Developed & Tested in the Harshest Possible Conditions
Winter sea fishing trips call for having a reliable pair of waterproof boots. I am talking about many hours of sitting still in very cold conditions with potentially a lot of time with your feet in very cold water. OK so describing it like that doesnt make it sound like very much fun, but thats the reality of it, and as always, having the right gear makes all the difference.
Many of my regular readers will know that I have a thing about finding wellington boots that stand out from the crowd. Following a number of recommendations about boots made by Canadian brand Baffin, I got my hands on a pair of their Trapper boots to try out for my winter fishing season.
The Baffin Brand was born from a genuine love for the country in which it resides. With Canada’s uncompromising landscapes and rugged extremities, there is a need for footwear that can provide the utmost protection from those elements.
With this brand story in mind, I was pretty confident that Baffin boots, having been developed and field tested in Canada could handle the very worst conditions that I would ever face and much much more….More Below…
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Baffin Trapper Boots
The Baffin Trapper insulated boots are definately a high end boot. At this point I think its important to highlight that there are actually two important components that make up the Trapper boots. Firstly the rubber boots themselves (the outer boot), but also the inner boot lining which is equally as significant in the overall design and functionality of the Trappers.
The Outer Boots
One of the things that caught my eye about the Baffin Trapper boots was the waterproof snow collar (shown in the picture in “Forest Brown”). This will likely see very little of its intended use down here in Cornwall, but can be cinched down with the drawstrings and could be useful for preventing splash-over while casting in the surf. You gotta admit that the camo pattern looks very cool though, I really like it.
The outer boot is made by Baffins own blend of “Polar Rubber” – a synthetic blend which provides ultimate protection from the elements; the Polar rubber strikes a balance between lightweight flexibility, cold-resistance, and resilience. The outer boot is very well put together and moulded with thicker reinforcements around the ankle, heel and toes for added stability. There is also a small rubber knuckle on the back of the heel which helps when taking the boots off.
The grips on the Baffin Trapper boots are really well moulded and the pattern looks quite neat, but when you start walking around in them, tackling slopes, ice or weed covered rocks you really begin to realise how awesome they really are. The rounded stud like pattern really bites into stuff – clearly these being developed in Canada and often being recommended for ice fishing, the grip pattern has been developed for snowy/icy terrain. I did a bit of research a while ago looking at whether those strap on “ice grips” that you can buy would work well on seaweed covered rocks, I didnt buy any, or come to a solid conclusion on the matter and left it alone – but the studded ice grip pattern of the Trapper boots did an excellent job for me while rock fishing…. I recommend any fisherman looking at those type of grips take a look at the Trapper boots.
The Inner Boot System
As I mentioned at the beginning, the Trapper boots are made up of the outer boot and also the equally significant inner boot. Baffin’s multi-layer inner boot creates a warm environment because body moisture is wicked away. A Hydromax™ layer, combined with Baffin’s proprietary B-Tek™ (four channel hollow fibre) layer acts as a moisture control system keeping the foam dry and funneling water vapour out of the boot.
The innermost layer, Baffin’s Thermaplush™, is a next-to-skin material that feels remarkably soft and smooth. A vaporized aluminum membrane has a silver surface which reflects energy back toward the boot. The waffle-comb foot-beds under the lining system create a space for warm air under the foot, and a double aluminum insole reflects cold toward the outsole.
Baffin offer a range of different inner boot liners which give varying levels of insulation. The Trapper boots come with an inner boot that is rated at -60 celcius / -76 Fahrenheit. This level of insulation would keep my feet toastie stood in a bucket of icewater all day and all night in the worst winter the UK ever saw, this makes the Trapper boots far more than just “insulated wellington boots”, they are definately “stand out from the crowd”.
The photos below show the silver coloured inner boot system, which simply sits inside the outer boots and can be pulled out. I have also included a top view photo of the boot showing the lining inside the boot. I will be honest to say that I had mild concerns in my head about the lining before I actually tried it on. To me it looked like it would be thick and cumbersome and it might get all scrunched up and uncomfortable over time… The answer to this is simply NO, straight away as I put them on, I realised how well fitted the inner system was, and after wearing them for 6 hours straight, it still felt like I had my slipper socks on….fantastic!
The Baffin Trapper boots as detailed above actually might well seem like they are over-qualified for the conditions that I might face here in Cornwall – maybe even for winter Pike fishing in Scotland whch might see -20 degrees celcius. But the fact that they perform so incredibly well to me makes them boots that I want to own. I sat out for hours and hours and hours with my feet in cold water, and I felt no cold at all, completely protected – in my experience even the best neoprene lined boots don’t hold off the cold completely when I’m stood in the surf, but I truly beleive the Trappers would. They are priced at £122.00 RRP which is on par with some of the high end neoprene lined models, which to me is a complete no-brainer for anybody wanting guaranteed dry toastie feet in the coldest possible conditions.
- Temperature Rating: -60C/-76F
- Removable, multi-layer inner boot system
- Fully moulded Polar Rubber Upper and Outsole
- Camo, waterproof nylon snow collar
- RRP £122.00
A Big Thanks to:
A huge thank you to the guys at koolbox.co.uk for the opportunity to review the Baffin Trapper boots.