Trukke Snowmotion Boots- Simply The Best!
For all-round winter outdoor fun these boots are unbeatable. The adjustable heel strap stops sock slippage! They are toasty warm, durable, and fairly flexible.
Let me say up front that the pair I own is so old now (15 years) that it’s not actually the same model that I am going to talk about. But it is the boot that morphed into the Snowmotion II model.
I love the outdoors in winter! Snowshoeing is one of my favorite things to do. But I have small, narrow feet, and until I found Trukke I could never keep warm boots on my feet. I had to fasten the top tie tight around my legs and just put up with slipping socks. My heel was always “working” up and down inside the boots when I walked. Then came Trukke!
It looks like the Snowmotion boot still has the lower strap and clip in front, but the upper closure is now a lacing. The boot description calls it a “speed lacing system, ” but I’m not sure exactly what that means. The heel strap is still featured on the Snowmotion boot. This is one of the best things about the boot– you can tighten that strap as hard as you need to and it will keep your foot from slipping up and down inside the boot. See picture.
My boots have a polarfleece liner that is removable. The Snowmotion II says the lining is integral with the boot and is not removable. I don’t know how that affects drying the boots out. I have worn mine for as long as 4 days while snowshoe backpacking, and the liners were getting very wet, and would not dry out overnight in the tent. They finally froze and I couldn’t get the boots on at all until I warmed them up by a fire. But this problem is not exclusive to Trukke. Any winter boot will get very wet with constant wear.
The liners are a bit thinner than they were when they were new, and this has affected the insulating ability some, but I’m rarely out for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time. The Snowmotion is rated to minus 10 degrees F. I have been out in mine in weather that cold for extended periods and the only time my feet were cold was on the backpacking trip, sitting still in the evenings. I should have taken a separate pair of booties for the evening and dried the boots by the fire. You don’t want to get these boots too close to the fire though because it does affect whatever plastic the shell is made from. When they get too hot they start to smell funny and get a little soft. That can’t be good for the integrity of the material!
My boots weigh 1 pound, 13 oz each. I could not find a weight listed for the Snowmotion II. This is a very comfortable weight for a winter boot. Mine are 10.5 inches tall, and the Snowmotion is listed as 9.5 inches. Seems comparable.
The toe shell is quite hard, yet from the ankle on up the boot is layered fabric, and flexible enough for easy walking. I’ve walked up to 6 miles at a stretch in these boots and never had a foot problem with them.
They are roomy enough to tuck layers in the top. I usually tuck my pant legs inside the boots, and wear my snowpants over the top. I do not wear heavy winter socks with the boots. That would make them impossibly hot for me. I suppose if you have cold feet all the time, you might still want heavy socks, but these boots are really warm.
I expect things to last “forever, ” but my Trukke boots may be exceeding even my expectations. I have them on for 30 minutes to an hour every day after the snow starts to fall in Michigan, until spring. Sometimes I’m out even longer. I wear them for snowshoeing, running the snowblower, winter hiking, and any other outdoor winter work. They are 15 years old, and are just beginning to show some fatigue in the outer surface. You can see in the pictures that the tread on the soles is barely worn. Pretty amazing! I’m not kidding... I bought these boots in 1992, and I use them a lot!
My one and only complaint about the boots is that the smallest size they make any more is Men’s 6. (The largest is 13.) I sure am glad that I bought two pairs when they still made size 4. Since they are lasting so well, I may actually have a lifetime supply!
Update On Jul 23, 2010: I will break out the second pair of these boots this winter. The first pair really has failed and leaks badly... after 16 winters! The liners of the second pair are more open in the front, so I hope they fit the same.