how comfortable the boots are. The levels of comfort are really tested when wearing the boots for several hours at a time. Our list favored boots that were comfortable in excess of eight hours, making them more than capable for professionals, hobbyists or hikers. Materials played a small role in this, so you’ll notice only high quality materials with the boots making the top ten.
What Are Snow Boots Used For?
Snow boots are water resistant boots, and are used for more than snowy situations. They are useful in mud, slush, water and any land that requires deep water resistance. Their weight and tight build make them perfect for balancing in bad conditions while keeping feet warm. Extending up the leg, snow boots insulate well without locking up blood circulation. This is one of the main benefits of their design, and a good reason why they’re favored for all ages. With sizes available for men and women, it is just as easy to find a snow boot as it is a regular boot.
How Important Are Boot Sizes?
Getting the right sized snow boot is important and is tied directly to its effectiveness. A loose snow boot won’t insulate well if it isn’t the right fit. There is also the problem of it moving around on the leg and foot while you’re traversing rough land. The friction can cause bruising, swelling, blisters and other undesirable effects. Getting the correct size should always be a priority, and anything less can be considered a waste of money. Snow boot sizes are not universal, and there will always be slight changes in the size chart based on which company you decide to buy from.
Is Wide Width Available From All Companies?
Not all companies support wide width, which is an important priority for anyone with wide feet. Just like getting the wrong snow boot size is a waste of money, if wide width is required, then anything less is a waste. Getting normal width snow boots for wide feet will cut off the circulation at the point, and turn a comfortable boot into an unmanageable mess. And if you’re wearing it for hours at a time, serious damage can be done to the foot. The wrong width of a snow boot can render it useless to users with preexisting foot conditions, so keep that in mind when shopping.
What Socks Should You Wear?
High quality socks work well with any snow boot, but it isn’t just about the quality. Certain socks should be avoided completely, like cotton. Ideally, you want socks that provide the same great insulation as your snow boots. Socks should also not hold moisture, just on the off chance it gets past the snow boot. Winter socks are available that pair well with snow boots, and best of all they contain all of the advantages. As an alternative, they can be worn indoors to keep feet warm. Just about any sock that doesn’t lose its insulation from getting wet will turn out to be a good choice for use with snow boots.
Is The Fabric Breathable?
This is a trick question, since the materials vary greatly depending on the brand. Breathability is not only important for comfort reasons, it also plays a role with keeping your feet dry. While snow boots are great at keeping water out, they can’t do anything about the water that builds up from your feet due to perspiration. Good breathability will allow for good venting, and an overall better experience. But even the most breathable snow boot in the world can’t counteract bad socks, so it still comes down to your sock choice. Bad sock choices can undo whatever breathability is built into the boot, so choose wisely. A good pairing can make all the difference in the world.
What’s The Best Way To Clean Snow Boots?
In some ways cleaning snow boots is a lot easier than cleaning regular boots. Odor control is going to be the biggest part about cleaning snow boots, since it will be water based odor that builds up over time. Most modern day snow boots have removable inserts which should always be allowed to dry when they’re not in use. This will kill the majority of germs when you don’t have time to wash them properly. When time isn’t an issue, using a mixture of white vinegar, water and mild laundry detergent should do the trick.
Are Repairs Easy?
This depends on whether you want a short term fix or a long-term fix. Sugru is used as a short term solution, and works well for what it does. One packet can be used per boot, and it requires very little technical skill. Some light reading and a little molding later will repair any leaks, holes or other noticeable damage to a snow boot. It can also be applied to new snow boots to increase their insulation tenfold. As handy as Sugru is, this is still a temporary fix to what will be a long-term problem. If your snow boots are in the warranty period, use that in order to get them repaired. Out of warranty is when Sugru is beneficial, and only when waiting for your new pair of snow boots to arrive. Users should always use caution when depending on self-repairs for long-term fixes.
How Comfortable Are Snow Boots?
The comfort of snow boots will always be related to getting the correct size and wearing compatible socks. Materials used for the construction of the snow boot will come into play only after those two criteria are met, and even then materials only have a minimal impact on comfort levels. The design is where most of the attention should go when deciding on comfort levels. Snow boots are big, so the weight has to be evenly distributed throughout for the best experience. Bottom heavy snow boots will wear on your feet in a short amount of time.
Is The Water Proof Feature Different For Each Brand?
Snow boots will either be water proof or water resistant. Obviously water proof is better, but it might come at the cost of comfort features. Buyers should look at what they desire most, or rather the type of use they plan to get out of their snow boots. Water proofing is useless if the boot in question is uncomfortable on your foot. Water resistance isn’t bad, it just so happens to be weaker than water proof. The best feature set is one that incorporates water proofing/resistance into a great overall package. Think of it as the difference between silk and satin, as both are considered high end luxury fabrics- you win either way.
We hope that our best snow boots guide helped you find the best pair of boots for this winter!