Gearing Up: The Right Boots

Walk in warmth all season long.

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**1. ****Georgia Boot Zippered Arctic Toe **
Lace them on the first time, and you're set. These ultrawarm leather boots have 800 grams of Thinsulate and a new Gore-Tex liner that will keep you dry even at the zipper (inset), and are firmly constructed on a shanked Vibram sole. About $200. % 800-251-3388; www.georgiaboot.com

2. Steger Mukluks
If you are going to be in relatively flat but brutally cold country, trade in those heavy boots for toasty mukluks. Because mukluks are soft, your feet flex readily, generating far more heat than they would in stiff boots. Made in Ely, Minnesota, the bottoms of the Arctic Weathermates are moosehide with a heavy rubber tread; the tops are canvas; the lining is thick felt. About $160. % 800-685-5857; www.mukluks.com

** 3.**** Schnee's Hunter**
This 16-inch, insulated guide boot is meticulously handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana, with a stout 6-ounce leather top for solid protection and support. The triple-stitched rubber bottom has a bobbed sole with steel shank. Inside is a supple removable quilted liner of Cambrelle, wool, and Thinsulate. About $220. % 888-922-1510; www.schnees.com

4.****Ranger Peak
This superlightweight pac boot will keep you toasty in the coldest conditions. A removable double-layered polymeric foam and Thinsulate liner can dry in just two hours. The boot is waterproof and breathable and has a TPR rubber bottom and ribbed steel shank. About $120. % 800-267-6809; www.rangerboots.com

** 5.****MSR Denali Ascent **
Perfect for a winter camping trip, these snowshoes have a wide deck platform and modular flotation tails designed to keep you and your heavy pack from floundering in the deep, off-trail snow. Aggressive steel crampons and traction bars provide solid footing, and the heel lifter will help reduce calf fatigue on long climbs. About $160 (tails, $25¿¿¿30). % 800-531-9531; www.msrcorp.com