Can you be sure that your boots are warm enough for your winter hikes?
We chose a warm lining that has insulation to give you effective protection from the cold.
We have tested it in the laboratory and in the field with our user representatives. We checked the temperature up to which it stays comfortable when you're stationary and when you're walking, as this varies a lot: 23°F when static and 0°F when moving. And we took into account how temperature is felt differently by men and women.
How do your boots protect you from outdoor conditions?
Your boots have been designed with a mid-height structure (WATSHELL double inner wall patent) that’s 100% waterproof to protect the part of the foot most in contact with the snow (waterproof boot up to 2/3 height). The textile upper is water-repellent and warm to give you good protection against cold and snow ingress.
How can you be sure your boots are 100% waterproof?
We made sure that your boots are waterproof by conducting laboratory tests to simulate walking with the boots half-submerged in water. We also conducted field tests to measure wear and aging. During the waterproofing test, we test 3 levels of waterproofing: 2,000 flexes (about 2.5-mile walk), 4,000 flexes (about 5-mile walk), and 8,000 flexes (about 10-mile walk). Your boots were tested to 4,000 flexes, which is equivalent to 2.5 miles of walking.
What is the difference between traction and grip?
The traction of the boots depends on the number and shape of the studs. The grip is dependent on the materials of the sole and the tread pattern, like the tires of your car. Traction optimizes propulsion, prevents the boot from slipping backward when going uphill, and stabilizes the boot.
Grip prevents the boot from slipping and skidding on smooth ground or in demanding conditions (rain, snow, ice) by giving grip to the sole.
What type of grip and traction does this boot provide?
Equipped with SNOWCONTACT soles, your boots are designed for maximum grip comfort for hiking and traction on snow. The arrangement and height of the studs (5 mm) are strategically placed for optimal grip when hiking on snow. The surface and design of the studs are designed to perfectly grip the layer of hard snow and evacuate excess water so they don’t slip.
How does the SNOWCONTACT technology used on the boot sole help you?
The SNOWCONTACT soles are made with a specific component and stud pattern that is designed to ensure the best possible grip and traction. SNOWCONTACT soles are more effective than traditional soles on snow. When walking on ice, the only way to ensure optimum safety is to add anti-slip grips to your boots.
Will your boots withstand regular use over the long term?
Our engineers conduct laboratory tests to ensure that the product fully complies with your satisfaction in use. Our verifications include the following elements: tearing eyelets and straps, gluing, toxicology, UV-resistance, abrasion-resistance of outsole and upper components, accelerated aging.
How to choose the right footwear for snow hiking?
To be well equipped in winter, we recommend that you follow these principles:
Warmth: warmth provided by a warm pair of socks (ideally containing a suitable percentage of wool)
Breathability: Choose the sock according to the intensity of the hike and make sure you get a breathable model to minimize moisture.
Boot height: Adjust the height of the sock to the height of the boot and preferably choose high models if you want more protection.
How to preserve the technical qualities of your boots?
A fabric's water-repellent property is its capacity to make water run off its surface without seeping in. This prevents the fabric from soaking up water and keeps it lightweight, warm, and breathable. The water-repellent property is achieved by treating the fabric's exterior. This treatment needs to be renewed during the lifetime of the garment. Products (spray or liquid) designed specifically for this purpose are available in our stores.
How does your product warranty work?
This product is guaranteed for 2 years from the date shown on the sales receipt. A product covered by the warranty will be repaired or exchanged free of charge. The warranty covers product defects, excluding those resulting from normal wear and tear and improper use.
A score for comparing products' environmental impact
The environmental impact of the product is calculated based on its entire lifecycle and using different indicators. A score from A to E is given to help you easily identify the most eco-friendly products by comparing products of a similar type. Decathlon is committed to this approach. Check out our efforts in the area of sustainable development: http://developpement-durable.decathlon.com/