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jkahler  
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12/27/2008 11:16PM
 
Any recomendations? I use my normal winter boots and find they're too bulky and just not comfortable. I was thinking maybe some mukluks would be better suited for the task.

A friend of mine wears his hiking boots, but my feet would get too cold.

I use the modern aluminum framed snowshoes btw.
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george  
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12/28/2008 01:07AM
 
I have been using Stegar muckluks for several years now and will never go back. They are very light weight, EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE and always warm. The only disadvantage is when you break through ice. They are not 100% waterproof. But even when your feet are wet in muckluks they stay warm:)
jkahler  
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12/28/2008 01:15AM
 
Is that an igloo on the right? Awesome! Thanks for the info.
MooseTrack  
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12/28/2008 11:02AM
 
I agree with george...mukluks are a great boot except in moist snow conditions or SLUSH...


For those interested (not to advertise) I am an outfitter and guide.
George  
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12/28/2008 12:16PM
 
yup, thats a real igloo made from snow blocks. It was made using the ice box: http://www.grandshelters.com

I did a review on here awhile back. If I find it I will post a link. They are a blast to build:)
whiteh20  
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12/28/2008 07:01PM
 
I have used Steiger MukLuks for several years. Make sure you spray them with a water repellent. They are not waterproof or even very water resistant but at the temps. up north they do exactly what they are made to do. Keep your feet warm and allow them to breathe. I carry a set of tingleys in the spring for slushy days that I can slip over the mukluks. Problem solved. I have not found anything as warm as mukluks for snowshoeing.


"With an ax, you can build a life. With a stove, you can boil water. That is if nothing breaks and you don't run out of fuel." -Samuel Hearne
hexnymph  
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12/30/2008 09:40AM
 
Steiger mukluks are the way to go... in temps lower than 28deg F. I have a pair that is 8 years old and still in working condition. During the winter months they are used almost daily. I have only broken one strap (easily sewn back on) and just recently started to have some break-down of the sole. The soles will get "gummy" if you use them everywhere as I do.

Cedarboy  
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12/30/2008 11:19PM
 
Used my Shnees last weekend, wow they work great, totlally waterproof.
CB
soledad  
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12/31/2008 09:49AM
 
Check out the boots at Empire Canvas Works. I think they are another great option, plus you can replace the soles if they wear out unlike the Stegers.

True North Boots
BigZig  
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12/31/2008 11:38AM
 
I was thinking a pair of NEOS Overshoes with a felt liner would be just like the mukluks. Anyone tried these? NEOS Overshoes
Canoedad2  
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01/02/2009 09:30PM
 
Steger Mukluks also: I am on my second pair and they are still the best. I have a pair of the Empire Canvas Works and they are a distant second but useful. Tingle Boots also with felt liners and 1 or 2 insoles for wet & slush. Neos are also fine like the Tingley. For snow shoeing I use classic wood snowshoes with a homemade lamp wick binding. This is the best system I have used so far. Going to the mountains? That's a different ball game and need for commercial shoes with metal cleats.
gbusk  
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01/02/2009 09:59PM
 
I like my hiking boots with gators for both my aluminum and ash framed snowshoes. My feet never seem to get cold snowshoeing. Snowshoeing really gets the blood FLOWING and keeps every part of me warm!
PortageKeeper  
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01/03/2009 10:23PM
 
Winter hiking boots with gaitors work fine as well. Many different models on the market. I had a pair of Columbia that I wore out after three years of heavy use.


“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
Soledad  
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01/06/2009 08:48AM
 
BigZig,

I think those boots would be great for using over mukluks in slushy conditions that exist on early ice. I guess not being water proof is the down side to mukluks, and those NEOS would solve that problem.
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