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W05520 - Ridgeline Xtreme-Wolverine® Insulated GORE-TEX® Waterproof 9" Boot
Kodiak waterproof nubuck leather and Cordura® upper. Breathable GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane lining. 1000-gram Thinsulate™ Ultra Insulation adds warmth. Removable full-cushion insole, compression molded EVA foam midsole with camo wrap, and a lightweight nylon shank to help fight fatigue. A rubber lug outsole and cement construction finish off this waterproof boot.
After a fall season of wearing the Ridgeline Extreme boots I am completely satisfied that these are better than good. They are light weight, warm and very comfortable. I wore these boots in a lot of diferent conditions this fall and early winter. The light weight made for easy walking thru some miserable territory that was strewn with wind falls , thick brush and snow.
Sitting for hours in a blind in sub zero temperatures is a sure test of a boots worth. At -20 and below I never had cold feet all day. Most heavily insulated boots are wide on the soles and dificult to walk far in. Also most other cold weather boots are awkward and heavy. This is not the case with the Wolverine Ridgeline Extreme. They do not seem much bigger than my normal boots because of the moulded sole. Another very good feature I like is the soles do not harden and become slippery on ice and snow. This can be treacherous and nobody needs to slip and break a leg in winter conditions in the bush. It could be fatal.
The speed lace hooks have stood up well and they go down far enough to make putting on and off the boots easy instead of a wrestling match. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they fit into my snow shoe harnesses. Many winter boots do not go with Snow Shoes, so this leaves us to buy another boot. Snow shoe hiking is a very good test for a winter boot. More than warmth is needed. You need a light weight boot, that is also flexible , and providing support to your feet and ankles. The Ridgeline Extremes do this and more. I always reccomend extra wide fit in winter boots to allow for the heavy socks we wear. Even the best boots require good heavy socks in sub zero temperatures.