We also invested in better winter boots that kept our feet toasty warm and dry no matter how long we were out on the trails. I am not sure when we bought them, but it was more than 5 years ago. In the pic below, AC's boot is on the left, and mine is on the right. Both look fine don't they?
Without looking at them closely, I grabbed both pairs of boots off the shelf and packed them in the car for our winter trip to Riverwood this year.
|Here are my boots with my snowshoes all ready for an adventure.|
|What a shock I got when I picked up my boots to put them on and saw this on closer inspection. The rubber on the sides of the boot, was all cracked and disintegrating.|
|I set them out in the snow by the side door, and took one last picture before tossing them . I really liked these boots, and didn't want to throw them away. Sigh! I took them back into the house to await garbage day.|
I had only worn the boots for snowshoeing, so the treads were almost like new, as they had only been worn on snowshoes not clomping around city streets. I had only worn them for a few weeks each year, as our snowshoe holiday only lasted for two to three weeks. I thought Columbia might give me a coupon for 50% off my next pair of boots, or do something like that.
When we got back home, I contacted the warranty department at Columbia, and they advised me to ship the boots back to them, so they could look at them to determine what was normal wear-and-tear, and what could be a defect in the boot.
Look what arrived in the mail for me this week...a brand new pair of Bugabootoo boots! I was delighted! My old style no longer existed, so they sent me the new and improved Bugabootoo boot.
|Pretty snazzy huh?|
|My feet should be dry and toasyt warm in these beauties, no matter how long we are out trekking around in the woods.|
Thanks Columbia, I will continue to look for your label when shopping for outdoor gear, and will pass this good news along to one and all.