Garmont Momentum Snow GTX
Price Paid: $180
I got a pair a year ago. They felt stiff out of the box but I figured a little break-in period was needed. I used them steady during a three week cold snap we had and my feet (especially my right foot) froze (with merino wool socks) even while active as a courier.
Besides the cold feet I had an unbearable pain in the front of my shin (like it was putting pressure on the muscles that I use too lift my foot) from the ankle support, no matter how loose I left the laces it would dig in!
On a side note I will mention that the laces are way too long and wrapping around the ankle is a must to avoid huge loops. I managed too wear them for a few weeks until I couldn't stand it anymore and switched too an old pair of boots.
I dug them back out last month for a retry and the ankle section was still digging in, so I chopped down the laces and stopped tying up the ankle section and still no resolve. Last week I finally had enough with the boots due to getting wet inside from having them tied up so loose and got a pair of Keen winters (warm and comfy).
Price Paid: $99 at REI
I have had these for about 5 months. The traction is great for snow and light mud. If you are in thick mud or clay they tend to get clogged and you have to pick the dirt out. But you will always have dry toasty feet.
I normally wear a 12-13 boot , I got these in a 13. even with light hiker socks with a heavy hiker over it there is still a bit of room for another layer. So they do tend to run a little bigger. I have a wide foot and they fit great. They are super-light , easy to take on and off.
If it's just chilly outside and you wear these they might be too warm. My feet tend to be very toasty and seem to be optimal to wear at freezing or below. I have done some backpacking with these in central oregon at about 10 degrees F. My feet stayed plenty warm.
They will not make your feet sore and maybe took half a day to break in. No hotspots on my feet and would recommend to anyone that wants a warm casual boot for light work around the ranch to hiking. not ideal for 40 degrees plus hiking....feet will be too warm. but you will not have wet feet.
Great winter boot for the price.
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