Mil-Tec Snow boots arctic
Warm, waterproof and surprisingly lightweight, the Mil-Tec Snow Boots are still quite reasonably priced. These come with liner boots for additional warmth.
Although what we are going through here at the time of writing is a sad excuse for winter, it's always good to be prepared for the worst with warm boots! For those who don't feel like shelling out hundreds of bucks for a good pair of boots, we can offer these - while not THE best around, for the price they are first class and offer most of the qualities found on more expensive boots.
Made entirely of synthetic materials and are of very simple construction - this keeps the price down. The lower part is one big molded part of rubber, sewn on to the polyester shaft. On the shaft you'll find tightening straps and a snow lock on the top. It's also lightly lined with Thinsulate. As can be seen in the pictures, the sole has a remarkably decent tread pattern for increased traction.
As said before, these come with liner boots. These are also made of Thinsulate, with aluminum foil for better insulation. The boots are meant to be worn with these, so the fit is extremely loose without them.
Sizes according to insole length, with corresponding EU/French size behind. We recommend measuring the insole of any comfortable shoes you happen to own and use it as a guideline to pick the size.
Measure the longest possible length without straightening the heel cup.
Another important note about sizing: separate insoles don't go into the liner boot, so if you buy felt insoles, pick a pair that's one size "too large" for the boot. For example a 43 felt insole is perfect for size 42 boots. We recommend getting proper insoles to go with these, as the ones included are just thin plastic sheets, which will undermine the the otherwise good thermal properties of these.
While we probably wouldn't take on Mt. Everest or the Antarctic with these, they do perform extremely well in moderately extreme cold environments and give a rather nice bang for the buck.
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does not recommend
Peter R. 14.12.2016 (Edited 22.12.2016)
Good quality and perfect fit at a fair price !
Ville A. 18.04.2017 (Edited 23.05.2019)
Tomas B. 28.05.2017
Janne P. 12.11.2017
Colin N. 19.06.2019
Looked them over and they seem well put together, good open tread so it doesn't ball up with snow, high rand to protect the boot and help keep it dry high rubber heel cup to allow you to use your feet to scrape the boots off of your foot at the end of the day and also help hold the heel in place as you walk. A snow lock cord at the top of the boot to prevent snow ingress.
If you've not used this style of boot before it's worth noting that the flex point is a lot further back than on standard footwear. This is mainly down to how the boot upper is constructed. Many will change how they walk with a more flat footed step as this is better in snow and it means that your foot doesn't flex as much. But folks with a high instep may find that the boots pinch their arch initially.
As to sizing I'd say they as a little snugger than suggested. I got a size 13/47 for my measured size 12 feet. I find the boots comfortably snug without the extra insoles, but then I do have typically British wide forefeet.
Hopefully they are going to live in the cupboard for the next couple of months as the weather will be too hot to wear them, but I'm very happy with my purchase and they seem excellent value for money
Ignacio N. 06.11.2019 (Edited 06.11.2019)