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November 15, 2010

Review: Cougar Boots


I was given the opportunity to try and review the latest products for Cougar Shoes. I was asked to fill out a survey to choose the boots I wanted to review. The kit I received included items to keep me warm this winter:
  • pair of Cougar Ringo Star Black Patent winter boots
  • pair of Cougar Tibet Black rain boots
  • Cougar branded hooded sweatshirt
  • Cougar mug
  • 4 Cougar hot chocolate packages


Cougar Shoes is a Canadian company so they understand the harsh Canadian weather like no other and make boots designed to keep us warm, dry and always in style. Did you know they have been around since 1948?


Approx. price: $75 Cdn/Usd
Material: rubber
Lining: polar fleece lining
Temperature rating: 0°C to -24°C / 32°F to -11°F
Available color: black and red
Waterproof guarantee: six months




 I generally wear a size 7 - 7 ½, but 7 ½ wasn't available so I figured ou a 7 should fit, and it did perfectly!

 The sock collar is a really interesting detail that you wouldn't typical expect on a rain boot, but it makes the boots looks so unique! I also like that you can pull it up along your leg or fold it in the boot for an extra protection against the cold. However, I'm afraid it would get wet very easily.

I love that the boots are lined with polar fleece, it keeps the feet warm and it makes the boots more comfortable (I've never been a fan of rain boots as the rubber always left my feet aching from the friction).




Pros:
  • sock collar is an interesting and original detail
  • sock collar can be pulled up or fold in the boot
  • polar fleece lining
  • thick and comfy soles
  • guaranteed waterproof

Cons:
  • low cut
  • sock collar is not waterproof

What I think:
I wasn't expecting rain boots to be lined, but I really appreciate that, as it keeps the feet warm and it makes the boots more comfortable (as mentionned above). As much as I love the look of those rain boots, I keep thinking that the low cut makes it not very convenient because well, when it rains, it doesn't rain only on your feet! Not to mention the sock collar, which is not waterproof (of course).

Recommend? yes

Rating: ★★★



Approx. price: $200 Cdn/ $180 Usd
Material: nylon/patent
Lining: polar plush lining
Temperature rating: -10°C to -30°C / 14°F to -22°F
Available color: black
Waterproof guarantee: six months



I've never been a fan of faux-fur, but I'm getting used to it. However, I do love the lace up in the front, and even more, the fact that you can slip your foot right in without having to adjust the lace everytime.



The polar plus lining makes the boots so soft, warm and comfortable!


I'm not afraid to walk on ice anymore with those grips!


 Another cool thing? You can pull up the faux-fur collar to make the boots knee high.


Pros:
  • very warm 
  • very lightweight for winter boots
  • faux-sur collar can be pulled up
  • polar plush lining
  • very good grips
  • thick and comfy soles
  • guaranteed waterproof 

Cons:
  • none!

What I think:
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about those boots! It maybe a little too early to tell as I didn't get a chance to properly test those boots in the snow, but I may have finally found the perfect winter boots. I love everything about them. They are lightweight (I wasn't expecting that from the look of the boots), very warm (me feet were sweating when I tried them in the house!), very comfortable, and the grips are awesome.

Recommend? yes

Rating: ★★★

Find the closest Cougar Boots retail here.


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for this review,  I am not  affiliated with this company and the fact that the product was free absolutely does not influence my opinion.

25 comments:

  1. The second pair...Oh wow!!!I want them! (Off to check their site)
    Thanks for the review!
    x

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  2. @Ria: They are absolutely amazing! I can't wait for the winter to come, I'm ready!

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  3. OMG that second pair is gorgeous♥ It looks really comfortable to walk in too!!

    xoxo
    Ai

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  4. @candy apple: Isn't it? I was surprised at how lightweight and comfortable it was!

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  5. ooohhh, i would kill for the second pair! :P

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  6. Love the boots! Both are cute. I'm in love with boots! Great choices.

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  7. Oooohh you'ew ao lucky to be able to review this boots! I love the second pair! I wanted new boots for this winter, but something waterproof and really warm because I take the bus so I think I'm going to check them out =D Thanks for the revieew!

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  8. @birminghamlady : Aaaahhh please don't kill me! But I agree, they are super nice ^^

    @Jasmin : I'm starting to love boots more and more (=

    @LittoMokaa: You should! They are truly amazing =D

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  9. i really like the first pair! they're simple, but they would go with almost any outfit! --and the second pair would make really great snow shoes. :)

    XO,
    SWEATshirt DRESSshirt

    http://sweatshirtdressshirt.blogspot.com

    p.s, i really like your blog! i see you're an animal lover? me too!

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  10. @SWEATshirtDRESSshirt: I totally agree! They look especially great with leggings (=

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  11. they both look so cozy and comfy...very nice!

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  12. Vyile : They totally are =D

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  13. I would love to review boots... hehe~ I guess it really doesn't matter with Cali weather. :/

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  14. I love the first pair. The sock part at the top not being waterproof sucks a bit, but the lining sure makes rubber boots more comfortable. The friction thing you mentioned is what I hate - I have knee high rubber boots that gave me bruises after a day's wear (no pain no gain right? lol)

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  15. He Gaby!

    Jaime bien les bottes de pluie! Cest pas le style que jaurais choisi de prime abord, mais jles trouve stylish!

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  16. @Ahleessa: Cali weather... awww lucky girl! The weather is getting crappy in here, soooo cold z=

    @Miss Yaya : Bruises? OMG! I never got bruises from rain boots, but the friction does hurt a lot and its so annoying! The sock collar and the lining are great to prevent this.

    @Ms Bubu : Eh bien, je n'avais pas énormément de choix... si je me souviens bien, il y avait trois choix pour les bois de pluie, donc celles que j'ai choisies en noir ou en rouge, et une autre sorte style botte de motard un peu plus hautes, mais j'avais peu qu'elle soit inconfortables. Celles que j'ai choisi me font penser à des Converses (=

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  17. :o Those Ringo Star boots are so freakin cute! XX

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  18. @Jacenda LeeAnn: Yes, I love them =D

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  19. Ces bottes ont l'air vrmt très confortables enplus elles sont très belle. Je kiff les deux paires. Mais aufaite , elles t'appartiennent?

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  20. I love the second pair of boots!! They look so warm & comfy.

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  21. @Elisabeth-Modèle: Et elles le sont ahah! Oui elle m'appartiennent, en fait je les ai reçu de la compagnie pour en faire une évaluation (=

    @Tammy: They are amazing!

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  22. Ah! You're lucky to get these boots to try out. Honestly I never heard of this brand. What stores are they sold at?
    I really like the second pair :) And the rubber grips make it look so sturdy to wear even over icy sidewalks. I know coming from Quebec you know what I'm talking about LOL
    I heard it's pretty cold in Toronto now...it's hot here in Thailand of course but you'll have to let us know how these hold up after a few walks to and fro campus in your boots when it's snowing :)

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  23. @Karen: I haven't heard of this brand before neither, but they havce been around since a long time! I can't tell you exactly where these boots are sold, but I have included a link to find the closest Cougar Boots retailer near you in my post. I can't wait to try them in the snow!

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  24. @Princess Feef: I'm currently wearing it even when it does rain LOL. It's so warm and comfy!

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