Can you be sure that your shoes are warm enough for your winter hikes?
Based on the field and laboratory tests carried out to measure the perception of cold with a panel of users, we gauge the thermal insulation of our shoes when stationary (static -1°C) and when moving (dynamic -12°C). As a result, you now have an accurate measure of the temperature at which you are protected with these shoes. The comfort temperature ratings for your shoes is shown. We take into consideration the differences in feeling between men and women.
How do your shoes protect you from outdoor conditions?
Your shoes 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 that prevents water from entering while allowing moisture to escape.
Breathable shoes for optimal thermal comfort
Thermal comfort is a balance between the warmth of the shoes and its ability to let the foot breathe. Too much heat or not enough breathability means that damp accumulates and cold can set in. We have designed your shoes with your activity in mind, be it occasional or regular, with a membrane which prevents water ingress and lets damp out.
How can I be sure that my shoes are 100% waterproof?
We made sure that your shoes are waterproof by conducting laboratory tests to simulate walking with the shoes half submerged in water. We also conducted field tests to measure wear and ageing. During the waterproofness test, we test 3 levels of waterproofness: 2,000 flexes (approx. 4 km walk), 4,000 flexes (approx. 8 km walk) and 8,000 flexes (approx. 16 km walk). This model of shoe has been tested for up to 2,000 flexes, which is equivalent to 4 km of walking
What is the difference between traction and grip?
The traction of the shoes depends on the number and shape of the studs. The grip is dependent on the materials of the sole and the tread pattern, like the tyres of your car. Traction optimises propulsion, prevents the shoe from slipping backwards when going uphill and stabilises the shoe. Grip prevents the shoe from slipping and skidding on smooth ground or in demanding conditions (rain, snow, ice) by giving the sole grip
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 crampons (3 mm) are spaced strategically for optimal grip when hiking on snow. The surface and design of the studs 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 stud pattern that is 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 anti-slip grips to your shoes.
Will your shoes withstand regular use over the long-term?
Our engineers conduct laboratory tests to ensure that the product fully meets with your satisfaction in use. Our verifications include the following elements: quality of eyelets and straps, bonding, toxicology, UV resistance, abrasion resistance of the sole and upper components, accelerated ageing.
How do I choose the right footwear for snow hiking?
To be well equipped in winter, we recommend that you follow these guidelines : Warmth: warmth provided by a warm pair of socks (ideally containing a suitable percentage of wool) Breathability: Choose the sock according to the intensity of the hike and make sure you wear a breathable model to minimise moisture. Shoe height: adjust the height of the sock to the height of the upper and preferably choose high models if you want more protection.
How to preserve the technical qualities of my shoes?
The water-repellent property of a fabric is its capacity to make water run off its surface without absorbing it. As a result, the fabric does not soak up water and stays light, breathable and warm. A fabric is made water-repellent by applying a treatment to its outer surface. This treatment needs to be renewed during the lifetime of the garment. Products (spray or liquid) for this purpose are available in our stores.
How does my product warranty work?
This product is guaranteed for 2 years from the date shown on the sales 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 environmental impact of the product is calculated over its entire life cycle and using various indicators. A score from A to E is given to help you easily identify the more eco-friendly products by comparing products of a similar type. Decathlon actively promotes this initiative. Check out our efforts in the area of sustainable development: http://developpement-durable.decathlon.com/