I’ve done a lot of riding this winter, most of which wearing the 45NRTH Wolvhammer boots. I’ll be honest, these boots came with a lot of hype and I wasn’t sure they could live up to the claims that those who have them make. After months of use in snow, cold temps, and varying wet conditions, I feel comfortable rating their performance.
So how did they do? Great, I am very happy with them.
This winter in Illinois has seen frequent snowfall and cold temperatures. I’ve worn them in snow up to a foot deep and in temperatures between 45º F and -15º F. The boots feel very well made when wearing or handling them. I believe the boots quality and performance come from the number of licensed materials used to create them. In my experience with shoes and boots, it seems common to see proprietary soles, inners, and outers. This is not the case with the Wolvhammers. The boots feature:
- Vibram Soles
- Cordura Outer
- 3M Thinsulate Inner
- Sympatex Waterproof & Breathable Materials
- Aerotherm Insole
It blows my mind even writing that out. Each of those bullet points is a separate companies product. To me that means that QBP (45NRTH) paid to have proven technologies used for their cold weather boots rather than developing in-house solutions. This likely costs 45NRTH more money per boot, but the product is better because of it. I have no doubt that part of the cost is to pay for all of the licensed technology.
The boots do well in the cold. In single digit temperatures, my toes can sense that it is cold outside of the boots, but my toes and feet have never been uncomfortably cold, even after three plus hours of riding. On the other end of the spectrum, I have worn the boots inside of local restaurants and bars after riding to them and my feet have never been uncomfortably warm.
The boots do a great job keeping the snow and water out. The strap at the top of the boot allow for as tight of a fit as you want. The claim of being completely waterproof is true which is great because let’s be honest, the last thing you want inside of your boot when it’s freezing is any kind of water.
The downsides to the boot are limited. The cost seemed hard to justify last year, but after ridding in them this winter, they are worth every penny. They make riding in the winter more enjoyable, which is the goal of all winter riding gear. It makes for one less piece of gear to worry about when packing for a ride, just grab them and don’t worry about your feet. The boots take some time to put on and take off, but that comes with the territory. Clipping into and out of pedals has a slightly different feel. I’d recommend clipping into and out of them a few times before your first ride to get used to the action. I have noticed some wear on my crank arms of my fat bike due to the boots high top sides.
Overall, I’m very happy and would recommend them to anyone looking for a fat bike winter riding shoe/ boot solution. If your local bike shop doesn’t have them in stock, give the awesome folks at my local bike shop, Bloomington Cycle & Fitness a call to see if they can get you your size.
If you missed my initial thoughts on these boots after I purchased them and are interested, they can be found here: First Impressions: 45NRTH WolvhammerEnjoy what you read? Subscribe to be notified of future posts via email by either clicking the Follow button at the bottom or the Subscribe section on the right!