Winter Boot Reviews
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.