Gearing Up: Fear No Cold

Boots to keep you warm when the weather is extreme.

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1. Georgia Boot Millennium 2000 Trekker
Packed with Arctic-grade Thinsulate 2000, these 9-inch boots are meant for hunting in inhuman conditions. Proprietary Arctic Toe technology ensures that insulation doesn't get bunched up. Then there are the waterproof full-grain-leather outers, orthotic inserts, resoleable welts, and Gore-Tex booties. A calf pouch holds 10mm spikes to attach to the soles for icy terrain. $192; 800-251-3388; www.georgiaboot.com

2. Schnee's 13-Inch Extreme Pac Boot
These pacs have a contoured fit and function like hiking boots instead of feeling like stovepipes on your lower legs. A logging-boot lacing system cinches the uppers tight, making sidehills and broken terrain no problem. A roomy rubber foot box lined with wool and a double dose of Thinsulate seals out the cold. They're available only from the store in Bozeman, Montana, or over the Internet. $185; 888-922-1510; www.schnees.com

3. Rocky 17-Inch Buckstalker Zipper
These deer boots have everything the best knee-highs offer-Thinsulate insulation, superb lug soles, even a foot bed treated to cut down on odor-causing bacteria. They come in a choice of camo patterns, all of which are vulcanized to the rubber so they won't crack and peel. They zip, too, thanks to a waterproof, gusseted side zipper. Slide them on like loafers. $115; 740-753-1951; www.rockyboots.com

4. Timberland Pro Series Master Rack
You can sit on stand all day in these 9-inchers if you want, but they make still-hunting a breeze. Utilizing Outlast insoles, layers of Thinsulate, and Cordura uppers, they wrap your feet in nonclammy warmth, with a waterproof, breathable outer membrane. The flex band on the upper and the WolfTrack outsole give you flexibility and ground-gripping performance._ $190; 800-258-0855; www.timberland.com _

** 5. Atlas Frontier Snowshoe**
Designed for Special Operations forces in Afghanistan, the brawny Frontier is perfect for hauling elk quarters out of deep snow. The ratchet-buckle binding fits the largest hunting boots. Stainless-steel toe crampons and heel cleats make short work out of uphill drags. You get all this with a patented spring-loaded binding that floats a 300-pound load. $270; 888-482-8527; www.atlassnowshoe.com