Can I be sure that my boots are warm enough for my winter hikes?
Based on the field and lab tests carried out to measure the perception of cold with a panel of users, we gauge the thermal insulation of our boots when stationary (static -11°C) and when moving (dynamic -20°C). It is therefore possible to accurately know down to which temperature your shoes are protecting you. The comfort temperature ratings are given for the boots. We take into account the differences in the perception of cold between men and women.
How do my boots protect me from outside conditions?
Your boots are designed with a membrane to guarantee waterproofing and breathability. A membrane is a very fine component (5 to 25 micrometres) affixed to the inside of a fabric, preventing water from entering while allowing moisture to escape.
Breathable boots for optimal thermal comfort
Thermal comfort is a balance between the warmth of the boots and their ability to allow the foot to breathe. With too much heat or not enough breathability, moisture accumulates and cold can set in. We have designed your boots with your activity in mind, be it occasional or regular, with a membrane that prevents water ingress and allows moisture out.
How can I be sure that my boots are 100% waterproof?
We have checked that your shoes are waterproof with laboratory tests that simulate walking with feet half immersed in water and with wear and aging tests in the field. During the waterproofing test, we test 3 levels of waterproofing: 2000 flexes (approx. 4 km walk), 4000 flexes (approx. 8 km walk), and 8000 flexes (approx. 16 km walk). This boot model has been tested for up to 2000 flexes, which is equivalent to 4 km of walking.
What is water repellency and how can you maintain it?
The grip of the boots is linked to the lugs, their number and shape. Traction depends on the materials and ridges used on the soles, like your car's tires. Traction optimizes propulsion, prevents the boot from slipping backwards when going uphill, and stabilizes the boot.
Grip prevents the shoe from slipping and skidding on smooth ground or in demanding conditions (rain, snow, ice) by giving grip to the sole."
Which type of grip and traction does this shoe provide?
Equipped with SNOWCONTACT soles, your boots are designed for maximum grip comfort for hiking and traction on snow. The layout and height of crampons (3 mm) is designed for optimal grip when walking on snow. The surface and design of the lugs are designed to perfectly grip the layer of hard snow and evacuate excess water so you don't slip.
How does the SNOWCONTACT technology used on the boot sole help me?
The SNOWCONTACT soles are made with a specific component and lug pattern that is designed to ensure the best possible grip and traction. SNOWCONTACT soles are more efficient than traditional soles on snow. When walking on ice, the only way to ensure optimum safety is to add ice grips to your boots.
Will my shoes withstand regular use over time?
Our engineers conduct laboratory tests to fully guarantee your satisfaction in use. We validate the following elements among other things: strength of the eyelets and straps, strength of the glued assemblies, toxicology, UV resistance, abrasion resistance of the sole and upper components, and accelerated aging.
How to choose footwear for hiking on the snow
To be well equipped in winter, we recommend that you follow these principles:
Warmth: increase heat with warm socks (ideally with a suitable % of wool)
Breathability: Choose your socks depending on the intensity of the hike and wear breathable models to limit dampness.
Height of the boots: adapt the height of the socks to the height of the upper and opt for high models if you need more protection.
How to protect the technical qualities of the boots
The water repellency of a fabric is its ability to let the water slide off its surface, without absorbing it. In this way, the fabric does not soak up water and therefore remains lightweight, breathable, and warm. Water repellency is obtained by a treatment applied on the outer surface of the fabric. This treatment needs to be renewed during the lifetime of the garment. Products (sprays and liquids) are available in our stores.
How does the product warranty work?
This product is guaranteed for 2 years from the date shown on the receipt. A product covered by the warranty will be exchanged free of charge. The warranty covers product defects, excluding those resulting from normal wear and tear and improper use.
A score for comparing the products’ environmental impact
The product's environmental footprint is calculated over its entire lifespan using various indicators. A score is assigned, from A to E, to help you easily identify the products with the best environmental performance by comparing products of the same type with one another. Decathlon is committed to this approach. All our actions for sustainability can be found at: http://developpement-durable.decathlon.com/