When I was Christmas shopping for mi hijo, Hootie, I spied these boots, probably because they actually look like a modern winter cycling boot. Vasque says that they’re for snowshoeing and winter hiking. They mimic the boot within a boot that the 45NRTH boots have, but have 200 grams of thinsulate, compared to the Wolvhammer’s 200 grams of Primaloft. They have a slender outer profile, just like a winter cycling boot, Here’s what made me make the decision to buy a pair and test them. They were only $144 delivered right to my door from backcountry.com. If you ride flats in the winter, I bet I just got your attention!
The boots arrived and I tried them on right away. The fit is very true. The toe box is a little larger that the Wolvhammers or Lakes. (I wear a pair of Flat Pedal Wolfhammers and have tested the Lake 303’s). Getting in and out of the Arrowheads is very easy. Easier than the Wolfhammers. They use a similar speed cinch style lacing system that the Wolfhamers employ on the inner boot and the outer boot is held in place with a zipper punctuated with a spot of velcro. The outer boot on the arrowheads does not go all the way to the top of the boot like a Wolvhammer. The sole on the Arrowhead is similar to a light hiking boot and the tread is of an aggressive snow variety. I’ve worn them on two rides and I think these are going to work pretty well. The question will be how cold will they go and will they hold up to the abuse of winter cycling?
So that’s what we’re going to find out. I’ll be wearing these Vasque Arrowhead Ultradry Winter Boots for the next month and I’ll let you know how that works out, some time in January.