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The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Ice Tall - Women's Review

A durable and protective neoprene boot offering warmth and protection
The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Ice Tall - Women's
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Price:  $195 List | $179.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Very protective, warm, durable, excellent traction on icy surfaces
Cons:  Expensive, bulky and heavy, reported issues with leaking after long-term use
Manufacturer:   The Original Muck Boot Company
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 11, 2020
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  • Warmth - 25% 9
  • Weather Protection - 25% 9
  • Comfort & Fit - 25% 4
  • Ease of Use - 15% 10
  • Traction - 10% 9

Our Verdict

Tall, burly, and beautiful, the Muck Boot Company Arctic Ice Tall is built for those that work and play hard. Reaching to an impressive 17-inches in height, its rubber and neoprene construction provides ample warmth and protection from super high snowdrifts and deep puddles. This boot is a favorite to use for winter chores like chopping firewood, blowing snow, and shoveling because of its durable design. It is completely waterproof, from top to bottom, and super easy to slip on and off without using your hands. The burly underfoot traction is impressively sticky, performing well on ice and snow. Unfortunately, it is bulky and heavy, making it less comfortable than other boots in this review. However, this slight trade-off might be worth it for those seeking a hearty workhorse that'll work hard alongside you all year round.

These boots come in a variety of heights. If the tall version is too much for you, check out the mid-calf and ankle versions as well.

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Pros Very protective, warm, durable, excellent traction on icy surfacesProtective and durable, very warm, breathable, excellent traction, great for hiking, high valueSuper cozy liner, completely waterproof, cute style options, comfortable, warmQuality leather construction, warm, waterproof up to the cuff, beefy traction, stylish for town or city wear, great trail performanceComfortable, good traction, waterproof, warm, supportive
Cons Expensive, bulky and heavy, reported issues with leaking after long-term useNot the most stylishExpensive, shaft lacks stabilitySmaller volume through the toe box requires a half size upPoor on ice, shorter construction, technical style, runs small
Bottom Line Protective warmth built into a tall neoprene winter bootA versatile winter hiking boot that boasts excellent traction and warmthWrap yourself in comfort and versatile functionality all winter longA winter hiking boot that boasts a city slicker style but also works for any adventure on the trailsWarm, waterproof, with wonderful snow traction, this is a great boot for hiking
Rating Categories Arctic Ice Tall Keen Revel IV Polar - Women's UGG Adirondack III Mountain 600 Insulated Bridger 7" Insulated Waterpr...
Warmth (25%)
9
9
9
8
9
Weather Protection (25%)
9
8
9
8
7
Comfort & Fit (25%)
4
9
9
9
8
Ease Of Use (15%)
10
7
6
7
5
Traction (10%)
9
9
8
9
9
Specs Arctic Ice Tall Keen Revel IV... UGG Adirondack III Mountain 600... Bridger 7"...
Maximum Puddle Depth Before Major Leaking 15 inches 7.5 inches 9 inches 6 inches 5 inches
Measured Weight (one boot, size 9) 2 lb. 5 oz 1 lb. 6.7 oz 1 lb. 5 oz 1 lb. 3.8 oz 1 lb. 4.8 oz
Type of Boot Outdoor work and chores All around winter All-around winter Casual winter wear Hiking
Fit Details True to size True to size, wide True to size True to size True to size
Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft, size 9) 17 inches 7.5 inches 10 inches 6 inches 7 inches
Lining/Insulation Fleece lined & 5mm of neoprene 200 grams KEEN.WARM Recycled PET UGGpure wool 200 grams PrimaLoft 200 grams 3M Thinsulate insulation
Removable Liner? No No No No No
Footbed Removable contured PU EVA EVA OrthoLite O FIT Insole Thermal
Upper Material Neoprene 8mm & rubber Mesh and Leather Waterproof suede and leather Leather Waterproof nubuck leather
Toe Box Rubber Leather Rubber Leather Molded rubber
Outsole Vibram Arctic Grip KEEN.Polar Traction Molded Spider Rubber Vibram Nisqaully Arctic Grip Granite Peak winterized rubber
Company-claimed cold-weather rating Not stated -25F -32C Not stated Not stated
Animal products used? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sizes Available 5 - 11 5 - 12 5 - 12 5 - 11 6 - 11

