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Cool boot but not a replacement for traditional down booties
on November 17, 2012
I had a winter camp out coming up and my son had lost my down booties. In looking for booties I really wanted to find something with a thin rubber sole. I don't like the cloth bottoms on many of the booties, so I was attracted to the construction of these boots.
I bought the Radlers and took them on the camp out. The weather was pretty warm (30 to 35 F) with about a foot of snow on the ground. After hiking in and setting up camp, I took my hiking boots off, and padded around in the Radlers for the rest of the evening. They were soft moccasin like boots in their fit and feel with plenty with good wiggle room for two pair of thick socks. Toward the end of the evening my feet started feeling a little cold. So there you have it they just aren't as warm as the traditional poofy down booties.
All said I will keep these boots for other cold fall and spring camps when there might be cooler weather and a mixture of dirt, mud and snow, where a down bootie wouldn't work but one still needs a good camp shoe at the end of the day. I was impressed with the durable construction of such a light weight boot.
The zip-together design is very cool but comes with a catch. If you walk in any soft snow it will collect along the ridge of the zipper. I kept it brushed out but wonder if left there for a long time if it might melt and leak into the cloth upper of the boot.
Again I really like this boot but if you are wanting an ultra warm option for those super cold winter overnighters this probably isn't your boot.