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Steger Mukluks Arctic

photo: Steger Mukluks Arctic winter boot

Specs

Price MSRP: $199.95
Reviewers Paid: $160.00-$270.00
Weather rating Extreme wear to colder than -40°F / Colder temperatures apply if you choose larger and wider sizes
Height from floor Mens 17 in / Ladies 16 in
Material Description Moosehide, Weather-treated Canvas Upper, 9mm Polypropylene Lined Wool Felt Liner, 9mm Wool Felt Insole, Contour Insole, Rubber Sole

Reviews

7 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   2
1-star:   2

Quite possibly the best winter boots available

Pros

  • VERY warm
  • VERY comfortable
  • Pretty damn funky
  • The lacing system doesn't allow any snow into the boot

Cons

  • The laces can be a pain until you get used to them
  • These aren't great for slushy snow
  • The white canvas gets filthy, but kind of looks cool too

 

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So, I have had these boots for about four months now. I have used them working as a wilderness guide in Ruka, Finland. I have primarily used these snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing, from temperatures of +3C to -30C. I think I have gotten a very good idea of these boots at this point.

I love them. I seriously, seriously love these boots. 

I went back and forth on these for like two years before I finally squeezed the trigger on them. Previously, I wore Nokian Naali winter wellington boots, which are warm...but heavy as hell and your feet don't breath at all in the rubber. My main problem with rubberized winter boots, has always been my feet sweating. The second that happens, I get cold.

The Steger's have solved that problem for the most part. They are so much more lightweight and breathable it is incredible. If the weather gets a bit warmer, then my feet will sweat a bit, but nothing like they did with rubber boots and a quick change of socks before my next excursion out usually solves that.

They are wonderfully warm and incredibly cozy. They feel like wearing some mocassin slippers all day. If I have three trips a day, that's a 15-hour day and these feel fantastic the whole time. During snowmobiling, they cut the wind and I am completely warm. When I have to dig a tourist out of hip deep snow, the lacing system keeps all of the snow out of my boots. If I go snowshoeing and have to stand for hours, I don't feel the cold and if I go snowshoeing, these are so lightweight that it makes hours of walking far more bearable. 

To be fair, I have not used these in colder than -30°c yet, but I think they will be fine. I typically just wear a pair of medium weight hiking socks under them until it's like -20° or -25°, then I put on some heavy wool socks and I am even too warm again. 

I can't suggest these enough for people who get cold feet in the winter. Buy them. You won't regret it at all.

Experience

I have four months of wearing these as a snowmobile, snowshoe, and ice-fishing guide in Finland. I have been a guide for a few years now and have used a few other kinds of "rubberized" winter boots before this. I won't be going back to them.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

These are extremely warm boots. Extremely comfortable too, like your favorite slippers on steroids. They are not for wet conditions though. If it's warm enough outside to be wet, these are probably too warm!

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Warm
  • Easily repairable
  • Liners replaceable
  • Waterproof soles with good traction in snow
  • Good for mushing, ice fishing, stadiums, hunting stands, igloo building.

Cons

  • Not for long distance treks, not waterproof.
  • Take a while to lace.

If barefooters went to the Arctic, this is what they'd wear. In fact, a number of people do wear them barefoot. I have, but only for a quick trip to the compost bin at ten below, or a short visit to school to see my son's class perform in assembly. Normally I wear socks, which only makes them warmer. 

Before I mention what these boots don't do, I'll sing their praises. (Photos coming)

Warm, warm, warm! With enough space to add a felt insole for increased insulation when you're standing on ice, jigging, or otherwise not very active. These are warm. The inner wool felt liner is not as tall as the boot which is 17", but the extra height together with the lace tie at the top keeps out snow and definitely helps keep your legs, and so your feet, warmer. At 20 and 25 degrees below zero (F) I haven't found a warmer boot.

Comfortable! Like a mocassin comfortable, with plenty of room to spread and wiggle your toes. Sized correctly, your heel doesn't lift when walking, but this is not a long-distance walking boot. Maybe long distance snowshoeing, but I haven't tried that. No break-in needed, no chafing, though they do get softer and fit to your feet as the years go by. No arch, heel cup, ankle pockets, or other high-tech elements that might not fit your foot. It's a safe bet these will fit you and all your friends. Which means you have to watch out for the excuses your wife and kids will make for needing to wear them!

