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Merrell took its cue from the versatile, practical design of 3-in-1 jackets when it created the Norsehund Alpha Waterproof Boot. This insulated, waterproof boot includes an removable inner bootie so that once you've braved the snowstorm to get to work or the cabin, you can pull off the outer shell and pad around in this liner instead of clomping around indoors in a full-on winter boot. Merrell also took a cue from a living winter warrior and designed the ColdSmart sole with  center lugs that are reminiscent of a wolf paw for reliable traction in loose snow.

  • TPU shell and a waterproof breathable membrane in the upper keep your feet dry as you stomp through the snow
  • Full-grain leather and synthetic upper is flexible and comfortable
  • Gusseted tongue keeps debris and wet stuff out of the boot
  • 600g Opti-Warm insulation traps warmth without adding a lot of bulk
  • Removable, washable inner bootie adds even more warmth, and includes a thin sole so it can be worn on its own around camp or even the office
  • ColdSmart Thermal System channels warm air out of the boot so your feet don't overheat and get all sweaty
  • Aegis anti-microbial treatment keeps odor down to a minimum
  • Ortholite anatomical footbed and compression-molded EVA footframe offer cushioning and support
  • Cord and lock lacing gives you a secure fit
  • Vibram Norehund Alpha sole features ColdSmart traction with high-surface-area 7mm lugs in the center for loose snow and siped perimeter lugs for icy and wet
  • Ridge on heel keeps your snowshoe strap from slipping
  • Rated for comfort down to -40F/-40C
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Extremely comfortable wear.

  • Fit:True to size

Bought mine last December after much deliberation.Cannot complain. Keeps u warm in very extreme cold conditions.

Some will think that its a little heavy. For me I don't care.

I look for comfort and protection.I stand for long hours in the cold.

The Best yet!

Shoe lace fastener broke around day 7

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I love this boot. It helped me withstand 3 blizzards in New England already. I could easily use it as a snowboarding boot if needed. A little rigid at first, after a few days wear, the boot really conforms nicely. I feel like I could conquer pretty much anything with these boots on. Regrettably, however, on my last jaunt home from work in these, I noticed that my shoe lace had come untied, and that the lace fastener on my right boot (on the left hand side) was missing. Needless to say I ended my trek with more snow in my boot than when I started. I'm attempting to return the item for a new one now (even though the boot is currently out of stock online). In conclusion, even with this huge set back, I consider this boot to be exceptional and can only muster the hatred to dock it -1star on the review.

Finally, A Boot That Delivers!

    For the past two winters I have been searching for a boot that would keep my feet warm and dry. After two failed attempts with Columbia boots I ordered these and after putting them through the wringer I must say I have finally found a pair of boots that deliver.

    After reading the reviews, I ordered one 1/2 size larger than my normal shoe size to allow for heavy wool socks and they fit perfectly. They are comfortable and provide great support and at temps near 0 degrees F, they are warm and waterproof.

    I can'[t say enough regarding Backcountry's support in this effort. They really mean what they say about returns and have earned my future loyalty.

    Great boot!!!

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I have looked for a solid winter boot that was not hard plastic and had a removable liner. I need to be able to remove for winter camping expeditions, etc.

    This boot is very warm for a -40 F. and has a sole I found quite rigid for use with my Grivel 12 pts. (it should not be considered a full replacement to plastic mountaineering boots for any or all conditions though). It was more than sufficient for the types of climbing we do in The Adirondacks.

    It seems it runs about one size to a 1/2 size small, as I had to send them back for an 11 with my Sorrell's being a 10.

    I just completed 16 miler over 2 peaks and over 4000' of vertical climb and I can say I love these boots-highly recommend.

    Very Warm, but must be 100% dry

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    100% - deserves it's price. I've took them for a half day trips through deep show forest. That was a trouble moment, because tempreture below snow cover is higher than on the surface. In my case the boots became too warm and my foot started to sweat. Anyway all was fine through that trip. But, due to the "Removable / washable inner" you have to take it out to dry these boots

    I didn't do that first time and went to the new trip. That time my feet felt cold with the same temprature outside. So, take the Removable / washable inner boot out to dry these boots fast and for sure. P/S I am really amazed by the wolf paw-inspired traction )).

    Hi, to keep from having to pull the liners I use a Peet Shoe/Boot drier. If you do not know how these work, they do not blow air directly into the boot but a very gentle warmth (cant even feel the heat or air but it works). I did not like having to remove liners all the time and the Peet Drier makes them nice and toasty. There are portable as well as in the boot options for these type of driers as well. Good luck!

    BTW- traction is bomb in these!

    Alpha Dog

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    These Merrell boots are awesome. I went with a full size larger but sent them back for a .5 size larger. They felt great but the full size was just a little too much room for those extra active days. I have already worn them in the first snow and they kept my feet warm and dry. The traction is amazing. I feel like the Alpha dog on the trail.

    Bottom line, start at .5 size larger and enjoy the warmth and traction. These are bomber.

    When will you have more Norsehund Alpha boots in stock? I really, really want a pair! They look amazing!

    Is it possible to purchase an extra set...

    Is it possible to purchase an extra set of the liners?

    are they crampon compatible

    are they crampon compatible

    I honestly do not see why they would not be compatible. They fit great in snowshoes. The Merrell Web site has a lot of pictures of the outsole and even a good video showing the construction of the boot. Hope this helps.

    I just completed a 16 mile winter climb in Adirondacks in January. The sole is very stiff and easily accepted my Grivel 12 points. I would not say they are an acceptable replacement for hard plastic, but in the conditions we were in I had my crampons on for at least 3-4 hours without incident. Highly recommend these boots.

    Hi! I need an advice about sizing. Should...

    Hi! I need an advice about sizing. Should I choose 0.5 bigger size that my summer boots in this case?

    Best Answer

    I usually wear an 11 in Merrell boots and shoes, I went with a 12 in these for no reason other than other brand snow boots usually require a full size larger for my foot. Though they do feel good in a 12, I feel that during snow hiking and snowshoeing they will slide around a little. The inner bootie is great and you will no doubt love these, but I would start at a .5 size bigger.