Are you gathering the courage to go on your first hunt or are you a seasoned veteran? With hunting comes a lot of responsibility. Your success and enjoyment are based on your preparedness. The best moments come from well-executed planning. Amateur or frequent outdoorsman, the experience you have has a lot do to with your choice of gear. From what pack to what you wear, your security is based on your investment.
Hunting gear is critical to your production, therefore it’s essential to know what to buy and how to buy certain gear; specifically hunting boots. Believe it or not, what you strap your feet into will play a significant part in your comfort and safety. This guide here is made for those looking to have, or continue having safe, secure and enjoyable experiences.
What to keep in mind?
We’ll touch further on the specific type of boots and what they offer, but if you’re looking to make hunting a frequent hobby, it’s best to keep in mind what to look for based on the type of hunting you’ll be doing.
Waterproof or not?
This sounds like a no brainer, but is where you’re hunting swampy, muddy, or near a lake? Consider whether the boot will protect your feet from getting wet. A wet boot could possibly be one of the most uncomfortable wardrobe mishaps.
Wet or muddy, steep or rocky, the reliability of your shoe’s traction is meant to keep you safe and secure from slippage and easy through the wilderness, mountains or any other terrain you choose to conquer.
Are you hiking? Walking long terrains? Or are you going to remain in one spot for a long time? Consider the durability of the shoe and whether it will last long those long walks. Likewise, an investment in a boot meant for long walks, when you’re a sedentary hunter, might not be the most necessary purchase.
To go along with those long walks, it’s beneficial to consider the feel and comfort of the boot. How long can you walk in boots that feel awkward and tight or loose and unfitting? There’s a likelihood that either end of the spectrum will be a burden in the long-run. Efficient boots limit the sliding of your feet, provide ankle support, and a cushioned insole.
Type of Boots
Hunting boots are not your usual footwear options. They are specifically made for those looking to maximize their hunting experience. Boots come in several different materials from rubber to leather, season-specific to multipurpose, and for those looking to hunt in fashion. The three most common categories of boots are Upland. Multi-Purpose, and High-Country boots. These three in many ways:
Lightweight, comfortable, and stylish, these boots are for those that are stalking hunters, tree stand hunters, turkey hunters, upland hunters, and basically any other type of hunter. They’re well-constructed, waterproof, sturdy, and offer solid traction without worrying about the carrying mud and dirt. Built for longevity and comfort, Upland boots provide for the foot security you’ve been looking for.
Best for sedentary hunting – staying dormant in one place for a length of time – these boots are packed, insulated, and meant to keep the feet warm. Used for not only hunting, overboots are great for those looking to keep their feet warm and protected in the winter. Chosen due to their great insulation, overboots are best worn during the late Summer through the early months of Spring.
As you’d imagine, rubber boots are meant for hunting in wet, muddy and marshy areas. Whether in a swamp, creek, or river, these boots are meant to be secure of leakage due to their water-proof material. Made from vulcanized rubber, these boots are not only water-proof but also durable. Falling in three genres good, better, and quality, these boots offer a range of different needs for hunters.
Good – basic ankle-fit design, waterproof, and comfortable.
Better – with additional support these boots have enhanced rubber outsoles, boosted traction and support, as well as a range of insulation levels, fit to meet expectations.
Best – all-inclusive option, better construction and performance, neoprene lining for warmth, cushion for comfort, and greater ankle support.
With the largest variety of boot options, multipurpose boots provide a plethora of options specific to the hunters’ needs. Whether searching for big game or upland hunting, multipurpose boots are designed to last long, remain sturdy, and provide exceptional traction. What’s different about them? They have more support than Upland boots due to their lugged soles, great for varying surfaces.
Knowing your specific hunting needs is critical to ensuring your safety and your safety is beneficial to your experience. Figure out your terrain, know your shoe size and material needs (inner and outer), and then decide the type of boot best for you. There is no “perfect” boot, but there are boots better for what you’re looking to do. Stay safe, have fun and protect your feet!