Developed & Tested in the Harshest Possible Conditions
Winter sea fishing trips call for having a reliable pair of waterproof boots. I am talking about many hours of sitting still in very cold conditions with potentially a lot of time with your feet in very cold water. OK so describing it like that doesnt make it sound like very much fun, but thats the reality of it, and as always, having the right gear makes all the difference.
Many of my regular readers will know that I have a thing about finding wellington boots that stand out from the crowd. Following a number of recommendations about boots made by Canadian brand Baffin, I got my hands on a pair of their Trapper boots to try out for my winter fishing season.
The Baffin Brand was born from a genuine love for the country in which it resides. With Canada’s uncompromising landscapes and rugged extremities, there is a need for footwear that can provide the utmost protection from those elements.
With this brand story in mind, I was pretty confident that Baffin boots, having been developed and field tested in Canada could handle the very worst conditions that I would ever face and much much more….More Below…
Baffin Trapper Boots
The Baffin Trapper insulated boots are definately a high end boot. At this point I think its important to highlight that there are actually two important components that make up the Trapper boots. Firstly the rubber boots themselves (the outer boot), but also the inner boot lining which is equally as significant in the overall design and functionality of the Trappers.
The Outer Boots
One of the things that caught my eye about the Baffin Trapper boots was the waterproof snow collar (shown in the picture in “Forest Brown”). This will likely see very little of its intended use down here in Cornwall, but can be cinched down with the drawstrings and could be useful for preventing splash-over while casting in the surf. You gotta admit that the camo pattern looks very cool though, I really like it.
The outer boot is made by Baffins own blend of “Polar Rubber” – a synthetic blend which provides ultimate protection from the elements; the Polar rubber strikes a balance between lightweight flexibility, cold-resistance, and resilience. The outer boot is very well put together and moulded with thicker reinforcements around the ankle, heel and toes for added stability. There is also a small rubber knuckle on the back of the heel which helps when taking the boots off.
The grips on the Baffin Trapper boots are really well moulded and the pattern looks quite neat, but when you start walking around in them, tackling slopes, ice or weed covered rocks you really begin to realise how awesome they really are. The rounded stud like pattern really bites into stuff – clearly these being developed in Canada and often being recommended for ice fishing, the grip pattern has been developed for snowy/icy terrain. I did a bit of research a while ago looking at whether those strap on “ice grips” that you can buy would work well on seaweed covered rocks, I didnt buy any, or come to a solid conclusion on the matter and left it alone – but the studded ice grip pattern of the Trapper boots did an excellent job for me while rock fishing…. I recommend any fisherman looking at those type of grips take a look at the Trapper boots.
To read the full blog: http://www.stundumplings.co.uk/outdoors/review-baffin-trapper-insulated-wellington-boots/