Hiking Boots for Women
Yep. I used to hike in my Uggs in the winter (as seen in the Best Hiking Pants photo). Before I got my actual hiking boots, my Ugg boots worked well for me. My UGG WOMEN’S ADIRONDACK BOOTS are SO comfortable and warm! Plus, they are waterproof and have rugged Vibram soles, and are perfect for snowy or mucky trails.
Now, I wear and LOVE my waterproof Scarpa Hiking Boots. SO much better, I don’t know why I spent so many seasons in my Uggs.
I am a nervous nelly, (why I always hike with TREKKING POLES) so I strap on some spikes if it’s icy. They are always clipped to my pack in the winter / spring / fall. I pull them over both my boots or my shoes depending on where we are in the season.
I tried YAKTRAX which everyone raved about but I much prefer my STABILicers. I got Steve a pair for Christmas and he loves them as well. They seem to have more dig and give me more of a secure feeling on any surface.
We should say that the STABILicers can sometimes fall slip off, not often at all, but it has happened to both Steve and I. We are keen to try the KAHTOOLA EXOSPIKES that many rave about in the hiking community.
I can pretty much go anywhere in my hiking boots without STABILicers. I never really wear snowshoes, I have, but I would much prefer the simplicity of boots. Having said that, we have not explored too many trails hard icy trails. We would likely choose these if we start.
Steve, on the other hand, is not a fan of sinking through the deeper snow. He would prefer snowshoes but we haven’t yet tested any to recommend. It’s rare we run into snow deep enough to sink. So far, we see mostly well-worn trails in the winter, but when the deeper snow appears, he’s wishing we had those strapped to our packs instead of the STABILicers.
We are planning to explore more of the backcountry soon, though, so we will update when we’ve tested snowshoes.