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Snowmobile boots are products that have to tick a lot of boxes. They need to be warm enough to be comfortable in often extremely cold conditions (no one goes snowmobiling at the beach after all) whilst also being strong enough to stand up to being protective equipment in what is really a pretty tough sport.
They also need to be practical to get on and off with frozen fingers and be easy to maintain – and it also helps if they good whilst doing all that. As we said, a lot of boxes to tick. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the best snowmobile boots on the market today. First we’ll take a good look at the best boots out there, and then in our buying guide we’ll discuss the features to look for, as well as look at how to get the most from your new snowmobile boots.
Best Rated Snowmobile Boots in 2020:
Sometimes if you want the best, you have to swallow your pride and go to the folks with the best experience. When it comes to winter clothing – especially to winter boots – who knows better than the Canadians? If they can make the kind of clothes and apparel that can survive the Canadian winter, you’ve got to pay attention.
Baffin are one of the most respected Canadian outdoor wear manufacturers, and if you live south of the border but want to take advantage of the experience of our northern cousins, you should definitely check out this boot. The stand out feature is the construction, where we have an excellent mix of molded outer with multi-fiber foam based inner boot systems.
That hybrid construction is going to provide a boot that is incredibly tough on the outside, really comfortable and warm on the inside. In fact these are hardcore boots, rated for use in temperatures as low as -72C / -95F. These snow boots are also extremely practical to put on, with two straps that are easy to operate even with cold hands. The top drawstring makes a snug close to keep snow out, whilst the aggressive tread pattern on the sole will provide excellent grip.
These boots are so Canadian they should come with a voucher for a free plate of poutine, and they are stuffed full of useful, carefully thought out features.
Adjustable Calf and Ankle Straps
Aggressive Tread for Excellent Traction
Molded Outer / Multi-Material Inner
Rated to -72C / -95F
- Weight6.9 lbs
This snow boot has the appearance of a pretty traditional style of boot. However look a little closer, and you see that it is actually packing a number of very interesting – and pretty modern – features.
The big stand out has to be those synthetic rubber soles. This material has been used here to provide boot soles that are just as strong but also 50% lighter than natural rubber versions. That weight saving can feel very valuable when you’re plodding along loose, powdery snow. The upper is 600 denier Nylon, so it’s very thick and also waterproof, again another useful feature.
The boot opening is neatly closed with a drawstring, whilst the boot itself is held in place with a single strap above the ankle. The drawstring should provide a tight seal to keep moisture out; the strap will be easy to manage with cold fingers. Internal padding is 8mm thick, and Kamik claim the boot can be used in temperatures up to -40F. This is a well-designed boot in the traditional style with some useful modern upgrades
Synthetic Rubber Soles
Waterproof, 600 Denier Nylon Uppers
8mm Thermal Liner
Rated For Conditions Up To -40F
- Weight1 lbs
If you want a pair of snowmobile boots that actually don’t really look like snowmobile boots, consider this pair from SOREL. Just look at them – that is a fine looking pair of winter boots that will look equally at home on the slopes or in a bar. But it’s not just looks with this pair of boots – there is a lot under the hood too.
Those beautiful uppers are made of real leather. The soles meanwhile are rubber, and have very aggressive, multi-directional tread for supreme grip in even the most slippery conditions. Where the two materials meet the seams have been sealed to provide a pair of boots with excellent waterproof properties.
The features continue to roll when you look inside too. The standout has to be the 400 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation. This is a pretty high weight of extremely good quality insulation that is one of the reasons the manufacturers state the boots can be worn in temperatures as low as -40F. A built in bootie with drawstring closure is also included in the design, helping to achieve a snug and secure fit.
Includes Real Leather
400 Grams of Thinsulate Insulation
- Weight4.27 lbs
This set of Winter Boots from Klim combines easy, low – key styling with modern materials for a well-made, very protective boot. The Gore-Tex construction is a big attention getter of course, as anyone who has ever purchased outdoor suited clothes or apparel will know this is a premium material.
Inside the boot, we find an incredible 600 grams of Thinsulate insulation material. That is really going to do a job of keeping your feet toasty and warm, whilst a moisture wicking plush liner helps keep them dry. The insole can also be removed for easy cleaning, keeping the dreaded boot-foot smell at bay after a hard weekend in the wilderness.
Ankle cut outs provide a higher degree of flexibility than you expect with a shoe of this type, whilst the soles boast an aggressive tread for excellent grip. This is not a cheap product so do bear that in mind. But it does have a range of very impressive features in a well though out design.
Removable Moisture-Wicking insole
Ankle Cut Out for Flexibility
600 Grams of Thinsulate Insulation
- ModelAdrenaline GTX
- Weight3 lbs
So far we’ve looked at a range of high quality winter boots that provide sufficient protection and insulation to make them suitable for use when snowboarding. With this product from FXR however, we’re taking a bit of a different tack. What we have here is a boot designed specifically for use when snowboarding.
That means that we see a lot of the features we’ve seen already on previous products. We have a rugged sole with aggressively styled treads for grip. We have a phenomenal 600 grams of insulation, leading to footwear rated for use in temperatures as low as -40C. We also have a snug fur lining, and a styling that is more eye catching, and clearly more “sporty” in its inspiration than some of the previous models.
We have some features unique to a snowmobile boot too, and not just that sporty design. Chief amongst them are the protected kick toe that is built into the design. It is essentially an extra thick part of the sole at the front of the boot. It protects the foot from impacts whilst riding, and also allows you to kick surfaces to knock snow and ice off them quickly without damaging your delicate little toes.
Eye Catching Styling
600g of Insulation
Rated to -40C
Built in Toe Kick
- Weight5 lbs
This pair of boots are big, black and kind of look like what you could imagine Darth Vader wearing on a winter sports vacation. But whilst they may not be the most eye catching design in the world, they certainly pack in a whole heap of useful features.
First and foremost is the removable Thermolite fleece liner. It provides enough insulation for these boots to be rated for wear in temperatures as low as -68F, whilst the fact they are removable makes for easy cleaning. Turning to the outer materials and we have a durable synthetic leather upper with rugged plastic soles. There are also built in toe caps for a little extra protection and the boots are either waterproof (lower section) or water resistant (uppers).
The soles have chunky, “Chisel-Tooth” style tread for great grip, whilst the laces run full length for a tight and secure fit. With a price tag of around a hundred bucks, they are from the lower end of the price range, but they are still bursting with useful features.
Synthetic Leather Upper
Removable Insulated Thermal Lining
Rated to -68F
Protective Runner Coated Toe Caps
- BrandHJC Helmets
- Weight7 lbs
Well, they state right there that they are Hi-Viz – and they certainly aren’t lying! These are a pair of snow boots that people will see you in from a long way away. Whilst that may be something that not everyone wants, it does add a useful element of safety. There’s also a lot more to recommend these boots than the styling.
The stand out feature is the insulation, or more accurately, the insulation material. It is a 3-layer blend of Marino wool. This all-natural material has incredible wicking properties, and will help to keep your feet dry (and warm) for extended periods of time.
Looking at the outer sections and there are some impressive features here too. For example the upper is 1000 denier Nylon with leather trim in strategic locations. The soles are molded and include a high abrasion toe. A simple but effective buckle and strap installation will both keep you feet secure whilst being easy to operate with cold, numb hands. A drawstring is the final cherry on top, allowing a close and secure fit designed to keep moisture out.
Molded, High Abrasion Toe
High Visibility Styling
Easy To Use Buckle System
Draw String Sealed Upper
Merino Wool Blend Insulation
- BrandCastle X Barrier 2
- ModelBarrier 2 Boot
- Weight10 lbs
If you’re going to name your boot Wolf it better be very good – luckily Baffin don’t disappoint. This is the second entry from the Canadian manufacturer to make our list and, just like the first, this product is packed with useful features.
