Who should buy the North Face Chilkat IV

The North Face Chilkat IV is a waterproof-leather winter boot best recommended for:

  • hiking, walking and playing in the snow 
  • trekking your favorite snowshoe trail, or shoveling your driveway

The North Face Chilkat IV North Face Chilkat IV

Keeps water locked out

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 North Face Chilkat IV Keeps water locked out

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.

Chilkat IV is 50 grams lighter than the previous version

While the Chilkat IV still looks pretty much like its predecessor, its weight is a different matter.

The North Face Chilkat IV lighter than the previous version

Yes, the fourth-gen Chilkat is lighter than the one that came before it by about 50 grams. To a couple of owners, this winter hiker from The North Face comes with an attractive design.

Durability issues

About a handful of hikers say that its rubber shell separating from the leather too soon is a disappointment.

The North Face Chilkat IV Durability issues

After a few uses, one reviewer writes, the rubber has already cracked on both boots. Moreover, the shoe’s tongue has a habit of bunching around the left ankle, says an experienced trail-goer.

Grippy outsole in freezing conditions

A small number of testers find the shoe’s winter-ready outsole very sticky. Its grippy outsole has lugs that stay flexible-yet-tough in freezing conditions.

The North Face Chilkat IV Grippy outsole in freezing conditions

The Chilkat IV comes with 200g of Heatseeker insulation. This helps pack in warmth for all-day comfort. This means that wearers will not lose traction while out in the cold as its lugs will not freeze and stiffen on you.

Insulated footbed provides sufficient warmth

Its default footbed is also insulated, giving you sufficient warmth alongside its cozy, multi-layered upper.

The North Face Chilkat IV Insulated footbed provides sufficient warmth

Its ability to keep the feet warm is praiseworthy, according to a multitude of reviewers.

Offers a high level of comfort 

Numerous sources say that the Chilkat IV from The North Face offers a high level of comfort. Based on several reports, the Chilkat IV keeps wetness at bay quite admirably.

The North Face Chilkat IV Offers a high level of comfort 

The boot has a streamlined construction that provides flexibility and a compression-molded EVA for cushioning and all-day comfort.

The North Face Chilkat IV protects your tootsies  

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.

The North Face Chilkat IV protects your tootsies  

It runs true to size, some purchasers claim. With its DryVent waterproof and fully seam-sealed construction, the Chilkat IV is a solid winter boot to have for outdoor activities.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 350g
Use: Snow, Day Hiking
Cut: High cut
Features: Lightweight / Insulated / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: The North Face

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.