|What Boots do
I need to take on my Antarctic trip?
Boots for your Antarctic trip should
Waterproof for those wet Zodiac* landings
- these boots are waterproof up to the top of the collar
Warm in cold conditions
-- rated to -40°F
Comfortable enough to
walk for hours in - these boots have
been extensively tested in Antarctica by expedition leaders
Rugged enough to protect your feet from rocks and
Good traction to give you grip on a variety of surfaces.
We recommend these Classic High
Boots, a modern take on the traditional rubber wellington
style boot as fulfilling all of these needs.
They are great
for for walking in, better than traditional wellington
boots as the upper neoprene region fits closer to your leg
making them cosier and warmer in the process.
They are waterproof
up to the top of the collar, so you can wear them in the
Zodiac, getting out into shallow water if necessary, wear
them on your daily hikes and excursions and then back again
in the Zodiac without having to change your footwear at
small outboard engined inflatable boats used in
Antarctica for making landings ashore.
Winter Boots for
Thermal Boot Sock
One or two pairs of thick warm socks,
wool loop stitch (like toweling
- but wool) or similar, a small amount of a synthetic
material such as nylon aids durability and some stretchy
material gives a snug fit.
The layering principle also applies here with more than
one pair of thin socks being warmer than a single thick
pair. Don't be tempted to cram too many socks on so that
your boots are tight. Air is the insulator and squashing
it all out means you won't be as warm. A bit of trial
and error to see what works for you, Start
with a thin pair as undersocks and then a thick pair
on top and see how it goes.