Snowy weather shouldn’t mean the end of outdoor activities. While winter can be a great time to stay home snuggled up on the couch, it’s important to also remain active and keep moving even when the temperature drops below freezing. A study done by the University of Exeter found that primal instincts to eat more during the winter in order to survive has been passed down through centuries of human evolution. You’re not imagining it. Cake is more delicious in February, which is why it’s important to find outdoor activities like skiing, skating, and hiking to keep you moving in cold months.
While common outdoor sports like downhill skiing and ice skating require expensive equipment and skills that can take years to develop, hiking in the winter is simple and affordable. With the right snow boots and shoes, taking a stroll through a winter wonderland can be a great way to burn calories.
Having a pair of warm, waterproof and comfortable snow shoes and boots is not only important for fitness, but for everyday activities. From walking the dog to walking to your bus stop, a comfortable pair of winter boots with traction and grip can help you avoid a painful and cold fall.
Check out three of our favorite options for snow shoes for exercise below.
1. NORTIV 8 Men’s Waterproof Winter Hiking Snow Boots
Keep your feet warm and dry with the NORTIV 8 Men’s Waterproof Winter Hiking Snow Boots, which are built with a waterproof shell bottom unit and feature 200g Thermolite Insulation rated to -25F. The boots are comfortable enough to walk in all day thanks to a cushioned EVA footbed.
Pros: Ideal for unstable and slippery surfaces, including hiking trails and ice arenas, the NORTIV are oil and slip-resistant and have multi-directional lugs for traction.
Cons: The NORTIV has a 6-inch shaft, slightly lower than the XPETI’s 8-inch shaft. They are also very warm, which can be uncomfortable when wearing indoors.
2. XPETI Men’s Thermator Mid-Rise Waterproof Insulated Boots
Spend all day hiking outdoors with the comfortable and warm XPETI Men’s Thermator Mid-Rise Waterproof Insulated Boots. The waterproof mesh upper and Hydroshield Membrane keep feet dry and warm, with the boots featuring 200g of Thinsulate Insulation for a rating up to -30℃. The XPETI have a rubber toe cap to protect the boots and a rubber outsole for added traction.
Pros: Excellent for hiking in tall snow (the XPETI have an 8-inch shaft), the XPETI have molded TPU ankle support and moisture-wicking mesh lining that will protect feet and ankles on uneven terrain and keep feet warm and dry.
Cons: Unlike the NORTIV, the XPETI aren’t oil and slip-resistant and therefore better suited to outdoor use than in cold factories or freezers.
3. Diamondo 10-Stud Universal Ice No Slip Snow Shoe Spikes
And for those who already own a trusted pair of snow shoes, give them an upgrade with the ultimate hiking companion, the Diamondo 10-Stud Universal Ice No Slip Snow Shoe Spikes. These spikes can be put on and taken off in seconds, with the traction footgear available in a range of sizes that make them easy to fit for any shoe or boot size.
Pros: Wear your warmest and most comfortable hiking shoes or snow boots and get added traction from Diamondo, which are highly elastic and ultra-light so as not to add any weight or bulk to your boots.
Cons: The grips should only be worn on snowy or icy surfaces. Snowshoes or boots must still be purchased separately.