Salomon B52 boots

B52_2Not quite as fun as carpet-bombing small countries that can’t fight back, Salomon’s B52 is nonetheless a wicked warm snow boot. Actually called the B52 TS GTX I must omit the alphabet soup because it makes me want to hurl the contents of my stomach onto the nearest marketing executive. Bastards. Stuff your TS in your AH.

The boot is nice, though, and light at 2lb 11oz for a pair of size 9s. Supposedly comfort-rated to both -40F and -40C – no, really, look it up – the Thinsulate 400 easily handles -20F standing around and colder temps if you’re working. They’re waterproof as advertised, which is critical for a winter boot since hypothermia when wet is more dangerous than much colder but dryer weather.

The one-pull lacing works well, although it’s a bit of a chore to store the lace-lock in the little pocket on the top of the tongue. The collar is nicely padded with a thick fleece, and the beefy grab-handle makes getting them on smooth. The proven Contagrip outsoles give great traction. Overall these do everything a winter boot should: warm, dry, comfortable and easy on/off. Hard to beat especially since you can find them on sale now. They’re not listed online; call your local REI store and ask for item number 740886.

$89.93 (on sale from $135.00) at REI, in stores only




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