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Old 12-08-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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We will be moving to Easter Alaska in May. I want to get my girl friend a good pair of winter boots, due to the minus 40 temps.
Something that looks nice if possible.

Thanks
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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We will be moving to Easter Alaska in May. I want to get my girl friend a good pair of winter boots, due to the minus 40 temps.
Something that looks nice if possible.

Thanks
Ester, Alaska? That's pretty much Fairbanks, so after you get here and before winter arrives, go to one of these stores and buy her some winter gear:

-Sportsman Warehouse
-Sports Authority
-Big Ray's
-The Prospector
-Sentry Hardware in Fairbanks (their outfitter section)
-Plus numerous other places I may have forgotten

The reason why it's difficult to tell you which one to buy right now is because by next year there may be newer and improved boot models. Later you will have to decide if she should have the most insulated tall or medium heigh boots, and water-resistance or not. But you will have plenty of time to decide, since May is pretty close to the beginning of summer.

I happened to go to Sportsman Warehouse a few days ago, and they had some "Baffin Polar Proven, Inpact" mukluks on sale, so I bought a pair. The Women's version was also on sale for around $159.00, down from $170.00 or so (men's are more expensive). But you will have plenty of winter boots to choose from, and cheaper than Baffin.
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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We will be a couple hrs north east of Valdez, so Fairbanks isn't a place we will go often if at all. I am hoping to get some items, for her, for christmas and her birthday. I did stop at Cabela's and the lady there said the higher the count, the warmer they are and she showed me some 1200 and 2000 count boots. most seemed kind of heavy.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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Ray - maybe s/he meant Eastern Alaska... About the only thing I can think of.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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I just read what your talking about, yes, Eastern Alaska......I guess, it is in the Glennallen area.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Ray - maybe s/he meant Eastern Alaska... About the only thing I can think of.
I didn't even know that there was a town called "Eastern" in Alaska. I searched for it, but could not find such place.

If the place is by the Glennallen, Valdez has a "Prospector" store (closer to Glennallen), but boots over there would cost more than in Anchorage. Anchorage is closer to Glennallen than Fairbanks is.

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Old 12-09-2013, 12:28 AM
 
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Thanks, I get the idea, lots of options.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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We will be a couple hrs north east of Valdez, so Fairbanks isn't a place we will go often if at all. I am hoping to get some items, for her, for christmas and her birthday. I did stop at Cabela's and the lady there said the higher the count, the warmer they are and she showed me some 1200 and 2000 count boots. most seemed kind of heavy.
You shouldn't be looking for boots for her, she should be looking for her own boots. She's going to be wearing them, after all. She should know how prone to cold feet/toes she is and what she's wanting these boots for. Is she just going to work and back? Walking the dog? Snowmachining? Snowshoeing? When it's -40F I doubt she's going to be out for long periods. Nobody around there is going to care much what your boots look like, btw.

There's a decent variety of cold-weather boots out there. Sorel, Keen, Columbia, and so on. The most insulated boots I have are 600g of Thinsulate. They're super warm and they still look like normal winter boots, not like bunny boots. I'd think about the Arctic Muck boots, too.

Oh, and don't come down here to go shopping. Go to Anchorage. The Prospector's prices really aren't bad, but their selection for women's gear is pretty lacking.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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Thanks, I'll look into the brands mentioned. We'll start with 600 g and go from there, and yes, she will try them on before I buy them.
Thanks everyone
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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I think the quickest way to the "dog" house would be for me to buy my wife a pair of boots Might I suggest a nice pair of Sorels...so when she boards that plane to leave...and flings them at you...they don't hurt so bad (they have rubber soles and leather uppers)...buying boots for a gal...you are a brave man
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