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When you're battling extreme winter weather, be sure to arm yourself with The North Face Men's Baltoro 400 III Winter Boot. Impregnable TPR shell topped with waterproof nubuck leather create a barrier against snow, slush, and water, while 400g Heatseeker Eco insulation keeps your feet happy in temps down to -40 degrees. In fact, other parts of your body, including your brain, will declare it time to head indoors long before your feet are ready to give up the fight.

  • DriLex fleece lining adds extra warmth
  • Compression-molded EVA midsole cushions every step
  • Northotic dual-density footbed features a firmer arch and softer pads under the forefoot and heel
  • WinterGrip outsole is studded with temperature-sensitive IcePick lugs for goat-like traction on icy surfaces
  • D-ring serves as attachment point for gaiters
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The North Face Baltoro 400 III Boot - Men's

  • Fit:Runs small

I bought these boots for my father as a Christmas gift last year they were good for that winter but for the 2nd winter using them the snow goes in the shoe so my father feet get all wet. I was disappointed thought they where supposed to be waterproof.

Inacceptable durability

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

It's my 2nd winter with these boots. They are only worn a handful of times each winter. Wearing them today for the first time this year I heard a strange cracking noise. The rubber completely separated from the leather and you can see the insulation. In reading the reviews for this boot and others similar to it, this cracking appears to be a common problem. The boots are great but they have an inaccetable durabilty so that I definintely can not recommend anyone to buy them. If I see this right North Face is no longer selling this product !

Not true to size

  • Fit:Runs small

These are great boots I normally where a 9. Ordered a9 they were to small. Gave them to one of my children.

Ordered a 9-1/2, still to small.

I hoping the 10 I order will fit.

I am getting tired of buying boots I can't use.

Go at least one size larger when ordering

Great boots! The best winter boots I've worn yet!

    Great boots! Like everyone suggested to order a size up or so, definitely listen and do it! Shoes are warm too! They seemed a little cold at first. But once I walked a few feet they warmed up right away! Heel pressure is great too. I live in Chicago and have deployed to cold parts of the world. Let me tell you these boots won't disappoint you!

    Questionable Durability

    Have worn boots for 5 winters. I wore them less than 10 times a year usually for clearing the driveway. I was out this weekend and when taking them off heard a crunch... The entire rubber bottom has come apart from upper. Very disappointed.

    Questionable Durability


    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    Super happy with these dogs. I have been using these a lot this winter for birding and hiking in some decent snow. They are easy to go on and off and maintain heat well; maybe too well at times... like my feet are sweating when it is above 25 degrees. I ordered a size 11 and I typically wear a 10-10.5. Also read a review elsewhere about a dude who has been wearing these for years while working in Alaska so I'm planning on rocking these for the long haul!

    Solid boots!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    a better price than i paid for them available here on backcountry. damn haha. but these are great boots. i wear them snowshoeing, hiking(in the winter), walking the dog or where ever. very comfy, very warm,great traction and surprising very water proof. and for that price, worth every penny

    Solid boots!

    Get a half-size larger

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    Been out with the Baltoro's in sub-zero conditions with snow cover on the ground...and my feet have yet to be cold. This is no small task since I have perpetually cold extremeties. The primaloft insulation does an excellent job keeping your feet warm and the boots are high enough that you shouldn't have to worry about deep snow so long as you combine them with a pair of gaiters.

    A tip...try a half-size larger, particularly since you will likely be wearing thicker winter socks.

    The only downside to these boots is the weight. You can really feel a difference vs regular hiking boots (such as my trusty 3-season Asolos). The Baltoros are going to be clunkier and take more out of your legs on long demanding hikes. But this is the trade-off for warm feet in extreme conditions.

    In front of an Alaskan Glacier

    Took these boots with me from Afghanistan to Alaska for a family reunion/vacation. After a 90 minute snowmobile adventure to the Glacier nearest Alyeska, we finally made it there. Great boots to have but my feet did start getting cold when the temperature dipped to -11F. I was wearing 2 pairs of socks, one was Merino wool as my base and the other were SmartWool.

