Capturing the essence of wearing a Snow Mantra Parka became the mantra of how Canada Goose Footwear should feel and function.
You never forget the first time you try on a Snow Mantra Parka. The feeling of being completely protected—wrapped up and utterly covered in warmth that holds gently like a luxurious hug. It’s decades of extreme weather protection coming together in one garment designed down to every last detail. There’s a heaviness, a substantial weight to the Snow Mantra that envelops you from the inside—and at the same time, a paradoxical lightness, knowing you can now move with purpose through the harshest conditions on the planet.
It was this legendary feeling that became a beacon for the design team when they started developing our first footwear collection. From a construction perspective, pulling key features from our pinnacle parka into the design of the Snow Mantra boot just made sense. The grabstrab—a life-saving mainstay on the back of the parka—was repositioned at the top of the boot for heritage-inspired on-and-off support. Drawcords, cord locks and side-zips are paramount for cinching in warmth and enabling quick-fit adjustments—it’s what makes the parka so functional, so world-renowned—and on the boot it allows for varied fits that stand out from the competition.
But once you have all the iconic elements in place, how do you ensure that it comes together in performance-driven, meticulous design? Enter gear testing: corroboration and information from people who depend on our products to get the job done, make it across the finish line, or simply thrive while they’re living in the open. Gear testing is a fundamental part of the process at Canada Goose—we don’t bring anything to market until experts have validated it.
From Goose People to friends of the brand and beyond, our gear testing team recruited a master roster of more than 40 people from around the world to put our Snow Mantra Boot and Journey Boot to the test across diverse terrain, a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions, and varied activities. They logged hundreds of miles in the boots during six months of intensive testing, sending field notes and photography back to our Footwear design HQ—insights that can only be uncovered while living in the open.
Glaciologist Alison Criscitiello—whose work studying the history of sea ice has taken her from the Canadian High Arctic to Antarctica and every polar region in between—knows a thing or two about living in some of the most isolated and challenging environments on the planet. She gear tested the Snow Mantra Boot while working on Mt Logan (Canada’s highest mountain) and the Columbia Icefield—trekking 50+ miles and 10,000 feet of elevation in the boots. “It’s my one-boot wonder,” she reported back to our team. “I always have two boots with me, because [the pair that are] good for standing around for polar work like ice core drilling don’t work when I need to put crampons on and travel across glaciers and icefields. The Snow Mantra Boot does both!”
This duality was also a key insight shared by adventurer and Goose Person Ben Saunders. With two decades of polar expeditions to pull from, he knows that the best boot is one that’s functional in the field but quick to adapt to the more casual, end-of-day rituals around basecamp. Most boots designed for trekking in sub-zero temperatures can’t handle that pivot—but the double zipper on the Snow Mantra Boot was built exactly for this reason. With a quick unzip, the structured support adapts to suit a wider range of motion or a quick on-and-off gear change.
Saunders’ expertise also prompted the decision to use Intution™ Liners in the Snow Mantra Boot. An industry favourite, these removable liners are not only insulated to add warmth—they also mold to your foot over time creating a custom fit. While gear testing, he reported how happy he was to wear a boot that actually kept his heel back while doing climbs.
When putting the Journey Boot to the test, our experts were honed in on exploring different terrains—from dry urban streets to wet forest floors. Comfort is essential in any shoe, but in a hiking boot the break-in process has to be balanced with performance that delivers. Crafted in Italy, the Journey was designed with an iconic squared off-toe, inspired by classic Hiker boots worn in the Alps. The entire construction was built to ensure flexibility and the soft and flexible upper is made of just three pieces—a minimalist approach to design to eliminate seams and as a result, pressure points, to create a customized boot for enduring use.
Inspired to start logging your own adventures in a pair of Canada Goose boots? The debut Footwear Collection is available now.