From the outside, the most eye-catching features are probably those dual buckle straps. They are nice and big to provide both a secure and comfortable fit, but also frankly massive buckles that will be easy to use in all weathers and with freezing fingers. The outsole is rubber with slightly less aggressive tread, whilst the boot top boasts a drawstring collar for a snug closure.
Take a look at the internal features and you can see that the boot contains a highly impressive 7 layers of insulation – yes, 7! Not only that, but all the layers are removable for easy cleaning. These boots are very lightweight too, and have been designed by Baffin mainly for walking on deep but powdery snow – that is why they have such a tall, waterproof construction without very aggressive tread. If those are the conditions you snowmobile in most frequently, definitely take a look at these very well designed snow boots that are a credit to their name.
Double Buckle Straps
Seven Layer Insulated Inner Boot (Seven!)
All Rubber Construction
- Weight4.18 lbs
Our second product from Kamik and it is more of an everyday winter boot, especially when compared to some of the more hardcore models we’ve looked at. This is especially highlighted when you look at the insulation layer provided, with 200 grams of Thinsulate material in this product. That is the lowest level of insulation of any product on the list.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing however. We don’t all go snowmobiling on the Arctic Tundra, and 200 grams of insulation is ok for pretty cool temperatures. In addition, because of the low insulation, Kamik are able to build a boot with a far more everyday appearance too – you can wear them around town without a second glance.
They still have some useful features too. The upper is leather for waterproof protection; the sole is 100% rubber so it will provide both waterproof protection and good traction. The lining is moisture wicking and can be removed for easy cleaning. All in all, don’t wear these in the coldest conditions – but for more inclement winter weather these are very well designed snowmobile boots.
200Grams Thinsulate Insulation
- Weight1 lb
Our last product on the list, and pretty much the Polar opposite of the snow boot we just looked at (pun very much intended there by the way). Whilst the previous product were very much everyday boots lacking the insulation for deep winter wear, this beast from Baffin (their third product to make the list) is very different.
The big standout here is the phenomenal 8 layers of insulation. This multi foam layer provides the heat retention and protection sufficient for these boots to be rated for use in temperatures as a low as -148F. That makes them very much the hardiest boots on this list, so if you are looking for the ultimate protection from cold weather, these are the boots for you.
In addition to that incredible insulation, we also have an all Nylon and Rubber construction – Nylon upper and Rubber soles. They combine to provide a very useful waterproof construction, whilst the soles also boast excellent tread for increased traction. Two oversized buckles are designed for easy use in cold weather, whist a drawstring collar keeps out moisture.
Nylon & Rubber Construction
Eight-Layer Inner Boot System
Rated to -148F
Deep Traction Rubber Outsole
- Weight2 lbs
Best Snowmobile Boots Buying Guide & FAQ
In this section we’ll take a look at the features you should bear in mind whilst making your selection. Each boot that made our list comes with a different set of design features. Some will be more useful to you, whilst some may increase the price by being features that you don’t necessarily need – but still have to pay for!
We’ll help you figure out which is which, before going on to look at how you can get the most out of your new boots. We’ll finish up with some FAQs about snowmobile boots and you’ll be ready to hit the drifts!
What You Should Look For in Snowmobile Boots
A few design features to consider when you are making your selection.
- Laces/Straps. Yes, straps can look a little dumb – but they are also a very practical choice. For one thing, they can provide a very secure fit, especially when there are two of them. For another though they are easier to tighten and undo with cold fingers.
- Soles. The sole, and by this we really mean the tread, is very important. The more aggressive the tread pattern, the more traction and grip the boot provides. The more traction and grip you have, the less likely you are to fall over in the snow. Maintain all your cool points by picking up boots with good tread and staying upright on the slopes.
- Internal Lining. Very important in terms of keeping you warm. You can see which boots have the highest levels of internal lining by checking out either the weight of the insulation, or seeing how many layers it is packing. 600 grams of lining or 6 or more layers will result in a pretty well insulated boot.
