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August 30, 2023
Autumn is waning. The temperature's begun to dip. Winter is right around the corner. For those in colder climates, this time of year brings certain decisions. Among the most crucial of these is selecting the right winter footwear.
As anyone who's gotten this decision wrong will attest, a winter with frostbite is no wonderland!
When considering winter footwear options, protection from the cold, the wet, and rugged terrain is paramount. Of course, this still leaves a maze of options to navigate.
We're here to help with this all-important decision and ensure that your feet are properly equipped for the snowy season. First, we'll distinguish the differences between winter and snow boots, and lay out the qualities to look for in each. We'll then introduce you to the most popular types of winter boots, based on years of experience living through harsh Canadian winters.
The search for the perfect pair of cold-weather boots begins with a single question: winter boots or snow boots? What's the difference?
Winter boots are insulated and designed to provide traction on icy surfaces. However, their blend of functionality and style is best suited to urban settings and moderately cold conditions. In contrast, thanks to waterproofing, advanced insulation, and more rugged traction, snow boots are designed for extreme conditions.
Despite their differences, there are several essential features that both winter and snow boots share. Whatever your specific needs, make sure to consider these key aspects when selecting your next pair of winter boots:
For more help on finding boots that you love, check out our guide: How to Choose the Right Winter Boots for Your Feet.
Insulated winter boots provide warmth, comfort, protection, and style. They typically feature advanced insulation materials like Thinsulate or PrimaLoft, which create a thermal barrier that retains natural warmth.
Insulated winter boots are designed to offer warmth and functionality without compromising on aesthetics in moderate cold environments. They are best suited to urban and light outdoor activities like daily commutes, city strolls, and casual hikes.
Waterproof snow boots are crafted to excel in extreme conditions. These rugged boots are engineered with high shafts and specialized waterproof membranes like Gore-Tex to fend off deep snow, slush, and moisture. With robust insulation, waterproofing, and traction, waterproof snow boots are a must-have for winter activities like snowshoeing or hiking in harsh winter conditions.
Pac boots, or "Pacific boots," are designed for extreme cold and wet conditions. These boots feature a rubber lower shell that provides waterproofing and protection from slush and an insulated upper portion for warmth.
As they offer reliable warmth and moisture resistance, pac boots are ideal for navigating especially cold and wet environments and intense winter activities like ice fishing.
Snowboard boots are specially tailored for snowboarding, meaning they offer excellent ankle support, cushioning, and a secure fit. These, combined with features like advanced lacing like the BOA® Fit System ensure that snowboard boots maintain their comfort and responsiveness, even during high-intensity downhill rides and freestyle tricks.
Mountaineering boots are specially designed for extreme cold, technical terrain, and high altitudes, like those found in alpine environments. These boots, which provide robust insulation, waterproofing, and sturdy construction, are essential for serious safety-conscious adventurers in the most demanding winter conditions.
These boots offer advanced traction, extreme durability, and support for crampons, and are thus ideal for explorers climbing snow-covered peaks and glaciers.
Slip-on snow boots offer quick and convenient footwear for casual winter outings. Despite their easy-on design the insulation in these boots still delivers comfort and warmth during light activities like short walks or errands. Though not suited for extreme conditions, slip-on snow boots are ideal for leisurely winter activities.
Navigating the various challenges of winter requires the right footwear. Let's look now at a variety of scenarios and identify the types of winter boots best suited to keeping you warm, dry, and comfortable in each.
Royal Canadian Boots’ expertise, advanced technologies, and commitment to excellence shine through in all of these winter conditions. The Waterproof -30° collection features high-quality leather, breathable waterproof membranes, merino wool memory foam insoles, and ArcticGrip outsoles, ensuring warmth, comfort, and traction no matter your activity. In urban settings, the Arctic Explorer boot, with Thinsulate insulation and ArcticGrip technology, stylishly ensures warmth and traction. Finally, the Polar Trekker’s high-shaft design, Gore-Tex membranes, and ColdShield insulation provide unflinching protection in the snowiest and slushiest of conditions.
With winter's grip strengthening, you need the right footwear to keep your feet warm with the right winter boots.. At Royal Canadian Boots, we want to ensure that you step into the snowy season armed with the confidence to make this all-important investment.
Whether navigating city streets, hiking snowy trails, or scaling glaciers and icy peaks, your boot choice will define your experience. With the insights and tips provided here, you are prepared to assess every aspect of a winter boot, from insulation to waterproofing, traction, support, and style.
Make an informed decision and you'll slide into a high-quality pair of boots suited to your circumstances and spend the season walking, in warmth, comfort, and safety, in a winter wonderland. Misfire on this decision and you’ll be left wondering… “When is winter over, again?”
October 02, 2023
October 02, 2023
October 02, 2023
The chill of winter beckons, and as you venture out to brave the elements, the right footwear becomes your trusted ally. From snowy trails to city streets, the choice between waterproof and water resistant boots plays a pivotal role in your journey. But, here lies the crux: while these terms often get interchanged, they serve distinct purposes, each with its own set of advantages. Delve into this guide as we demystify the differences, ensuring your next step is both dry and informed.
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