- Step 1: Inspect the boot Inspect the boot inside and out -- the liner should be thick and soft, and the outside should be made of waterproof leather or rubber.
- TIP: PAC boots are best for frigid conditions, but their hard rubber design can make mobility difficult.
- Step 2: Pick a full lace Pick a full lacing system for a tighter fit and to prevent sock slippage.
- Step 3: Check tread Check the tread of the boot. Look for cross-hatching on the sole that will grip and bite in icy conditions without clogging with snow.
- Step 4: Invest in quality Invest in quality -- a good pair of winter boots may cost extra, but can last years longer in brutal conditions than cheaper boots.
- TIP: Don't sacrifice style for warmth and safety. Don't opt for boots with tall heels and smooth soles.
- Step 5: Test everything Test each pair of boots, as sizing among manufacturers can vary greatly, and take your time -- you'll be climbing Everest before you know it.
- FACT: Antarctica is the fifth largest continent at 8.68 million square miles, but over eight and a half million square miles are covered in ice.
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