How To Buy Insulated Winter Hiking Boots
Unless your inner engine burns like a bonfire at New Year’s, you’re going to want insulated hiking boots for winter hiking. With so many options and details to consider, we wanted to make it easy to sort through our options of insulated boots and shoes and answer your questions.
What Makes An Insulated Boot Different From a Regular Hiker?
The Oboz Footwear Insulated Collection share specific traits. They’re all waterproof with our proprietary B-DRY technology, which prevents moisture from outside penetrating the boot’s upper while still wicking moisture from your foot. They all have the same lug-heavy winterized outsole (more on that below) to ensure grip and no slip. They have insulated insoles. And they all come insulated with 3M™ Thinsulate™.
SHARED FEATURES FOR THE ENTIRE OBOZ FOOTWEAR INSULATED COLLECTION
From the Bottom Up: The Outsole
The Oboz Granite Peak Outsole comes on all the current men’s and women’s insulated boots, with one exception: the Women’s Juniper, which features a winterized Swiftcurrent sole. The toothy Granit Peak for the insulated boots features winterized rubber that’s specially formulated to be softer and grip in cold climate conditions. This sturdy sole delivers impeccable traction. It also puts a good amount of space between your foot and the ground, which helps keep the cold out and the warm in.
Insulated Insole: OFit Insole™ Thermal
Featuring our unrivaled fit, this insulated-boot-specific insole has a Mylar base layer to reduce heat loss and a felt wool top layer for foot comfort and warmth. It also features our trademark low density EVA pods, high density EVA sculpted arch to keep the foot in a neutral position, and a high density EVA deep heel cup.
Insulation: 3M™ Thinsulate™
Thinsulate is made up of unique microfibers that trap air molecules between you and the outside. The more air a material traps in a given space, the more it insulates you from the cold outside air. Thinsulate’s fibers are finer than most other competing insulation technology. These fibers trap more air in less space, which allows for significant insulation without bulk. All of the Oboz insulated collection, except for the Big Sky Low, come with either 200 grams or 400 grams of Thinsulate insulation. The Big Sky Low comes with 100 grams.
- 200 grams: Recommended for cool conditions or rigorous activity levels.
- 400 grams: Recommended for cold conditions or moderate activity levels.
Uppers: Waterproof, Durable Leather, Suede, or Textile
The molded rubber toecap and heel kick add an extra layer of protection from the elements and durability. All uppers are waterproof and infused with the Oboz B-DRY waterproof/breathable membrane. And the insulated Bridgers and Junipers come with a Gaiter D-ring for easy winter hiking with protective gaiters.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INSULATED OBOZ MODELS
Our Warmest, Burliest Insulated Boots
The Oboz insulated boots that come with 400 grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ are taller and slightly burlier. To date these include:
Our Rugged Insulated Hikers
With 200 grams of Thinsulate and all the features that make the above Bridgers so great, these insulated boots are as comfortable and reliable as your favorite Oboz—with insulation. These include:
Mountains to Main Street
These “lifestyle” kicks are equipped for everything from a dawn patrol hike, shoveling the driveway, navigating slushy sidewalks on your morning commute, chopping wood, and more. Most come with 200 grams of Thinsulate (the Big Sky Low comes with 100 grams, which makes it an ideal shoe for a range of climates, like a slushy walk to work and then hanging out in meetings all day). They look good and feel great. They include:
- Women’s Juniper 6” Waterproof
- Men’s Big Sky Mid Insulated Waterproof
- Men’s Big Sky Low Insulated Waterproof
The Big Sky line is a comfortable slip-on leather shoe at both the low and mid size.
Building on the popularity of our current available insulated models, we plan to release a suite of new options in Fall 2019. Keep an eye on our social media channels for sneak peaks. But in the meantime, give our Bridgers, Junipers, and Big Sky lines a try. Your feet will stay dry and warm, and you’ll have even more excuses to head outside this winter.