Best Hunting Boots 2017

We used and tested some of the best hunting boots in order to help both new and experienced hunters pick the model that will be the right one for them.

muckboots adult fieldblazer review
  • MUCKBOOTS ADULT FIELDBLAZER
  • Exterior material: Rubber, fabric
  • Sole: Rubber
  • Waterproof:
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  • UNDER ARMOUR FREEK BOZEMAN
  • Exterior material: Suede leather, nylon
  • Sole: Rubber
  • Waterproof:
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  • LACROSSE ALPHABURLY PRO
  • Exterior material: Fabric, synthetic
  • Sole: Rubber
  • Waterproof:
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  • KAMIK
  • Exterior material: Synthetic
  • Sole: Synthetic
  • Waterproof:
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  • MUCKBOOTS ARCTIC PRO
  • Exterior material: Synthetic, fabric
  • Sole: Synthetic
  • Waterproof:

This specialised footgear comes with lots of features and functionality so sometimes deciding on which model to get might prove to be confusing. Luckily for you, we have written all of the useful information in one place. We tested some of the most popular models in the market and we are sure that our findings will assist you to make up your mind easier. Read on to learn which models deserve our recommendations.

Top Rated Products for Women

The Original MuckBoots Adult FieldBlazer Hunting Boot

muckboots adult fieldblazer review

Who says that the hunting boot has to look dull? Muck Boots have designed their FieldBlazer Hunting Boot to both serve its purpose and look good in the mud too. Let’s go into detail and find out just what is it that makes this a good choice for active hunters.

FEATURES:

• Rubber and Fabric


• Rubber sole


• Rugged knee-high hunting boot featuring Realtree shaft in waterproof materials


• Reinforced Achilles support panel


• Reinforced shank


Everything about this model suggests that it was made to be used even in the harshest environments during hunting. The boot itself is made in combination from a mix of good quality rubber and fabric. Surprisingly enough, the inside is made of a breathable lining intertwined with a flex-foam layer that keeps the feet insulated and warm. This layer also prevents any water from penetrating the inside of the boots and getting in contact with the feet.

This combination of materials ensures that the Fieldblazers are usable on all terrains and in all weather conditions. During our time using them we were pleased with the comfort level that these boots provide. The outsole offers a good and stable grip on all surfaces no matter what thanks to the use of vulcanised rubber. The rugged sole itself is self-cleaning. The manufacturer states that the temperature operating range goes as low as sub-freezing and up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The kick rim that is located on the back of the boot allows for an easy removal. Each individual boot is 15 inches tall and weighs 2.6 pounds.

muckboots adult fieldblazer review

PROS

• Made from high-quality materials
• Completely waterproof
• Great temperature regulation in freezing environment
• Comfortable

CONS

• Sweaty feet when worn in above freezing temperatures
• No arch support

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • The FieldBlazer are a great choice for hunters who are looking for good winter time hunting boots. They offer good insulation and keep your feet warm in freezing temperatures.

Under Armour Men’s UA Speed Freek Bozeman Hunting Boots

under armour freekbozeman review

For hunters who are looking for more agility during their outdoor activity – UA Speed Freek Bozeman are possibly a good choice. Read on to find out what makes this model different from the rest of the competition.

FEATURES:

• Exclusive UA Scent Control technology lasts longer & works better, keeping you undetected


• Waterproof, breathable lining keeps you dry in the worst conditions


• Suede leather combined with lightweight, abrasion-resistant nylon in the upper


• Cupron Anti-Bacterial Copper infused lining


• Moulded Ortholite® sock liner is designed with a memory foam top & PU base


• Ultra-light, moulded EVA midsole delivers cushioning & shock absorption


These can be considered as being medium sized hunting boots. This tactical looking shoe is made to be used by both hunters and hikers. The synthetic outer material is fully waterproof. The inner surface is made with a breathable membrane material which is also anti-bacterial thanks to the use of copper infused inner lining. The outer surface uses suede leather that feels nice and premium to the touch. This pair of boots will certainly keep your feet from getting wet even when they get completely soaked.

