The Hot Setup

A great pair of high-tech winter boots can keep your tootsies toasty warm on the coldest winter days.
 
Cold, wet feet. What could be worse? Only the proverbial “sharp stick in the eye” could be more uncomfortable on a damp and frigid winter day.
 
For those of us who refuse to spend the colder months confined to our home, few things are as important as a great pair of boots. When I was a kid, eons ago, winter foot protection called for heavily oiled or waxed leather boots pulled on over multiple layers of woolen socks that my grandmother knitted or rubber boots over shoes. The first couldn’t be counted on to keep the water out while the latter provided minimal protection from frigid temperatures and were seemingly designed to make one stumble awkwardly to the accompaniment of thumping and squishing sounds.
 
Thankfully, modern technology has changed all that. Today’s best boots can keep the outdoor enthusiast warm and dry for hours on end. They’re far lighter in weight and more comfortable than the boots of old and the best of the lot don’t limit mobility.
 
Dunham’s carries a wide range of outdoor footwear including the latest winter boots from Under Armour, Columbia and Ranger.
 
The Under Armour Clackamas boot for men and women was first seen at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Now this high-tech premium boot is in full production and available at Dunham’s. With 200 grams of PrimaLoft® insulation, the boot can ward off the worst of winter’s cold. According to Iiley Thompson, Senior Director, Outdoor Footwear for Under Armour, PrimaLoft insulates better over a longer period of time than other common insulating materials.
 
“We took a ton of weight out of these boots,” says Thompson. “They’re ideal for trekking around in the snow.”
 
Columbia Sportswear’s Bugaboot is a waterproof lightweight boot that’s available for men and women. Mark Waddle of Columbia, says the boots are temperature rated to -25°F. A Techlite™ lightweight midsole provides superior cushioning and high energy return. A full 200 grams of insulation helps ensure long-lasting cold-weather comfort.
 
The Apun winter boot from Ranger features a waterproof lower boot stitched to a flexible oiled-suede leather upper. A 3/4-inch removable foam liner provides insulation to keep feet warm even when temperatures reach -50°F. A steel shank supports the arch, and a ClawMax outsole provides superior traction in winter weather.
 
The great outdoors is a wonderful winter playground, but it’s no fun if you don’t have the right gear. Stop by Dunham’s today to try on some winter boots and see our full range of outdoor apparel. Your Dunham’s sales consultant can help you choose exactly what you need to stay warm and dry all winter long.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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Winter Wonder Playland

Playing or walking in a winter wonderland will be a lot more pleasant with a good pair of winter boots to keep feet warm and dry. Before you head out to stroll through the snow, check out some of the new features and technologies in this season’s boots.
 
There are plenty of options out there for men, women and children who want to stay outside as the weather cools down.
 
Itasca Snowstomper children’s boots come in multiple colors and have many features to keep little feet warm and dry so kids can enjoy outdoor winter activities all day. They feature a front-zip design and TPR shell to keep the bottom of the boot water-proof. The foam liner provides extra-lightweight insulation, so little ones can keep building snowmen or shoveling all season.
 
This technology from Itasca is not just available for children! The Itasca Chloe boots for women are easy to pull on with a bungee design, and the fleece lining blocks out the cold.
 
Thinsulate, a synthetic material used to insulate outdoor clothing, can be found in boots as well. Itasca’s Cascade and Big Buck Hunter 800 designs for men both contain the material. The Big Buck Hunter 800 is also completely waterproof with a bar-rier construction and TPR shell.
 
Anyone who is looking to enjoy the outdoors this winter needs to be sure they have footwear that will keep feet warm and dry, but hunters need extra features as well.
 
Rocky Brands’ Jasper Trac style features a durable rubber pac shell for durability. The boots are also water resistant and have a removable 200-gram 3-ply liner. The boots are perfect for hunters as they feature a Realtree AP camouflage print covering the nylon. The bottom of the boot has a PolarTrac outsole which makes it perfect for all terrains.
 
“Hunting is really about freedom,” said Dayne Hess, vice president of Rocky Outdoor Sales. “Getting into the field, escaping from the daily grind, testing your skills while one on one with nature – it’s that feeling of freedom that inspired this new system of apparel and footwear.”
 
Keep sledding, hiking, hunting and enjoying the cold weather with warm, dry feet with the variety of winter boots available this season. Is it snowing yet?
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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