11 comments on “Customizing Surplus N1-B Mukluks for Dry and Semi-Wet Cold Use

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  2. Around here in Wyoming, we all wear the shoepacs such as Sorel, LaCrosse and Whites which use the same felt/thinsulate liners. The key to keeping warm feet is keeping those liners CLEAN and DRY. I usually throw my liners in the wash machine once or twice a winter. They do break down and lose a bit of felt, but they actually get softer too. Or soak them in a tub of soapy water and hang dry. But clean the sweat out periodically or you will pay for it. Pull your liners out every single night and let dry, rotate liners if possible. I’ve seen guys leave them in for months and then get feet like they’ve got gangrene, and wonder why.

  3. Yes, those are good. The Sorel brand, since being moved to China, isn’t like it used to be, though. My pac boots are Schnee’s Extreme. Can’t find better. Their liners are easier to keep clean, which is right to your point. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Steger Mukluks of Ely, Minnesota, make what are touted to be the absolute best in Mukluk wear (as well as other extreme cold wear), and have been tested in Steger’s cross-arctic expeditions. (His ex wife is the shop owner.)
    My personal preference, since I’ve always had problems with Mukluks and snowshoes, is the Sorel brand pacs. The liners tend to wear quickly with my bony feet so I go through several pair a year. The pacs themselves have last more than ten years if I stay out of brush piles while logging.
    I like Camp Dry, have used it for decades on my tents and jackets, even a pair of canvas pants that’d lost their waxing (Filson’s, which I have a bone to pick with about their jackets, but that’s another story).
    Thanks for the informative article.

  5. I got one pair black “Mickey Mouse” boots 9XW .Stone mint new. Where I live in the Midwest we have an all time record low of -18F ( winter of ’94- ’95) . Wool and field jacket with over whites ’bout twice in the winter is the norm. I own a pair of “bunny boots” and a pair of “muclucks” but I’ve never had need of them. We really don’t have “dry cold”. Our winter enemy is ice cold mud. Think Ft Knox November – March.

  6. The black ones are good if you’re moving; stopping for more than a short period gets your feet cold in my experience. Bunny boots are great if you’re sitting still, but are unwieldy when trying to be quiet in anything but powdered snow, and they’re heavy.

    You’re right about the Muks not being much good in pure ‘wet cold’. However, if you do as recommended in the post, it makes them viable for a good while longer if that’s all you have (which is really what the post was about – making a cloth mukluk a bit more robust – not so much a ‘this boot is the best’). If you’re in an icy cold muddy climate, then pac boots might be the answer.

    Not saying you shouldn’t use what you want; just replying from personal experience with all the types of boots mentioned in all sorts of winter weather. As with anything, YMMV.

  7. In dry cold keep these mukluks original and in wet cold but a pair of Danish military over boots one size larger than your N1-B mukluks to put over and your good to go!

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