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An all-around workhorse boot for the winter months.

Pull on The North Face Chilkat II Boot for a pre-ski shoveling session in the driveway or a post-ski evening at the lodge. 200-gram Primaloft Eco insulation traps heat and keeps out cold intrusions, so you can handle hours in the fluff with ease. The Chilkat II features D-ring attachments for direct gaiter integration during your daily snowshoe trek, and an EVA midsole cushions pressure points on varying terrain.

  • Winter Grip rubber outsole offers traction and grip even on less-forgiving surfaces
  • Rated to -25F to handle even the coldest days
  • Weather-resistant full-grain leather upper handles season after season of abuse
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  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

The reviews don't lie. To be clear, they seem nice but I never got to wear these out. I read the reviews that they run small and ordered a full size up (14)... still way to small. Can't order any larger as 14 is the largest size they make=lame. My feet are low volume and they typically swim in size 13's even with my custom orthotics (which take up more room than the normal insoles). Tried on the 14's without the orthotics and my toes were jammed into the ends, barely able to put them on. The North Face clearly kept the same last for these boots as with a warm weather boot and made no adjustment in size for the thick insulation=dumb.

These suck

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

I have owned them for 2 years and use them for a wide variety of winter activities. They are not warm in the snow, they also do not breath well making my feet wet after short periods, so then they get colder even faster. My feet are usually warm and they usually don't sweat a lot so these are the only boots I've ever owned that do this. So they stink so bad that I can smell them when I'm wearing them and I rarely have smelly footwear. I have tried them with differing sock combo's, without a noticeable difference. I will ditch them and replace them with something better hopefully.

okay but returning them

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10.5

Bought these having some high expectations. Bought for snowshoeing... reviews said they are good down to -25F... I got cold in them below +20F. I think it's because the insulation puts pressure on your toes enough that it squeezes the blood out - not a good fit for real cold hiking and snowshoeing. Could be part of the sizing issues that they have - you need to go up a full size. Maybe they are good for general use like snow shoveling, but not if you want them for real mountain activities. Boots look nice though... and have good traction. I'm returning them for something warmer.

Great looking boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

First impressions are they are great looking boots. I agree with all of the other reviews that because of the thick insulation, size up is a requirement. I did one whole size up and with mid-weight wool socks, they fit perfect.

Great boot size runs small

    I take a 10 1/2 but with this boot had to go with a 13. Comfortable and warm.

    good general boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These work great for general use, shoveling snow, tubing, that type of stuff, just your regular old snow boot. They are a bit on the small side, I had to go up 1/2 size. On not so cold days I used a thinner marino wool sock that worked nicely.

    Would not recommend

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These boots feel tight but ok to size. They may be waterproof but definitely not breathable. My feet always wet after a day on the mountain in them. More over my socks slide down then I walk longer distances in them and make a ball under the hill. They smell not so good either - I never had this problem with other boots, so may be its poor material they used.

    Good boots

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Definitely order 1 size up. They feel great and perform great. Just a little tight with all the padding.

    Runs really small and narrow.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9

    The boot runs really small and narrow. If you have blood circulation issues this boot is not for you. it runs really narrow and small. I ordered half size above what I would normally use and this boot was squeezing my foot. Also one of the backcountry fine prints is that they charge $6.99 for returns. I would rather shop with Zappos.

    Great boot, runs VERY small

    • Fit: Runs small

    I bought the boot at a great price during a Backcountry sale. I am a 10.5 and bought an 11. I could barely fit my foot in the boot. I would suggest buying at least 1 - 1.5 sizes bigger, especially if you are going to wear winter-weight socks.

    Runs small

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    These boots run really small. Im a size 10 in most street shoes, i tried a 9.5, 10, and 10.5... they all fit incredibly snug due to padding. The size 11.5 fit perfectly tho very bulky and luggy... they are amazing at keeping your feet warm and dry. I live in NYC and walk alot so i wouldn't recommend them for long walks but are perfect for the occasional blizzards we get here from time to time. I would recommend these to anyone who likes to stay warm in freezing temperatures.

    Any idea if the sizing is similar to the TNF Snowsquall, or does this run even smaller (sounds like it might)

    They run very small... get a size to a size and a half bigger than your true size.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    Working at and the number of times I have had to either exchange or return any boot from The North Face, I would not recommend their boots to anyone.

    DO NOT get your regular size if you do purchase them. Go anywhere from a 1 to even 2 sizes up.

    The insulation is super puffy and I've heard it described as "balloon-like".

    Great boot - runs small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 12

    If you have read reviews from several sites, you will find sizing comments all over the map -- anything from sized just right to runs 2 sizes too small. For me, with a 10 1/2 street shoe and replacing an old size 11 Columbia Bugaboot, I tried a size 12 in the Chilkat II. I still found it way too snug in the toebox even though when feel where my toe is from the outside, it looks like there should be plenty of room. If it fits for you, you will probably enjoy this boot.

    Note that the eyelets are anchored with plastic. Not so with the Chilkat II Luxe.

    Not water proof

      This boot is not water proof despite the fault claimed tags on the boot

      Small is an understatement

      • Fit: Runs small

      These boots are almost two sizes too small. I wear a size 10, and I couldn't even get my foot into a size 11!

      Unanswered Question

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      Gifted for the Holidays:

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: True to size

      This was a present from my lady over the holidays and they're not for me, personally. That isn't to say they wouldn't work well for someone else, but I simply didn't like this product.

      The boot is really thick and could be said to be "clunky."

      Though warm, they feel more like a snowboard boot than mobile winter boot. The sizing was spot on and color true to what is depicted online; I just haven't been a winter boot kind of guy in my entire life.

      Does anyone have any thoughts on how much these will pack out/whether they will actually pack out? I ordered ~1/2 size bigger than I normally wear (and a full size larger than I measure on a Brannock device) so I ordered the Size 13 but they are very tight with the ends of my toes jammed up against the front of the shoe. I certainly wouldn't want to go on a multiple mile hike in these right now. On the other hand, if they are going to pack out reasonably quickly, I don't want to switch up to Size 14 and discover they are much too big once they pack out.


      Best Answer

      I ordered a half size larger and the fit is perfect - including one pair of wool socks.

      Great Boots!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small

      Super warm and gets the job done! Im a size 12 and got the 13's but had to return cause they were still to small due to the extra padding. Got the 14's and they are a perfect fit.

      I ordered size 11 and they fit like a size 9.5. If this is happening so frequently the company should be making changes.