Salomon Space Boot

NASA dug it. It was used in space suits. Now Salomon has incorporated a nanotech-based fabric called Spaceloft into its new wintertime trompers, the Aspen Boots.

According to Salomon press material, Spaceloft, which is made by Aspen Aerogels, permits thinner boot uppers at the same level of thermal protection as a thicker pair. Kind of like a pair of Sorels, only svelte and lighter like oversize trail-running shoes.

Salomon is calling its Aspen Boot the “first ever nanotechnology application to outdoor footwear.”

They’ll go for $170.

In stores by September.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.