Gear Review: Baffin Coco Ultralite Boots

The Baffin Coco Ultralite winter boots combine a rubber bottom, leather upper and insulated liner that together provide outstanding waterproofness, extreme warmth and a fashionable foot forward. A fashion meets function fusion.

Specs

  • Waterproof rubber bottom and suede upper
  • Weight: 2lbs
  • Height: under knee
  • Superlite TPU outsoles with Polar Rubber contact points
  • Multilayer, heat mouldable liner featuring Baffins B-Tek Insulation
  • Temp rated: 5C to -50C
Baffin Coco Ultralite
Baffin Coco Ultralite

Performance

With the under knee height and comfy, insulated liners, these boots were designed for deep snow and cold winter days. While trudging through our first big snowfall, the tall cut and bellowed tongue kept the snow out and the liners kept my feet were warm and toasty in -10C conditions (with no socks).

The outsole is made of Baffin's light weight AirGrip rubber which really is as light as it sounds. The lugs on the sole are about 3mm and I found they quickly fill with snow and slush requiring frequent stomping to regain traction. This is the compromise you make for less weigh, smaller lugs. The Baffin Coco Ultralite's sole features a snowshoe ledge on the back of the boot which keeps the back strap of the snowshoe from slipping off. I found these boots fit really well in my snowshoes and found the ledge to be helpful over many outings.

The liners are easily removable; just pull, release the velcro and hang to dry. Also easy to replace once they are dry. The liners are very warm and very comfortable underfoot for all day wear. The boots them selves are waterproof but because of their excellent insulation and my body heat production while snowshoeing, the liners are always damp the end of the day. Which is totally ok with me because throughout the whole day, my feet were warm and happy.

Fit & Sizing Notes

I found the Baffin Coco Ultralite's a bit hard to tighten with the D-ring laces and regardless of how I tied them, my foot keeps slipping forward when I go downhill, hitting the end of the boot. This is fine around town or if you're out snowmobiling, but when snowshoeing in them all day, my toes were sore by the end.

When sizing the Coco's be sure to go up a size as they have a short toe box. I usually wear an 8.5 so I got a 9 and they fit well, even with thick socks (which won't be needed!).

Overall, I really like the Baffin Coco Ultralite; I like their look and their warmth but I am unhappy with their lack of lacing/ability to tighten around the ankle to stop my foot from sliding forward. If my feet stayed in place and my toes didn't hit the end when going downhill, these would be stellar boots.

To learn more about the Baffin Ultralite collection click here.

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Disclosure

Review: I received the product in the post above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. This disclosure is provided in accordance to the FTC’s “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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