Best Hunting Boots

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 6, 2019
Hunting boots are necessary to make sure you're able to hunt proper game. The best hunting boots will let you conquer any environment and hunt under pretty much any weather conditions. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Best For
Size
Materials
Convenience
Warranty
 
PROS

ScentBan™ technology works wonders adding scent control to different materials, killing the bacteria that cause odors.  Incorporating carbon rubber with an aggressive tread design and sticky rubber broadhead, the Bulls-Eye® Air Bob Aggressive outsole brings these multidirectional traction lugs that provide exceptional footing and balance.

CONS

The boots initially make scrunching/squishing sounds when you walk. 

OUR VERDICT

Irish Setter Men's 860 Elk Tracker are the best boots for hunting that money can buy. The boots are absolutely massive. The arch support is present but not excessively so. The cushioning is more than adequate. The removable lacing in the kiltie overlay at the toebox keeps the brush from getting caught in the laces. 

detailed parameters
Best For

Hunting

Size

8 - 14 M (medium and wide)

Materials

Upper: full-grain waterproof leather

Lining: waterproof GORE-TEX™ lining

Insulation: 1000g 3M™ Thinsulate™ Ultra

Outsole: rubber 

Convenience

Bulls-Eye Air Bob Aggressive sole design, ScentBan™ technology, molded heel

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Terra Force tech incorporates this stitchdown/cement construction combo to provide the most lightweight platform with enhanced durability, performance, and stability. The all-leather toe and heel cap do an excellent job protecting the boots against wear and tear. The opened toebox design gives these shoes a wider platform and an improved fit. 

CONS

The toes are not wear-resistant. 

OUR VERDICT

No matter where the hunt takes you, these are the boots that will always perform. Incorporating thermoplastic PU shank and these massive rubber compounds, the outsole performs in slick mud and rugged underbrush. The 1200g PrimaLoft™ insulation will let you hunt under any weather conditions, from pouring rain to unforgiving snow. 

detailed parameters
Best For

Hunting

Size

7 - 14 M (medium and wide)

Materials

Upper: leather/textile

Lining: waterproof GORE-TEX™ lining

Insulation: 1200g PrimaLoft™ insulation

Midsole: EVA cushioning

Outsole: rubber with thermoplastic PU shank

Convenience

Rugged hardware for secure fit, Ortholite™ footbed, Terra Force technology, Danner Pronghorn outsole design

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The long, full-rubber, adjustable back gusset makes these boots equally easy to put on and take off. The shin guard provides added protection and the 4X burly outsole offers superior traction. The -20 degrees temperature rating means you can wear these boots whenever you want without worrying about the weather conditions outside. 

CONS

The boots are relatively heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

Lacrosse Men's 4X Alpha Snake Boot-M are not fancy lads boots. Armed with a fiberglass shank, the outsole will let you hunt anywhere you want. You won't have to worry about damaging these shoes. The ridiculously long upper and predominantly rubber composition make these boots equally suitable for hunting and fishing.

detailed parameters
Best For

Hunting, fishing

Size

6 - 15 M

Materials

Upper: waterproof rubber/textile

Lining: polyester

Outsole: rubber with fiberglass shank

Convenience

Full rubber gusset, snake protection technology, removable polyurethane footbed

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The suede leather and 1000D nylon upper provide outstanding breathability and durability, making these boots practically immune to cuts and tears. The outsole is sturdy, so you don't feel every pebble but, at the same time, pretty lightweight too. The scratchproof rubber toe and heel caps provide additional protection. 

CONS

The suede requires careful maintenance. 

OUR VERDICT

Under Armour Men's Speed Freek Bozeman Hiking Boots do not quit. The boots' lightweight and especially waterproof construction will work wonders keeping you protected and comfortable through all outdoor expeditions They will let you hunt and hike with confidence and efficiency.

detailed parameters
Best For

Hunting, hiking

Size

8 - 14 M

Materials

Upper: suede/nylon

Lining: waterproof anti-bacterial Cupron® copper-infused lining

Midsole: EVA cushioning

Outsole: rubber with thermoplastic PU shank

Convenience

Scratchproof toe and heel areas, molded Ortholite® footbed

Warranty

60 days

PROS

The nylon part makes the boots resistant to tears and abrasions. You'll have no issues walking through woods and brush. The EnergyBed footbed with memory foam will shape to your foot for exceptional comfort during hours of wear. The nylon shank adds support to the feet's arch. 

