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  1. headednorth

    headednorth NES Member

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    Looking for new boots for winter. Not a hunter, looking at snow removal or just working outside in snow/slush/water and ice. Muck Artic Pro 17" rated from -60 to +40 F. Couple of questions...

    So obviously not expecting to see anywhere close to -60, but since theyre rated that low, would typical cold winter temps in Eastern MA make these uncomfortably warm? (say -10 and up) Rated up to +40 but have seen a couple things online which sounds like they get too warm around freezing or slightly above. Arctic Sport is only rated down to -40. Would these be a better choice for being outside in E. MA in the winter?

    Tread design doesnt look too aggressive to me for snow and ice. Hows the traction on these things? Arctic Ice seems to have same temp ratings with a better looking tread.
     

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    I have the arctic pro as a hunter and they work great but when I use them for snow removal they het very warm and my feet sweat.
     
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    Very good boot but like roccorracer said my foot heat up quick walking allot in them . A good pair of Merino wool socks and your GTG
     
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    Best winter boots I've ever owned. +1 on the wool blend socks.
     
  5. headednorth

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    these are Pro's or Sports?
     
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    Arctic Pro. I work outside at times and despise being cold. I also like the tall boot when things get ugly.
     
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    I have the muck scrub boot and wear them with wool socks. Last year I snowshoed the wapack trail in New Hampshire on a pretty cold day and I got hot and sweaty. I have Raynaud's too. I can't imagine wearing have your boot doing physical activity like that
     
  8. headednorth

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    Same here, but i tend to go overboard sometimes. "MOAR IZ MOAR", lol. Im in MA not the south pole so Im afraid Ill end up with swampy feet while Im clearing snow when its only 25 or whatever. I do like the extra height as well.
     
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    Have some cheap ones with felt liners. Brought them down to use in Boston.

    At Sunapee just upgraded to Muckmaster Gold. They were $135. Rated -20 to -50. If you don’t need thst rating, get the Muckmaster Chore.

    I wear Merino Wool socks inside them.

     
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    i like the felt liner types (like the old sorells). you can pull out the liner and throw it into a dryer. or even buy a 2nd set of felt liners and swap them out every other day....that way you have nice dry toasty warm boots.

    the only problem is they do not fit snugly, like a hiking boot does, so if you are doing a lot of walking, it can be an issue.
     
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    I bought the artctic sport last year, was a good snow blowing boot for me. I was not cold.

    Doesnt help now, but I got them in something non seasonal like July and they were cheaper. I think now they got much closer to full msrp. ($80 vs $135)
     
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    The key is the right socks. Tall cotton socks (higher than the boots and the wool socks) with wool socks over them is the way to go. The cotton acts as a wick to remove sweat
     
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    I have the artic sport, best winter boots I have ever owned
     
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    You have to consider your activity level. The Arctic pro is a great boot if you're going to be sitting still in a deer stand all day. however if your physical activity is going to be high then the boot is going to be too warm for you even on the coldest of days that we see around here.
     
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    How do the Muck Boots hold up in the sticks and muddy areas? I've only used the full rubber boots. Are the fabric uppers harder to clean or prone to punctures?
     
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    Saw a couple of videos on YT where the uppers were torn and the lower rubber parts were ripped and separating at the seams. One guy had the sole peeling off from the toe to around halfway to the heel. To be fair, one guy is a homesteader and the other is a farmer.
     
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    So these get <$100 off season? Maybe I can stretch out my Columbia's another winter
     
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    I have had a pair of Arctic Pro's for 4 or 5 years and I love them. I wouldn't want to hike 10 miles in them, but for just about everything else they are great.
     
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    Best I've used are Firewalker Ranger Fireman turnout boots.
     
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    Cotton does not wick, it retains water and even if you wear moisture wicking over them it’s not going to wick at all
     
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    Exactly.

    Use wool or poly for where you sweat.
     
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    When I use the snowblower I wear wool but when I go snowmobiling I wear a poly blend Klim and Ski Doo brand, never cold or sweat
     
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    Thank you for correcting me. I will try it without cotton
     
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    Cotton is great at wicking sweat from your body....but then it keeps it and doesn’t want to “give it up” So, just like a workout t shirt, they will remain wet throughout.
     
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    Toughen up. I wear flip flops all winter. With socks if it's a first date or a job interview.
     
  29. AntiHippie

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    Kamik Workday 2 or 3 is the best bang for the buck. Mucks are better overall, but don't have a removable liner nor the price point of Kamiks.
     
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    Used the Muckmaster Gold several days now, in snow up to 2’. Really, really pleased.

    They are 18” high but still easy to get on with the stretch top. Thought they might be too hot but they’re fine in these 30’s temps. Sole have good traction in snow and are thick enough to prevent any sharp rocks, sticks etc from hurting your foot.

    They were either $125 or $135.
     
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