Looking for an all-round winter boot to keep your feet warm while enjoying your favorite winter activity?
The Nordic Pass winter boot from Kamik’s 2010 line might just fill the bill if you’re particular about happy feet during the coldest months of the year.
These 10-inch-high boots have waterproof seam-sealed suede and ballistic nylon uppers, a Thinsulate Ultra lining, simple, rustproof speed-lace-and-hook closure, moisture-wicking lining, a padded collar, gusset tongue and rubber bottoms to ensure comfort in all that Mother Nature can dish out, right down to a rated minus 58 degrees.
That temperature rating is a guide, Kamik says, that was developed by the Performance Testing Council Inc. and certified by the Center for Textile Technology in Quebec. Kamik Certified Comfort Rating provides a guide to help consumers pick a boot to fit their needs. Heath and physical activity, exposure time, proper dress for weather conditions, perspiration and other factors will affect performance and comfort.
As for the insulation, Thinsulate Ultra is lightweight, breathable and moisture-resistant. Thinsulate Ultra is loftier and thicker than original Thinsulate insulation — for even greater warmth and comfort, yet still thin enough to allow complete freedom of movement. It is designed to retain insulating value in damp conditions. And if you stand in 5-6 inches of water, you’ll get a chance to test that theory. I headed for drier ground when I began to feel the cold water seep in above my right instep.
When I first slid these boots on, I thought I’d gotten the wrong size. But I found that the removable foot bed just needed to be repositioned. Like with almost any new footwear, the initial forays around the yard proved that new boots are indeed a bit stiff.
But after putting 10-15 miles on them over the course of several outings and yard work days, they’re beginning to feel great. A recent walk with temperatures in the low- to mid-teens left my feet feeling toasty-warm and comfortable. They grip well on packed snow, but, as you might suspect, slip on glazed sidewalk ice (that’s where Katoola’s Microspikes come in handy).
At 3.15 pounds for the pair, the boots will be great for snowshoeing. I’ve already tried them in the bindings. Now all I need is some more snow. A walk in 6 inches of newly fallen snow was hardly a challenge for them.
They come in three colors: olive, charcoal and dark brown, and are, according to Kamik’s website, available at Lamey Wellehan, 43 Bangor Mall Blvd.; Super Shoes, 930 Stillwater Ave., and Sears, 693 Stillwater Ave.
For more information visit www.kamik.com.
Available only in full men’s sizes, 7-14.