The perfect hunting boots may make or break your hunt. Making the wrong decision might leave you freezing, damp, or with blisters, making it difficult to enjoy the search. When shopping for hunting gear, don't forget to also include the boots on your list.
The temperature will drop during mid-season hunts, therefore boots with insulation are a better alternative. For sedentary early-season hunts in northern locations or at high elevations, a midseason boot might be a decent choice. They can keep you warm in the mornings when it's cooler outside, but they won't overheat you later in the day.
In terms of material, the most prevalent materials for hunting boots are leather and nylon. For long-term durability, premium leathers and abrasion-resistant cordura nylon are typically the best options. When it comes to insulation and waterproofing, the time of year and location will determine your options.
Always try on your boots with the socks you plan on wearing throughout the hunt. The only factor to consider is sock thickness and material. Many folks don't appreciate the relevance of the seam location until they're in the field and uncomfortable. That's why using a comparable sock as a guess isn't a good idea.
If you're going hunting early in the season, you could choose to go for an uninsulated boot or one with up to 200 grams of insulation. Waterproofing technology such as Gore-tex or Dry-Plus is an excellent choice if the location or weather will be wet; don't forget to account for all sorts of moisture, including rain, snow, and early-morning dew. If you're going on a hunt in a dry area, a boot made of breathable material that helps drain sweat away can make you more comfortable.
Look for a tight fit all the way around with no sliding at the ankles. If you plan on going on an active hunt, leave some area for your feet to stretch.
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