How can I be sure that my shoes are warm enough for hiking in the winter?
Based on the field and lab tests carried out with a panel of users to measure perceived cold, we gauge the thermal insulation of our shoes. It is therefore possible to accurately know down to which temperature your shoes are protecting you. The comfort temperature ratings are given for the shoes: -6°C for this model.
How do my shoes protect me from outdoor conditions?
Your shoes are designed with a membrane to guarantee waterproofing and breathability. A membrane is a very fine component (from 5 to 25 micrometres) on the inside of a fabric that prevents water ingress but lets moisture out.
Breathable shoes for optimal thermal comfort
Thermal comfort is a balance between the warmth of the shoes and their ability to allow the foot to breathe. With too much warmth or not enough breathability, moisture accumulates and cold can set in. We have designed your shoes with your activity in mind, be it occasional or regular, with a membrane that prevents water ingress and lets moisture out.
How can I be sure that my shoes 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 impermeability: 2000 flexes (approx. 4 km walk), 4000 flexes (approx. 8 km walk), and 8000 flexes (approx. 16 km walk). This shoe model has been tested for up to 2000 flexes, which is equivalent to 4 km of walking.
What is the difference between grip and traction?
The grip of the shoes is linked to the lugs, their number, and their shape. Traction depends on the materials and ridges used on the soles, like your car's tires. Grip optimizes propulsion, prevents the shoe from sliding back when climbing, and stabilizes the shoe.
Traction prevents sliding and slipping on smooth terrain and difficult conditions (rain, snow, ice), increasing the grip of the sole.
Which type of grip and traction does this shoe provide?
Equipped with SNOWCONTACT soles, your shoes are designed for maximum grip comfort for hiking and traction on snow. The location and height of the lugs (3 mm) are inspired by lynx paws and are spaced strategically for optimal grip when hiking on snow on steep terrain. The surface and design of the lugs are designed to perfectly grip the layer of hard snow and evacuate excess water to not slip.
How does the SNOWCONTACT technology used on the shoe sole help me?
The SNOWCONTACT soles are made with a specific component and lug pattern designed to ensure the best possible grip and traction. SNOWCONTACT soles are more effective 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, glued seams, toxicology, UV resistance, abrasion resistance of the sole and upper components, and accelerated aging.
How should you choose footwear for hiking on the snow?
To gear up in the winter, we recommend you follow the principles below:
Warmth: increase heat with warm socks (ideally with a suitable % of wool)
Breathability: Choose your socks according to 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 preserve 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 my 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 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/