Cold Weather Hunting Boots

Jud96

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I wanted to ask, I’ve never owned pack boots before. From looking at some reviews and pictures, they appear to be kind of bulky. Are they okay for hiking over some mild terrain for a couple miles? I really don’t like bulky boots or clothes, but that can be hard to avoid when it’s really cold. I’m leaning towards a pac boot like Hoffman’s with 400g insulation liners and 200g insulation in the boots. They’re lighter and smaller than the felt liner boots from Schnee or Hoffman. I like the idea of the felt holding heat better when sitting, but I don’t want something that’s clunky and bulky. Thanks
 

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I got a pair of Hoffman 12” cowboy pack boots. All I can say is Incredible!!!!!! I ordered a half size down as lady suggested, I’m 9.5 ordered 9. Fit absolutely perfect. Now I’ve only worn them twice which is about 7 miles up and down steep hills, creeks and only about 15-20* temps. My favorite thing is the soles don’t freeze up on them still nice and pliable and they don’t squeak or squeak on hard pack frosted snow. I’m very impressed with the quality. I ordered rush build on them and they arrived 5pm the evening before opening day. They literally feel like I’ve been wearing them for years.
I’m leaning towards Hoffman’s but having a difficult time making up my mind on which ones. I’m thinking the Guide pack boots with 400 gram thinsulate liners. I’m afraid if I get the Mountaineers with the felt liners they’ll be too heavy and bulky. I don’t want clubby boots to walk in. I’m picky I know haha
 

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I’m leaning towards Hoffman’s but having a difficult time making up my mind on which ones. I’m thinking the Guide pack boots with 400 gram thinsulate liners. I’m afraid if I get the Mountaineers with the felt liners they’ll be too heavy and bulky. I don’t want clubby boots to walk in. I’m picky I know haha
Hoffman with or without the felt, the fit is very nice from the ones I've used over the years, they aren't, really light, but... the nice fit makes them feel good in the field nevertheless, I love my felt-pacs. Cheers
 

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Cabelas perfekt hunter, which is now discontinued, is the easiest break in, comfortable, and not bulky boot there is. They were rated like 4.8/5 with hundreds of reviews. Myself and two brothers have had them and they are just really great all around boots.

Meindl usa now sells them direct with improved rubber rand around the front. Comfort fit 400 is the model now.

I've never heard of a person not liking them.
 

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I wanted to ask, I’ve never owned pack boots before. From looking at some reviews and pictures, they appear to be kind of bulky. Are they okay for hiking over some mild terrain for a couple miles? I really don’t like bulky boots or clothes, but that can be hard to avoid when it’s really cold. I’m leaning towards a pac boot like Hoffman’s with 400g insulation liners and 200g insulation in the boots. They’re lighter and smaller than the felt liner boots from Schnee or Hoffman. I like the idea of the felt holding heat better when sitting, but I don’t want something that’s clunky and bulky. Thanks
I’ve worn mine in some pretty steep terrain. They are slightly bulkier than a non insulated hunting boot. Opening day I put on 4.5 miles in southwest NY. We had 8” of snow and still hunted most the day. Pa opening day I put around 3 miles on them. I got used to them very fast. I really liked the way the heel just felt solid and bit into snow. Usually it’s like your foot slips half way climbing steep hills in snow not with these. Also I like the way the outer tread have splits in them kind of like sipes in a snow tire at least on the cowboy packs I ordered. I’ll give them a shot next year for treestand archery but will probably be too warm. I’ll be wearing them all winter for chores and feeding cows.
 

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I’ve got the Schnee extreme pack boots (taller version) for late season bow hunting, have sat for 4-5 hours in single digit temps and stayed warm. Soles have decent grip and they are waterproof so if you’ve got to cross creeks or swamps they are great. Comfortable to walk several miles still hunting, but if you’re looking to cover more ground at a faster pace in steep terrain I’d be looking at Kenetrek mountain extreme or similar type boot.

Agree on the merino wool socks comment above, smart wool makes some of the best.
 

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I've tried a bunch of cold weather boots over the years. Hands down for me the Crispi wild rocks are the best I've ever worn. Hunting in Montana most of my hunting is in the mountains. These boots fit really good and are really suited for this type of hunting. They are available in two different insulation levels. I'm using the 400 gram version.
 
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