Rucking is hard. That heavy pack on your back, blisters on your feet, sweat in your eyes, muscles burning… add in the challenges of winter, and you’re in for one hell of a hike. So having a great pair of winter ruck boots can make all the difference when it comes to traction and comfort. Here are our top 5 picks for winter hiking footwear, in no particular order.
Garmont T8 Extreme GTX: This boot from Garmont is our most popular winter tactical boot, and for good reason. Comfort, light weight, flexibility, and lack of bulkiness contribute to the T8 Extreme’s demand. The sole is a combination of lug patterns from the BIFIDA and NFS boots, providing superior traction on even the slickest surfaces. Check out our 4 star review!
Belleville C795: 200G of Thinsulate insulation makes the Belleville C795 a great choice for mild winter days. It features a Vibram sole, GoreTex lining, and suede-leather and nylon uppers. The coyote color is fully compliant with both Army and Air Force wear with the new OCP uniforms. American made.
Rocky S2V Winter Boot: This flight-rated boot is PTFE-coated for flame resistance, waterproof thanks to its GoreTex lining, and the 400g of Thinsulate makes it a great choice for colder climates. It also has a moisture-wicking lining to keep any sweat off of your feet. Made in the USA, and fully compliant with both Army and Air Force wear with the new OCP uniforms.
Belleville 775: If you want the maximum warmth, the 775 has 600g of Thinsulate for the very coldest outdoor rucks. It has a GoreTex lining, removable footbed insert, and speed laces for quick on/off. It is AR670-1 compliant for Army wear with multicam uniforms (only available in desert tan). The 775 is also available in an identical Steel Toe version.
Bates GX-8 GTX: Ideal for first responders who need to maintain traction and warmth while staying light on their feet, the Bates GX-8 winter boot has 200g of insulation, a GoreTex lining, side zipper with a Velcro tab, and is made of a combination of durable, polishable black leather and ripstop nylon.
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