    In front of an Alaskan Glacier

    Great for winters in Afghanistan

      I have to say that the reviews were spot on. I normally wear a 10.5 to 11.0 US and I purchased the size 12 US based on recommendations here. I'm glad I did! The boots fit perfectly with my SmartWool socks and my toes are definitely toasty and comfortable. We have experienced more snow here in Bagram this winter than most can recall for the past 10 years. Within the past month we've experienced at least a foot of snow and temperatures down to -15C which translates to freakin cold Fahrenheit for me. Being from Hawaii, I am more sensitive to cold weather than most and so I have invested in only the best cold weather gear to keep me warm. Dawning these boots, my handmade Russian mink coat I purchased from a dealer in Kabul, and the best Arcteryx Polartec Fleece Jacket available, I am one sizzlin' and stylin' Hawaiian on base. When the snow melted enough to cause pools of sitting water, I simply put on my gators over the boots and merrily slosh my way through the slush. My only regret was going through two other inferior boots before finally purchasing these which meets and exceeds the winter requirements here for cold, wet, snow, and ice. There are many other winter boots to choose from, but there are only a few great boots that will make you happy you purchased them. These boots are one of them and they are great for winters in Afghanistan. Choose wisely my friend.

      Dont take this the wrong way, as I respect the service you give to your country but really a foot of snow? hahaha. I think since you are from Hawaii that might be alot to handle but up here in Flagstaff, in a dry winter we get 10 feet typically from December to Feb. A few years ago we received double that, so be glad it is ONLY one foot. ;)


        I just returned from a week in Jackson Hole Wyoming snowshoeing and have to say that TNF Baltoro 400 III performed extremely well! First off when you take them out of the box you'll be amazed at just how lite these boots are and at $104.00, they're worth double that. Comfortable....oh yeah!! I never even wore them to break them in prior to my trip, which is a little risky but I wasn't disappointed in the least. I used them around town and snowshoeing in the Tetons and I love the design of these boots for snowshoeing. The lip that's just above the heel acts as a strap stop to prevent the heel strap of my snowshoes from slipping off. I wore these boots with a pair of SmartWool socks and I tell you I NEVER felt the cold. At one point I actually stood in the middle of a creek to test the insulating as well as the waterproofing factor of these boots and was not disappointed. These boots performed without a hitch. I was glad that I had heeded previous reviewers advice and ordered them a full size up though since I almost always wear size 11 to 11.5 in everything. I ordered a 12 and they fit perfect with my SmartWool socks! I was also extremely pleased with the service I received from I had my boots well within a week of ordering. Thanks North Face and special thanks to


        Alaska at -40 to -50

          Being from South Louisiana I certainly wasn't looking forward to Arctic Weather. However, it's all about having the proper gear.

          Spent a couple of week in Northern Alaska (January 2012) where the temps were regularly reaching -40 to -50 degrees for extended periods of time. With my North Face Baltoro 400 III boots, I purchased from, my feet never even thought about getting cold.....nor did they sweat! These boots remained dry the entire time and were so very comfortable!

          too small, not warm

            These boots fit really tight. Hopefully they will pack out. The 40 below rating is ridiculous. My toes are cold even when temps are above freezing. North Face should reconsider their place in the foot ware business.

            A few things. If you took the time to write a review, you should have taken the time to read the other reviews about these boots. Choosing a size bigger than the normal size you wear would have prevented a couple of things. It would have prevented the really tight fit that you experienced and have been much warmer. A little bit of space in a snow boot allows warm air to stay trapped within the boot itself ergo keeping your feet warm. If your feet got cold in the snow with these boots on, even though they were tight, then my suggestion is to stay out of the snow because these boots are well constructed and more then suitable for the snow when chosen properly

            Snug and Firm Boots...

              Like others, I do suggest going one size up! I went from my usual size 12 to a 13 after reading various suggestions from the reviews. I am glad I did because these boot seems to fit bit more snug and firm. I wore two layers of socks; regular tube socks with wool socks over it. With these layers of socks, it felt snugger while I was able still move my toes without discomfort. I am glad I did not go with the size 12 because then I would have to send it back.

              One more thing, I bought these boots to use for snowshoeing and hiking in the snow. The back upper heel area of boots (the lip) seems good for holding the strap of snowshoes.

              Anyone ever try putting a crampon on these?...

              Anyone ever try putting a crampon on these? I've had em for a couple years and they have never let me down! I especially love how well they work with snowshoes, and am wondering if they might hold a crampon for non-technical stuff (high angle snow rather than vertical ice). Any thoughts?

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              The North Face Baltoro 400 III Boot is an excellent winter boot and I am not surprised to hear that they have served you well for snowhoeing. I find that the best snowshoe boots are warm, durable, waterproof, and have decent flex in the forefoot allowing you to walk or run over varied surfaces. I cannot however suggest using them with crampons because of the very flex that makes them ideal for snowshoeing. It is of course possible to use these boots with crampons in theory on fairly level ground, but not recommended for safety or practicality.

              do you ship to france ? i didn t see france...

              do you ship to france ?
              i didn t see france in your country list