Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Level of comfort: Numerous sources say that the Chilkat IV from The North Face is mighty comfy.
  • Insulation: Its ability to keep the feet warm is praiseworthy, according to a multitude of reviewers.
  • Water protection: Based on several reports, the Chilkat IV keeps wetness at bay quite admirably.
  • Fit: It runs true to size, some purchasers claim.
  • Grip: A small number of testers find the shoe’s winter-ready outsole very sticky.
  • Design: To a couple of owners, this hiker from The North Face is a real looker.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Durability: About a handful of hikers say that its rubber shell separating from the leather too soon is a disappointment.
  • Tongue: The shoe’s tongue has a habit of bunching around the left ankle, says an experienced trail-goer.

Bottom line

In the comfortably insulated Chilkat IV, dreading the winter season is a thing of the past. Indeed, snow—whether in its fluffy form or melted—is hardly a threat while you got this bad boy on. And this is without mention of its true-to-size confines and attention-grabbing looks yet.

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The North Face Chilkat IV’s updates

Snow hiking boots tend to be revamped and improved on a regular basis, and the Chilkat is no exception. Now on its fourth iteration, the featured boot comes with a few upgrades, the most notable of which are as follows:

DryVent. Unlike the Chilkat III, this version comes with DryVent. This proprietary technology involves layers of fabric that keep water locked out while allowing inside moisture to escape.

Minimized weight. While the Chilkat IV still looks pretty much like its predecessor, its weight is a different matter. Yes, the fourth-gen Chilkat is lighter than the one that came before it by about 50 grams.

What you might know about the Chilkat IV

  • Its grippy outsole has lugs that stay flexible-yet-tough in freezing conditions. Translation: You will not lose traction while out in the cold as its lugs will not freeze and stiffen on you.
  • The Chilkat IV is gaiter-ready, which means you can easily match it with your existing gaiters and fully protect your tootsies from intrusive water and snow.
  • Its default footbed is also insulated, giving you sufficient warmth alongside its cozy, multi-layered upper.


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