*Gear Review* Bogs Boots

I am always searching for a great pair of boots to keep my feet warm and dry.  I feel like you can definitely skimp with some gear, but boots and gloves are worth spending a little money for.  Bogs are certainly the rage right now in the outdoor world, and I was thrilled to have a chance to give them a try!


Truth be told, I have actually been putting off this review for a little bit because I was having troubles with my Bogs keeping my feet warm.  I wanted to be sure I tested them again and again before I posted my final results here (because that is only fair to you all AND to Bogs!)  Please note that this review is my own personal experience.  Your own experience could certainly be different (and I would LOVE to hear about it in the comments!) 


What I love:
- Easy-on (I grab them and go!)
- The handle (makes carrying them and putting them on a cinch.)
- They have incredible arch support and are very comfortable (not something I was expecting.)
- The width: Bogs are made with four-way stretch Neo-Tech that accommodates all shapes of feet.  Perfect.
- The height.  Plenty of room around the calf for tucking pants in, leaving the ability for lots of high-snow-pile jumping!
- The colors/patterns available.  
- The traction (I feel comfortable wearing them, walking on ice/snow AND carrying my kids.)


What I am not so crazy about:
- As any boots, the comfort rating has a lot of different factors and is a bit subjective.  These boots are absolutely NOT good for depending on without good socks.  I have worn them with very thin wool socks at 20 degrees and been quite cold standing still.  Frustrated, I contacted them and then checked out their FAQ page.  Here’s what I found, “Bogs Classics are designed with 7mm of Neo-Tech insulation, which is equivalent to wearing 2 pairs of wool socks and comfort rated to -40F. 

In order to determine the ratings, we use a cold box test method. The test is done by putting stainless steel balls into the boots and wire probes down inside. The boots are then put in a freezer and the temperature reduced every 30 minutes. When the boots show more than 10 degree variance from the ambient temperature when the test started failure is reached.” 

In Conclusion:
Despite my frustrations with how warm they kept my feet in certain conditions (and dependent on the socks I wore,) they are certainly the boots I grab for daily.  I know the cold-factor is really huge when it comes to winter boots, but I think they are great in so many other aspects.  Let me be clear that when I am moving (or at least not just sitting in the cold for long periods of time) and wearing mid-weight wool socks, the boots are excellent.  I just personally would not trust them for adventures like snowmobiling or watching a dog sled race.  


I also don’t know if I would put them on my child for most of our adventures.  I have not tested the children’s Bogs, but they seem to be too dependent on outside conditions (and factors such as socks) for me to be sure my child was staying warm.  That said, I LOVE the handles and the fact that J would be able to put his own boots on.  


I want to know what you think!  Anyone have Bogs they love or aren’t so crazy about? Anyone tried them for their kids?


Bogs provided me with a pair of boots to test and review.  As always, the opinions here are completely and honestly my own!  Additionally, some of these links are affiliates.  You can find my disclosure here.

Amelia lives with her husband and three young children in Yellowstone National Park. As a family, they believe that life is precious, short and should be lived to the fullest. That includes introducing a life of adventures for their boys in the form of skiing, hiking, biking, running, camping and lots of outdoor playing. Amelia writes at Tales of a Mountain Mama in an attempt to inspire others to get outside daily too with tips and tricks, stories and lots of gear reviews.

Comments

  1. I love my bogs! Travis wears his nearly every day and sweats by them. I wear mine when I’m doing chores out side where I know my feet will get dirty. The Bogs are so easy to clean, which comes in handy when you live in a muddy place like we do.

  2. i’ve been wanting to try them for a long time but have been hesitant about spending the money– as i wasn’t sure if i could count of them as being snow boots AND rain boots? for just rain boots, they’re a little more than i’d like to spend. but if i could wear them all winter, they’re a steal! so i still want to try them out to see and will definitely keep in mind the sock factor. i just got a pair for my kindergartener as an all around school shoe for the fall/winter/spring. she doesn’t complain about cold much, so i can’t attest to that but she does love them overall. she says they are comfy, easy to get on and off, and don’t make her feet sweat inside all day– but they’re great for the playground! i don’t know that i’d use them in the place of snowboots for longer winter outings, but as an everyday winter shoe they seem terrific!

    • I agree that they could be the perfect shoe for young school-aged kids: easy on and off, great for running around outside and not too hot for the rest of the day! Thanks for your input, Blair!

  3. I have the same complaint Amelia! They definitely don’t keep my feet very warm for sledding–and sometimes even walking outside. So many kids have them here, but I haven’t gotten them for my kids because I think the Baffin or Kamik boots are SO much warmer. With all of that said, I do still love them for quick trips out of the house.

    • I must admit I am still perplexed on how they can be so great for some and not for others! I guess they still do serve their own purpose (and I continue to love wearing them!)

      • I agree with you Mountain Mama that Bogs are very cold on your feet after wearing a short while. I am perplexed as to why. I am going to try thick woolen socks from LL Bean to see if there is a difference.

        • I know part of the problem COULD be not having enough circulating air (so check that first!) But yes, it’s tough! Some people swear by them and others really have trouble keeping warm in them! However, like I said in the review, unless it is super cold, I wear them ALL the time!

  4. I bought them last winter and lasted about two weeks before I purchased a pair of Sorels. They are definitely not warm enough for a strong Canadian winter, especially if you do anything outdoors. Two hours of walking around outside in them with warm socks on, and my toes were like ice when I took them off. They are great for spring, slushy weather. Another negative thing I noticed is that the boots tend to trap air because they do not conform to the shape of your foot, as a lace up type would do. So, if you are walking around you tend to get some loks as it sounds like my feet are passing gas. Worse if the socks are too thin.