CONS

The mesh lining doesn't last very long. 

OUR VERDICT

Rocky Men's 8-Inch Retraction 800G Hunting Boots are excellent budget boots. You'll be able to hunt and hike without forking over major dough. Plus, the high-quality faux leather and Realtree Xtra camouflage nylon make these boots not only durable and practical but also pretty stylish.

detailed parameters
Best For

Hunting, hiking

Size

8 - 13 M (medium and wide)

Materials

Upper: leather/textile

Lining: waterproof polyester lining

Insulation: 800g 3M™ Thinsulate™

Outsole: rubber with nylon shank

Convenience

EnergyBed footbed with memory foam

Warranty

1 year

Irish Setter 860 Elk Tracker

Big-Time, Big Game Boots

Irish Setter Men's 860 Elk Tracker are not cheap. But we're not dealing with subpar boots here. These are big-time, big-boy, big game boots.

ScentBan™, the company's exclusive technology, works wonders adding scent control to different materials (from leathers to linings to footbeds), killing the bacteria that cause odors.

At the same time, the GORE-TEX™ membrane is able to block moisture from the outside, all while allowing the moisture inside to freely evaporate. Incorporating over nine billion pores per square inch, pores that make sure water doesn't access your feet, all while letting sweat vapor pass right through, GORE-TEX™ keeps your feet dry and comfortable despite the conditions/environment.

There's also the 100g 3M™ Thinsulate™ Ultra insulation that is surprisingly thin and lightweight but also as warm as these things come. The insulation is durable enough to withstand hard wear season after season and keep your feet warm even in the dampest conditions.

Last but not least, the Bulls-Eye® Air Bob Aggressive outsole sells these boots as much as every other tech. Incorporating carbon rubber with an aggressive tread design and sticky rubber broadhead, the outsole brings these multidirectional traction lugs that provide exceptional footing and balance.

Long story short, Irish Setter Men's 860 Elk Tracker are practically flawless. These leather hunting boots are absolutely massive. The arch support is present but not excessively so. The cushioning is more than adequate. The removable lacing in the kiltie overlay at the toebox keeps the brush from getting caught in the laces.

Review of Irish Setter 860 Elk Tracker Waterproof Hunting Boots

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Danner Gore-Tex

The Boots That Will Perform in Cold Weather

The new and improved Danner Men's Pronghorn 8" 1200G Gore-Tex Hunting Boots build on the predecessors' success and make the boots' profile even more lightweight and streamlined. They're also the warmest boots within this lineup.

The company's practically trademark Terra Force technology incorporates this stitchdown/cement construction combo to provide the most lightweight platform with enhanced durability, performance, and stability.

We've seen the Ortholite™ footbed before and we're definitely not mad about the footbed making a comeback since, as far as we're concerned, it is easily the most cost-effective solution to increase comfort, overall performance, and long-term cushioning, all while creating a cooler, drier, and healthier environment in the shoes.

Apart from that, the all-leather toe and heel cap do an excellent job protecting the boots against wear and tear. The opened toebox design gives these shoes a wider platform and an improved fit.

The traditional waterproof GORE-TEX™ liner keeps your feet completely dry throughout the hunt.

Incorporating thermoplastic PU shank and these massive rubber compounds, the outsole performs in slick mud and rugged underbrush.

Bottom line, no matter where the hunt takes you, these are the boots that will always perform. The 1200g PrimaLoft™ insulation will let you hunt under any weather conditions, from pouring rain to unforgiving snow. There's also this slight pinch that holds the laces in the clip so that they never fall out.

Review of Danner Gore-Tex Hunting Boots

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Lacrosse Boot-M

Effective, Efficient, Imposing

Lacrosse Men's 4X Alpha Snake Boot-M are effective, efficient, and surprisingly affordable.

As far as we're concerned, the price is as low as it is because these boots don't feature any questionable tech that always elevates the cost. Every little detail here makes sense and serves its purpose.

The 16-inch boots incorporate these natural hand-laid rubber over insulating neoprene, so you'll be able to tackle any grounds. The waterproof Alpha construction, mixing rubber and textile, will let you hunt under heavy rain.

There's also the massive underfoot cushioning that employs four layers to provide comfort and support and the 360-degree snake guard protection tech that makes these boots resistant against wear and tear.

