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Dunham Waffle Stomper Terrastryder Extra Boot REVIEW
The feature set of this new boot from Dunham suggests that it might be an ideal lightweight, insulated, waterproof boot for snowshoeing and snow hiking. That would be true, if it were not for one serious problem…
By Will Rietveld
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When I spied the new 2006 Dunham Waffle Stomper Terrastryder Extra (can you say that with your finger on the tip of your tongue?), I thought: “Aha, here’s a lightweight waterproof insulated boot that would be perfect for snowshoeing and snow hiking.” There are lots of insulated pac-type boots and rubber lower section boots around, and they are certainly warm and waterproof, but they’re heavy. The Terrastryder Extra is constructed of leathers and synthetics, insulated with 400-gram Thinsulate Ultra, has Dunham’s Dryworks waterproof/breathable liner, and weigh a lot less. Could they be the ideal boot for hiking in snow and slop?
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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