Cold weather boots ? brand , insulation ?

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by 264win, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. 264win

    264win Well-Known Member

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    Im looking for a new pair of boots for winter hunting.
    They will be used mostly for archery elk [spot and stalk ]
    and calling coyotes .
    What makes it harder for me is that i need a sz 13w or 14 and hunt in snow and very steep terrain.
    I have some meindle uninsulated boots that i am very happy with.
    Also some danner rain forest that are ok .
    Anyone tried the heavily insulated meindles ?
    If there was a less expensive option than meindle ?
     
  2. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    Have you considered snow pac's. I know I know there no good for hiking. "bull" Have used Sorel Caribou pac for years and when there is snow on the ground or its froze they are the go-to boot. Just bought another pair last winter and these have a bob sole and traction on snow and ice is superb. Add two sets of liners and a pair of gaiters and your good to go. A pair last about 5 years using them about 4 months a year.

    I also use the Danner Rainforest when its dry but the rubber in the soles are too hard and when it freezes up they just don't get a good grip. I have quit wearing them all together once the cold sets in.
     

  3. Loner

    Loner Well-Known Member

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    I've hunted in insulated redwing waterproof boots for 12 years now. I've dumped em
    through ice a bunch of times and soaked my pants above the gators. My feet have always
    been dry. They are a bit sloppy with all the stretching the leather has done while wet.
    Plenty warm down to a -20f as long as I stay moving. Under about 0 f. I go to packs for
    sitting.
     
  4. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Whites snow pacs, but with Schnees liners, & aftermarket insoles. It's my opinion of the perfect combo. I hike usually between 4 & 12 miles per day in snow, ice, etc. Steep & flat, wooded, & open country in elk season with mine.
    I've also used & abused them at work & they hold up well. I am harder on my equipment than most folks, & demand the best because of this.
    As mentioned before, gaiters help keep jeans dry, & laces from icing up. If its nasty out, I wear Filson tin-pants over my jeans & boot tops. This also keeps laces from icing up to bad, plus it keeps me warm while knocking snow off brush.

    I see your from Wa. st. So your probably already familiar with Whites, & Hawthorne out of Spokane. You may like the idea of having quality rebuildable & reliable footwear.
     
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  5. TikkaShooters

    TikkaShooters Official LRH Sponsor

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    My size 13 Danners with 1200 grams on thinsulate are the most comfortable shoes I own. I've put a couple hundred mountain miles on them with no cold feet or blisters.
     
  6. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    I like the kenetrec line.
     
  7. TikkaShooters

    TikkaShooters Official LRH Sponsor

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    Personally I think boots are like underwear, once you find a pair that fits, go with it!

    Everyone has different likes and dislikes.

    Go try on as many different boots as you can and find the most comfortable pair for your feet.
     
  8. 264win

    264win Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the ideas guys , im going to be to doing some shopping and fitting next weekend.
    If anyone else has had good or bad experiences with a particular boot i would love to hear it.

    Adam
     
  9. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    I just finished breaking in my 8" Wolverine's pathfinder 600 gram of ultra insulation - got it primarily for bowhunting and in between temps/ season here in MT. It is very light and comfortable for it's size and it was $40 off (reg $120) at BassPro. I also got a pair of gaiters for extra added protection just in case I needed while I am afield.

    Good luck!

    Ed
     
  10. Yotekiller

    Yotekiller Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if the link will work or not but most of the trappers and coon hunters have gone to wearing these. You never need to worry about getting wet, they are very comfortable, and they last a very long time. They are good boots that work like waders only they are comfortable and outlast three pairs of waders.

    Woody Marsh® Hipper
     
  11. Lefty Shooter

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    I agree with winmag, the White's are hard to beat. Big R usually has a great in stock selection right now and I think they are running $189.

    Good luck,

    Lefty
     
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  12. 6mm Remington

    6mm Remington Well-Known Member

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    I love my Danner Trophies, but for cold and snow it's hard to beat my SCHNEE"S HUNTER II's! I have the 13" height boot and I love them. Great traction and comfort. Try Schnee's on the internet and I think you will be impressed by what you see!
     
  13. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    When it really cold or I am going to sit a bit, I like my cowboy cut Whites, or if it is a long ride in. Buy then snow is usually deep for traction.
     
  14. DocHolladay

    DocHolladay Well-Known Member

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    I fancy Muck Boots. I personally wear the Woody Max and have had no complaints the last 4 years. I am hoping to get another 4 out of them.