Test Bed We all know that the key to keeping your feet warm when it comes to boots is combining them with the right socks. As long as your boots are of a decent standard you should be okay – that’s if you’re not sticking them out of the bivvy to get snowed on in minus 6ºC conditions, obviously. The critical feature of good winter boots then is that they can keep out moisture – a leaking boot will give you cold toes quicker than you can say trench foot. What we concentrated on for this feature then was each pair of boots’ ability to keep out water. The consistencies To check out the capabilities of the boots, our editor donned one of each and immersed his foot in a tank of water. Each boot was kept there for a full 10 minutes to give them a proper run through, with the inside of the boot and the editor’s sock checked post dunk for any signs of leakage.
When it comes to fishing boots, these are the Land Rovers of footwear. For a start, they’re full-height field boots so you get the best ankle support possible. They’re manufactured to a high standard, with solid stitching throughout, and feel very well put together. The main material in the boots’ construction is full-grain Nubuck leather that delivers a hard-wearing, water-resistant covering. This is backed up with an abrasion-resistant, polyester 900D waterproof fabric in camou print, along with a breathable but fully waterproof HydroGuard membrane. What we like is the solidity of these boots. They feel like tanks on your feet, bolstered by a really supportive inner sole and cushioning produced using Thinsulate material for extra warmth. The high design also makes you feel more planted on rough terrain – alongside the support of the rugged grips on the hard-wearing sole. A downside of the design is obviously that they take longer to put on and take off, but the quick lacing system helps with that. The other downside is the price – they retail for £120. However, as always, you get what you pay for, and for boots like this, it’s worth parting with the cash.
Pros Super tough, supper comfy, super protective.
Cons That camou… Test Result After a 10-minute dunking the boots, the ed’s sock and everything else that needed to be dry was.
Weight: 840g each