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It’s 5 degrees. Are we comfy?

Here’s a question for the real-life SATs: If you live in a place where the thermometer rarely drops to single digits, and almost never falls below zero, and you do not plan to spend any time outdoors, and would not even go to the Super Bowl in New Jersey if you had free tickets on the 50-yard-line, do your winter boots need to be “comfort rated” to: a) zero degrees; b) 25 degrees below zero; or C) 45 degrees below zero?

Actually, before we answer that question, let’s examine this concept of comfort that rugged outdoor-wear companies now use as a marketing tool. Exactly how “comfortable” will a pair of boots rated to hideously cold temperatures keep you? As comfortable as if you were in St. Bart’s? Or comfortable as in you won’t lose a pinky toe to frostbite?

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