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Good snow boots?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by imageWIS, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. TC11201

    TC11201 Well-Known Member

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    BTW, just looked at the Baffin boots and according to at least two internet sellers, all the models they each carry are also made in China. Perhaps the +$230 versions are still made in Canada, but everything up to that retail price point appear to be made in China.
     
  2. WalterSobchak

    WalterSobchak Active Member

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    You can't go wrong with military issue white boots, rated to -60F. If you plan to stay around NYC, they're overkill, since they're too warm if it's much above 0F. Good for the coldest places in the northeast, though.
     
  3. phailing101

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    I don't know what kind of 'winter' you folks are dealing with in those boots but they wouldn't last a short walk up here (Saskatchewan, Canada). We'll be average -30 C all of next month.

    Find the best North Face boots you can!
     
  4. TC11201

    TC11201 Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what kind of 'winter' you folks are dealing with in those boots but they wouldn't last a short walk up here (Saskatchewan, Canada). We'll be average -30 C all of next month.

    Find the best North Face boots you can!


    OP is in NYC
     
  5. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what kind of 'winter' you folks are dealing with in those boots but they wouldn't last a short walk up here (Saskatchewan, Canada). We'll be average -30 C all of next month.

    Find the best North Face boots you can!


    You should see the other thread. [​IMG]
     
  6. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Well-Known Member

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    One thing - those classic LL Bean boots with the rubber lower half and leather upper half are not very well suited for snow and ice. Tromping through wet and chilly, sure, but without insulation, they get cold quickly and they are not much for traction on icy surfaces.

    Work well for me. For insulation, get the fur-lined version (below):

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  7. Nataku

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    Once upon a time, Sorel made really good boots. Several years ago they moved their production to China and the quality -- and insulating ability -- has gone markedly downhill. If you want the ultimate in cold-weather boots, you want Baffin. Baffin boots are made in Canada and are the real deal. People going on arctic expeditions use Baffin boots. Of course, they make less radical models, too. But they are all excellent quality. I've said this before. I get as annoyed as the next one about formerly-good stuff being manufactured in China. When I have a chance to support someone making an excellent product while resisting the urge to cheap-out and move production to China, I feel a moral obligation to do so, especially when they are able to do it at a competitive price. Sorel moved production to China to save money. But most of the money they saved they have had to plow back into marketing. Baffin makes a much better boot but does not have the margins to spend on advertising that Sorel does. Guess which approach I support?
    I'd say scour eBay for a pair of vintage, Made in Canada Sorels. I have a pair of army green Sorels that were purchased new in 1982. They are the Premium model, very similar to the 1964 model of today's line-up. Almost 30 years later they are still doing their job remarkably wekk and don't show their age at all.
     
  8. tim_horton

    tim_horton Well-Known Member

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    Those Baffin boots are no joke. I looked on their website and they have boots rated to -100C... I don't even know if that's true but even half that is really twice as much boot as I need in NYC.[​IMG]
     
  9. ktrp

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    What I'd like is something rated to -50C that can handle deep snow drifts but looks sleek enough to wear with a suit.

    This doesn't exist.

    So it's a matter of deciding on what range of boots you need for different circumstances.

    I have two pairs of true 'snow' boots, the ones I use the most are some black Kamik hunters i.e.:
    [​IMG].

    I think I paid around $35 for them at Canadian tire. They are basically rain boots stuffed with a very warm liner. Waterproof/warm. I don't wear them unless I'm going into snow or its bitterly cold. In deep snow, waterproof>breatheable and when its bitterly cold, sweat is not your biggest problem.

    For average walking-to-work I'm using either chelsea boots or a dainite soled lace up boot. These should handle 95% of winter days here, the other 5% I'll be in the Kamik, or more likely, working remotely.
     
  10. haganah

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    Work well for me. For insulation, get the fur-lined version (below):

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    These don't slip in snow/ice?
     
  11. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Well-Known Member

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    how do sorels fit?
    huge like bean boots, or tts?

    if I wear a 9d dress shoe and 9.5 sneaker, 9 sorel?
     
  12. TC11201

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    how do sorels fit?
    huge like bean boots, or tts?

    if I wear a 9d dress shoe and 9.5 sneaker, 9 sorel?


    Big. Quite big. For the Cairbou size down a half size. There will still be plenty of room...
     
  13. Bounder

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    BTW, just looked at the Baffin boots and according to at least two internet sellers, all the models they each carry are also made in China. Perhaps the +$230 versions are still made in Canada, but everything up to that retail price point appear to be made in China.
    Sigh . . .
    Another one bites the dust. You are depressing me. I cannot vouch for the Chinese Baffins. Baffin has much better technology than Sorel but I don't know how much of that technology gets used in their cheaper stuff and, of course, I don't know how much the quality has suffered. There is no question that the Chinese can make excellent stuff. It is just that companies do not typically transfer production there because they want to improve quality. If Baffin still makes some of its boots in Canada, I advise you to snap up a pair while you can. They are probably going to be collector's items.
     

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