The partial inner lining still allows feet skin to breath which should prevent sweat when you are wearing them in warmer temperatures. The sock liner is made using memory foam which feels very comfortable even during longer lasting outdoor sessions. The moulded EVA soles provide good shock absorption and also enable good grip levels even on slippery surfaces. Thanks to the use of lightweight materials the Speed Freek Bozeman are lightweight and very pleasant to wear.

under armour freekbozeman review

PROS

• Great design and build quality
• Lightweight and comfortable
• Completely waterproof
• Anti-bacterial copper infused lining
• Can be used in both cold and hot weather

CONS

• Takes some time till they break in
• Not comfortable for the ankles

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • Under Armour Speed Freek Bozeman is a great choice for those of you who like going on hiking trips. They are comfortable when worn for hours so they should be taken into consideration as a good alternative to standard models of hunting boots.

LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18” 1600G Hunting Boot

lacrosse alphaburly pro review

Alphaburly Pro is an interesting and a great designed hunting boot made by LaCrosse. This premium model packs plenty of features although this is to be expected at this price range. Let’s go into more detail.

FEATURES:

• Rubber sole


• Shaft measures approximately 15.5″ from arch


• Heel measures approximately 2″


• Hand-laid premium rubber over a 3.5mm neoprene core for flexible, waterproof, scent-free comfort


• Embossed liner increases air circulation inside the boot, wicks moisture and is quick drying


• Active Fit with adjustable neoprene gusset for easy on/off and a secure, comfortable fit on foot


• Multilayer rubber on the toe and heel plus a double-layer vamp of added support and durability


• 1600G Thinsulate Ultra insulation


You get a sense of how premium these boots feel as soon as you try them on for the first time. Everything about the design of Aphaburly Pro states that it was made to be last. It will help you to endure in even the worst imaginable weather conditions out in the field. The 18 inches of its length provide a complete level of protection from both water and mud.

The 2 inches of height for the rubber sole heel ensures that you have a strong hold on the ground and it also serves as a shock absorber too. The inside of the boots consists of 1600G Thinsulate Ultra insulation that will keep your feet warm no matter how cold it is outside.

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The comfort that you experience while wearing the pair of these is further increased thanks to the footbed which is soft and also removable. The neoprene gusset core encases your feet and ensures that they stay warm and comfortable even during longer sessions of outdoor activity.

PROS

• Premium build quality
• Great and attractive looking design
• Completely water and mud proof
• Great for use in cold environments

CONS

• Lack of toe kick for easier removal
• Mostly made out of synthetic material
• Not suitable for use in warmer weather

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • LaCrosse Alphaburly Pro certainly are a gem and rank as being one of the best hunting boots on the market. You will get a lot of premium features for a higher price tag but you will surely be satisfied with your choice.

Kamik Men’s Hunter Boot

kamik mens review

Hunters who are on the lookout for a basic yet good quality hunting boots pair should consider Kamik’s Hunter Boot. It offers a no-frills approach with plenty of useful functionality coming at an affordable price.

FEATURES:

• Synthetic


• Imported


• Synthetic sole


• Shaft measures approximately 13″ from arch


• Heel measures approximately 1.25″


• Boot opening measures approximately 15.5″ around


• Waterproof knee-high boot with -40-degree Fahrenheit temperature rating featuring removable 8mm thermal guard liner and adjustable snow collar


When it comes to design, this model is very basic and we prefer the all black looking model as it looks very stealthy and professional. It becomes clear from the very first moment you see them that this pair of boots was made to function as a top priority. The 13 inches high shaft is made from synthetic resin like material which offers complete water resistance as well as mud and dirt protection to the feet too. The removable 8 mm thick felt liner is there to provide comfort as well as to keep you warm in the cold.

