I am not quite from Alaska, I am actually from Latvia, but I dream of living in some northern territory some day, such as Alaska or Lapland. I adore winter and one of my favourite hobbies is to hike on a cold day.
We have a rather mild maritime climate in Latvia, but sometimes temperature drops to -30 - -35 degrees Celsius.
Preparing for the next harsh winters forecast by Joe *******i, I have bought cold weather boots with felt liners, rated to -74 Celsius (if it is allowed, I will post the model and the manufacturer info here later). I have several questions in regard to these boots.
Firstly, do felt liners suffer from moth? Do I have to put laurel leaves near the boots while they are in storage?
Secondly, there are no spare liners for sale for my model, sadly . Why would the manufacturer do that? The liners I have seem to be the thickest and warmest made by this company, while liners rated to -60 C are available. The real question is how long it takes to dry a 20 mm thick felt liner after a day's hike. Can I expect to wear my boots on a daily basis during cold spells? Will the liners air-dry in 8-10 hours? I have read that I should not heat the liners in any way. Is there a possibility to find 20-mm thick liners of some other manufacturer that would do the trick?
What is more, what socks is it best to wear with such boots? I have found thermal socks for cold and very cold weather, medium to high activity levels, consisting mainly of merino wool and some synthetic fibers. Or is it best to wear thermolite socks in felt-lined PAC boots? For temperatures about -20 Celsius or higher, is it wise to wear socks made for hot (summer) temperatures of Coolmax material?
Any other relevant experience of using PAC boots in the town or outdoors would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance!