Best Winter Boots for Truck Drivers
Posted on Jul 22, 2015 by WinterBoots
Finding winter work boots to wear while driving is a common concern for those of us in the North Country. Machine operators, delivery drivers and plow drivers need snow boots that keep their feet warm, but aren't too big for driving a vehicle. In those short, relentless December days, a UPS driver spends as much time in the brown truck as on the snow covered sidewalk.
The warmest work boots we sell are the Baffin -148° extreme cold boots. The circumference of the base of a Baffin -148° boot is around 17 inches wide, which can make operating pedals correctly pretty difficult. For these situations, we recommend a Baffin -94° Advanced Cold boot. They are less bulky - around 14 inches in circumference - but still include Baffin’s five layer insulating liner, offering the best compromise in terms of warmth and mobility. So if you need a very warm boot, but you also need to be able to move - whether it’s walking or driving - these are the ideal boots for you.
Our favorite boots for drivers are typically lace up models with a grippy rubber base such as the Baffin Snow Monster, the Baffin Evolution, the Baffin Control Max or the Baffin Maple. Korkers also makes the Snow Jack, a great boot for winter driving that also comes with a removable traction device. The removable traction device is easy to stash in your glove compartment for safe keeping until you need it on a slick sidewalk.
The best work boots for truck drivers often need a safety toe feature to meet work regulations. The Baffin Workhorse is ANSI/CSA safety rated and has the cold weather seal of approval from our Canadian neighbors.
Other customers don’t need to wear their snow boots on the way to work, but wonder if they can safely wear an extreme cold weather boot while driving. Ski lift attendants need the warmest boot possible, so they must choose from the bulkiest end of the snow boot spectrum. Can they drive to and from work in their -100° burly boots? The answer is personal preference. Andy, our in-house winter driver extraordinaire, wouldn't consider changing out of his ski boots before he drives to the bar for an apres beer. For him, driving in the Baffin Impact is second nature. You “can” drive in any footwear you choose. Whether it’s safe depends on the clearance of your gas and brake pedals and your dexterity maneuvering between them. Like all things winter, it's striking the balance between staying warm and staying safe.
If you have questions, just ask. We're happy to help!
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