Spring may be right around the corner, but winter has a tendency to linger long past its welcome with persisting unfavorable conditions. Whether you are an avid runner or you just want to take a casual stroll, these footwear choices are great options for the transition between winter and spring. Warm enough for winter, but light enough for spring.
When the snow melts but you get that spring storm, don't let your footwear ruin your run. Having a great pair of winter running shoes in your kit can be a lifesaver when the days are short and the air is cold.
When Salomon first introduced their classic Speed Cross trail shoes, causal runners started to turn into regular runners. But then winter would come and so would the snow, prompting Salomon to add a gaiter and some more grip to make the Snowcross 2 CSWP, keeping runners on the trail through inclement weather. The Snowcross is light-weight and allows the ankle and foot move freely, but adds protection against snow, mud and any slush you might encounter between winter and spring.
Uragano is Italian for “hurricane”, and La Sportiva’s shoe with the same name is basically built for running in one. Instead of an outer gaiter, the Uragano has a 4-way stretch “scree guard” gaiter that repeals all the muck and slush that comes with running in the winter and early spring. The sole is beefy but light, and features the Impact Brake System® that helps with slippery terrain.
Footwear in specialized sports is getting more nuanced as the years go by. These boots are warm enough to ice climb in, but not too bulky for mixed climbing.
When SCARPA first announced the Ribelle it was shocking and exciting: Here was a new concept of boot and shoe for long summer mountaineering objectives. The shoe or boot, depending on who you ask, has all the features needed for strapping on crampons (a hard-sole and heel groove), but only weighs 500 grams and has a built-in gaiters for warmth. Although the Ribelle is made for summer mountaineering, it also functions as the perfect footwear in transitioning seasons at lower elevations and is soon to be mixed-climbing classic.
With mixed climbing on the rise, mountain boots are evolving to fit the needs of those who like rock and ice. The Mammut Nordwand Light Mid GTX is the Swiss brand’s answer to light and fast. The Nordwand, which is part of Mammut’s new Eiger Extreme collection, weighs 645 grams and is rated to -13 Fahrenheit. The Nordwand has an easy-to-use BOA lace system, meaning no more cumbersome frozen lace tying. The Nordwand has the mobility of much less winter-proof shoe, making it ideal for crossover weather.
Why purchase a lifestyle-specific (or, as we think of it, dog-walking) shoe? Because it can be very cold first thing in the morning when your pup has to go outside. It’s a perk to have comfortable boots that are warm and functional, but can withstand the wet and slushy conditions typical of late winter and early spring. Here are our favorites for winter-to-spring wear.
The Baffin Ease
Canada-based company Baffin knows a thing or two about cold weather. Besides making some of the toughest and warmest industrial boots for seriously cold weather (they have ratings down to -148 f), the brand also makes great styles for everyday wear. The Ease booties are super light weight and easy (no pun) to take on and off. They are also waterproof and snow-proof. They have two simple toggles for securing, and come in a variety of colorways. The Ease series all come with a super-grippy sole - think slippers with a hard sole. These are perfect for dog walking in the early hours of the morning.
adidas Outdoor Terrex Choleah Sneaker CW
adidas Outdoor is gaining traction and popularity as they grow and make competitive outdoor gear. Although they are separate from the classic adidas brand, they keep that edgy style that has made adidas a household name. The Terrex Choleah Sneaker CW are no exception.
From the outside, the Choleahs look like a high-top sneaker, but they are well insulated shoe with PrimaLoft® insulation and are equipped with a super high-traction sole for walking on slippy surfaces.
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