Well folks, it is that time of year again. The time my children love - gearing up and spending time playing outside in the snow. Forts, snowball fights, snowmen and of course - the street famous toboggan run in our front yard fill our days with lots of outdoor playtime - which means lots of snow and lots of cold.
Living in the nations Capital - our temperatures and snow fall can range from one extreme to the other; something that has been guaranteed for me the last few years however, is cold feet. I have gone through 2 pairs of boots in the last 3 years because my feet just did not stay warm.
It didn't matter what I did, even with a temperature rating of -30, they were still cold. This year, I knew something had to change. With the toboggan run taking up more and more of our days last year, I knew it was sure to be the same and I didn't want to have to drag the kids inside because I am cold (they never are - they are sweating like crazy when we take off all their gear).
After finding Baffin online, I was intrigued whether or not their boots could actually stand up to our freezing cold temperatures. I was in contact with them and they agreed to send me the Baffin Chloe Womens boot to test out. Of course, I had to try them on the minute they arrived - I was a little worried about sizing - I am generally a 7.5 but find that when I buy an 8 boot, they are too big (but a 7 is always too small). I was in luck however, the 8 fit me perfectly. There is a small pocket in front of my toes for air, but my feet do NOT flop around like in past boots. I was actually amazed at how comfortable they were.
|Mr. J modelling the boots|
I find that my laces always come untied, which is very inconvenient when it is cold out and I am bundled up with mitts or gloves. With the fastener system, I am able to tighten them when I put them on, and they stay that way.
RATING -40°C/-40°FThe next day I had the chance for my first test - the bus stop. It was our coldest day so far this season, with temperatures close to -30. Mr.J and I got ready in the morning - snowsuit, hats, mitts/gloves, and boots and headed up the street to the bus stop. I was sure my feet would be cold by the time we got to the stop, but they weren't. As we stood waiting (12 minutes - the bus was late) I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting for the cold feet to start - but it didn't happen.
SHELL Synthetic rubber
MIDSOLE Proprietary cold resistant EVA compound
OUTSOLE Rubber with integrated arch support
LINER 7-layer inner boot system with Thermaplush
UPPERS Timberwolf Leather Natural Shearling
|the underneath - they even leave flower marks in the snow!|
Later that day, I bundled up again to meet him at the bus stop after school, and again, I was lucky to have warm feet.
On the weekend, I had a chance to see how they held up with my next test - outdoor play. We spent time outside shoveling snow, working on the toboggan run and playing together over the weekend, and all through I was amazed at how warm my feet stayed.
|cleaning up the laneway and getting the base set for the toboggan run|
When he was finished, he went off to play his new DS and I headed back outside with hubby and Mr. K while they finished working on the toboggan run. I was super thrilled that my Baffin boots stood up to both of my tests! Now, my next search is for a pair of mitts/gloves that will do the same for my hands!
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Baffin Inc., a privately held company founded in 1997, is an innovative leading-edge company based in Stoney Creek, Ontario – with its core focus, strength, and expertise being technically advanced, innovative, and fashionable footwear and performance apparel. Baffin Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures some of the world’s best-performing, trusted, cold-weather and full-season footwear and apparel products marketed under a variety of Baffin® brands.
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