Skiing in The French Alps in January is always going to be a lot colder than skiing in March or April without that gorgeous spring sunshine. This year as we’d be going in winter I wanted to make sure I was completely warm on the piste. I packed for the cold with thermal undies and lots of layers to keep me toasty but I needed something extra for my feet. I’ve got some great walking boots but they’re only ankle height and take ages to get on and off. The time had come for a pair of waterproof snow boots.
Enter the boot of choice – Berghaus Women’s Jura AQ Insulated Waterproof Winter Boots
I needed a longer, waterproof, boot that would keep my feet warm and dry. It’s no fun balancing on one foot in a snowy car park while trying to get your après ski boot on so they needed to be easy to slip on and off and with good grip for icy conditions. They also needed to have a bit of style and look good for après ski with jeans or leggings. Those are my gorgeously soft, woolly socks peeping out the top…
These boots come in a durable, water-resistant, nylon ripstop fabric with a waterproof lining to give complete water protection outdoors. They feature a warm insulation which keeps feet and legs warm when the temperature drops. A faux fur trim offers extra warmth and style to this cold weather boot which comes in black to match any outfit.
Berghaus have included in the design of this boot their patented OPTI STUD® technology which increases traction over rough terrain. This feature has been created through a floral pattern to add style and definition. The boot has a front lacing system which improves fit and comfort whilst a concealed zipper makes getting them on and off easy.
What’s to love?
Lots. These comfortable boots kept my feet warm and dry and looked great too – the fluffy detail made me feel like a proper snow-bunny! They were really easy to get on and off using the full-length zip at the side and the lacing at the front could be loosened to fit thick ski trousers or tightened for evenings when I was wearing leggings or jeans. The grippy sole provided great traction in the snow and they weren’t heavy to wear. Even when I was knee-deep in snow the boot remained totally dry without letting any moisture soak into the fabric.
What’s not to love?
The boots come up a bit small so I went for one size bigger – especially as I knew I’d be wearing thick ski-socks with them. Not a problem if you’re buying in-store and trying on but if purchasing on-line this could be an issue.
Overall I’m very pleased with these boots – they look great, they’re waterproof, warm and grip well in the snow. They’re very well made so should last several ski seasons and will also be perfect for the cold weather in the UK, although if this rain carries on I’ll have webbed feet before long!
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Suzanne Jones is creator, writer and photographer at The Travelbunny. When she’s not indulging her wanderlust you’ll most likely find her enjoying coastal walks in her home county of East Sussex, UK.
Suzanne co-writes Sussex Bloggers which showcases the best of East & West Sussex.