To find a piece of gear that sticks out at Outdoor Retailer is, quite literally, to find a needle in a haystack. The Wolverine Vortex boot is that needle.

When I go to Outdoor Retailer, I look for gear that stands out. That’s a tall order for one simple reason: there is an insane amount of gear on the show floor.

This past winter, boots were on my mind. My home town of Portland received a foot of snow — far more than any of us are used to — and I kept wondering:

What’s the most badass boot I can find?

In the end, a new boot from Wolverine called the Vortex stood above the rest.

The Most Badass Boot at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017: Wolverine’s Vortex Boot

Wolverine’s Vortex boot takes rugged to the extreme. The Boa lace system makes it easy to put on and take off and it keeps your foot secure. No untied laces letting in snow here. The sole features Vibram Artic Grip, which provides unmatched winter traction.

Wolverine set out to create the most rugged boot they could. They succeeded in the Vortex. I would trust these to perform in everything, from the freak storms of Portland to the rugged winters of the Rockies.


The Boa lacing system and EPX anti-fatigue footbed make this a shoe that’s not only easy to get into, it’s also one you’re going to want to keep wearing.

The Wolverine Vortex is available in retail this fall.

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