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If you have to choose one boot this winter, make it The North Face Arctic Pull-On II Boot. A hybrid of comfortable slipper and burly backcountry workhorse, this lace-free boot features 200-gram PrimaLoft Eco insulation to trap heat and keep out cold. A weather-resistant Nubuck leather upper withstands season after season of abuse and adventure.

  • Gore elastic side panels add durability and water-resistance
  • Dri-Lex fleece collar lining boosts comfort and warmth
  • Northotic dual-density footbed cushions key pressure points
  • Winter Grip rubber outsole gains traction on a variety of surfaces, even when wet
  • IcePick temperature-sensitive outsole lugs maximize grip
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Great boot, once you find your size :)

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:Runs small

I bought these boots for my boyfriend and like most of the other reviewers have pointed out, this boot does seem to run a bit small. He normally wears a size 9 shoe and we had to size up to 9.5 on these. Aside from sizing though, he has had nothing but good things to say about them. We live in UT (cold and icy n the winter) and bikes/walks almost everywhere so a nice, warm boot is essential. He loved the cushioning and insulation and says that they kept his feet warmer than any of the other boots he tried until now. They also have good traction, which is important for navigating icy sidewalks.

He also mentioned that the boots seemed hard to put on at first but that after he wore them a few times he discovered that there is "a trick to it" and can now pull them on and off easily.

giving me the boot

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

Great boot! Ok, issues first.... like every other review, these boots run small. I am US size 9.5 for regular shoes. I ordered the 10 to allow for thicker socks. I could not even get my foot into the boot. Exchanged for an 11 which fits perfect. Though thses are "pull-ons", they do not come off easily, and it takes some strength and effort to take them off. I actually don't mind it as much, since I'd rather have a secure fit, than have it too loose. The bottleneck is at the ankle, so there is ample room to tuck in pants, but not so wide at the top to prevent covering the boots with your pants.

I used these for a trip to Ukraine in January. Temps were 7F during the day and -6F at night. My feet were never cold nor did they sweat or get wet. Sure footing on icy walkways, and in ankle-deep snow, the boot stayed dry. Going indoors, they were easy to tap clean both on the exterior and on the bottom. The teeth are not so tightly spaced, so dirt and snow don't get stuck as much. No squeeking sound when walking on wet granite or tile. Inside lining is soft enough to allow me to wear them barefoot, when staying in the hotel.

Only major drawback I see with this boot is at TSA security, where taking them off can be a task.

Nice boot, runs small

    I really wanted to keep these boots. I find 200g of insulation is not too warm, not too cold, which is excellent for light use in Wisconsin winters. The boot pulled on easily so long as I used the trick of keeping the boot on the floor. Sadly, the sizing runs very small. For reference, I wear an 11.5 shoe in many brands (Asics, Brooks running shoes, Merrell slip ons). My toes were pushing against the end of the boot in a size 12. If you can find a pair that fits, I think this could be a very good boot.

    Good Boot

      I agree that size is a little bit of a problem with these boots, they run a little small. When you finally find the size these are the best boots. I have used these in snow and on fire scenes with 6in of water and both times had warm and dry feet. Would recommend to anyone who wants a boot that slips on quickly and will keep you warm and dry for hours.

      No luck with these boots for me

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

      I read reviews about the sizing issues and ordered 9.5( my true size is 9) but they were too small. I exchanged it for 10 but it is still tight. I have really bony legs and it is still hard to take them off. After wearing them for 15 minutes my feet start sweating and get cold. I wanted to give chance to these boots but now way. I am returning them. Great customer service though, 5 stars there.

      Good boot.

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      Had these in the past. They can be a little difficult to pull on. Pull-up loop too small. Typical boot for me is 11 1/2 to 12 depending on use and manufacture. In the past, on boots, I ordered 11 1/2 and was tight on the toes. This pair, size 12, and with one pair socks, fits just right with a little extra effort to pull on. Have used them in most all conditions...mud, snow, ice, cowsh*t, and more. Would recommend most outdoor use. Enjoy!

      Nice boot...excellent service

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

      Very nice, light and comfortable boot. As stated in the other reviews, be careful of the sizing. I wear a 10/10 1/2 so I ordered size 11. Way too small. I called and backcountry sent out a replacement pair (no charge) in size 12 and they fit perfect. I probably could have even gone with a size 12 1/2 but I think these will breakin just fine.

      Now a word on backcountry. The reps taking the orders are extremely helpful, knowledgable, polite and extremely friendly. This has been the most pleasant online ordering experience that I have had. AAA+

      Really Wanted To Like These Boots, But . . .

        I love the look, feel and heft of these boot. Based on these 3 assessments I really wanted these boots to work out. I ordered 2 sizes based on the "poor fit" reviews. I was hoping that many of the reviews talking about the difficulties with putting these boots on and taking them off were a little too critical - however the criticism was right on. A real "b***h to get on and, once on a real fight to get them off. Better be sitting down or on the floor when you try. A real struggle. I wanted these to work so much I ordered a 3rd, larger pair and once again - no luck. Also, on all 3 pair the toe box seemed really cramped. Also, criticism that the finger loop is too small is also right on. Needs to be twice the size and sturdier. I will be returning all 3 pair later this week. Too bad. They simply are cool, poor fitting boots!

        Warm and Easy

          Great boots for tromping around the snow. Very warm...relatively easy to get on and off. The only problem is because the top of the boot is so wide (to let your foot get in and out) it sometimes lets snow in. Great for winter trekking in the neighborhood or on the trails...not as good for tromping through massive powder like we have had in Alaska alot this year.

          Great review,in accordance with .best usage, not for deep snow. My needs are primarily walking the dogs around town and if snow-packed trails. Boot cut pants may solve the snow entering the boot or bell bottoms. Bell bottoms? What are those?


            Super toasty - needs some breaking in.

            this boot must not come in mens sizes--he...

            this boot must not come in mens sizes--he wears an 11 or 111/2 TNF6697

            I wear a 8.5, after reading the reviews...

            I wear a 8.5, after reading the reviews i'm wondering if I need a 9?

            I'd size up to the 9 because in insulated winter boots the importance of good circulation cannot be understated. They insulate the warmth that good bloodflow provides. Without circulation the insulation has no heat to trap. And because these types of boots are rarely sized for performance a little looseness will be welcomed, especially once you start adding warm socks into the equation.

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            There are mixed reviews. How much should...

            There are mixed reviews. How much should be considered to sizing up to get a good fit/ I wear a 9.5 Also, can I get a confident advice to ,whether these are difficult to get in and out of. Cause this would be a deal breaker. I need to take my dogs out,sometimes I delay this just because its a discouraging thought to put lace ups on. I want to avoid this by purchasing some slip on's to make it a breeze to slip in and out of them, Anyone like these boots for this reason?

            The North Face Men's Arctic Pull-On II...

            The North Face Men's Arctic Pull-On II Boot
            Do these boots run true to size or should I order up?