Dry. With leather and canvas uppers, they breathe so your feet don't get wet from sweat. The leather can be waterproofed, but these are not boots for thirty degrees and warmer, unless it's not raining or the slush isn't deep. The rubber soles wrap up one and a half inches, protecting feet from some slush, but these are not wet weather boots.

Traction is good in snow, okay on ice, fine on rock and even on wet surfaces but, again, stay away from anything wet and deep. Lateral support isn't there, so one element of traction, or sure-footedness, is missing.

For those in a hurry, these are not slip-ons. While they are easy to pull on, the long leather laces take a minute to wrap and tie. At least a minute. For each one. If you like the slow food movement, you'll like these boots. The wide leather laces are a treat to wrap and tie. For those short trips to the compost bin, or just to shovel the walk, tuck the laces in and be on your way.

Durable. Walking on snow and ice is not tough on the sole, the leather and canvas are tough show almost no wear after two years. These are easy to repair.

One of the best for last: made in the USA. It's not easy to find footwear made domestically. Of course, that's one of the reasons the price is significant. I like the fact that it's going to pay a living wage to people who work for a reputable family here at home.

I've worn these boots for two winters, and look forward to many more. My wife bought a pair of all leather Steger mukluks after trying mine. My son wants a pair, but we're waiting until his feet stop growing!

In summary, these boots aren't suited for climbing, long treks if you're in a hurry, or quick change artists. They don't belong in wet environments. But in truly cold places, especially where you aren't active and generating heat constantly, they shine. Well, the suede and canvas don't actually shine, but they do have rugged good looks and they perform like a pair of heavy-duty winter moccasins should.

They are available through the Steger Mukluks website, or at their store in Ely, Minnesota — where they are made.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $179

I could not find zero-drop boots that were warm enough for Canada, and finally came across these mukluks. I got a wide, as other brands were too narrow.
They fit very comfortably, and I've used them for about 20 trips with absolutely no issues with cold, even when my hands/face get cold (about -30°c). Very happy with them.

Pros

  • Zero drop
  • Very warm and comfortable

Cons

  • Sole does not have a lot of grip/traction it seems.
  • Lacing them up is a hassle, but happy to do it to stay warm!

Would buy again.

Experience

little

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

Do NOT order online. You won't get your boots for weeks.

Cons

  • slow service
  • people on the phone couldn't provide me with any updates about my order—said they didn't know and that was that

This is not a review of the product because I don't have it yet even though I ordered it 6 weeks ago. This is a review for the customer service which has been horrible! They should tell customers, especially around the holidays, that when you order online the boots haven't been made yet.

Who doesn't keep an inventory of their product? I don't get it. I ordered my dad a pair of boots on Black Friday, only to call Steger on December 23 so they could tell me they hadn't started making the boots yet. How ridiculous.

I called again today, January 12th, and they're still not done. I would wonder if this is a scam except they haven't charged my card yet. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $270

These boots will leak dye all over your floor and your feet, and the company will do nothing at all about it. Sorry, people.

Cons

  • Leaking dye
  • Terrible customer service

Do yourself a favor and buy Manitobah Mukluks instead.

Experience

Worst customer experience of my life, and now stuck with boots that turn my feet blue with leaking dye. Do not purchase.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $160

Unrepairable soles.

Pros

  • Warm
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Unrepairable soles. Why pay big bucks for disposable boots?

Great boots. Warm, lightweight. Since Steger does not repair the soles when they wear out, they are evidently disposable. Don't imagine you'll be handing these down to your kids, like L.L.Bean boots.

Big bucks for disposable mukluks.

Experience

Bought them, wore them, tossed them.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

Couldn't fit on my foot, and limited refund.

Pros

  • Fast service but useless product in the end

Cons

  • Too narrow ankle opening
  • Won't refund postage
  • Won't customize any orders

I recently tried to buy a pair of boots from Steger, had a problem getting my foot beyond the narrow ankle. They suggested an alternate pair, the same problem. The ankle opening is too narrow.

When I returned them, they stated that the postage is on the customer, so they don't want to refund my full purchase. I have paid for shipping on a product I cannot use and no longer have. Poor effort on their part to make this right.

Not the only one who has run into these problems with them. Other customer complaints about the fit issues and others about the performance and quality of the product.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: +$240

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