Dare2B Zeno boot review: an affordable boot for casual snow use

Sian Lewis
·2-min read
 Dare2B Zeno boot
Dare2B Zeno boot

First impressions

The Dare2B Zeno boots are a simple, sleek black boot that don’t have the bulky look or feel of larger snow boots, but they’re still warm and cosy thanks to neoprene and fleece linings, so you won’t get cold toes even in sub-zero temperatures. The neoprene lining offers a snug, sock-like fit, which helps to trap in warmth (we’d recommend going up a size if you plan to wear thick socks with them). 

Mercifully, despite their close fit, they aren’t too challenging to pull on and off thanks to decent stretch and a handy pull tie. The rubber sole offers fairly good grip on more casual walks but wouldn’t withstand challenging icy terrain, making these boots best suited to après ski sessions or for popping to the park on a snow day, rather than to proper hiking.

While the soles may not be grippy enough to deal with slick icy surfaces they’re still very bouncy and light, and proved comfortable even if you’re on your feet all day, and we also liked the tough rubber toe box, which offers extra protection.

Specifications

RRP: £100 (UK) / €110 (EU)
Insulation: Microfleece
Colour: Black
Compatibility: Better suited to snow days and relaxed cold weather walks over wear in challenging conditions

In the field

The versatile looks and plain black colourway of the Dare2B Zeno make this a great everyday winter boot when the temperature drops below zero. Just like a wetsuit bootie, the slip-on neoprene design hugs the foot, provides warmth and feels light and flexible when you’re engaged in outdoor activities. The only downside we found when testing these boots out is that the elasticated front isn’t adjustable enough to achieve a custom fit, and the front straps do trap snow when you walk in deeper drifts – the straps are basically redundant, and Dare2B would have done better to leave the front of the boot plain. That said, these are very comfortable warm boots at an affordable price point, so we’ll forgive them.