Super comfortable, mega warm, highly functional and fit for proper hikes on real muddy trails – what more could you ask for from a wellington boot?
Slip-resistant outsole for slick winter surfaces
Cutouts in the sides make the boot easy to pull on
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Bogs Crandall II Tall: first impressions
A 100% waterproof boot rated to -40°F/-40°C, not only is the Bogs Crandall II Tall warm, it’s also all-day comfortable. Made from rubber in the boot and 3mm neoprene-like foam in the tall cuff, the boot is insulated without being stiff.
A steel shank in the midsole adds walking stability. The Crandall II is light on the planet, too: the boot uses Bloom, an eco-friendly, algae-based EVA in its footbed, with the algae having been harvested from polluted water sources. All of which sound like reasons they should be up there with the best wellingtons you can buy, but how did they perform out in the real world?
• RRP: $145 (US) / £105 (UK)
• Gender specification: Women’s only
• Sizes: 6–12
• Insulation: 3MM Neo-Tech waterproof insulation and low-pile faux fur
• Colors: Black / Dark Green
Bogs Crandall II Tall: on the trails
The Crandall II Tall is the most comfortable winter welly I have ever tested. The faux fur lining was shearling-soft and toasty warm, and the collar of the boot flexed as I walked. It wasn’t stiff or confining. So, it never rubbed on long hikes, regardless of which hiking socks or pants I was wearing.
The boot was quick to get on and off, thanks to Bog’s signature handle cutouts in the sides. The cuff is narrower than other tall boots we tested, but it stretched comfortably around my calves.
The steel midsole shank made these a great choice for long winter walks and hikes, and a snowshoe strap support on the heel kept snowshoes from slipping off.
And even after months of wear, they still don’t stink. Bogs uses a bio-tech treatment to fight foot odor.
Vermont-based writer, photographer and adventurer, Berne reports on hiking, biking, skiing, overlanding, travel, climbing and kayaking for category-leading publications in the U.S., Europe and beyond. In the field, she’s been asked to deliver a herd of llamas to a Bolivian mountaintop corral, had first fat-biking descents in Alaska, helped establish East Greenland’s first sport climbing and biked the length of Jordan. She’s worked to help brands clean up their materials and manufacturing, and has had guns pulled on her in at least three continents.