Footwear / Tech / January 30, 2013

Trek Tech Q&A: Snow and Ice Hiker – The North Face Iceflare GTX or Havoc GTX

Debbie sent over a question after reading our review on the North Face Havoc Mid GTX Adventure Boot, she said:


- The North Face Havoc Mid GTX -

Q: “I’m about to buy a pair of these (the North Face Havocs) but want to know how you think they would go in snow and ice? I’ve had a pair of snowdrift that were fabulous but unavailable here. Some quick advice would be appreciated.”

- The North Face Iceflare Mid GTX -

A: “The North Face Havoc boots have the grip to perform well in snow and ice, and the breathable Gore-tex will keep you feet dry. But the vented sides won’t offer much insulation against the cold. If you’re looking for an all around boot that will see sun, rain and snow occasionally, then these with some thick wool socks will likely do fine. If you’re looking for a predominately cold weather boot, check out the North Face Iceflare GTX $130. They are very similar to the Havocs in both style, design, and price, but have more insulation where heat loss tends to occur.”

Add some killer grip on very icy terrain with a set of sole spikes (stainless steel screw-in spikes): Goat Spikes.

Happy Adventuring Debbie! – DS


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David Skinner
David Skinner
With a wife & two kids, adventure has to come close to home. It’s a good thing he lives in Northern California where a short drive in any direction will land him near the water, a trail, or a mountaintop. His passion for adventure comes from a growing up in the Trinity Alps, and a few trips to the other side of the world. With about 10 years of paddling behind him and mountains all around, he’s ready to share a fun take on what makes this world a wonderful place to explore – one adventure at a time. Contact him at

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