Wolverine Crossbuck Waterproof LX
Fully waterproof, this boot will keep your feet dry during winter activities. Vibram Artic-Grip soles for secure walking on slippery surfaces. Insulated to keep feet warm. A great boot for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or hiking.
- Full waterproofed leather uppers
- Leak-proof cemented construction
- Vibram Artic-Grip soles
- A little heavy
The Wolverine Crossbuck LX boot is a new arrival to Wolverine's line of winter boots. The Crossbuck LX is a full leather cousin to the already popular Crossbuck FX boot. I was able to get an early sample of this boot from Wolverine for testing in February of 2016 and gave it a full workout in the Lake Tahoe area during the rest of the winter. This turned out to be a very versatile boot, equally at home snowshoeing, going for a winter hike, or just working around the house.
The Crossbuck is a leather over the ankle height boot with a reinforced rubberized toe and heel along with Artic-Grip Vibram soles. Featuring Wolverine's Waterproof Plus breathable membrane and Thinsulate insulation the boot kept my feet warm and dry during a variety of activities. The insole is made of a thick dual-density foam to help reduce fatigue.
My initial testing was done hiking around on the ice and snow covered roads in my Alpine Meadows neighborhood. The Artic-Grip soles are made of two compounds of Vibram rubber, with the rubber around the perimeter of the soles feeling almost sticky. These Vibram soles did a great job of providing traction on the roadways covered with packed snow and ice.
The over the ankle design was comfortable without any break-in and in 20-degree weather, my feet were warm and toasty. The thick insoles made for a very cushy, comfortable base in the boot. At 1 3/4 lbs each my size 9 boots were a little heavy during hiking, but compared to my 3 lb Sorels would be considered light.
Strapping the boots into my hiking snowshoes, the first thing I noticed was how much more comfortable the Crossbuck felt compared to my normal Sorel winter boots. Having my feet securely supported worked much better than the loose fit of my liner equipped winter boots. Bombing along on the trail my feet again stayed warm and dry without overheating. The upper edge of the boot is rolled and this did a nice job of keeping any snow from getting into the boot. For deep snow, gaiters would need to be worn to keep the lower legs dry.
Working around the house the boots worked great, my feet always warm and dry even when standing in one place for extended periods of time. As a retired building contractor, I wish I had these boots back in the day to keep me warm and secure.
- Sizes: 7-14
- Width: Medium, Extra-wide
- Color: Brown
- Cost: $180
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)