Snow boots are designed to be worn when walking through snow and are made from materials that can withstand wet conditions, keeping your feet warm and dry. Snow boots are insulated and waterproof and come in a variety of styles and colours to wear on the slopes. They are also great for general winter wear. Our snow boots are après snow boots which are used after skiing or snowboarding to walk around the village, go shopping and when visiting restaurants.
WHAT ARE SNOW BOOT TEMPERATURE RATINGS?
The temperature rating on a snow boot refers to the lowest temperature your feet will be warm and comfortable. For example, a rating of -5 degrees means your feet will stay warm to temperatures as low as -5 degrees. This rating is one of many factors that should be considered, as insulation, zippers and laces can affect warmth and comfort. To be the most comfortable you can be when facing the cold, we recommend choosing a snow boot with a temperature rating that exceeds the lowest temperature you expect to encounter.
ARE SNOW BOOTS WATERPROOF?
There is a big difference between water repellent and waterproof, and which boot is better for you depends on several factors – where you are going, the amount of snow/rain, where you will be wearing them, for how long and the temperature.
Water-resistant snow boots are designed to repel water to some extent. This means they can handle light snow, slush, and shallow puddles. When you encounter heavy rain/snow or deep snow, especially for long periods, water-resistant boots may eventually have water seep, causing wetness and cold and uncomfortable feet. Waterproof snow boots provide more protection as they are designed to withstand highly wet conditions like deep snow and heavy rain. The technology in these boots prevents water from penetrating the boot's exterior and making your feet wet and cold. Style is a factor many take into account, so it is good to note that often more stylish boots are usually only water-resistant. Check whether your boots are waterproof or water-resistant before you buy and think about your destination and use.
OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Traction: Traction on the sole of the boot is important. The sole of snow boots differs from walking boots as they are specifically designed to provide a non-slip against ice and snow.
- Height: Snow boots all have different heights. While longer snow boots offer better protection against deep snow, shorter boots can offer more flexibility and mobility.
- Fit: It is important to note that the elevation and long travel it takes to get to the snow can cause feet to swell, and remember that you will be wearing thick warm socks. The snow boot fit should be big enough to account for this extra room.
- Closure System: Laces, zips, Velcro or a combination of all three. A good system keeps the boot on and keeps snow out.
- Style: Functionality is important, but you can also find a snow boot that will make you the most stylish on the mountain.
- Price: A lower price means a compromise, so investing in high-quality snow boots is most likely beneficial in the long run. They will provide better insulation, durability (last longer) and comfort than cheap alternatives.
HOT TIP: If your boots get wet, we recommend stuffing them with newspaper to dry them quickly, and it helps to put them in a warm, dry room.
We have a great range of boots for the whole family. Our snow boots are available at our Rapid Surf & Ski Prospect store in Adelaide. We also ship Australia-wide to all capital cities, regional areas and to areas in the Australian Alps.