The top of the boots features a nylon lace adjustable collar that can tighten the fit around your leg for an increased protection against the elements. This model is rated to sustain normal feet temperature even when it’s minus forty degrees Celsius. Not many other boots on our test are rated that well for cold conditions. The fit and comfort are good and we didn’t experience discomfort even during our longer outdoor activity.

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PROS

• Great build quality
• Rated for use in extreme cold
• Comfortable to wear
• Adjustable snow collar
• Removable inner insert
• Affordable price

CONS

• Heavy and cumbersome
• Inner liner made from synthetic material

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • We were positively surprised with how much good features you get at an affordable price. This is why Kamik’s Hunter Boot(s) are our recommended best buy hunting boots choice.

MuckBoots Men’s Arctic Pro Hunting Boot

muckboots arctic pro review

This is another all synthetic material made hunting boots pair on our test. MuckBoots Arctic Pro is a pair made to last. The use of durable material makes for one of the toughest pieces of hunting gear that we had the chance to use and test for our reviews. Read on to find out more about this heavy-duty pair of hunting boots.

FEATURES:

• Synthetic and fabric


• Imported


• Synthetic sole


• Pull-on hunting boot featuring waterproof shaft and upper with stretch-fit topline


• Molded outsole


• Double reinforcements at instep, heel, and Achilles


• 2mm thermal foam underlay


The design and overall build quality leave an impression that this pair of boots will serve their users for a lifetime of outdoor activity under any type of weather. They look solid and once you try them on, you realise how heavy-duty they are. The combination of synthetic material and fabric ensures complete waterproofing as well as mud and cold protection too. The top line of each individual boot is made to stretch in order to fit and wrap around the user’s leg.

Outsoles are moulded and include double reinforcements at heel and instep. The 2-mm thick thermal foam underlay keeps the feet warm and dry even during intensive trekking and hiking. We found them to be not that comfortable although they did keep us warm when stationary when the temperature was sub-zero. Even though they are large, the Arctic Pros are surprisingly light weight for their size which is always an advantage in our book.

muckboots arctic pro review

PROS

• Good build quality
• Durable design
• Useful reinforcements on the outsole
• Thermal foam underlay keeps feet warm

CONS

• Not so comfortable
• Not for use in the warm weather

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • MuckBoots Arctic Pro is a bit of a mixed bag product. Their durable design is their selling point although it comes at a price of comfort. Still, those of you who are looking for heavy-duty hunting boots won’t be disappointed with them.

Top Rated Products for Women

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  • MUCKBOOTS WOMEN'S WOODY PK
  • Exterior material: Synthetic
  • Sole: Rubber
  • Waterproof:
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  • LACROSSE WOMEN’S ALPHABURLY PRO
  • Exterior material: Neoprene, rubber
  • Sole: Synthetic
  • Waterproof:
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  • MUCK ARCTIC PRO
  • Exterior material: Synthetic
  • Sole: Synthetic
  • Waterproof:
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  • IRISH SETTER WOMEN'S 2881
  • Exterior material: Textile, synthetic
  • Sole: Rubber
  • Waterproof:
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  • DANNER WOMEN'S HIGH GROUND BREAK-UP
  • Exterior material: Leather, nylon
  • Sole: Synthetic
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MuckBoots Women’s Woody PK Cold Conditions Hunting Boot

muckboots woody pk review

The women’s variant of MuckBoots popular Woody PK Cold Conditions model includes the same great functionality of the men’s model. They are designed with the same shape with just a few different colour schemes to differentiate them from the men’s variant.

