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Blundstone Thermal - Women's Review

A stealthy and warm winter boot that is great for everyday wear and winter chores in moderate conditions.
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Price:  $225 List | $224.95 at REI
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Pros:  Warm, waterproof, easy to pull on, don't look like a winter boot
Cons:  Not breathable, poor traction, short height
Manufacturer:   Blundstone
By Laurel Hunter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 11, 2019
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  • Warmth - 25% 6
  • Weather Protection - 25% 4
  • Comfort & Fit - 20% 6
  • Traction - 20% 9
  • Ease of Use - 10% 3

Our Verdict

Want to keep your feet warm without the look or bulk of a winter boot? The Blundstone Thermal looks just like any other Blundstone — think leather Australian work boot — but is packed with warming features like Thinsulate lining and the coziest sheepskin-lined footbeds that we've ever felt. And they are waterproof! With a pull-on design, they are easy to use, but being short, they have definite limits for puddles and wet weather. We love these toasty boots for everyday wear but left them home on the gnarliest winter days. They are a perfect option for heading out to the office or visiting friends. Casual and comfortable.


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Pros Warm, waterproof, easy to pull on, don't look like a winter bootComfortable, great traction, waterproof, warm, not bad lookingWarm, wider-forefoot, waterproof, fantastic traction, stability and supportCute, versatile, relatively warm, decent tractionWarm, great weather protection, removable liner, super thick outsole
Cons Not breathable, poor traction, short heightShort in the backAggressive and techy look, not cozy, less arch supportNot super water-resistantSloppy and clunky fit, heavy, not very stylish
Bottom Line A stealthy and warm winter boot that is great for everyday wear and winter chores in moderate conditions.The most comfortable winter boot we tested, and it has burly traction, making it perfect for winter backcountry adventures.A great winter hiker, perfect for slippery trails and long days.A versatile and cute winter boot for all purposes.A perfect option for winter chores in cold weather.
Rating Categories Blundstone Thermal - Women's Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Wa... Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat Shellista II Mid Sorel Caribou - Women's
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Specs Blundstone Thermal... Oboz Bridger 7"... Bugaboot Plus IV... Shellista II Mid Sorel Caribou -...
Maximum puddle depth before major leaking 7 inches 6 inches 6 inches 6.75 inches 10 inches
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Measured Weight (ounces, one boot, size nine) 1 lb. .75 ounces 1 lb. 3.5 oz (size 7) 1 lb. 3.75 oz (size 7) 1 lb. 5.90 ounces 2 lb. 1.35 ounces
Fit Details Around town True to size True to size True to size True to size
Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft) True to size 7 inches 7.5 inches 11 inches 11 inches
Lining/Insulation 6 inches 200 gram 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation Omni-Heat reflective lining 200g PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Eco 9mm recycled felt inner boot with Sherpa Pile snow cuff
Removable Liner? Thermal Thinsulate No No No Yes
Footbed No O FIT Insole™ Thermal Techlite EVA Injection-molded waterproof TPR shell 2.5mm bonded felt frost plug
Upper Material Removable sheepskin footbed Waterproof nubuck leather Leather, nylon Waterproof, BLC-compliant nubuck leather upper, knit collar Waterproof nubuck leather
Toe Box Waterproof leather Molded rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber
Outsole Leather Granite Peak winterized rubber Michelin winter compound rubber Winter Grip rubber outsole with IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs. Vulcanized rubber
Company-claimed cold-weather rating Slip-resistant TPU n/a -25 n/a -40
Animal products used? n/a Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sizes Available 6 - 11 6 - 11 5 - 12 5 - 11 5 - 12

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Blundstone Thermal is a heater in disguise. Much warmer than you would think by looking at the sleek black leather, this boot kept us warm on very chilly days. Its style is basic, which suits this workhorse of a boot— always up for chores and everyday wear. Due to it's short upper and less than optimal traction, however, we don't recommend it for super snowy or slippery days.

Performance Comparison


The Blundstone boot is great for winter chores.
The Blundstone boot is great for winter chores.

