Re: Looking for Good boots for a Mid Oct Elk hunt in Colorado?
I've had several pairs of boots and have large (14) feet. Boots are difficult to find for me. I would get the most boot you can buy, somewhere in the 800-1000 gram insulation range. If you don't have a boot dryer, and you have room on your horse, get a gas powered one and use it. Starting the day with dry boots that are warm is fabulous. We each have a boot dryer and depending on what we pack back into the mountains, we try and put them in the bags for camp.
Secondly, get a good pair of gators. It will help keep your feet dry, prevents snow from coming from above and you can actually walk in a creek with them on your boots will stay dry.
If I know I will be hiking all day long, I will bring another pair of socks with me and at the end of the day when heading back to camp, I will switch socks. I have also used them for a pillow, extra "gloves" and given them to my partners when out and about.
The cheaper boots don't last me from year to the next, more expensive boots last me 3-4 years depending on conditions.