Can you be sure that your boots are warm enough for your 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). As a result, you now have an accurate measure of the temperature at which you are protecting with these boots. The comfort temperature ratings are given for the boots. We take into consideration the differences in perception between men and women.
How do your shoes protect you from outdoor 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 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 boots and its ability to allow the foot to breathe. Too much heat or not enough breathability, damp accumulates and cold can set in. We have designed your boots with your activity in mind, be it occasional or regular, with a membrane which prevents water ingress and allows damp out.
How can you be sure that your 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 ageing 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 4km 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 boot from slipping backwards when going uphill and stabilises 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.
What type of grip and traction does this shoe provide?
Your shoes, which are equipped with SNOWCONTACT soles, have been designed for maximum comfort in terms of traction for hiking and grip on snow. The arrangement and the height of the studs (3 mm) are strategically placed for optimal grip when hiking on snow. The surface and the tread pattern of the studs are designed to conform perfectly to hard snow surfaces and eliminate any excess water so that you do not slip.
What is the purpose of the SNOWCONTACT technology on the soles of your shoes?
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 boots.
Will your shoes withstand regular use over the long-term?
Our engineers conduct laboratory tests to ensure that the product fully complies with your satisfaction in use. Our verifications include the following elements: tearing eyelets and straps, gluing, toxicology, UV resistance, abrasion resistance of outsole and upper components, accelerated ageing.
How to choose the right footwear for snow hiking
To be well equipped in winter, we recommend that you follow these principles : 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 get a breathable model to minimise moisture. Boot height: adjust the height of the sock to the height of the boot and preferably choose high models if want more protection.
How should you preserve the technical qualities of your shoes?
A fabric's water repellent property is its capacity to make water run off its surface without seeping in. This prevents the fabric from soaking up water and keeps it lightweight, warm and breathable. The water repellent property is achieved by treating the fabric's exterior. This treatment needs to be renewed during the lifetime of the garment. Products (spray or liquid) designed specifically 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 repaired or 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 environmental impact of the product is calculated based on its entire life cycle and using different indicators. A score from A to E is given to help you easily identify the most eco-friendly products by comparing products of a similar type. Decathlon is committed to this approach. Check out our efforts in the area of sustainable development: http://developpement-durable.decathlon.com/