Vasque Snow Junkie hiking boots are lightly insulated, waterproof boots that are good for snowshoeing and hiking on packed snow trails. Insulated with 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation, these boots are good for warmer winter and early spring conditions where you are likely to sweat more and don’t want the extra insulation of a heavier winter boot, a pack boot or a mountaineering boot.
The Snow Junkies are amazingly comfortable and feel more like trail runners than hiking boots. They’re very lightweight (2 pounds 9 ounces for a pair in a size 10.5 mens) and there is zero break-in period. However, the sole is still fairly stiff with a TPU instep plate, good for snowshoeing, and they have a very solid toe cap that provides good protection. Heel lock-in is enhanced by a wrap-around ankle girdle tied into the lacing system with a grid-textured fleece liner for added comfort around the top of the boot and tongue. In addition to waterproof insulation, the inner boot is also lined with a UltraDry waterproof and breathable membrane, similar to Gore-tex.
The tread pattern on the Snow Junkie not very aggressive, so you will want to use it with additional traction like Kahtoola Microspikes on ice and packed snow. Similarly, if you snowshoe off trail or hike in powder, the Snow Junkies have a gaiter ring at the base of the tongue that you can attach gaiters too.
As spring approaches, if you’re looking for less-insulated boot for transitioning from winter to warmer spring hiking conditions, but still need an insulated waterproof winter boot, give the Vasque Snow Junkies a try. I’ve quickly grown attached to my Vasque Snow Junkies and expect to use them a lot for early spring hiking.
Disclosure: Vasque provided Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) with a sample pair of Snow Junkie boots for this review.
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