    • Hi, I purchased a pair of bogs last December 28th. At first I loved them. Easy to Pull on, Water proof, seemed fairly comfortable, and wide for my foot. Something easy to pull on to walk the dog, do yard duty in, go out sledding or playing in the snow. I thought they would be great for 3 season boots. Within 2 weeks, I noticed the tread had worn off, and at the balls of my feet I could feel the boot thinning out. I continued to wear them, and within a month, I could barley walk a step without going back three because I was slipping. They were hurting my feet. I already had foot issues, but now I was getting new pains that were making it sometimes unbearable to walk. I ended up returning them to Walking on a Cloud, because they ended up cracking and letting water in, and my feet were freezing. Bogs replaced my boots, however my second set has done the same thing. I am currently looking for new boots for this winter. I am very disappointed in the quality of the rubber of the sole of the boots. |They are very dangerous for walking on ice or slippery wet snow. Bogs claims these are good for farm boots, however I wouldn’t wear them on my farm, I would be to afraid to slip and fall. It was also very disappointing because I paid over $100, and they didn’t last! I have never worn out boots before like that.

  5. I just got my first pair of Bogs. My husband and I spend a lot of time at our camp in the woods during the fall, winter and spring and Bogs seem to be the perfect boot – light, not clunky and pretty! I wore them on the snowmobile for the 40 minute ride to the camp and my toes were a bit cold. (Keep in mind that my feet get cold quite easily so it is usually two pairs of socks – one wool pair and one cotton pair – plus the clunky, heavy snowmobile boot) I wore them for 2.5 hours snowshoeing in -20C weather and they were so comfy and warm, but I was surprised when I took them off that my cotton socks were wet. Perhaps I had too much on for the snowshoe trip and not enough for snowmobiling? What do you wear in them?

    • Hi Kathy – I think the biggest difference is just that you were moving when snowshoeing and not when snow mobility. I find my Bogs are awesome when I am in motion, but not so great when I am just standing in the cold. I usually wear mid weight wool socks, but also know if you have too thick of layers, the air can’t circulate in your boots and they won’t be warm. Does that help??.

  6. I got a pair last year. I love them but have to agree that when I am sitting still my feet got cold and I was a little disappointed. However when I move around they are fine. My daughter bought me a pair of boot liners and when worn with a mid weight sock they do the trick. You have to get the right size for the boot liners to fit thought. I do love them and continue to wear them out and about on our snowy days.

    • Oh, will definitely have to check out the Boot liners! Quite honestly I am usually moving around enough I don’t get cold, but I wouldn’t sit on a snowmobile all day with them or something. Thanks so much for your feedback!

  7. Brittany says:

    I realize this is an old post, but I wanted to comment about Bogs for kids. I just got some this winter for my 3 year old son. They are super easy to get on and off, which I love. He does it by himself. He wore midweight wool socks with them and after tromping in the snow for about an hour his feet were warm and dry. In fact, they were hot when I pulled off his socks. We live in Ohio and the temperature that day was probably around 30 degrees. He uses them for muddy play too and they’ve been great. We will see how they handle the Alaskan winters when we move ;).

    • Hi Brittany,
      Awesome! And yes, we reviewed some Baby Bogs this year and had MUCH better luck with them. I just really think it depends on the person…..
      Hope they work great in AK for you too!

  8. Both my teens have been wearing Bogs for less than 2 years and the soles have worn out already. We’re not talking about daily use either. They did find them warm, but not when it got really cold (we’re next door to Alaska). I didn’t rely on the manufacturer’s claims of suitable to -40.

    • Joella – totally agree that I have seen some wear on my soles too after just a couple years. I know, too, that the temperature rating can be really tricky because of conditions and everyone’s bodies being different (so I always take it with a grain of salt! :))

  9. Just bought these – relying on claims of warmth till -40. Took the dog out for a walk in -10 celcius (which is warm here in winnipeg in winter) and although I hoped it couldn’t be true, my toes felt cold. With winter temps commonly down to -40 I think these will be going back. So sad… I really wanted them to work. How odd to test temp ratings with cold balls. Why wouldn’t they just have people wear them in cold weather?

  10. Hi I bout a pair of bogs about two weeks ago an ur right as long as I stay moving my feet stay warm how ever my job requires a lot of standing around an my feet freez I am a little disappointed because they are very comfortable an easy to put on an take off I would by them for my kids because when u move around they warm up fairly fast over all a pretty good boot I have also tried the muck boot an returned them two days later

  11. I just talked my husband and son into buying steel toe bogs for logging. The first time they wore them it was -20 celcius. They were trimming limbs off downed trees and found that their feet were uncomfortably cool all day. When they walked out of the bush their feet did warm up, however when they removed their boots my son’s light weight wool socks were soaking wet and my husband’s were partially wet. We will try and return these boots as this is totally unsatisfactory for work.

    • Hi Joanne,

      Oh bummer! I am shocked their feet were wet, but can identify with the cold toes (like I said in my review, I found them best for when I was really moving around.) I wonder if it has anything to do with the steel toe? Feel free to contact Bogs with your issues – I think the feedback is helpful to them too!

      Thanks!
      =) Amelia

  12. I love the Bogs. In my experience no matter what boot I am wearing, if I am only standing still my toes are never warm.

  13. Cub Wright says:

    Hi Over the years I have heard nothing but how great bogs were. Well with this winter and the temps dipping to minus 20-30 I had great hopes of warm feet. I used top quality ski socks bought three pairs for my staff and we were all equally disappointed. Cold feet, We are on our feet all day and felt very sad to feel our feet get cold. We wore the best ski socks available and still no difference. they are great to get on and off comfy to wear but don’t meet the requirements that they represent and that is warm feet. I would like to hear from the company and see if they have plans to improve this area in the boot. We live on a ranch and warm feet in a light boot is very beneficial

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