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Arctic Ice boot is tall, protective, and waterproof. With 17 inches in height, it is constructed more like a rain boot, but with extra warmth for the winter. It stands out as the most protective and one of the warmest winter boots out there. If you need durable construction that'll last throughout the years, be sure to look into this beautiful beast of a boot.

Performance Comparison


Take on cold winters and deep snow with this ultra-protective snow...
Take on cold winters and deep snow with this ultra-protective snow boot. Built for everything winter, it is warm and offers amazing water resistance in the face of winter's breath.

Warmth


These super protective boots offer warmth in the form of 5-mm of neoprene in addition to fleece-lining and water-resistant insulation.


This boot is quite thick and doesn't allow heat to escape readily, especially when worn with a pair of work or hiking pants that bunch up at the collar. Underfoot, the sole is quite hefty and large, offering great underfoot insulation.

The thicker outsole  of the Arctic Ice (left) offers insulation and...
The thicker outsole of the Arctic Ice (left) offers insulation and protection underfoot from cold temperatures.
Photo: Amber King

This boot is designed to keep you warm in Arctic-like temperatures — hence the name. We found that even with just a thin wool sock, it kept us warm when temperatures were dipping well into the negatives. This boot stands out as one of the warmest in our review. If you work as a lift operator or are planning an ice fishing trip --activities that require more standing around than moving — these boots will keep your feet well insulated from a cold that would otherwise penetrate into your foot.

It offers up to 17 inches of warmth in the calf, adding to its...
It offers up to 17 inches of warmth in the calf, adding to its overall warmth during super cold weather.
Photo: Amber King

Weather Protection


Hands down, these are the most protective winter boots we've tested. Built like a rain boot, they offer protection up to 17 inches (wow!) from snow and water. The top of the boot does not come loaded with fur or any other fancy features, though the height is enough to suffice for most winter conditions. This boot earns an award for its weather protection — burly materials and bomber construction repel water and snow no matter what your wintery day involves.


We tested this boot during some of the larger snow dumps and chose this boot often when temperatures plummeted. When we couldn't get our truck up the driveway because the snow was too deep, these boots were our first choice to pair with the snowblower and get to work.

It offers superior protection to deeper snow because of its...
It offers superior protection to deeper snow because of its ultra-tall design. Don't be afraid to break trail or get into the backwoods in this burly boot.

The shaft of the Arctic Ice is constructed of neoprene and rubber. The seams are completely sealed, and we didn't observe any leakage during our testing period. During our water tests, this boot offered the best protection, staying waterproof even when marching for two minutes in the river.

The rubber and neoprene construction is quite protective from both...
The rubber and neoprene construction is quite protective from both water and snow.
Photo: Amber King

No seams at the base of the boot leaked either. If you live in an area that gets lots of snow, or you want a boot that'll protect as you tromp through wet fields or rivers, this is the one to get. It'll keep you protected throughout the season with its spectacular performance.

We get the boots all the way to the top! Just make sure water or...
We get the boots all the way to the top! Just make sure water or snow doesn't dump in from the top!
Photo: Amber King

When perusing other reviews online, we noticed that some users had leakage problems at the base of the boot after several months or years of use. We didn't notice this as an issue, but it's worth mentioning. We will continue testing and report back if anything changes.

