After last year’s massive snowstorms, winter 2011/2012 turned out to be rather bleak so far. Not a single flake fell in the Sierras in December. But GearGuide seemed to hit it just right on the third week in January with a snow storm that dumped several feet of the white stuff in Tahoe. Thanks to that snow, we were able to test three European-designed winter boots and a handful of other pieces in icy, cold and of course snowy conditions. Here’s a quick rundown:

Cushe Tammerack WP – Designed by the UK company Cushe (pronounced ‘Cushy’), these boots have a laidback, almost beach-inspired style and moccasin-like fit. Waterproofing comes from a proprietary membrane and the treated leather and suede upper. See review.

Ecco Dhaka Mid GTX – Danish shoe manufacturer Ecco employed Gore-Tex for waterproof breathability and Yak leather for durability. A heavily lugged outsole and light insulation round out the package. See review.

Lowa Nabucco GTX Mid – Split leather and Cordura nylon comprise the upper of this sleek German-designed boot. Gore-Tex provides the waterproof breathability and fleece delivers warmth. Underfoot, Lowa uses a soft rubber and proprietary textile for grip. See review.
Winter can’t be over, can it? Of course not. Last season, it snowed well into April and I for one am counting on some late-season storms. When they arrive, one of these European-designed boots can help you manage the muck.

Thanks for reading another outdoor gear review from GearGuide. And thanks to Cushe, Ecco and Lowa, along with Mullen and Turner PR for providing product for these reviews. Written by Matt K.