- Removable Internal Lining. Hey, whilst we’re talking about the boot lining, keep an eye out for models that have a removable one. That is really going to help keep them clean and to dry them out quickly after a ride.
- Water Proofing. Get ready for some learning – snow is actually made of frozen water. I know right, I was amazed when I read it too. Melted snow will of course turn back into water, so snowmobiling in general is a pretty wet hobby. Boots that are waterproof, or at least have some level of water repelling, will help to keep you feet dry. That in turn can help you to enjoy your ride.
Snowmobile Boots Advantages
Snowmobile boots? Pffft, why don’t you just wear your normal trainers with a couple of extra socks and wrap your feet in garbage bags? Dry and warm for next to no money.
- Appearance. Modern snowmobiles looks like stealth fighters these days, they are all chrome and cool angles. If you want to look the part, there’s nothing wrong with that, and a pair of well-designed snowmobile boots will suit the environment and the machine. Yes, they look cool. Yes, that is a reason to buy a pair.
- Performance. As well as looking great, snowmobile boots are designed to perform too. They will keep you warm and dry and that in turn allows you to concentrate on driving the snowmobile itself. That can by the way be more difficult than many rookie riders assume, so keeping distractions to a minimum is very important. Don’t wrap your snowmobile around a tree because you’re busy wondering if that tingling sensation is the first stages of frostbite settling in.
- Protection. You can’t ride your snowmobile on the beach. That is a sandmobile, a totally different machine that may not exist. No, instead, you are skipping across the frozen tundra at 30mph, with chunks of ice and snow whipping past your delicate little toes. A good pair of boots will protect you from the worst the elements can throw at you – in both meanings of the word too.
Best Snowmobile Boots FAQ:
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about snowmobile boots. Got a question yourself? You’ll probably find the answer here…
Q: Can I go hiking in my snowmobile boots?
A: As you know, we love a yes and no answer here at Car Bibles, and this is another one. Yes, you can certainly go hiking in your Snowmobile boots – so long as they are comfortable, and the conditions are suited to wearing them. So for example, the boots rated for -40C may not be very comfortable to hiking in on a warm summers day. Hiking during winter however could be fine. If you are planning on hiking in them, consider one of the models with less insulation, and with a design more like a traditional winter boot.
Q: What is temperature rating on boots?
A: Thus should be the lowest temperature that the boots can be comfortably – and safely – worn in. Of course, some people feel the cold more than others, and some will be able to wear boots straight into their temperature range, whilst others will start feeling the cold a few degrees above it.
Q: Do I need a waterproof boot for snowmobiling?
A: It doesn’t need to be waterproof all the way through, but you should consider a waterproof sole at least, combined with a water resistant upper. Remember, you’re going to have to walk to the snowmobile, mount it, dismount all on a snowy surface. When you’re in motion, a certain amount of ice and snow will be kicked back at your body, especially your legs. Waterproof/water resistant boots can therefore play a role in keeping you dry. Let us add as well, keeping dry is really going to improve your ride, because there is nothing quite as off putting as snowmobiling around with damp toes that are slowly turning to icicles.
Q: What do I do about laces?
A: Flapping shoelaces can be a hazard, especially on a snowmobile. Always make sure you tie them up as tightly as your can before you mount the snowmobile.
Our Top Pick
It’s got to be the Selkirk Snow Boot by Baffin. It boasts outstanding design with solid construction for a go anywhere, do anything boot you can trust. It has clearly been made by people who have direct experience of the conditions it is designed for use in too – the simple strap style closures with a drawstring seal are evidence of that.
At the same time, this is a very tough boot. The molded outer includes rugged tread that will help you stay upright on the snow, the liner is deep and warm and the reason the boots are rated for use in sub zero conditions (far, far below sub zero in fact!) There really isn’t that much more you can look for in a snow boot, which is why we are happy to proclaim this product to be the best snowmobile boot on the market.