Now that winter weather has arrived, it is time to consider different safety risks where work boots are concerned, such as rain, snow and ice. Being safe and warm in winter conditions is important so choosing a boot for winter wear. Waterproof leather, Gore-Tex and Thinsulate are all materials you should look for when choosing a winter work boot. Wearing the wrong boots for winter weather can be impractical at best, and can also be dangerous depending on the conditions you are working under.
Temperature is an important consideration. Cold weather boots should be insulated. Thinsulate is an excellent material for insulated boots. It is the most advanced insulation material available as it is very insulating but also light and thin, so they don’t take up a lot of space or are too heavy. The gram rating of your Thinsulate work boots is an important consideration when looking for warm work boots, as the rating ranges from 100 to 1000, with a gram rating of 1000 providing the most insulation.
A 200g warm boot provides a standard level of insulation, and is good if your activity level is high in a physically demanding work environment, or if you have a higher than average body temperature. The Rocky Ranch Waterproof Insulated Wellington Boot is a good choice of boot with a 200g Thinsulate lining and quality waterproofing material is also used in the construction of this boot.
A warm work boot with a 400g Thinsulate lining will be slightly warmer. With a lining such as this, constant body movement and physical activity is not required to keep warm. This material is good for people with normal body heat. The Chippewa Oblique Steel Toe Logger is an example of a good winter work boot with a 400g Thinsulate lining.
A 600 g Thinsulate lining is intended for cold weather conditions which involve snow and ice, and work conditions include a minimal amount of physical activity. You will want an 800g lining for extreme cold and very light physical activity. A 1000g lining is only needed in the most extreme conditions. Work Boot World has solutions for any of these cold weather needs.
A waterproof winter boot is also important in wet, snowy or icy conditions. Waterproof leather and Gore-Tex membranes are both material choices to consider for wet weather situations. The Irish Setter Ridgehawk RealTree Camo 400G Insulated Waterproof Gore-Tex Hunting Boot is both a beautiful and comfortable choice for situations such as these. The Thorogood Waterproof, Flame Resistant Duty Boot is another good choice in waterproof boot as it uses a waterproof, flame resistant and cut proof full grain leather material with a 400g Thinsulate lining.
If a safety toe or shanks for ankle support are needed in you work boots, you will want to look for a composite toe over a steel one, and fiber glass or nylon shanks over steel as well, as steel transfers cold.