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11 months ago, I made the following thread (I would like to once again thank all the replies): http://www.trailspace.com/forums/gear-selection/topics/139047.html#139103
To summarise, I was looking advice on gear that would allow me to stay warm while stationary in -20C (-4F) in fairly extended period of time.
Well, something came out that stopped me to attend the festival in the end, but I am definitely going this year. Furthermore, in the near future I intend to go to Iceland to shoot aurora borealis.
Since the last thread I've found a new love for photographing the night sky, and have spent a couple of night out in near freezing or slightly below freezing temperature (-4C / 25F). I am not sure if it is my new pair of shoes (I completely wore out the sole on my last hiking shoes), or the fact that there is a big difference between walking around in town, and literally not moving for hours at a time, but my toes absolutely hates me. Even wearing two medium weight smartwool socks is not enough for my toes from being cold. I conclude that while I have above average tolerance for cold in general, my feet are my achilles' heel, more so than my hand in cold weather. The only reason I haven't noticed it till now, is that I was never *that* stationary and as long as I am walking, my feet can maintain it's warmth.
The last thread shows mentioned a couple of winter boots, and one brand that stands out (in part because I think that they can be found in Japan) is the Baffin boots. Looking at their websites their winter shoes are rated from -20C all the way to -100C! Those are pretty amazing claims. What I am wondering though, is whether I can go overboard. I.e. Would the -70C / -100C boots cause my feet to be unbearably hot at barely below freezing temperature down to -20C? And can those shoes be used for gentle hiking (I do not plan to climb tall mountains during winters, but I may climb mountains under 1000m) or are they too bulky for that purpose?