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Sorel type boots for the extreme cold???

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
This has been the coldest winter in the last 5-6 years in New England. I'm finding myself spectating at a lot of ski races where I don't need skis, and I've been getting real cold feet in my good old Sorel Pac Boots regardless of the sock combination.

I've been toying with getting some "Mickey Mouse" boots, or the white "Bunny" boots. Both US Miltary issue for cold weather. I've heard that your feet sweat in them, but that they are incredibly warm...particularly the Bunny boots. I waqs hanging around in 10 to 15 below, and about 40mph of wind last weekend. Toasty warm, other than the feet.

Anybody had any experience with them, or have any other recommendations? A decent tread would be good, too.

Thanks, I realize that this is pushing the envelope of "ski gear."
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Muleski View Post
Thanks, I realize that this is pushing the envelope of "ski gear."
Not at all. And the proof is Bob Maki bindings:
http://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Sn.../dp/B0011ZCXNA

post #3 of 16
Perhaps it's just time to update your old Sorel's. Take a look at these Sorel Caribou's with a -40 degree rating. Another tip if you will be doing back to back days is a second set of the felt liners, just switch out every evening and you'll have some happy feet.
Good aggressive tread too


http://www.sorel.com/Product.aspx?top=1&cat=120&prod=49
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post #4 of 16
Love these

http://www.keenfootwear.com/product.aspx?p=554&pc=1568

got 'em at a place on the north end of church st mall in burlington, west side of the street
post #5 of 16
My parents started me in Sorel boots when I was probably about 5, and I haven't looked back since for an everyday snow boot.

That being said, these are nice too:

ASOLO Base Camp GV
post #6 of 16
I guess it depends how much you want to spend. I wear Schnee's Hunter boots and love them. I've never had cold feet except when standing in snow for a long time (not moving). They make a more insulated version too which would be even warmer. You're paying $200+ for boots but they are quality.

These are what I have: http://www.schnees.com/product_categ...inch-hunter-ii

And these are the more insulated version:
http://www.schnees.com/product_categ...3-inch-extreme
post #7 of 16
REI carries those Sorel Caribou and they are my go-to snow boot here in NE.
post #8 of 16
Boot heaters are not just for ski boots.... or maybe heated socks, a relatively cheap, easy up grade to the boots you have.

http://www.footsmart.com/Product.asp...6-99c11545e1df
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. Appreciate the ideas, very much. Anybody have a pair of Mickey Mouse boots? I've replaced liners, added felt insoles, etc. with my Sorel's. For 95% of my use they work great. Also have a couple of pairs of the older felt lined LL Bean boots; not bad either, but the sole is shot and they don't have a replacement.

What I'm looking for is a real extreme cold boot. Like a -40F or lower rating. I've seen guys working in the snow wearing white "Mickey Mouse" boots for years. I'm looking for something that I stand on the snow and ice, in subzero weather, for a few hours and not have cold uncomfortable feet. I'm talking about standing around, and not being too active. Like by the side of a race course.

Anybody used any of the real cold weather Sorel's: the Bear, Intrepid Explorer, Intrepid Expedition?

Thanks, very much.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
Perhaps it's just time to update your old Sorel's. Take a look at these Sorel Caribou's with a -40 degree rating. Another tip if you will be doing back to back days is a second set of the felt liners, just switch out every evening and you'll have some happy feet.
Good aggressive tread too


http://www.sorel.com/Product.aspx?top=1&cat=120&prod=49
Those are my boots. Love them, and have never had cold or wet feet in them. They rock.
post #11 of 16
Several Racing Parents recommended taking along a small rubber pad to place between your boots and the snow.Great additional insulation while standing for long periods in one spot. Good luck with warmer toes. James.
post #12 of 16
I've been hearing negative buzz about newer Sorels. Usual quality control issues with company recently shifting production to China, working out kinks. Seems that the junction between the rubber and leather tends to leak. That said, I liked my old ones.
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post #14 of 16
I have "Mickey Mouse" boots: I wore them this morning when I walked a few blocks to get the newspaper. My feet do not sweat in them, although some people complain about it. They are warm. Also waterproof.

The Sportsman's Guide sells them: www.sportsmansguide.com. $60.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Crudmeister. Do you have the white "bunny" boots, or the black "mickey mouse" boots? From what I've read, the white ones are rated for colder climate....also heavier, a bit "bigger", etc. Heck, for $80, I might try a pair. They seem to be all over Ebay, as well. Any other MM owners?
post #16 of 16
I have the black ones.
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