Stuff We Love: Winter Work Boots
Keep your feet warm and happy with these high-quality work boots.
For those of you who work outside in winter you know how miserable it is to have cold feet. Being on your feet all day is tough enough without the pain of cold toes. This week Marty Dyck reviews three OSHA-approved boots designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable on winter days.
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These 6 in. high Timberland boots are made of waterproof leather and membranes with options for 200g/400g/600g and 1000g of insulation. Ours came with the 400g option and were plenty warm and dry in low double digit temperatures. Part of the magic with these boots are the soles. There is a thermal Urethane base sole for added warmth and a anti-fatigue midsole. Timberland observed the issue of workers tripping over anti-fatigue mats so they basically integrated the relief those mats offer into their boot soles. The upper boot has a nice padded collar and smart lacing hardware that allows you to thread or hook the upper laces. The heel has an internal heel cup for lateral stability and a second layer of leather for abrasion resistance. The safety toe has a hard rubber exterior and an approved composite plastic so it doesn’t conduct the cold like a steel toe . The limited height of these pro boots makes them perhaps not the best choice for a lot of snow or mud, but other than they are built to last and will provide long hours of comfort and warmth.
Lacrosse Alpha Range
You wouldn’t normally consider a Wellington style pull-on boot to meet OSHA safety standards but Lacrosse has changed that with their Alpha Range. The boot’s lowers are made of ozone and tear resistant rubber laid over a 1/4 in. of neoprene which then continues up 14 in. to form the upper boot, that has an easy to grab cinch strap for a good fit in the calf. The composite safety toe and metatarsal guard both provide impact protection without limiting range of motion. A sweet bonus is the little kick off plate on the sole making for easy exit at the end of the day. Lacrosse's temperature rating for these is -20, we didn’t wear them in that kind of brutal cold but they were plenty toasty down into the single digits and found them comfy all day long. If your job site is wet, muddy and cold, these boots will definitely attain their Alpha status.
Carhartt Pac Boot
I see these boots as sort of a modern take on the old loggers boots. They quickly lace up 10 inches high with hybrid lace enclosures that cinch to a good fit. The lower boot is a polyurethane coated leather while the upper is mostly oil tanned leather. Inside the boot there's a waterproof breathable membrane with 1000 g of insulation, they are plenty warm and dry. Inside the generous rubber protection on the heel, ankle and toe there are composite guards to thwart injury. Other features include a removable EVA insole for custom fitting and large comfortable top cuff. I wore these these boots for a couple of outdoor winter work weekends and found them pretty stiff initially but they loosened up after a couple days and felt great. So, I would say the next time "pull on your Carhartt's", you might want include these boots as well.