Hi-Tec Altitude IV
The fourth generation of Hi-Tec’s Altitude boot is a sturdy shoe at a low price point. The waterproof nubuck leather upper features sealed seams to keep feet dry and warm in damp conditions. This board lasted boot with steel shank is rigid enough to support you on any trail, and the light compression molded EVA midsole and high-traction carbon rubber outsole help you keep your footing. If you have high arches, you’ll find this boot supports your foot well. Your feet will appreciate how the Dri-Lex moisture wicking lining keeps them dry. You’ll also appreciate the Comfort-Tec removable insole. The boot cradles your ankle in a soft padded leather collar, and features a fully-gusseted leather tongue. Lacing is easy with rustproof brass hardware in a 4-loop/2-speed hook arrangement.
The Hi-Tec Altitude IV is reported as comfortable and hard-wearing by reviewers, and has a lot of fans among serious hikers.
Timberland Rime Ridge HP Waterproof Premium Boots
The Timberland Men’s Rime Ridge HP feature a waterproof nubuck upper and rustproof hardware with Taslan laces. The Rime Ridge comes up high around the ankle for stability and warmth, which is aided by the 200 g Thermolite insulation. A comfortable EVA midsole makes it great for hiking and bad weather such as slushy or icy paths. Multi-directional lugs on the outsole provide extra traction. Unlike many hiking boots, the Rime Ridge HP comes in half sizes, for a very comfortable fit.
The Rime Ridge HP gets great reviews for comfort and appearance. Most reviewers comment on the lightness of the boot, for a heavy duty hiker, and many remark that the boot is very warm without creating sweaty feet. This prime footwear is available at Altrec Timberland, where they also offer free shipping.
Lowa Men's Renegade II GTX
The Lowa Renegade II GTX, a mid-height hiking boot, features a weather-resistant leather upper and a durable Vibram sole. The GORE-TEX liner keeps feet dry from the outside while letting sweat evaporate, to keep feet warm and dry. Sticky Vibram Evo outsoles provide great traction on gravel and loose rock or dirt. The full-length nylon shank and derby style lacing make the Renegade II GTX fit comfortably and the PU Monowrap Frame in the midsole increases lateral stability, keeping your foot from rolling. The climate control footbed lets feet breathe while staying dry.
Many reviewers found the Renegade II GTX worth the extra price. It is generally considered comfortable and durable. Some reviewers warned that the sizes run a half size small.
Make sure you've got strong and secure footwear before hitting the winter trails. You don't want to find yourself wet, cold, and miserable during a beautiful, snowy excursion.