Winter is an amazing time of year. When that spectacular white snow falls, a whole new world of adventure opens up to the outdoor enthusiast. No matter what your winter sport of choice may be, from snowmobiles to skiing to making snowmen with the kids, it's important you have the right footwear for the job.
The first thing to consider is the sort of conditions you will be facing. Will it be cold and wet or cold and dry? Will you be in the cold for extended periods of time, or for short bursts? Will the boots be the only thing between you and the snow, or will you be on a snowmobile, snowboard, or snowshoes?
For example, if you are going to a cabin and will be taking turns on the snowmobile, it's less important to have the best boots. If you'll be out all day, however, you want the best insulation you can find.
There are several different types of winter boots. You've doubtless seen ugg boots around town, even in the summer. These are good for keeping the feet warm during shorter periods, but unless they are very high quality they won't last too long in the brutal cold.
Insulated military boots are a good choice for the winter enthusiast. They are often called “Mickey Mouse” boots or “M&Ms.” Originally designed for the Korean War, they are durable and warm. They provide great protection from water and extreme cold. A wool-lined interior and layers of rubber insulate your feet and protect from frostbite even at temperatures as low as -30 degrees.
Mukluks are a traditional footwear worn by Eskimos to keep warm and dry. They are basically moccasins that come up to the knee. Lined with felt and wool, they insulate well against the cold, but they aren't necessarily waterproof, so if it's very wet where you will be, they may not be a good idea.
Mountaineering boots are another fine choice. With a plastic shell and wool or foam insulated inner-boot, they are perfect for use with snowshoes and ski bindings. They may not be as warm as the Mickey Mouse boots, but they are durable and will get the job done.
Another important part of staying warm is avoiding accidents that will keep you out longer than you had planned. If you have noticed any problems with your snowmobile shocks, get them looked at right away. Don't wait for a disaster where you are stuck in the snow with your feet freezing. It's better to spend a little extra on snowmobile shocks than to wind up with frostbitten toes.