8 BEST HUNTING BOOTS BRANDS
Maelstrom Hunting Boots
- Malestorm Hunting Boots are perfect for the midseason weather. Their rubber sole and breathable leather provide good support on rough surfaces but don’t disturb long walking.
- Walking hunts require shoes with great resistance, which in this case is achieved with cementing athletic construction of the boots. This way, legs feel comfortable on rugged and hilled terrains, while reliable insulation keeps feet dry and warm.
- The leather is polishable, therefore, easy-to-clean. The collar is just perfect – exactly what a hunter needs to protect feet from dirt.
- Slippery rubber, which is good for quiet walking but not that comfortable for mountain hunting.
- The cold protection is not strong enough for cold regions (but moist protection is practically flawless).
- If these boots fit you, you are golden. However, if something is wrong, chances are, it will stay this way. The shoes don’t adapt to the specific shape of a foot (or it takes a while) so find a pair that fits perfectly right away.
Irish Setter Men’s Hunting Boots
- Irish Setter hunting and fishing boots are known as top waterproof boots due to their unique UltraDry system. It creates a protective layer for feet to stay dry during rains or in the swamp. So, if you plan to trek through muddy water, this is just a fit.
- Shock absorbent cushion supports feet during long walks. The best part is, if you don’t plan on doing long walks, you can remove it. EVA midsole is definitely a plus for long walks.
- An insulating liner protects hunter’s feet from high moisture and cold weather.
- Even though the lining protection of this brand is truly exceptional, there is no need to buy UltraDry shoes if you don’t plan on hunting in swamps or rainy regions. The thing is, protective insulation makes your shoes heavier, therefore slowing down the walking process.
- While the boots are well-equipped for the moist climate, they won’t do much when it comes to freezing cold. For midseason, this option is great but for winter season you’ll need something much warmer.
- Irish Setter boots are not the best option for sitting and standing hunts – their insulation can hardly be named super strong. They also don’t provide an enhanced snake protection.
Irish Setter Waterproof Boots
If the previous Irish setter model is the perfect fit for uphill hunting, this one was specifically designed for hunting in moist regions. As well as the last one, it’s equipped with Ultra Dry protective technology – just the anti-moist insulation is stronger.
- These boots are definitely stylish. We talk so much about reliability and comfort here but hey, let’s just take a moment to appreciate the great design of this model. The print is not only practical but also definitely original. Cause well, if hunting is your big hobby, you might as well do it with style.
- The full-grain leather is 100% waterproof – exactly what a hunter needs in a moist swamp or rain forest.
- The comfort is provided not only with padded tongue and collar (that’s a must-have for any model of hunting boots) but also with EVA shock-absorbing midsole.
- This model is better insulated than the previous one but it provides less support for hunter’s ankle during hiking hunts. The boots are just not designed for mountain terrains- so keep that in mind if you live in hilled regions.
- Same with many Irish Setter models, it’s not adapted to long sedentary hunts in a freezing cold. For active walks – yes, for sedentary and stand hunts – not really, there are better options.
- Even though Irish Setter characterizes itself as a multi-weather boot manufacturer (and it might be so for southern regions), it can be hardly called most universal version for all seasons. It’s surely a perfect variant for rainy days, much less for hot and cold ones.
As you might notice, most cons are not actually disadvantages, but rather certain limitations. It’s connected to the fact that now most manufacturers focus on producing boots specifically for certain season and weather. Really, it’s reasonable to make a good pair for one season than ain to do a universal variant and end up with a mediocre design.
Baffin Men’s Waterproof Hunting Boots
Highly durable, reliable and well-insulated pair of hunting shoes. These are a great option for hunting – lightweight, comfortable pads, with full grain waterproof leather.
- The boots are made of abrasion resistant material which allows you to hunt on different surfaces – from moist forest to rocky mountain.
- Insulation is combined with protective warming lining (if you don’t need it, remove the layer), nylon collar and textured toe guard protect legs from sharp twigs.
- Camouflage boots keep a hunter out of sight (and yes, it’s very stylish).
- As a typical pair of lightweight walking shoes, these boots are not adapted to long sedentary winter hunts. However, you can improve the situation by wearing warm socks (but still, don’t expect these shoes to offer you 100% protections, they are just not made for winter cold).
- Abrasion resistant material is synthetic which often results in unpleasant shoes smells.
