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The 6 Best Hiking Boots of Winter 2020

Bust through snow, crust, and slush with this warm, toothy footwear.

You could take your summer hiking boots out on the trail when it’s snowy out. But winter-specific hikers come packed with features to help support snowy-season loads while keeping the weather out of your socks. Our testers pick the six best hiking boots of the winter.

Best Features: Wolverine ShiftPlus Polar Range BOA

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Managing your comfort level is key on winter hikes, and the ShiftPlus Polar Range offers a plush refuge for your feet. Its warm, cushy lining, padded-yet-firm footbed, low-density PU midsole, and easy-to-use BOA lacing system are all designed with trailhead-to-summit comfort in mind. Buy the Wolverine ShiftPlus Polar Range BOA Now / Read the Full Review

Best Ounce-for-Ounce: Dolomite Tamaskan 1.5

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The Tamaskan cribs its standout feature set from a brawny mountaineering boot, then tweaks the package for less-technical pursuits. It kept us moving quickly and comfortably over snowy or muddy terrain at a weight that belies its utility. Buy the Dolomite Tamaskan 1.5 Now / Read the Full Review

Best for Snowshoeing: Vasque Breeze WT GTX

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Keeping foot soreness at bay throughout a 12-mile day in the Washington Cascades with snowshoes strapped to your feet would be a struggle in many boots, but the new Breeze WT impressed us straight out of the box. Read the Full Review

Best for Mountaineering: SCARPA Manta Tech GTX

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On snowy objectives in the Rockies and summer glacier ascents in the Cascades, the Manta Tech kept us feeling secure and confident due to a build that expertly balances support with flexibility. During a lap on Colorado’s Skyscraper Glacier, it was stiff enough to frontpoint up steep, firm snow thanks to a fiberglass- and polymer-stiffened insole board. Buy the SCARPA Manta Tech GTX Now / Read the Full Review

Most Versatile: Salewa MTN Trainer 2 Winter GTX

Salewa MTN Trainer 2 Winter GTX

Winter adventuring isn’t all about slogging through the snow. Thanks to a do-it-all midcut height, ample flex, and moderate insulation, the MTN Trainer 2 carried one Jackson, Wyoming tester from steep, snowy hikes in the Tetons to fat bike rides around the valley to leisurely walks in the woods. Buy the Salewa MTN Trainer 2 Winter GTX Now / Read the Full Review

Warmest: Oboz Sawtooth II 8” Insulated B-DRY

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Boots insulated enough for the coldest winter days usually feel like moon shoes—good for warmth, bad for precision. The Sawtooth II is a standout exception: Its stellar warmth-to-bulk ratio comes courtesy of a lean layer of 200-gram 3M Thinsulate insulation, which hoards heat without adding too much volume. Buy the Oboz Sawtooth II 8” Insulated B-DRY Now / Read the Full Review

Read More: Readers Review Merrell Hiking Shoes

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Looking to move fast on dry ground? Look no further with these supportive-yet-featherweight models from Merrell.