Designed for extreme weather situations, Wenger’s new Boar Boot ($250) for Fall 2010 is offically their most technically-advanced cold weather boot. Utilizing an integrated rechargeable heater, the boot provides three user-adjustable levels of heat targeted at the ball of the foot (where your main artery resides). Before you bemoan battery use on the trailhead, know that the Boar Boot will last a whopping 8 hours at high and recharges in less than three hours. Not just a boot with a gimmick, the Boar Boot packs 400 gram Thinsulate insulation, a ZipTight lacing mechanism, PosiStep microglass filament outsole with rubber “sticky pods” to fight wet/icy/slippery surfaces, and an OutDry (GoreTex fighter) waterproofing membrane. A rubber toe and mud guard with kick plate provide additional protection and the Wenger manages to pack it all in a boot that weighs about 1.5 lbs with integrated heater. Overkill? Nah. After all, it’s always cold somewhere on Earth.
Buy Now: $250 (Fall 2010)