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Old 03-15-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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I've searched the forum for opinions but wanted to post myself and see if there are any new opinions on winter boots. I am from Texas, still living in Texas and have a projected assignment to Fairbanks Alaska with a reporting date in early August. I am developing opinion about what I need but I want to start by asking about boots. For wearing to work I will need to wear my issued boots. So i am interested in personal boots for me, the wife and kids (4 & 1). Me and my 4 year old will be active when outside but the wife and 1 yr old may do more standing around, body heat and sweat factors. of course I could be wrong about her.

I have heard of Danners, Sorel and Merrell. What others are there worth considering?

I am not sure what to expect regarding foot sweat. Do we do we go with lower temp rated boots and thinner socks or the opposite. What about melting snow, doesn't water proofing material mean less more sweat retention inside the boots causing the foot to get colder faster.

I am hoping to hear about the boots that are preferred and warnings about the brands to stay away from.

Thanks all
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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I have a pair of bunny boots. They are incredibly warm.
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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i read about those boots but thought ya'll were just joking
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Bata bunny boots, get some for the whole family!
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Haines, AK
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I have a cheap pair from Wal-mart and are going strong three years later.

(They are probably the only thing I have purchased from Wal-mart to last that long)
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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If you are reporting in August, don't sweat it. You will have plenty of time to buy/find the proper boots when you get here. You aren't going to find anything in Texas that will work as an "Arctic" boot...

So enjoy the trip up and don't worry about the weather stuff until you get here.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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I have yet to acquire a pair of bunny boots; for the now I have a pair of Columbia's and they are suitable.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I have yet to acquire a pair of bunny boots; for the now I have a pair of Columbia's and they are suitable.
That is because you are in the "Banana Belt"....
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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That is because you are in the "Banana Belt"....
They were suitable enough during our cold-snap at -40 Seriously though, if I spend time hiking about Denali in the colder months, I would definitely acquire a pair of bunnies!!
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: part way up Mt. Magnificent
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Summer is the best time to get winter stuff on sale, or on ebay. We're going to drive through Colorado, so while we're there we'll get winter gear that we're missing, but we're from colder climes, so we're pretty set with nice -0F coats. Just need to outfit my beenpole of a kid now.


As for the boots.. from what I read, you're going to want ones that are rated for so far below zero, because otherwise they'll crack and stuff once they're that cold. Also, for your little ones, I'd say hit up thrift stores in AK for them.. don't spend $$$ on something they're gonna grow out of quick.




Shan
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