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Old 12-10-2019, 01:17 PM   #61
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I would think that using a vapour barrier for extended periods may leave you at risk of trench foot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trench_foot
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:50 PM   #62
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I would think that using a vapour barrier for extended periods may leave you at risk of trench foot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trench_foot
I don't believe a day or so in vb will give you Trenchfoot.

Johnny, some people just can't stand that 'dampness' in boot or glove. I can tolerate on my feet for awhile but for a very short time on my hands.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:51 PM   #63
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A day or two use of a vapor barrier will have no negative consequence. If you are moving, there shouldn't be any cold and clammy feeling with a vapor barrier. All bets are off when you stop for a period of time.

I prefer having a liner but if I didn't, I'd use a vapor-barrier system unless you had the means to dry out your boots at night.
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Old 12-10-2019, 09:27 PM   #64
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I would think that using a vapour barrier for extended periods may leave you at risk of trench foot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trench_foot
Jeez! "In as little as 13 hours?" That seems crazy!
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:56 PM   #65
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I ordered and tried on three Baffin boots from which I would choose one for winter. I got the Selkirk and Wolf which have two straps for cinching down the boot. I thought that system seemed better than tying laces. I also got the Snow Monster as an alternative which is a traditional lace-style boot.

Hands down, the Snow Monster works best for me. It felt far more comfortable, is a few inches lower making it easier to hike with, can be tightened so it hugs my leg, has a d-ring to attach a gaiter, has a removable liner, is rated to -96F, and weighs 2.6lbs /boot. There is one annoying feature...the laces are very long so when you tighten the boots, the laces have to be tucked under so they don't flop around. Other than that, I'm thrilled with them.

I'll also order the Borealis and see how it feels. If it is comfortable, I'll use it for the shoulder seasons.

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Old 01-15-2020, 11:21 PM   #66
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wiiawiwb,

How are the Baffin Snow Monsters treating you so far...?
I'm thinking of ordering a pair in the next twelve hours or so.

Any recommendations on sizing?
(I normally wear an 11 1/2).

Thanks!
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:43 PM   #67
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I like to do a lot of off-trail hiking but I’ve been using a pair of these (mostly year round) for the past couple years. Warm, dry, & lightweight. https://www.google.com/search?client...EW&pie=plaji-i I bought a size big & wear two layers of socks... Usually just cotton socks in the warmer months, merino wool in colder temps. For lounging in camp & late night/early morning pee trips I just use a comfy pair of a lightweight Sketchers slip-ons.

Justin,
Do you use those boots for snowshoeing and winter camping?
Is your link supposed to go to The Columbia Bugaboot III's...
or the Bugaboot Plus III Omni-Heat...?

Or are they the same boot?
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:34 AM   #68
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Winter boots

I had purchased a pair of Baffin Snow Monster boots and the eyelets pulled right out of the leather trying them on the first time. I can't have equipment failure
such as this so I returned them for the Baffin Control Winter Max. These I believe are the same boot as the Snow Monster except the lacing system is more generic.
I thought the Snow Monster would have had more support the way they were designed but not ever knowing when an eyelet would pull out concerned me.
Regarding sizing defiantly order a size up especially if you wear more then one pair of socks which I hope these are warm enough so that's not necessary.
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:35 AM   #69
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I had purchased a pair of Baffin Snow Monster boots and the eyelets pulled right out of the leather trying them on the first time. I can't have equipment failure
such as this so I returned them for the Baffin Control Winter Max. These I believe are the same boot as the Snow Monster except the lacing system is more generic.
I thought the Snow Monster would have had more support the way they were designed but not ever knowing when an eyelet would pull out concerned me.
Regarding sizing defiantly order a size up especially if you wear more then one pair of socks which I hope these are warm enough so that's not necessary.
Interesting! I bought a pair of those as well and ended up sending them back for the same reason. I was hoping that at some point they would have fixed that, since the complaints on eyelets seem to have been around since the boot was first introduced. I've been pretty happy with the Salomon's so far, but I haven't really put them to the test on a hike or sitting around. They do seem to run small. I ended up with a full size larger than usual.
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Old 01-17-2020, 08:45 AM   #70
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I'm sorry to hear both of you have had trouble with the SM. I'll keep my fingers crossed but so far, so good. If I become concerned with the eyelets, or if it starts giving me a problem, I won't hesitate to get the Wolf or Selkirk as they cinch things tightly using two straps rather than laces. I think that is a very attractive feature and the reason I tried those two boots first.

In the end, the comfort of the SM outweighed the convenience of the strap system. If something does go wrong with them in the future, I'll order the Selkirks. No moving parts to fail.
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Old 01-29-2020, 09:31 AM   #71
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If someone still needs winter boots, Campmor has a heckuva sale going on right now on Kamiks and others.
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Old 04-07-2020, 03:23 PM   #72
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Solomon Toundra Forces CSWP Update

I used these boots while clearing snow, hiking, snow shoeing and ice fishing down to -18 degrees and my feet never got cold. I like them better than pack boots for warmth, mobility and comfort.

I normally wear a size 12 in all other footwear but opted to get a 12.5 to accommodate a wide foot and heavy wool socks. They fit well. I probably could have got by with 12's and a thinner sock.

I did have an issue with one of the lacing loops tearing and the tab it was attached to ripped. I'm not sure if I did something or if it was a manufacturing defect. Either way Solomon sent me a new pair within a week of submitting a warranty claim.

I'm happy with that!
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