FEATURES:

• Synthetic


• Imported


• Rubber sole


• Shaft measures approximately 15″ from arch


• Heel measures approximately 1.5″


• Platform measures approximately 1″


• Boot opening measures approximately 16.25″ around


• Pull-on hunting boot with camouflage-pattern 4mm CR Flex-foam shaft


• PK mesh lining, and EVA foam midsole


• MS2 moulded outsole


The all synthetic made outer section is made to endure through wet and cold without allowing the elements to get in contact with the skin. The 15 inches high shaft prevents water from reaching the boot opening. This is a pull-on model which helps put them on easier and faster. The design is attractive with a two-tone paint scheme. Most of the boot outer surface is black with thin outlines of pink colour and a camouflage pattern on the top section.

The CR Flex-foam shaft with the combination of PK mesh lining ensures that the feet are warm and dry even during those intensive outdoor sessions. EVA foam midsole ensures good comfort on all types of terrain.

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The outsole is MS2 moulded in order to provide a stable foothold with no matter the texture of the land surface. Woody PK kept our feet warm during our time with it and we didn’t experience any sort of discomfort on our long duration trekking trips.

PROS

• Great build quality
• Attractive design
• Comfortable
• Completely waterproof

CONS

• Can be a tight fit with thick socks
• Synthetic material induces sweat

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • MuckBoots has succeeded in making one of the best-hunting boots series for women. We were pleased with the overall performance of Woody PK Cold Conditions and we think that you will be too.

LaCrosse Women’s Alphaburly Pro 15 MO 1600G Hunting Boot

lacrosse womens alphaburly pro review

LaCrosse is a well-known hunting gear oriented brand that earned the reputation for making some of the best hunting boots on the market. Their Alphaburly Pro 15 MO 1600G Hunting Boots are looking great and pack a lot of useful features. Let’s go into further detail.

FEATURES:

• Neoprene/Rubber


• Imported


• Synthetic sole


• Shaft measures approximately 15″ from arch


• Hand-laid premium rubber over a 3.5mm neoprene core for flexible, waterproof, scent-free comfort


• Embossed liner increases air circulation inside the boot, wicks moisture and is quick drying


• Active Fit with adjustable neoprene gusset for easy on/off and a secure, comfortable fit on foot


• Multilayer rubber on the toe and heel plus double-layer vamp for added support and durability


• 1600G Thinsulate Ultra insulation


The attractive design pattern on this pair sure makes them stand out from the rest of the competition. This 15 inches’ tall boot looks and feels great during use. The neoprene core wraps your feet and keeps them warm and safe from moisture while the outer premium rubber surface repels water and mud.

The liner is designed to be scent-free and also allows air to circulate around the inside of each boot. This way your feet will never get sweaty. The adjustable gusset makes it easy to put on and take off the boots even with their large size.

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The rugged outsole consists of several layers of rubber in order to prevent slippage around wet or muddy surfaces. Alphaburly Pro feel great and not once did we experience any kind of instability during our hikes on the swampy terrain.

PROS

• Good build quality
• Premium looking design
• Complete water and mud resistance
• Very comfortable to use
• Insole keeps feet dry and sweat free

CONS

• Heavy and cumbersome
• Tight fit with thicker socks

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • Overall, we are pleased with Aphaburly Pro Women’s Hunting Boots quality. Their design makes them unique and they perform well in the field too.

Muck Arctic Pro Camo Boot

muck arctic pro review

Muck Arctic Pro is one of the more popular heavy duty types of boots on the market. This model combines durable design with good performance which appears to be a formula for success.

FEATURES:

• Synthetic


• Stretch-fit topline binding


• 8mm CR flex foam bootie with four-way stretch nylon


• 2mm thermal foam underlay


• EVA moulded midsole


• Contoured footbed


The synthetic outer surface is covered with a camo pattern design which looks very attractive in our humble opinion. This is a pair of boots that are made to last a lifetime and this is apparent to anyone who wore them on hunting trips. They are great for keeping mud and water away from the user’s feet. The midsole is EVA moulded which allows good surface feedback and shock absorption even over rough terrain.

