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The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Ice Tall - Women's Review

A durable and protective neoprene boot offering warmth and protection.
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Price:  $195 List | $145.93 at REI
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Pros:  Very protective, warm, durable, excellent traction on icy surfaces.
Cons:  Expensive, bulky and heavy, reported issues with leaking after long-term use.
Manufacturer:   The Original Muck Boot Company
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 13, 2020
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  • Warmth - 25% 9
  • Weather Protection - 25% 10
  • Comfort & Fit - 25% 2
  • Ease of Use - 15% 10
  • Traction - 10% 10

Our Verdict

Tall, burly, and beautiful, the Muck Boot Company Arctic Ice Tall boot is built for ladies that work and play hard. Reaching sky high to 17-inches in height, its rubber and neoprene construction provides ample warmth and protection from super high snowdrifts and deep puddles all winter long. This boot is a favorite to use for winter chores like chopping firewood, blowing snow, and shoveling because of its durable design. It is completely waterproof, from top to bottom, and super easy to slip on and off without using your hands. The burly underfoot traction is super sticky, performing well on ice and ice. Unfortunately, it is bulky and heavy, making it less comfortable than other boots in this review. However, this slight trade-off might be worth it for those seeking a hearty workhorse that'll work hard alongside you all year round.

These boots come in a variety of heights. If the tall version is too much for you, check out the mid-calf and ankle versions as well.


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Pros Very protective, warm, durable, excellent traction on icy surfaces.Super cozy liner, completely waterproof, cute style options, comfortable, warm.Comfortable, good traction, waterproof, warm, supportiveWarm, wider-forefoot, waterproof, fantastic traction, stability and supportWarm, weather-proof, faux-fur collar, tall shaft height, stylish
Cons Expensive, bulky and heavy, reported issues with leaking after long-term use.Expensive, shaft lacks stability.Poor on ice, shorter construction, technical style, 1/2 size too small.Aggressive and techy look, not cozy, less arch supportPoor traction, heavy, less precise fit
Bottom Line Protective warmth built into a tall neoprene winter boot.Wrap yourself in comfort and versatile functionality all winter long.Warm, waterproof, with wonderful snow traction, great for hiking.This winter hiking boot is warm and burly for winter hikes or chores.When winter pukes be sure to be wearing this tall and protective winter boot that offers stylish flair.
Rating Categories Arctic Ice Tall UGG Adirondack III Oboz Bridger 7" Insulated Wa... Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat Sorel Joan of Arctic
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Specs Arctic Ice Tall UGG Adirondack III Oboz Bridger 7"... Bugaboot Plus IV... Sorel Joan of Arctic
Maximum puddle depth before major leaking 15 inches 9 inches 5 inches 6 inches 10 inches
Measured Weight (one boot, size nine) 2 lb. 5 oz 1 lb. 5 oz 1 lb. 4.8 oz 1 lb. 4 oz (size 7) 2 lbs.
Type of Boot Outdoor work and chores All-around winter Hiking Hiking All-around winter
Fit Details True to size True to size True to size True to size True to size
Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft, Size 9) 17 inces 10 inches 7 inches 7.5 inches (size 7) 13.5 inches
Lining/Insulation Fleece lined & 5mm of neoprene UGGpure wool 200 gram 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation Omni-Heat reflective lining, 200-grams of insulation 6 mm recycled felt
Removable Liner? No No No No Yes
Footbed Removable contured PU EVA O FIT Insole™ Thermal Techlite EVA 2.5mm bonded felt frost plug
Upper Material Neoprene 8mm & rubber Waterproof suede and leather Waterproof nubuck leather Leather, nylon Waterproof suede leather with faux fur cuff
Toe Box Rubber Rubber Molded rubber Rubber Rubber
Outsole Vibram Arctic Grip Molded Spider Rubber Granite Peak winterized rubber Michelin winter compound rubber Waterproof vulcanized rubber
Company-claimed cold-weather rating n/a -32 n/a -25 -25
Animal products used? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sizes Available 5 - 11 5 - 12 6 - 11 5 - 12 5 - 12

Our Analysis and Test Results

The The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Ice boot is tall, protective, and waterproof. Coming up to 17-inches in height, it is constructed more like a rain boot, but it's super warm for the winter. It stands out as the most protective and one of the warmest winter boots out there, earning a Top Pick for Protection this year. If you need durable construction that'll last throughout the years, be sure to look into this beautiful beast of a boot.

