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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2009

Gear Review: Kamik Snowpass Snowshoe Boot

Ideal for snowshoeing, or wintry day hikes, this boot keeps your feet dry and warm.

by: Testers Jim Berkeley, Rachel Brodlie, Tyler Cohen, Dennis Lewon, Rahel Wood

Kamik Snowpass (Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo)
Kamik Snowpass (Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo)

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On frigid summits throughout the Northeast, the Snowpass kept our testers warm and dry through wintry mixes of slush, ice, and snow. It's a bulkier boot than the Lynx, but also warmer and more supportive. The suede-and-nylon upper is lined with Thinsulate insulation, and an OutDry membrane keeps wetness from penetrating. A heavy-duty Vibram sole and nylon shank protected testers' feet from icy obstacles and exposed rocks from New Hampshire to Quebec–without limiting flex for comfortable walking.

The high-cut ankle and stiff midsole make it an ideal boot for snowshoe outings and light overnights with a pack of up to 30 pounds. (For multiday snowshoe trips, go with an insulated mountaineering boot.) Bummer: Laces got hung up in the boot's raised hardware, which caused pressure points with some snowshoe bindings. Bonus: These boots will last through many winters; our well-used samples still look new. Best for wide feet. $130; 2 lbs. 15 oz.; men's 7-14; kamik.com

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AA1PR
Jan 19, 2010

I am surprised that the Columbia XTM Titanium Bugaboot would have not beat this model hands down. It has a higher total overall boot height of 11" versus this 8" and has 600 grams of insulation as oppposed to the Kamik at only 400 grams.
What was the basis for the decisions of backpacking? Cost, weight, insulation value, Etc???

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