Comfort & Fit


As a trade-off for superior weather protection, warmth, and traction, is comfort and fit. Don't get us wrong, this boot isn't uncomfortable (despite its low score), but it is bulky, heavy, and hard to use for long periods of time without discomfort. Since the heel and outsole are so thick, it is hard to feel the ground underneath you, which makes it harder to balance on uneven terrain. As a result of its overall comfort and fit, it's not a boot we'd recommend for recreational hiking or activities that require a flexible and stable boot. That said, if you get used to it, it's renowned as a work boot that you can wear throughout the day in poor weather.


The interior of the boot is comfortable with a soft liner that articulates well with socks. The fit is quite large in comparison to other boots we've tested, though we feel it's true enough to size to purchase your regular size.

A look at the overall fit on a 5'6 tester.
A look at the overall fit on a 5'6 tester.
Photo: Amber King

The boot's fit is also quite sloppy compared to the other more streamlined boots in this review. While it is large enough to wear with a pair of thicker socks, we found ourselves needing to lift our feet higher than normal and with more force, as each individual boot weighs over 2 lbs! When driving a manual transmission truck, the boot got caught under the pedals-- this boot is much harder to drive in than other thinner options.

The heavier construction is weather-resistant, but not the most...
The heavier construction is weather-resistant, but not the most comfortable option for all-day wear. Its heavier, bulkier, and harder to use. That said, the interior is comfortable against the skin.
Photo: Amber King

Larger-calved folks also found the area in the shaft of the boot to be confining. When working for the whole day in these boots, we noticed that the cuff cuts into the top of the leg, unless you have a super thick pant on. Some of our testers mentioned that they even chaffed in this area as a result of it. So, if you're going to buy this niche winter boot, be prepared to consider what wardrobe you'll be pairing it with.

Ease of Use


We love how easy this boot is to get in and out of. It has no laces, no velcro, no nothing. Only a single pull tab on the back.


The super-rigid shaft construction stands on its own, allowing you to easily slide them off or slip them on when you're ready to go outside. We found ourselves using this boot the most when we needed to run outside for a second and come back in. It is easy to use, and while the pull tab is there, we hardly had to use it.

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Traction


If you plan on encountering super icy terrain or surfaces that are extra slippery, you'll appreciate the rigid, burly, and aggressive traction of this boot.


The lugs on the Arctic Ice are thick with large amounts of surface area to grip any undulation underfoot. They cling onto icy surfaces well, making this boot an excellent option for the most technical of surfaces. It earns top marks in this category because it bites down on icy and hard-packed trails like a pro.

A look at the softer rubber composite amongst the hard stuff that...
A look at the softer rubber composite amongst the hard stuff that really "grabs" and holds...even over ice.
Photo: Amber King
The deep, burly lugs of the Arctic Ice Muck boot. Superior when it...
The deep, burly lugs of the Arctic Ice Muck boot. Superior when it comes to tackling icy surfaces.
Photo: Amber King

Value


If you're in search of a winter boot that is a protective warrior, you'll consider the investment of the Arctic Ice worth it. While the initial price is high, the materials and craftsmanship are solid and will last you through many winter seasons. If you're traveling over icy surfaces, the value is enhanced even further, and we think it's worth the price for its function.

Getting out to cut wood, blow snow, shovel, or do some dirty work...
Getting out to cut wood, blow snow, shovel, or do some dirty work this winter? This burly, protective boot offers the best protection out there. Enjoy its lavish warmth when battling with the elements.
Photo: Eddie Kemper

Conclusion


This winter beast is built to take on severe weather without blinking an eye. The tall neoprene and rubber design look more like a rainboot than a traditional winter boot, but don't be fooled. The Muck Boot Arctic Ice Tall is warm, completely waterproof, and super easy to kick on and off. It's also a lot heavier and bulkier than most, but if you're seeking a boot that's durable and will work alongside you during the winter months, this protective winner is our best recommendation.

Even uphill pushing a snowblower, on slippery, hardpacked surfaces...
Even uphill pushing a snowblower, on slippery, hardpacked surfaces, it holds well with superior traction.

Amber King