The Vasque Pow Pow III UltraDry is an excellent choice for the frequent winter hiker. It offers great protection from cold, wet elements, and its combination of ankle support and warmth made it a clear winner of our Top Pick Award. In past reviews, we tested this boot's predecessor (the Pow Pow) and we were pleased to find that the Ultradry version truly keeps your feet dry and comfortable. This winter hiker has a pretty techy look to it and was last in our style metric, but it did earn top points in traction and warmth. The lugs are deep, while the rubber is soft - biting the trail every step you take.
It also has a thick insulative sole that helps keep your feet warm (along with 400 grams of insulation!). The Pow Pow III Ultradry truly stood out on its own as the only winter hiker tested in this review, and is our top recommendation for any active adventure - be it snowshoeing, winter hiking, or shopping in the snow all day long. We loved this boot because it didn't only offer protection from the elements, but the protection lasted a long time, as the boot doesn't saturate after being in wet, nasty conditions. Instead, it wicks to keep the feet dry and happy.