- Even though these boots are presented as a perfect option both for a small hunt or a big hunting game, this is not always the case. Yes, the model is comfortable but I wouldn’t recommend going on a long hunt without proper cold and snake protection.
This model is a perfect fit for small ‘with-friends-and-family’ field trips but if you are aiming for a deer or even something bigger, consider better-insulated options.
Original Muck Boots
What can be better than a pair of warm but stylish hunting boots for an avid hunter?
- Original Muck Boots is a perfect choice for long walking hunts – and even for hiking. The best thing is, they are adapted to rough surfaces and mountain hills. The feet are perfectly stabilized with a cementing design providing perfect reliance during long field trips.
- Good arch support provided by steel shank and reinforced toe/heel.
- Lightweight, easy-to-walk-in, the shoes adapt to rugged surfaces and hilly terrains.
- Made of synthetic materials. I wouldn’t say that it’s always a disadvantage – quite often natural leather is tough to take care of, not mention the increased cost that comes along with it. But yet, synthetic materials create unpleasant smells and provide much worse leg protection.
- The collar is difficult to clean, so you’d have to think how to keep it clean (not the most comfortable thing for the hunter).
- As a typical pair of mid-height rain boots, the models are equipped with reliable waterproof protection but doesn’t provide anti-cold insulation.
The Original MuckBoots Adult Chore Hi-Cut Boot
Most models we reviewed are designed for men. That might get you wondering: what about women, what boots can they wear? Well, here is your answer: meet a comfortable unisex model of hunting shoes, Original MuckBoots.
- Surprisingly, designers managed to adapt the model both for specifics of men and women foot. It’s a pretty rare thing, actually (unisex models often suck resulting in being uncomfortable both for men and women). This model is a truly well-made exception, well designed and executed.
- 5″ from arch protect feet from dirt – it’s a comfortable model of water hunting boots. It’s especially comfortable if you hunt in fall. At rainy weather, every inch counts.
- Easy-to-walk-in, just like a previous model. It’s light, flexible enough to yet provide good resistance, adapts to feet shape. One pair can be in a good shape for much longer than one season which is an undeniable advantage.
- Synthetic materials (50% rubber and 50% nylon). It’s not a huge disadvantage (non-natural materials are proven to be more flexible and less demanded) but natural boots always feel better on the feet.
- Nylon is difficult to clean – take that into account while planning hunting route.
- The black color is good but if you want men’s camouflage boots, there is currently not much choice of prints available.
Scarpa Men’s Kinesis Pro
These boots are initially designed for hiking but are often used for hunting in warm regions. If you live in a mountain region, this option will suit just fine.
- Made from natural leather, the feet are protected by GORE-TEX lining and dual density PU midsole.
- You know how easy it is to get tired during a long hiking hunt, right? To prevent that from happening, this model is equipped with vibram traction outsole. Great resistance for long hikes.
- Waterproof insulation, micro-pulley lacing, and full rubber rand.
- As you probably already got from the name of the model, these boots are designed primarily for hiking. Hence, not an option for those who live in forest regions.
- The boots don’t protect ankles. For mountains – yes, perfect. For swamps – not so much.
- Natural leather doesn’t adapt to the feet form as well as synthetic materials do. Sure, if you give it some time, it’ll work. Just be precise while picking sizes to find the one that fits just right.
Rocky Men’s Bearclaw 3D LTT Hunting Boot
Remember, we discussed how important it is to find boots that fit for the specific kind of terrain? Meet Rocky Hunting Boots – a model designed for hunters on rugged hills.
- Made from natural full grain leather, reliable rubber sole provides good resistance.
- Equipped with bearclaw 3D outsole and waterproof membrane.
- Supportive ankle technology – exactly what a hunter needs in mountains.
- Not intended for winter hunts in cold regions.
- Weak insulation – not an option for sedentary or standing hunts.
- The upper part of an ankle remains unprotected.
Wrapping it all up
Now, with our reviews and advice in mind, you are informed enough to pick a good, no, even a great option. Let’s just go over main points one more time – and you are golden.
- Determine criteria for your search. These are a season, location, type of a hunt, frequency of use.
- Find a perfect size. Since most boots are made from leather, they are not adapting well to specific feet shape. Hence, pick a pair that fits just right.
- If possible, buy three good pairs for all three hunting seasons. If no, go for a mid-season model.
- Look for models with removable insulation. This way, you can put it on if you are cold but not burden your walking hunt.
Congrats, now you are an expert in hunting shoes! Looks like it’s time to pick something and go for a hunt.