Planning to be in Russia during winter, I'm guessing there will be snow haha!! as well as very minus temperatures! So was wondering if anyone could suggest some decent and not too pricey snow boots?
I really like the look of the Tecnica Moon Boots, but Im not sure how practical they will be in the cold and wet....
Any advise appreciated!
I am in Russia from time to time and yes you are right it will snow and be very cold. I was in a town called Surgut, about 800 miles N.E. of Moscow a couple of years ago and it was around -42c. I bought some snowboots back from Canada that I took with me and the locals giggled when they saw them. They were not cheap either. I paid $180 for them. They were not very clever I have to admit. My suggestion would be to get in touch with anyone you know out there, if you know anyone that is, and ask them to get you a pair of something that can stand the extreme cold. They really are the experts when it comes to clothing. The trouble with the Russian temperatures is that the snow turns to solid ice and any flexibility in clothes just seizes up. Gloves that are not flexible just cant be moved and turn into something that resembles solid stone. Another very important item of clothing you will need is a hat. Vegans just dont survive in the Russian winter. It has to be very thick and made of fur both inside and out with a leather support in the centre. The Canadian non-animal hats that are available just dont work and out there it gets down to similar temperaures.
I see...I know no one in Russia or in any surrounding areas! Dammit... Would there be no way of getting some online? I want to get them before I go really, don't want to get caught out without any decent ones. You have made me nervous! haha
I have friends in Russia that maybe able to help you. I will get in touch with them via email and ask their advice on the best way to get some before you go. I wouldnt hold out much hope of getting any delivered overseas though. When Ive had an answer I will send you a message.
Unfortunately I am out the country again tomorrow for a week and the chances of me playing on Travellerspoint are quite slim. I dont get back until next Sunday 6th September. I guess there is no immediate rush to get them if you are not going until winter though, is there? Anyway by then someone else may have come up with an answer for you.
I dont know what part of Russia you are going to but can say that winter wear in Moscow will be much more expensive to buy than in St. Petersburg or other cities. Smaller towns will have some and the price will much more favourable than in the capital.
Oh wow that is very kind of you, that would be great help! We are in no hurry as we wont be leaving til mid December. But any insider knowledge would be great! Thank you
So as not to openly advertise, I have sent you a message with some sound advice from people in the know. Good luck.
I bought some snowboots back from Canada that I took with me and the locals giggled when they saw them.
Just out of curiosity - are you talking about Kamiks?
When I went to Moscow and St. Pete's in Dec 2006 I just took my usual winterboots. These are some sturdy things that resemble hiking boots or Caterpillar work boots, made out of leather lined with wool and with some thick soles. I also bought some decent warm wool socks. That combination worked quite well, I did not feel that I needed any special snow boots. I stayed mostly indoors anyway (touring the art galleries and museums). To be honest though I was told that the winter of 2006/2007 was relatively mild compared to other winters in Russia.
[ Edit: Edited on 06-Sep-2009, at 14:59 by t_maia ]
The boots I bought are called Olang. Not much good at all.
I mean I don't just do Canada and Russia. I visit Northern Poland, Ukraine, Norway etc. These so called wonderboots are pretty naff. Not cheap either.
They look good. But so what ?
I managed to get a wonderful snowsuit in Manitoba that so far hasnt let me down. Can't give you the name of it as its up in the loft right now. It is black with the familiar red and white of the Canadian flag all the way down the arms and legs. Clever bit of kit too. The zip is all in one from the ankle to the head so once unzfastened it just falls off rather than having to be stepped out of, which usaually involves tripping over it as you stumble all round the room. In Manitoba they are subsidised locally. I paid CAN$55 and its good for -40c. The hood is like a sauna !