Performance Comparison


Take on cold winters and deep snow with this ultra-protective snow boot. Built for everything winter  it is warm and offers amazing water resistance in the face of winter's breath.
Take on cold winters and deep snow with this ultra-protective snow boot. Built for everything winter, it is warm and offers amazing water resistance in the face of winter's breath.

Warmth


These super protective boots offer warmth in the form of 5-mm of neoprene in addition to fleece-lined and water-resistant insulation.


The boot itself is quite thick and doesn't allow heat to escape readily, especially when worn with a pair of work or hiking pants that bunch up at the collar of the boot. Underfoot, the sole is quite hefty and large, offering great underfoot insulation.

The thicker outsole offers insulation and protection underfoot from cold temperatures.
The thicker outsole offers insulation and protection underfoot from cold temperatures.

This boot is designed to keep you warm in Arctic-like temperatures. We found that even with just a thin wool sock, it kept us warm, even when temperatures were dipping well into the negatives. This boot stands out as one of the warmest, and with great socks, ones we'd recommend for stand-around warmth. Working as a lifty or planning an ice fishing trip? These boots will keep your feet well insulated from a cold that would otherwise percolate into your foot.

It offers up to 17 inches of warmth in the calf  adding to its overall warmth during super cold weather.
It offers up to 17 inches of warmth in the calf, adding to its overall warmth during super cold weather.

Weather Protection


Hands down, these are the most protective winter boots we've tested. Built like a rain boot, it offers protection up to 17 inches (wow!) from snow and water. The top of the boot does not come loaded with fur or any fancy features to keep snow or water out, though the height is enough to suffice for most winter conditions. This boot earns a top pick for its weather protection simply because of its water and snow proof construction that offers burly materials that will repel water while using it throughout the day.


Testing out the Muck Boot in a local river with the rest of the competition. Turns out  it is the most waterproof option out there!
Testing out the Muck Boot in a local river with the rest of the competition. Turns out, it is the most waterproof option out there!

We tested this boot during some of the larger dumps of snow this year. We chose this boot a lot when temperatures plummeted and when snowbanks were high. When we couldn't get our truck up our driveway because the snow was too deep, these boots were our first choice to get the snowblower and get to work.

It offers superior protection to deeper snow because of its ultra-tall design. Don't be afraid to break trail or get into the backwoods in this burly boot.
It offers superior protection to deeper snow because of its ultra-tall design. Don't be afraid to break trail or get into the backwoods in this burly boot.

The shaft of the boot is constructed of Neoprene and rubber. The seams are completely sealed and we didn't observe any leakage during our testing period. During our water tests, this boot offered the best protection, staying waterproof, even when marching for two minutes in the river.

The rubber and neoprene construction is quite protective from both water and snow.
The rubber and neoprene construction is quite protective from both water and snow.

No seams at the base of the boot leaked, nor did our feet get wet. Spectacular performance overall, which is why it earns a Top Pick. If you live in an area that gets lots of snow, or you want a boot that'll protect as you tromp through wet fields or rivers, this is the one to get. It'll keep you protected throughout the season.

We get the boots all the way to the top! Just make sure water or snow doesn't dump in from the top!
We get the boots all the way to the top! Just make sure water or snow doesn't dump in from the top!

When pursuing other reviews online, we noticed that some users had some leakage problems at the base of the boot after several months and years of use. We didn't notice this as an issue, but it's worth mentioning. We will continue testing and get back to you after we've had them in hand for longer than a few months.

Comfort & Fit


As a trade-off for superior weather protection, warmth, and traction, is the cost of comfort and fit. Don't get us wrong, this boot isn't horribly uncomfortable (despite its low score), but it is bulky, heavy, and hard to use for long periods of time without discomfort. As a result of its overall comfort and fit, it's not a boot we'd recommend for recreational hiking or activities that require a flexible and stable boot. That said, if you get used to it, it's renowned as a work boot that you can wear throughout the day in poor weather.