Other than that, the long, full-rubber, adjustable back gusset makes these boots equally easy to put on and take off. Moreover, the contoured ankle fit adds extra comfort to the equation and ensures that the boots never slide around.

The shin guard provides added protection and the 4X burly outsole offers superior traction. Finally, the -20 degrees temperature rating means you can wear these boots whenever you want without worrying about the weather conditions outside.

In short, Lacrosse Men's 4X Alpha Snake Boot-M are not fancy lads boots. Armed with a fiberglass shank, the outsole will let you hunt anywhere you want. The ridiculously long upper and predominantly rubber composition make these rubber hunting boots equally suitable for hunting and fishing.

Review of Lacrosse Boot-M Alpha Snake

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Under Armour Speed Freek Bozeman

But I Could Walk 500 Miles

Under Armour Men's Speed Freek Bozeman Hiking Boots do not quit. The boots' lightweight and especially waterproof construction will work wonders keeping you protected and comfortable through all outdoor expeditions.

At the same time, the suede leather and 1000D nylon upper provide outstanding breathability and durability, making these boots practically immune to cuts and tears. The only issue we have with these boots is that the suede material is, as always, relatively demanding maintenance-wise.

On the bright side, the anti-bacterial Cupron® copper-infused lining provides excellent scent control and keeps your feet nice and fresh. In addition to the said lining, there's also the anti-microbial molded Ortholite® insole that practically ensures an odor-free environment.

The particularly light molded EVA midsole features a reinforced TPU shank for added stability. The outsole is sturdy, so you don't feel every pebble but, at the same time, pretty lightweight too. The scratchproof rubber toe and heel caps provide additional protection. Last but not least, the low-profile rubber lug sole will let you conquer any rugged terrain.

To sum everything up, Under Armour Men's Speed Freek Bozeman Hiking Boots will let you hunt and hike with comfort and efficiency. You can walk 1000 miles in these things and barely feel their presence.

Review of Under Armour Speed Freek Bozeman Hiking Boot

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Rocky Retraction

Budget Hunting

Rocky Men's 8-Inch Retraction 800G Hunting Boots are the least expensive boots within this lineup.

There are 2-3 reasons these boots are so affordable compared to other models on the list. First, there's no huge brand like Under Armour or Danner behind these boots. Second, the mesh lining that makes these boots breathable doesn't last very long. Third and last, the available sizes range from 8 to 13 US, meaning that some people won't be able to find a fitting pair.

Having said all that, considering the price tag, these boots are great. The high-quality faux leather and Realtree Xtra camouflage nylon make these things pretty stylish.

Plus, the nylon part makes the boots resistant to tears and abrasions. Needless to say, you'll be thankful for that when you'll be walking through woods and brush.

The boots are as waterproof as the next model on the list, so your feet will remain dry no matter what. You won't have to jump over mud and wet ground.

The 800g 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation makes these hunting boots suitable for any season, including the harshest winter.

Finally, the EnergyBed footbed with memory foam will shape to your foot for exceptional comfort during hours of wear. There's also the nylon shank that adds support to the feet's arch.

In closing, Rocky Men's 8-Inch Retraction 800G Hunting Boots are excellent budget boots. You'll be able to hunt and hike without forking over major dough.

Review of Rocky Retraction Hunting Boots

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What Are Hunting Boots?

Hunting is as much about skill and patience as it is about the right gear. The gear will not only determine your short-term success but will also pretty much decide whether you'll find these outdoor expeditions enjoyable or miserable, meaning that the gear is somewhat responsible for long-term success too.

First and foremost, we would definitely not recommend going hunting without proper hunting boots. These boots are equally necessary for upland hunters as well as those who hunt game like deer. The boots are always waterproof to make sure your feet remain dry. You won't have to jump over mud and wet ground. Instead, you'll be able to just walk through these 'obstacles'.

Boots for hunting should be especially rugged too since you'll be walking through woods and brush, meaning that the outside should be resistant against cuts, tears, and abrasions.

Apart from that, there has to be at least 500 grams worth of insulation because otherwise you won't be able to hunt in these boots come winter. Of course, sometimes hunting boots don't incorporate any insulation because they're designed for fishing as much as for hunting, so keep these intentions of yours in mind too when you choose the boots.

The 'right' gear that we have brought up earlier includes tactical flashlights and hunting knives too, by the way, so make sure to stock up if you haven't already.

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Publish Date: 2019-11-06 09:34:09