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The North Face Chilkat II Boot - Men's

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An all-around workhorse boot for the winter months.

Pull on The North Face Chilkat II Boot for a pre-ski shoveling session in the driveway or a post-ski evening at the lodge. 200-gram Primaloft Eco insulation traps heat and keeps out cold intrusions, so you can handle hours in the fluff with ease. The Chilkat II features D-ring attachments for direct gaiter integration during your daily snowshoe trek, and an EVA midsole cushions pressure points on varying terrain.
  • Winter Grip rubber outsole offers traction and grip even on less-forgiving surfaces
  • Rated to -25F to handle even the coldest days
  • Weather-resistant full-grain leather upper handles season after season of abuse
  • Item #TNF6702

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Warranty
1 year limited
Recommended Use
maneuvering frozen, treacherous surfaces
Claimed Weight
[single] 1 lb 9 oz
TNF Winter Grip
compression-molded EVA
Temperature Rating
-25 F
Heatseeker (200g)
Upper Material
BLC-Silver-compliant full-grain leather, [collar and tongue] Dri-Lex

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  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

The reviews don't lie. To be clear, they seem nice but I never got to wear these out. I read the reviews that they run small and ordered a full size up (14)... still way to small. Can't order any larger as 14 is the largest size they make=lame. My feet are low volume and they typically swim in size 13's even with my custom orthotics (which take up more room than the normal insoles). Tried on the 14's without the orthotics and my toes were jammed into the ends, barely able to put them on. The North Face clearly kept the same last for these boots as with a warm weather boot and made no adjustment in size for the thick insulation=dumb.

These suck

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 200lbs

I have owned them for 2 years and use them for a wide variety of winter activities. They are not warm in the snow, they also do not breath well making my feet wet after short periods, so then they get colder even faster. My feet are usually warm and they usually don't sweat a lot so these are the only boots I've ever owned that do this. So they stink so bad that I can smell them when I'm wearing them and I rarely have smelly footwear. I have tried them with differing sock combo's, without a noticeable difference. I will ditch them and replace them with something better hopefully.

okay but returning them

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10.5
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 145lbs

Bought these having some high expectations. Bought for snowshoeing... reviews said they are good down to -25F... I got cold in them below +20F. I think it's because the insulation puts pressure on your toes enough that it squeezes the blood out - not a good fit for real cold hiking and snowshoeing. Could be part of the sizing issues that they have - you need to go up a full size. Maybe they are good for general use like snow shoveling, but not if you want them for real mountain activities. Boots look nice though... and have good traction. I'm returning them for something warmer.

Great looking boot

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

First impressions are they are great looking boots. I agree with all of the other reviews that because of the thick insulation, size up is a requirement. I did one whole size up and with mid-weight wool socks, they fit perfect.

good general boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These work great for general use, shoveling snow, tubing, that type of stuff, just your regular old snow boot. They are a bit on the small side, I had to go up 1/2 size. On not so cold days I used a thinner marino wool sock that worked nicely.

Would not recommend

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These boots feel tight but ok to size. They may be waterproof but definitely not breathable. My feet always wet after a day on the mountain in them. More over my socks slide down then I walk longer distances in them and make a ball under the hill. They smell not so good either - I never had this problem with other boots, so may be its poor material they used.

Runs really small and narrow.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 9
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 173lbs

The boot runs really small and narrow. If you have blood circulation issues this boot is not for you. it runs really narrow and small. I ordered half size above what I would normally use and this boot was squeezing my foot. Also one of the backcountry fine prints is that they charge $6.99 for returns. I would rather shop with Zappos.

Great boot, runs VERY small

  • Fit: Runs small

I bought the boot at a great price during a Backcountry sale. I am a 10.5 and bought an 11. I could barely fit my foot in the boot. I would suggest buying at least 1 - 1.5 sizes bigger, especially if you are going to wear winter-weight socks.

Runs small

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 11.5
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 160lbs

These boots run really small. Im a size 10 in most street shoes, i tried a 9.5, 10, and 10.5... they all fit incredibly snug due to padding. The size 11.5 fit perfectly tho very bulky and luggy... they are amazing at keeping your feet warm and dry. I live in NYC and walk alot so i wouldn't recommend them for long walks but are perfect for the occasional blizzards we get here from time to time. I would recommend these to anyone who likes to stay warm in freezing temperatures.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

Working at and the number of times I have had to either exchange or return any boot from The North Face, I would not recommend their boots to anyone.

DO NOT get your regular size if you do purchase them. Go anywhere from a 1 to even 2 sizes up.

The insulation is super puffy and I've heard it described as "balloon-like".

Great boot - runs small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 12
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 220lbs

If you have read reviews from several sites, you will find sizing comments all over the map -- anything from sized just right to runs 2 sizes too small. For me, with a 10 1/2 street shoe and replacing an old size 11 Columbia Bugaboot, I tried a size 12 in the Chilkat II. I still found it way too snug in the toebox even though when feel where my toe is from the outside, it looks like there should be plenty of room. If it fits for you, you will probably enjoy this boot.

Note that the eyelets are anchored with plastic. Not so with the Chilkat II Luxe.

Gifted for the Holidays:

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

This was a present from my lady over the holidays and they're not for me, personally. That isn't to say they wouldn't work well for someone else, but I simply didn't like this product.

The boot is really thick and could be said to be "clunky."

Though warm, they feel more like a snowboard boot than mobile winter boot. The sizing was spot on and color true to what is depicted online; I just haven't been a winter boot kind of guy in my entire life.

Great Boots!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

Super warm and gets the job done! Im a size 12 and got the 13's but had to return cause they were still to small due to the extra padding. Got the 14's and they are a perfect fit.

Great boots, run small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

My husband loved these boots, but they run small. He normally wears an 11 - 11.5 and ordered a 12 based on other reviews. The 12's were still too small and had to be returned. They are a great-looking pair of boots.

Good quality boots

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

I used these boots ones, but liked them from the moment I tried them. Good quality and construction of boots. It feels comfortable and warm. Because of insulation I suggest to take half or even full size bigger. I hope boots will last long time.

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Does anyone have any thoughts on how much these will pack out/whether they will actually pack out? I ordered ~1/2 size bigger than I normally wear (and a full size larger than I measure on a Brannock device) so I ordered the Size 13 but they are very tight with the ends of my toes jammed up against the front of the shoe. I certainly wouldn't want to go on a multiple mile hike in these right now. On the other hand, if they are going to pack out reasonably quickly, I don't want to switch up to Size 14 and discover they are much too big once they pack out.


Do these boots run narrow?

Do these boots run narrow?

I ordered my normal size and it was way uncomfortably tight in the toe and too loose on the ankle. I am returning them and ordering a size up. I love the boot itself and if it fits, I think I will be very happy.

Do they run true to size?

Do they run true to size?

Jsem řidič kamionu a můžu potvrdit, že protiskluzová podrážka výborně sedí na pedálech, velmi spokojen, jen se bojím chladných zimních dnů, Mojek

Most NF footwear runs similarly sized to other brands... however, I think these run a full size smaller. Sizing is done per the footbed, and this can either be determined by the cut of the footbed or the internal dimensions after assembly. In this case, it's done by the cut, and the assembly process packs on the insulation and lining making these very solid and warm... but also requiring a full size increase to regain the internal volume. If you're an 11, buy 12...and you'll LOVE the boot. BTW, the best feature is the sole. If you need a sole capable of tackling snow/ice... this is THE ONE.