The inner thermal foam underlay ensures that your skin temperature is regulated and that your feet are safe from the cold weather. The topline binding stretches to size and adjusts to the contours and the diameter of the legs. This is not the most comfortable pair of boots but they are tough and they keep your feet protected from harsh weather. Wearing them in warmer climates proves to be a sweaty experience and we advise against it. These are obviously made for use in a cold environment and they perform at their best capacity in such conditions.

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PROS

• Great build quality
• Heavy duty design
• Completely water and mud proof
• Stable and firm grip on all types of surfaces

CONS

• Not that comfortable
• Not suitable for use in warm weather

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • If you are looking for a durable pair of hunting boots that will last you for a lifetime then Muck Arctic Pro is a perfect choice. These are built like a tank and they will never let you down when you’re out in the field.

Irish Setter Women’s 2881 Vaprtrek 8 400 Gram Hunting Boot

irish setter womens 2881 review

The 2881 Vaprtek is a different approach to what makes a great hunting boot for women. Made by Irish Setter this is a good-looking piece of hunting equipment that allows movement agility and comfort. Read on to find out how they compare to the rest of the competition.

FEATURES:

• Textile and Synthetic


• Imported


• Rubber sole


• Shaft measures approximately 7″ from arch


• Full grain waterproof leather and camouflage upper


• ScentBan™ lining


• 400 grammes PrimaLoft® insulation


• Armatec™ heel


• Memory foam collar


First of all, let us state how good looking this tactical pair of boots is. It features a camouflage pattern that makes them appear stealthy in the forest environment. While you might judge their design to be hiking oriented you would be completely wrong. This is fully featured hunting boot that brings a lot of functionality to the table. They are made out of a combination of durable synthetic, leather and textile material that is completely water resistant.

These are a medium sized model that measures a total of 7 inches of height for the shaft. The proprietary ScentBan layer ensures smell free wear and this is backed up with a lightweight PrimaLoft insulation. This layer ensures that the feet remain comfy and warm when the temperatures hit below zero.

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The impressive outsole includes the Armatec heel that provides a secure and stable foothold on slippery terrain. We have to commend this pair of hunting boots as being very comfortable and lightweight. They allowed so much agility and movement freedom during our hunting sessions.

PROS

• Premium build quality
• Tactical looking design
• Offer great amount of movement freedom
• Lightweight
• Comfortable

CONS

• Can be a tight fit with thick socks
• Difficult to put on

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • For ladies who are looking a pair of lightweight hunting boots that feel great to wear for longer periods of time then there isn’t a better choice than the Irish Setter 2881 Vaprtrek 8.

Danner Women’s High Ground 8 Break-Up Infinity Hunting Boots

danner womens high ground break-up review

Danner’s High Ground Break-Up Infinity is another tactical pair of hunting boot on our test. You can expect great comfort levels and motion freedom with this type of design. So, let us go into further detail to see how good this model really is.

FEATURES:

• Leather and Nylon


• 100% Waterproof and Breathable GORE-TEX lining


• Danner Talon dirt- and rock-gripping outsole


• Breathable 900 Denier Nylon for Excellent Durability and Abrasion Resistance


• Lock and Load Lacing System


• Synthetic sole


• 8″ Durable Oiled-Nubuck Leather Upper


• Insulated and Waterproof


Judging by the outer design features we feel that this is a good looking tactical hunter boot. This model is made with speed in mind and its flexible leather and nylon combination of materials for outer surface proves that fact. The GORE-TEX outer lining allows air to flow around the inside of the boot while still repelling water. This lightweight pair of boots allows unlimited degrees of motion freedom which makes them great for trekking, hiking and even climbing.

The 8-inch-tall shaft provides good amounts of support for both the ankles and the calf while still not being too restrictive on the motion of the feet. The lock and load lacing system allows you to put them on and secure them to your feet in no time at all. The footbed is made from a silhouette conforming cushioning that is comfy and also provides anti-bacterial protection that will keep the smell away.

