My quest for the perfect winter boot for the outdoor & nature photographer on the move, has led me to try out a pair of Vasque Snowburban UltraDry™ Winter Boots. Fortunately for me, the Columbia Men’s Bugaboot® Plus XTM Omni-Heat Winter Boots had so thoroughly disappointed me, or I never would have gone out to find this rare jewel.

Vasque Snowburban Ultradry Winter BootVasque Snowburban Ultradry Winter Boot

I’ve now started my second season with these boots. This year’s model seems unchanged and should offer all of the same wonderful characteristics. Unlike many manufacturers Vasque has stuck to a traditional build, no cheap plastic injection uppers. The Vasque Snowburban UltraDry™ Winter Boot is a rugged quality build leather winter boot. It’s surprisingly lightweight, well insulated and the waterproofing membrane breathe’s almost as well as GORE-TEX, keeping your feet warm and dry. The boot is ultra comfortable and nimble, yet it offers plenty of foot support while carrying a backpack full of photography gear.

The boot works well with slip-on spikes and snow-shoes. They keep you warm when on the move and breath surprisingly well, keeping your feet dry throughout an active day. Naturally they’re not ICE-Fishing boots. So the time you remain still, in-place taking pictures is somewhat limited in extreme cold conditions. I wear a pair of SmartWool Mountaineering socks with these boots. They will keep my feet reasonably warm while at a stand still. Naturally the more active you are the warmer and longer the boot will remain once you stop. They will usually keep me as warm, as long as my clothing will. Meaning that if my feet are starting to get cold, so is the rest of my body and it’s time to start moving.

I highly recommend the Vasque Snowburban UltraDry™ Winter Boots for outdoor winter photography. In fact the boot is so versatile it can almost accommodate three seasons from Fall to Spring. You can regulate the warmth of the boot by wearing lighter socks on warmer days. I’ve put plenty of miles on my boots and they still look brand new. Vasque offers an incredible value with these boots that remains unmatched by any other manufacturer.

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