Hunting boots

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by midwesthunter, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    I am looking for a good hunting boot for the mountains. I plan to use mainly early season so little to no insulation is probably the best. What models would serve well from mountains to the plains? I don't want to spend more than $300.00 Also water proof yes or no?
     
  2. tackb

    tackb Well-Known Member

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    I use lundhag boots from sweden , they are a superb boot but i don't know how much they would cost in the states ?
     

  3. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    My feet have always froze in central PA woods in deer season. They have always been heavy and uncomfortable.... that is until I found and tried Irish Setter boots. Now mine are insulated, and I love them, but I would definitely look into Irish Setter brand boots. I would still look into a 200gram Thinsulate for the cold mornings. Water proof depends on your environment. If you know that where you hunt you are going to stay dry, than don't make it a concern. Should you think you will be rained on and walk through morning dew, then it should be a strong consideration.

    Tank
     
  4. rdsewell

    rdsewell Well-Known Member

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    Mendl made in Germany you can get them at Cabelas for around 275-280 best boot I've very worn. Also a big plus was zero breakin. You can get them insulated or uninsulated.:)
     
  5. novaman64

    novaman64 Well-Known Member

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    I have boots made. Always the most comfortable. Shell out the cash once and they will last you a life time if you treat them rt.

    White's or Hathorns!
     
  6. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    +1 With Whites!! The old Hawthorns were great, the new ones..........not so much. They take a while to break in, so start using them asap, and youll never own a more comfy pair of boots, tho they might be a little too much boot for flatland stuff. Either way they last a long time. I go thru 3-4 pairs of hiking boots a year if I dont have my Whites. Im very hard on footwear. But if I have my Whites, and wear them in combination with my hiking boots, I can go 1 1/2 years on a pair of hiking boots. I hardly ever wear them cause the Whites are so comfy. Theyre some rugged,tough, and long lasting boots.
     
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  7. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    I live and work in the mountains everyday and the Danner Winterlite boots with 200 grams insulation or the Danner Rainforest are hard to beat during summer and fall working or hunting. They are about $250 bucks and last about 3-5 years depending. The insides usually fail before they are wore out and they are good and water proof for about 2 years then the goretex goes bad.

    I get them a size narrower and a half size longer then my regular knock around boots. That way your foot does not move around when sidehilling and your toes don’t hit the end on steep downhills. Go to a good boot shop and you can get a proper fitting for the first pair then when you know your size you can shop for the best price. That goes for any brand of boot you decide on.
     
  8. Firecat

    Firecat Well-Known Member

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    I have to give my .02 on this one. I have had better than great success with Danner boots. They fit my foot very well and are as tough as they come. I took a set of these 435 GTX on a 50 mile Scout hike last year on the Boulder Mtns here in Southern Utah. They didn't get the name Boulder Mtn's by accident. Well actually they did, but thats another story for another day. Either way the name fits. On day two we Climbed from around 8800 feet to 10200 feet. The trail was tough and I was loaded with around 60 - 65Lbs. These boots hit the trail brand new and my feet never knew the difference.

    453? GTX® All-Leather Hiking Boots - Boots - Danner
     
  9. Boman

    Boman Well-Known Member

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    In your price range I'd recommend the Cabela's Meindles Alaskan hikers. Out of your price range I'd highly recommend the Kenetrek's. That's what I'm switching to. But the Meindles have worked very well for me over the last few years.
     
  10. Elkmen

    Elkmen Well-Known Member

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    I have used heavweight hiking/climbing for several years with good success. What I am using now is the Glacier by La Sportiva, its gore tex lined, has outstanding ankle support and 6 inch tops. I wear gaitors for most wet conditions. Previous to this I used Scarpa, again a heavy duty climbing boot, all leather and a 4-6 inch top. I wanted the gore tex is why I changed. Both of these are "heavy" boots with stiff footbeds and will essentiall take you anywhere!!!They need a good break in!

    Have had three pairs of Whites for my work , a truly great boot but they leak like hell.
     
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  11. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Wow Ive never had a problemb with Whites leaking untill they'd been re-soled two-three times. Ive always used Obenaughs and been thrilled with mine.
     
  12. Elkmen

    Elkmen Well-Known Member

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    winmag
    I had a dealer in Missoula Montana tell me that when wearing Whites, if one wanted your feet to stay dry then you had to stand on high ground. I loved them as you do they are very comfortable, but never had a pair that didn't leak and I found them cold especially in cold damp conditions. I wore them every day in the woods for about 10 years then intermitdely after that. I really hated to get rid of the last paire but when I had them rebuilt the last time in the late 80's they were just a little tight so I moved on to something else.

    By the way I have been hunting with a .300 win mag since 1970 and love it with 180 Nosler Partitions.
     
  13. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    I love my Danner Pronghorns. They aren't going to last as long as many mentioned but they are super light, extremely comfortable and 100% waterproof plus you can get a pair for about $175. When they wear out, you'll get some more.....Rich
     
  14. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions hard to go to cabelas and try to get a suggestion from store peopl who have no idea. I will see which ones I can find and feel best