Ready to tackle steep slippery trails this winter? The Keen Durand Polar is an American-made women's winter hiking boot and our Editors' Choice award winner. It crushed in its stellar performance across all metrics but style. The 400-grams of insulation keeps feet warm well into the double negative digits (manufacturer claimed -40 degrees) while the leather-synthetic outer is completely weather-proof and breathable. This boot features a faux-fur collar in addition to a fleece-lined interior that is cozy and comfortable. It's super easy to slip on but takes a little time to lace up, similar to other winter hiking boots. It fits a narrow and low-volume foot best and provides a secure and stable fit while you tackle technical trails this winter.
Of all winter boots tested, it features the most rugged outsole, doing the best in our snow-hill running tests. The lugs are massive and super grippy, though they will not keep you upright if you encounter trails inlaid with 100% ice. That said, no boot in this entire review was able to perform to that level. While this boot does incredibly well in all metrics, it's not surprising that this largely technical winter boot fell short in the area of style. Take it with you on any winter hike, but leave it at home if you plan on meeting your friends at a nice place in town.
This is our favorite winter hiking boot, earning an Editors' Choice award. It provides the most warmth and best traction of any hiker tested and offers great comfort features. Take it with you on your next snowshoeing or winter adventure.