Do you fat bike, hike in the snow, maybe snowshoe? The Baffin Borealis boots are the boots you have been looking for. These boots have ended years of numb feet on the bike for me.
I had been looking for a light boot for fat biking and hiking that would still keep my feet warm while also be able to use a pair of gaiters. I just assumed I would not find anything that fit that criteria. Oh was I wrong… The Baffin Borealis is an amazing boot. What makes the Baffin’s so great is a double boot design with a twist. Normally a double boot is a stiff clunky affair that tears your feet up and traps them in a wet mess. But these use a softer Polar Rubber shell with an Ultralite removable insole.

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The liner is a cocoon of warm insulation that keeps out water and keeps in warmth, they are rated to -22°F! I have had them out on days below zero hiking without my toes going numb. Which is was never a possibility before. The sole is aggressive, really aggressive. Most snow boots  for some reason have a low profile sole, which makes no sense to me, these do not have that problem. I have hiked on crusty icy snow and hard pack and not had a problem. I have gone on fat bike rides in single digit temps with howling wind and dumping snow for hours and not had cold toes. That is nothing short of a miracle to me.The insoles are removable so if you are backpacking you could sleep in them to dry them out and keep your feet warm in the tent.I knew the Baffin Borealis would be a great boot since I had picked up a pair of Baffin Shackleton boots a few years ago. The Shackleton’s have been great and still show no signs of wear. One day this winter I wore them while snow blowing and shoveling for 8 hours after a huge storm.  I never had cold feet that day! But the Shackleton is a big boot and a bit heavy for all day riding or hiking. That is where the Borealis shine, they are super warm and comfortable while not being too big.

To read the full blog: http://robonza.blogspot.ca/2017/03/review-baffin-borealis.html

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Finding warm winter boots that are lightweight enough to pack along when you are traveling to cold climes isn’t easy – if you treasure the mantra of traveling light and multifunctional, as HI Travel Tales does. So I was pretty excited to find the Baffin Escalate warm winter boots.

These warm winter travel boots ($139.99) are so cuddly cozy as well as being ultra-packable for when you are not wearing them. It is in fact insane how Baffin has combined packable, ultralight and warm all together in these winter travel boots.

The women’s version (what I tried) comes to about mid-calf, while the men’s are cut a bit lower –to lower calf above the ankle. Other than that they are basically identical. Waterproof, breathable, high-loft down insulation, hex-design EVA “AirGrip” outsole, and front lacing from mid-foot to the top with a drawstring toggle closure for easy on, easy off, and a drawstring toggle collar to keep out insistent snowflakes. Despite being calf-high, these warm winter travel boots squish down to pack to a size not much larger than a normal street shoe. This is what makes them such ideal winter travel boots.

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Read the full review: http://hitraveltales.com/baffin-escalate-ultralight-winter-boots-review-great-travel-footwear/

A Packing List of Must-Have Items

1. Cabin Slippers. Do NOT forget this one. Not all cabin floors are super clean and snow will be tracked in. I highly recommend the Baffin Cush slippers (starting for kids about ages 5 – adults). They are warm, have a nice thick sole (because I guarantee you someone will walk outside in their slippers) and pack very well. Some of our family has the bootie style and some have the lower style. Both are great.

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2. Headlamps. Even if the cabin has electricity, they come in super handy for after-dark potty breaks. Make sure you have one for every person.

3. 2 Pair of Base Layers (one can be used for sleeping – Wee Woollies are great sleepers for the kids).

To read the full blog: http://talesofamountainmama.com/2017/01/winter-camping-families.html