Non-technical, hiking winter boots

10:02 p.m. on November 9, 2008 (EST)
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I've often thought that the old Wellingtons - calf-length molded rubber boots with a removable 1/2" think felt inner-sole - were the best boots I ever had for getting through the woods in the winter. You could lace-up the last inch of the boot, but otherwise there were no laces to clog with snow. The flexibility of the sole was not the problem it would be in warmer weather with the rocks exposed; and the narrow boots fit well in my snowshoes, allowing me to get in and out without bending over.

Here is a site with some similar "Wellies" - http://www.wellie-boots.com/ukmofcart/royal-hunter.html

My present Wellies were made by Sorel in Canada, are 17" high, made of natural rubber with very gripping small lugs on sole and raised heel, and have 6 pairs of eyelets for tightening the boots around the calf. Great boots, very comfortable, very tough, and far better traction in slippery conditions than any of my hiking boots.

Here is a German alternative to Wellies - - http://www.fusaroshoes.com/en-us/dept_5424.html

also - http://www.fusaroshoes.com/en-us/dept_5436.html

Has anyone else used Wellingtons or their like for hiking in deep snow, offtrail? What are your experiences?

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