User Review: Chippewa Arctic 50
Use: Heavy backpacking, off trail use, general hiking, daily wear
Break-in Period: very comfortable out of box, but stiff
Price Paid: $165+
I have had these boots for years in everything except extremely wet conditions and they have performed flawlessly.
There are only two things you really need to know before deciding to buy these excellent boots, they are heavy and they have little rocker. I would not recommend them for extremely wet conditions (all the time) but if you wear wool sock (ALWAYS wear wool socks) they will perform very well year round. You might think you can't wear these in the summer, but with a nice wool sock they are very good for your feet. Any sweat is wicked away by the sock and shearing lining -- very nice.
One awesome boot, excellent support, year-round use, comfortable, and I can't imagine anything tougher. Take care of them and they'll outlast anything else you're ever going to own.