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Included in "Backpacker’s" Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2009, the Kamik Snowpass is an insulated winter boot that scored well in testing. The magazine’s testers reported that it kept them warm and dry in anything from ice to slush. The Snowpass boots feature suede and nylon uppers and 400B Thinsulate Ultra insulation. An OutDry membrane makes these boots waterproof, and a Vibram Trecker outsole provides grip. "Backpacker" recommended the boots for snowshoeing and light, overnight trips (30 lbs. or less).
On its surface, the Columbia Bugathermo looks like a quality, but average, winter boot. The boot features an OmniTech waterproof/breathable upper and 200 g Thinsulate insulation rated well below zero. Take a closer look at the boot and you’ll realize it is also heated. Heating elements under the foot provide up to eight hours of electric heat, helping to keep you comfortable in the most frigid conditions. A dial on the ankle controls the three heat settings, and the battery can be recharged by plugging into a jack on the rear of the boot. The boot is rated to 25 degrees F and includes an OmniGrip sole for better traction in variable winter conditions. These boots won a spot on "National Geographic Adventure’s" Best of Adventure: Must Have Gear list for 2010.
The Patagonia Koyuk is a women’s snowshoe boot that is 100 percent waterproof. The boot earned a place in "Outside Magazine’s" Winter Buyer’s Guide 2009. The stylish boots feature a leather upper, 100 g Primaloft insulation and 200 g Polartec fleece lining to wick moisture and increase warmth and comfort. Outside also liked the rubber bumpers on the toe and heel, which help to protect from damage to the leather when using with snowshoe bindings, as well as the traction pattern on the sole.
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