Birding is a very chilly activity in winter. It's like hiking except it mostly involves standing around, looking through binoculars or a scope. For example, yesterday, we were outside for a 1.5-2 hours standing in snow. It was in the low 30s, cloudy with a slight breeze. We were chilled through by the time we got home, even with long underwear, arctic parkas, etc. I've thought that walkable winter boots might be nice. That is, boots that are between regular hiking boots, and my Sorel snow boots, which are warm but cumbersome.

These are three pairs I've ordered: Merrell, Santana, and Salomon. I haven't received the Salomons yet. I've been looking at the "comfort range". For the Salomon, it's -1F. For the Santanas, it's -22F, and the Merrells don't have any comfort range listed at all.;ev11=;ev11=;ev11=

Are any of you familiar with these boots or brands, in particular the Santanas? I've worn Salomons for years and know they fit, but I'm completely unfamiliar with the Santanas. Does it seem reasonable that they are so much warmer than the Salomons? Suz, I hope you'll chime in here because I know you have Merrell winter boots.

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