The interior of the boot is sufficient and comfortable against the skin. The liner provides a softer liner that articulates well with socks. The fit of the boot is quite large in comparison to other boots we've tested, so the size you buy is probably just fine. Since the heel and outsole are so thick, it is hard to feel the ground underneath you, which makes it harder to balance on uneven terrain.

A look at the overall fit on a 5'6 tester.
A look at the overall fit on a 5'6 tester.

The fit of the boot is also quite sloppy in comparison to the other more streamlined boots in this review. While it is large enough to wear with a pair of thicker socks, we found ourselves needing to lift our feet higher than normal and with more force, as one boot weighs over 2 lbs! When trying to drive a truck (a stick shift) the boot got caught under the pedals and was much harder to drive with than thinner options.

The heavier construction is weather-resistant  but not the most comfortable option for all-day wear. Its heavier  bulkier  and harder to use. That said  the interior is comfortable against the skin.
The heavier construction is weather-resistant, but not the most comfortable option for all-day wear. Its heavier, bulkier, and harder to use. That said, the interior is comfortable against the skin.

Another issue is the shaft. The ladies with much larger calves than normal found the area in the shaft of the boot to be confining. When working for the whole day in these boots, we noticed that the cuff cuts into the top of the leg, unless you have a super thick pant on. Some of our testers mentioned that they even chaffed in this area as a result of it. So, if you're going to buy this niche winter boot, be ready to deal with these issues, or simply wear a protective sock or pant to prevent it.

Ease of Use


We absolutely love how easy this boot is to get in and out of. It has no laces, no velcro, no nothing. Only a single pull tab on the back.

A look at the tab on the back of the boot. While we demonstrate it  we hardly used it when slipping the boot on.
A look at the tab on the back of the boot. While we demonstrate it, we hardly used it when slipping the boot on.

The super-rigid shaft construction stands on its own, allowing you to simply kick them off or slip them on when you're ready to go outside. We found ourselves using this boot the most when we needed to run outside for a second and come back in. It is easy to use, and while the pull tab is there, we hardly have to use it.

The boot stands on its own  making slipping your foot in or out easy.
The boot stands on its own, making slipping your foot in or out easy.

Traction


If you plan on encountering super icy terrain or surfaces that are extra slippery, you'll appreciate the rigid, burly, and aggressive traction of this boot.

Even uphill pushing a snowblower  on slippery  hardpacked surfaces  it holds well with superior traction.
Even uphill pushing a snowblower, on slippery, hardpacked surfaces, it holds well with superior traction.

The lugs are thick and large, with large amounts of surface area to grip any undulation underfoot. It clings onto icy surfaces well, making it a wonderful option for the most technical of surfaces. It earns top marks in this category because it bites down on icy and hard-packed trails.

A look at the softer rubber composite amongst the hard stuff that really "grabs" and holds...even over ice.
A look at the softer rubber composite amongst the hard stuff that really "grabs" and holds...even over ice.
The deep  burly lugs of the Arctic Ice Muck boot. Superior when it comes to tackling icy surfaces.
The deep, burly lugs of the Arctic Ice Muck boot. Superior when it comes to tackling icy surfaces.

Value


If you're in search of a winter boot that is a protective warrior, you'll consider the investment worth it. While the initial price is high, the materials and craftsmanship are solid and will last you through the winter months. If you're traveling over icy surfaces, the value is enhanced even further. If you're willing to trade off protection and warmth for comfort and weight, you'll see the value in it. We think it's worth the price for its function.

Getting out to cut wood  blow snow  shovel  or do some dirty work this winter? This burly  protective boot offers the best protection out there. Enjoy its lavish warmth when battling with the elements of Winter.
Getting out to cut wood, blow snow, shovel, or do some dirty work this winter? This burly, protective boot offers the best protection out there. Enjoy its lavish warmth when battling with the elements of Winter.

Conclusion


This winter beast is built to take on winter weather without blinking an eye. The tall neoprene and rubber design look more like a rainboot than a traditional winter boot, and it has the performance to match. It's warm, completely waterproof, and super easy to kick on and off. It's also a lot heavier and bulkier than any boot tested. If you're seeking a boot that's durable and will work alongside you during the winter months, this Top Pick for Weather Protection is our best recommendation.


Amber King