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Are Bogs good for snow?

Asked by fluthernutter (4377 points ) December 20th, 2013 from iPhone

We’re planning on heading out to see some snow this Christmas. But we live in the Bay Area, so we really don’t have much use for snow boots the rest of the year. (We’re not big into snow sports, so no trekking out to Tahoe for us.)

Seeing as how kids grow out of shoes overnight, it seems like a waste to just get snow boots. If we could invest in some Bogs that could double as rain boots, that would be great.

Only thing is I don’t want to get something that tries to do too many things and fails at them both. Is weather-specific footwear the way to go? Or can I swing this hybrid?

Is there another route or brand that you would recommend?

Thanks, in advance!

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Cupcake's avatar

They are rated to -30 degrees Fahrenheit and cost almost $80… I’d say they would be fine in the snow.

I bought boots like this for my toddler in upstate NY. I just wish they had a strap on them since they are a little big and he can easily kick them off of his feet.

glacial's avatar

I live in a snowy country, and I wear light hikers all year long. If you could tell us more about what “heading out to see some snow” means, perhaps we could offer advice about whether you need to buy specific footwear for the occasion. If you’re just going to tromp around for an hour, possibly not.

CWOTUS's avatar

If it’s a one-time trip to snow country, then consider just buying some cheap gaiters for the kids to use for that day or that week.

Whatever shoes they wear should be at least weather-proof, and optimally waterproof.

For that matter, if it’s just a one-time trip, don’t buy or use anything special at all. Just take along a change of footwear that the kids can change into after their sneakers (or whatever) get wet in the snow. Sneakers aren’t good for expeditions in snow country, but if you’re only going to be outside for a little while (and exposure isn’t going to be a problem, since you can get dry and warm again soon), then sneakers are fine. I wear them all winter in the snow, just not for clearing the driveway after it snows.

fluthernutter's avatar

@Cupcake I saw several pairs at Nordstrom Rack for ~$40. One of the reasons why I like the Bogs is their four-way stretch. They look like they wouldn’t fall off easily.

@glacial Just stomping around a bit. Maybe build a snowman or an ice fortress, sled down a hill or two. Nothing major.

@CWOTUS Those are cool. Didn’t know those kinds of gaiters existed. Unfortunately, they don’t address my main concern, traction. Took my kids to a snow day held in the city. Since we weren’t going to be out in the cold, we just wore regular ol’ boots (with good traction under urban conditions). She was slipping all over the place.

Adagio's avatar

Although I have not heard the expression for a long time “the bog” is/was slang here for the toilet.

snowberry's avatar

I know it works for mittens. You can wear whatever you want under the protective outer shell, from thin cotton gloves to fleece lined wool mittens. This pair is called “overmitts”. You can see the glove that can go inside. http://www.tadvgear.com/products.html#90309XWEGM

My father used to wear overshoes. Perhaps you could find something to work along that route.Try giving these people a call and tell them what you want to do: http://www.mscdirect.com/browse/Safety/Overboots-Overshoes?navid=4287922977&searchterm=overshoes

glacial's avatar

@Adagio That’s actually the first thing that I thought of when I read this question. I was mildly surprised to find that it was about boots.

Adagio's avatar

@glacial Great minds think alike.

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