Baffin Polar Series - Extreme Cold Weather Boots for Men
Posted on Mar 18, 2019 by WinterBoots
Baffin Makes the Best Extreme Cold Weather Boots for Men
Nobody makes extreme cold weather boots like Baffin. We're talking double-digit-below-zero-frostbite-bearing-toe-numbing-colder-than-ice kind of extreme. The kind you meet up with if fishing on a frozen lake at dawn or snowmobiling when your car barely starts is what you live for. It's not for everyone, but if you're that out of bounds kind of guy, Baffin Polar Series boots are for you.
How to Keep Your Feet Warm in Extreme Cold Weather?
Baffin's Polar Series, distinguished by its -148°F/-100°C temperature rating, has long led the way in research-based design. Paul Hubner, Baffin's president tests his snow boots where it counts, the North and South Poles. Alongside howling winds and solid ice, Hubner has developed the warmest snow boot base in the world using Baffin Boots Polar® rubber outsole, a TPR synthetic blend that achieves warmth, grip, and flexibility. This technology combined with the moisture management and heat return from Baffin's inner boot liners makes them the warmest men's boots for snowmobiling, hunting or ice fishing. When you don't have the luxury of generating body heat with activity, Baffin picks up the slack and gives you an extended stay on those brutal winter days.
Baffin's Arctic™ Rubber is the Warmest Snow Boot Base You Can Buy
Each model in the men's series has three identical components: the same base, the same removable inner liner, and the same temperature rating. The Arctic™ Rubber base is paired with a Gelflex midsole to produce a lightweight, durable, flexible outsole that is designed specifically for use in the sub-zero temperatures. Baffin's removable liner, also known as its inner boot system, employs eight layers to draw warmth to your foot while channeling excess moisture away. A waffle-comb footbed provides extra space for airflow needed to maintain warmth. All the boots provide equal protection against the coldest weather.
Which Baffin Polar Boot is Right for Me?
The difference lies in the upper material, closure system, height, snow collar and unique winter features. There is not one single best boot in the line-up - just the best boot for YOU.
Baffin uses two different materials in the Polar series' construction, leather and Diamond-Lite insulated nylon. The Baffin Apex, our best-selling extreme cold boot, is made of leather which many hunters tout because it is both waterproof and extremely durable. Baffin's snakeskin-like nylon is a marvel of innovation. It's not the playground nylon you might remember from early snow boot days but rather a high-tech material that is both breathable and bullet-proof. It can tackle a morning of bushwhacking and come out unscathed.
The next fluctuating feature in the Baffin Polar series is the closure system which ranges from buckles to laces to Velcro. The buckle or velcro models can be adjusted at each wear though many outdoorsmen "set and forget" to make them an efficient pull-on design. The lace-up Apex model is the only one without a locking snow collar.
Most models in the Baffin -148° F series are 15 inches tall; the Baffin Eiger measures in at 13 inches for men who prefer a shorter height.
If you are a bells and whistles consumer, the Baffin Endurance might be your winter boot of choice. Its 360° wrap-around velcro closure offer high stability support for those weekend warriors who might need more ankle stability. In addition, the upper shaft has a side pocket and carabiner for storing gadgets and tools. The Baffin Endurance was discontinued in 2018 making it difficult to find; the Baffin Impact offers similar features.
Given that each model offers the same level of protection, how do you make that final decision? Unless you have a specific feature factor, that is, you're 5'6" and the Eiger's height is your best match, or you're photographing wildlife and need the extended snow collar for blowing drifts, then any of Baffin's choices will make you a satisfied customer. For many, it's a simple matter of eye appeal. Which boot looks the best to you? There's no denying that the Baffin Apex's Marlboro man leather mystique sells a lot of boots.
Extreme Cold Boots are Too Heavy for Mild Temperatures and High Energy Activity
So, what's not to like about the Baffin Polar series? All that warmth comes with a heavier weight than other snow boots designed for milder temperatures. Though the boots are almost a pound lighter than they were when Baffin introduced them over 20 years ago, they are still bulkier than your average cold weather boot. If you don't NEED this warm a boot, don't buy it! Baffin extreme cold weather boots are too warm for a snowshoeing, hiking, brisk dog-walking and in some cases, shoveling. Many men find them too bulky for driving. Remember extreme cold boots are designed for below zero weather with minimal exertion.
The most common mistake when buying snow boots is to buy the warmest boot you can find without taking into account whether an Arctic-ready model is a necessity for your lifestyle. There are many winter boots that will keep your feet warm and dry without overloading your foot with more insulation than necessary.
Extreme Cold Weather Boots are Essential for Snowmobiling, Sub-zero Hunting and Ice Fishing
The Baffin Polar series targets outdoor enthusiasts who want to be on snow all day in all kinds of crazy weather. Typically, this customer has had to cut short his adventures because of cold feet and is looking for the holy grail of winter boot protection. We all have a breaking point when the temperatures are too much for our feet to stay warm, but Baffin will extend that breaking point to keep you outdoors longer than any other extreme cold boot on the market.
Where Can I Buy Mickey Mouse Boots?
The original extreme winter boot is the Mickey Mouse or Bunny boots used by the US military for cold weather expeditions. We still receive calls every week from customers who swear by them. The supply seems to have dried up, but Baffin Polar series models are up to the same challenge!
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