The best winter hikers of 2022
There is no quiver-of-one winter boot. Cold and wet weather demands that you wear the right footwear for every adventure. Sounds intimidating, but don’t worry – we’ve spent months testing winter boots and narrowed the field down to six that cover everything from snowshoeing and hiking to mountaineering.
Talus WT NTX basin ($ 160)
The Talus WT NTX is not an ultra-warm winter boot for deep snow, but rather a svelte, fast and comfortable hiking boot with just the right amount of 200 grams of insulation. A grippy outsole, supportive leather upper, and forgiving shape kept our feet happy on high mileage days.
Tecnica Argos GTX ($ 180)
The Argos combines a calf-height cuff (for snow protection) with a clean midfoot and sole (for easier walking). It’s still pretty awkward as a hiker, but the supreme warmth and playful style made it a hit for snowshoeing and afternoon.
Oboz Andesite ($ 189)
Sneaker-like comfort, 200 gram recycled and biodegradable synthetic insulation, and a supportive fit made the men’s Andesite (and women’s Sphinx) from Oboz an instant favorite. The designers paired oiled nubuck leather with a soft fabric collar, which provides stabilization while maintaining ankle flexion. Vibram’s new Arctic Grip AT sole bites superbly on snowy descents, exposed rocks and dirt.
La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX ($ 329)
The Aequilibrium has everything you need for big goals, like a waterproof and breathable liner, a flexible yet protective ankle, and a lightweight, protective TPU coating on the upper. A spongy heel insert reduces muscle fatigue, lace locks let you control tension by zone, and the sole and midsole adapt to obstacles for unmatched traction.
Muck Apex Pro with Arctic Grip All Terrain ($ 190)
This pull-on became our go-to for hauling firewood and exploring the trails nearby, as it was the hottest and fastest to climb. It’s made from waterproof four-millimeter neoprene, with wear-resistant rubber on the shin to protect against the icy crust. Vibram’s exclusive ice grip rubber grips wet, slippery ice with spike-like traction.
Merrell Thermo Rogue 3 Mid Gore-Tex ($ 240)
The Rogue 3 shone on long snowshoe hikes. For starters, it’s lightweight (just 16.5 ounces in a men’s 9). It also has a mid-rise cuff to keep snow out and a special ridge on the heel that keeps a snowshoe strap in place. Synthetic insulation in the upper and airgel in the insoles kept our dogs warm even in very cold weather.