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The midsole is EVA which ensures good shock absorption and maximum comfort. The outer Talon outsole provides good grip levels and allows great stability even on the swampy terrain.

PROS

• Great build quality
• Good looking design
• Comfortable and lightweight
• Completely water and mud resistant
• Allows movement agility on all terrain surfaces
• Great for use in both warm and cold weather

CONS

• Higher price tag
• Require some time to break in

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Price
  • Well after our time with the High Ground Break-Up Infinity we can safely say that these are the best pair of hunters boots for women on our test. All these great features come at a premium price point but we feel that these are worth it.

How to Choose Perfect Hunting Boots

Choosing the right pair of boots for your hunting activity is mostly dependent on your priorities and a variety of different factors. Hunting boots come in all shapes and sizes with a plethora of different features and not all of them might suit your hunting style. This is why you need to determine what your priorities are before deciding on which model to buy. For those of you who are hunting birds then you need heavy duty models that offer complete water and mud protection.

Hunters that are waiting for a big game in sitting or standing position for extended periods of time should use boots that have a good amount of inner insulation. This guide will help you help you pick the perfect hunting boots type of model that will ensure that your every outdoor activity becomes successful and carefree when it comes to foot gear.

SIZE OF THE BOOT MATTERS

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Going to the great outdoors with a pair of boots that are wrong in shaft size can spell disaster to your hunting activity. Imagine going in a water and mud riddled area with low height shaft boot. This will leave your feet exposed to water and mud. It will definitely increase your chances of getting sick too. In order to prevent such undesired scenarios – it is important to know the terrain characteristics before going out. Coming unprepared will leave you feeling miserable and most likely ruin both your health and your hunting experience.

For swampy terrain, we always recommend wearing models with a minimum of 15 inches of boot shaft length. This type of design ensures that your feet and legs remain dry and warm even when threading through mud and cold water. Additionally, it is always smart to wear a pair of thicker socks that will further insulate your feet from the outdoor temperatures. When choosing your tall shaft boot pair always go for the models that come with an insulating inner layer fabric. Not doing so will leave your feet cold as socks will most likely not be enough to keep your body temperature at a normal level.

hunting boots size

For hunters who are active and are also covering a lot of distance during their game tracking activity, we recommend smaller shaft size hunting models. This tactical type of boots allows for more movement freedom and these are generally lightweight and more comfortable. Just make sure to wear a thick pair of warm socks in case you occasionally sit in one place for extended periods of time. Tactical hunting boots are great for covering long distances over all types of terrain and yet they are not so good for the times when you are stationary in one place when its freezing cold outside.

MATERIAL PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE

hunting boots material

The design of the hunting boot is not as important as its functionality. Depending on the type of outer material your boots will wear out faster or slower. In this case, synthetic outer materials are more durable and damage resistant. Especially on rough terrain where there is a lot of debris, dirt and mud. The downside of the synthetic models is that they are not easy to break in and not as comfortable.

On the other hand, boots that are using leather and suede are more lightweight and comfy but they deteriorate after each outdoor session. Not to mention how hunting boots made using natural materials are more difficult to clean and maintain.
Always know what your hunting targets will be and on which terrain you will be going. This way you will always be prepared and will be wearing an adequate pair of hunting boots. If you hunt in a variety of terrain throughout the year we suggest that you buy a pair suited for each scenario.

Conclusion

We hope that our guide has shed some light on the advantages and disadvantages of different hunting foot gear products. Picking the right one will depend on your outdoor activity type and of course on what type of hunts you will be doing. Not all models are created equal and there isn’t a pair of boots that is universal for all kinds of different usage scenarios. There are plenty of hunters that own multiple pairs which serve their purpose to be worn in different sessions and on different types of terrain. Know your activity type and terrain and you will not make a wrong choice when it comes to picking the right pair of hunting boots.

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