I’d have to admit, I’m a little disappointed that New York City’s weather has been mild this Fall.
No, I’m not a masochist. It’s that I’ve got the Kamik Coldcreek Winter Boot – boots warm enough to do everything from shoveling snow to surviving the snowpocalypse.
These winter boots are fully waterproof, fleece insulated and 17.5 inches tall, meaning you’ll be able to take on deep snow and the coldest temperatures. Kamik, a Canadian/American company has rated the Coldcreek boots at -40°F/-40°C.
While it hasn’t quite been -40°F yet here in New York, I’ve been able to ‘test-drive’ a pair of the Kamik Coldcreek in the color ‘olive’. Here are my thoughts:
- Very warm
- Completely waterproof
- High ankle
- Fleece lined
- Durable/high quality
- Great traction
- Made in the USA
The Coldcreek boots are made of RubberHe (Kamik’s rubber technology which is “50% lighter than natural rubber and 30% lighter than other synthetic rubbers”) and neoprene. The part which covers your foot is rubber, while the part which covers your calf is neoprene. The outsole has deep lugs keeping you from slipping when walking on ice or snow.
While I usually think of wetsuits when I think of neoprene, it makes perfect sense for the calf part of these boots to be made of the material. The neoprene used is insulated and waterproof, keeping not only your feet, but also your lower legs warm. At the top of the boots you’ll find elastic draw cords which can be tightened to keep snow and cold air out. The draw cord is large enough to be used with gloves on.
The Kamik Coldcreek are true to size and have a normal width. I’m a size 9 and there’s enough space in these boots for me to put on a thick pair of wool socks, my socks of choice being the Injinji Outdoor NuWool toe socks. That’s right – toe socks. Also, there’s room in the toe box for me to wiggle my toes a bit. The boots are comfortable even if you’re on your feet all day and they also have a removable foam insole.
Since these boots go up to your calves, you’ll need to know if your calves will fit inside the shaft. For me, the Kamik Coldcreeks fit great. I’m a shoe size 9, 5’8″, 130 lbs. and don’t have the thickest calves. The shaft is roomy and I have space to tuck in my pants. If you have very big calves, you might want to size up, however for most normal calves, the boots should fit fine.
Warmth and Waterproof:
The orange material that you see inside the boots is a fleece lining which goes from the top of the Coldcreeks all the way down to the toes. The insulation will keep the cold out, and these boots are rated at -40°F/-40°C.
I’ve stepped in puddles and have tested submerging these boots. Water won’t seep in and since these boots are calf length, it’s improbable that moisture will get in from the top.
Once temperatures drop even lower, I will update this review on how the Coldcreeks perform in heavy snow and subzero temperatures.
- Little/no breathability
- Heavy (4.5 lb for a size 9 pair according to my scale)
I have no delusions about a 17 inch boot being lightweight, but if you’re traveling with the Coldcreek boots, the weight and size may be a concern. These boots are not the most agile either, so if you’re looking for boots you can hike in or lighter weight boots, you may want to check out the Lowa Oslo boots of the Blundstone Thermal boots.
Warm, durable and made in America, the Coldcreek boots from Kamik are sure to keep you warm this winter and several winters to come. You’ll be able to travel in the coldest conditions, while supporting American jobs.
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