Muck Boot Arctic Ice Mid wellington boots review: protection against the most brutal cold

Chunky, insulated mid-height wellies, the Muck Boot Arctic Ice Mids have the sole of a hiking boot

Muck Boot Arctic Ice Mid
(Image: © Muck Boot)

Advnture Verdict

Ultra warm, very hardy and equipped with an extremely grippy outsole – we’ve long-tested this boot in very cold conditions and it always stands up to the task.

Pros

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    Able to handle brutal cold

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    Stretchy calf

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    Fully waterproof

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    Also available in tall

Cons

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    Best for wide feet

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    Limited colors

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Muck Boot Arctic Ice Mid: first impressions

Made for winter weather, the Muck Boot Arctic Ice Mid puts 5mm of neoprene-like CR Flex-Foam and a full fleece lining between your feet and the cold, securing their place in our best wellingtons buying guide.

A deeply lugged Vibram Icetrek sole has pods of Vibram’s Arctic Grip Outsole for traction on wet and dry ice. The rubber-coated lower part of the boot is fully waterproof, and so is the Spandura-coated foam. 

According to Muck Boots, the Arctic Ice is rated for temperatures right down to -40°F/-40°C, so if you like really, really, really cold weather hiking they could be an option.

Specifications

• RRP: $180 (US) / £180 (UK)
• Gender specification: Men’s and women’s versions available
• Sizes: Men’s 7–12 Women’s 5–11
• Insulation: Full fleece lining and 5mm CR Flex-Foam
• Sole: Vibram Icetrek
Weight (per boot): 907g / 2lb
• Colors: Men’s Black Women’s Green & Camo / Black & Pink

Muck Boot Arctic Ice Mid: on the trails

If you’re worried about slipping on ice in the winter, if you’re looking for a pull-on boot that goes on and off in a flash or if you simply want your feet to be warm in the coldest of cold – buy this boot. 

While it is fairly utilitarian looking, it can handle the coldest temps, the sloppiest weather and dirtiest tasks, and then it rinses off and it is ready to take on the next project. 

The neoprene cuff is stretchy, and it conformed around my calves even when I tucked my pants in. I’ve been wearing this boots for five years now in the worst Vermont weather, and it continues to deliver. 

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.