Warmth


We were surprised when the Blundstone did incredibly well in our ice bath tests, losing only 12.3 degrees after 20 minutes of being submerged in freezing water. And our experience in the field backed up the finding that these rather plain leather boots do a great job of keeping feet warm. The Blundstones are lined with thermal Thinsulate inside the rugged leather upper. Additionally, the soles are thick enough to keep out cold from the frozen ground. But the magic here is in the removable sheepskin-lined footbeds, which feel like mini heaters under the feet, and are oh-so-cozy.

The coziest footbeds ever!
The coziest footbeds ever!

While its an incredibly warm boot, the insulation is fairly thin and the open cuff does not hold in heat. In the coldest temperatures, over the course of a day, they may not have the firepower to keep your feet comfortable. They are warmer than one would expect from a boot that only comes up over the ankle but definitely not as warm as a pac boot. In fact, because the boots aren't very breathable, we found our feet were too warm in temperatures over about 40 degrees.

Weather Protection


The Blundstone's quality was apparent during the waterproofness tests, where skeptics may have expressed concern about the stretchy fabric on the sides. We found the boots to be completely waterproof to the top of the cuff, in 7 inches of water.

Testing the waterproofness of the Blundstone boots. It is bomber!
Testing the waterproofness of the Blundstone boots. It is bomber!

While that may not seem like much, several taller boots are waterproof to roughly the same level since water creeps in at the tongue gusset. Puddles aside, the boots' modest height may leave you wanting in terms of protection from the elements. Drifted snow, for example, easily enters the top of the boot. So while this boot is excellent for wet and cold conditions, for super gnarly or deep pow days, there are better options.

Comfort & Fit


Because there are no laces or adjustments on the Blundstone it is important to get the right size. It does run true to size and is a good fit for narrow to medium width feet. The heel doesn't slip much, but depending on the sock and shape of your foot, it may not be as secure as a boot that can be adjusted.

Pulling on the Blundstone is a piece of cake  with two pull tabs for easy adjusting.
Pulling on the Blundstone is a piece of cake, with two pull tabs for easy adjusting.

Those amazing sheepskin footbeds are very comfortable underfoot, and the entire inside of the boot is soft to the touch. We found the leather extra stiff, however, making the boot feel bulkier than it is. Also, testers with high-volume feet found that the leather doesn't give, creating pressure on top of the foot, even with a thin sock. Women with a higher-volume foot may want to size up to have more space in the shoe.

Traction


With below-average performance in our traction tests, the Blundstone is not our boot of choice for slippery conditions. With street-style soles, it lacks the shape and depth of lugs that make other boots more successful on icy patches. On frosty trails and stickier snow, however, they perform well, and they are certainly a great choice for everyday wear in cold weather.

Pairing the Blundstone boot with the boyfriend jean for a casual urban look.
Pairing the Blundstone boot with the boyfriend jean for a casual urban look.

Ease of Use


With no laces, zippers or anything else to slow you down, the Blundstone is one of the easiest boots we tested to get in and out of. Two fabric tabs help you yank it on and off and the flexible fabric on the sides allows the opening of the shaft to stretch to accommodate a foot. However, the boots have a precise fit, and the leather is fairly stiff, so it takes more than a kick to get them off.

With minimal lugs the Blundstone was below average on our traction tests.
With minimal lugs the Blundstone was below average on our traction tests.

Value


The quality of these boots is evident in the stitching and materials and they will likely last many years of use, making the high price tag a little easier to manage. The price may seem steep, but the timeless style and incredible functionality make them a good value. The ladies that'd find value are those seeking a great casual and durable boot that'll last them for many years.

The high-quality construction and timeless look make the Blundstone a classic boot that will serve you well for years.
The high-quality construction and timeless look make the Blundstone a classic boot that will serve you well for years.

Conclusion


The unassuming Blundstone boot surprised us with its warmth and waterproofness, and we love the footbeds!! Its style is very basic, and the traction leaves something to be desired, but if you need a high-quality, durable boot for everyday use in cold weather, this pair will be there for you for many winters to come.


Laurel Hunter