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These Boots Were Made for Walkin'

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LightPaw 07-Nov-18
George D. Stout 07-Nov-18
dean 07-Nov-18
fdp 07-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 07-Nov-18
LightPaw 07-Nov-18
David McLendon 07-Nov-18
Supernaut 08-Nov-18
mgmicky 08-Nov-18
DanaC 08-Nov-18
TrapperKayak 08-Nov-18
Ranman 08-Nov-18
1/2miledrag 08-Nov-18
Grizz 08-Nov-18
swampwalker 08-Nov-18
babysaph 08-Nov-18
Phil 08-Nov-18
old fudd 08-Nov-18
Nemophilist 08-Nov-18
DarrinG 08-Nov-18
LightPaw 08-Nov-18
reddogge 08-Nov-18
J_Foster 08-Nov-18
dean 08-Nov-18
Pdiddly 08-Nov-18
hawkwing 08-Nov-18
grizz 09-Nov-18
Sinner 09-Nov-18
DanaC 09-Nov-18
olddogrib 09-Nov-18
Tucker 09-Nov-18
trad47 09-Nov-18
dizzydctr 09-Nov-18
Jimmy Blackmon 09-Nov-18
KDdog 09-Nov-18
Uncle Lijiah 09-Nov-18
stagetek 09-Nov-18
Nemophilist 09-Nov-18
Pointer 09-Nov-18
zwickey2bl 09-Nov-18
NBK 09-Nov-18
DanaC 10-Nov-18
gluetrap 10-Nov-18
From: LightPaw
Date: 07-Nov-18

Have an opportunity to spend quality time in the woods this year with bow in hand. Live in the SE, more wet than cold, but it can get cold too.

Looking for mid-height, waterproof, comfortable (all day), wide (if possible), quality boot suggestions.

What is your go to?

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Nov-18

Hiking boots that are breathable. Names are meaningless to me, I look for comfortable boots and usually add my own arch support anyway. I currently have a pair of Brahama brand hiking, waterproof boots. I've had them five years now and they are still in great shape and waterproof. Think I paid $49.00 for them.

From: dean
Date: 07-Nov-18

Here are some pics of the kind of boots you are talking about in action.

From: fdp
Date: 07-Nov-18

Goretex lined Browning Kangaroo boots. There is nothing better.

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Nov-18

I miss Nancy Sinatra,,,lol I like the new Rocky boots I got and mannnn they are lite and nice. I like simple>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>--------------> Sammo

From: LightPaw
Date: 07-Nov-18

lol - I already have some go-go boots.

From: David McLendon
Date: 07-Nov-18

Keen Targhee II Been wearing them for years.

From: Supernaut
Date: 08-Nov-18

Sam, let me know how those Rockys hold up for you. I was die hard Rocky for 20+ years but the last pair I bought 2 years ago fell apart after about 3 months plus I never could get them to break in. I took them back to the boot shop and the owner told me that Rocky had been bought out and the quality went way down. Never did research if they were indeed under new ownership but after that was gun shy considering a good pair of Rockys was upwards of $120.

From: mgmicky
Date: 08-Nov-18

Zamberland with the wide last fit me the best as far as hiking boots go. Most of my SE deer hunting is LL Bean hunting boots though

From: DanaC
Date: 08-Nov-18

I have a pair of Cabela's 'Outfitter' boots that have held up well for quite a few years. All leather.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 08-Nov-18

Muck Wetlands. I have three pairs, two are nearly 30 yrs old, and cracked rubber (from extreme use), but they still do not leak (neoprene inners and uppers don't leak). These boots are extremely comfortable, durable, versatile, and quiet. One is brand new and I am waiting for snow to wear them. Don't need them yet, the other two pairs are everyday hunting and yard working boots. The bottom soles/tread never wear out and have great traction even in mountains, mud and snow. I have worn them in the Rockies, Cascades, flatland swamps, muddy slopes, and Adirondacks on countless hikes over thousands or miles literally, and they are as comfortable and snug as hiking boots. A nice high top wool sock that does not slide down is essential for comfort in them. Trust me. I could and would be a salesman for them.

From: Ranman
Date: 08-Nov-18

Muck and Danner for me. Hunt in Louisiana and Mississippi. Muck when it’s really wet, Danner when it’s dryer and hilly.

From: 1/2miledrag
Date: 08-Nov-18

X2 what Ranman does; Muck and Danner depending on conditions.

From: Grizz
Date: 08-Nov-18

Im wearing muck boots and love them.They fit well and are light for a boot thats warm and almost knee high.

From: swampwalker
Date: 08-Nov-18

Hard to beat Muck boots. Being neoprene, they just roll down and roll up. Tough too.

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Nov-18

I like Danner. I like them to feel good on my feet.

From: Phil
Date: 08-Nov-18

ASOLO some of the best on the market. Not cheap, but worth every penny

From: old fudd
Date: 08-Nov-18

Have to Go with the Browning, GREAT Boots! AAAAA

From: Nemophilist
Date: 08-Nov-18

My favorite is the Meindl Ibex hunting boots. I wore them hunting elk out west and I'm still wearing them hunting around home. They are a bit expensive though.

From: DarrinG
Date: 08-Nov-18

I wear boots every day at work and on the farm. Farm work is tough on boots. I only buy 2 wet, really muddy conditions like around a barn and a feeder ring, Muck boots. Hunting and field work, Danner leather boots.

From: LightPaw
Date: 08-Nov-18

Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback and suggestions. Good information and gets me pointed in a direction.

From: reddogge
Date: 08-Nov-18

I've been wearing Meindle Hikers now for 5 years. Most comfortable boot I've ever worn. Still waterproof too. They have a cork innersole that molds to your foot.

From: J_Foster
Date: 08-Nov-18

Another vote for Zamberland. I have a pair of Christallo GTX boots that are about 10 years old. They still feel like they did when new. If I take the time to give them a good cleaning, they new as well.

From: dean
Date: 08-Nov-18

Most of my boots are Red Wings, they last a long time.

From: Pdiddly
Date: 08-Nov-18

ASOLO excellent quality.

I have a pair of Cabela's Whitetail Hunters that are almost 25 years old...all leather...warm in all conditions with great support.

It pays to buy quality.

From: hawkwing
Date: 08-Nov-18

Meindl Perfekt hikers from about 20 years ago. Now Cabelas has Meindl name on boots that are outsourced and nothing like the first boots that made the name famous with outdoor folks. I have worn out 3 pair of Danner Radical 452 boots. I think the upper might outlast most of us rednecks but the soles wear out fast as a pair of Wal-Mart slippers. I think that maybe few people get out enough to wear out a reasonably well made pair of boots. One day i surprised myself by taking off with a thick pair of work socks and my Asics gel cross training shoes. Supper quiet, good traction, light weight,wet wool keeps warm until gets pretty cold. At mild temps like mid 40's to upper 50's and wet like Willamette valley- lots of kids grew up with only one pair of shoes- like Converse All stars for $9.95 and wet socks all day. We had no concept of anything different.

From: grizz
Date: 09-Nov-18

grizz's embedded Photo

I'm like George, Brahama from Walmart. Theses were on sale for 49.95 six years ago. 400 grams of thinsilate and waterproof, still warm, dry and comfortable.

From: Sinner
Date: 09-Nov-18

In Kodiak Alaska, I (and hundreds more!) wore BF Goodrich Xtra tuff rubber boots. They are comfortable, dry, and good for flat walking or the mountains. Over 70 inches of annual rainfall, and sometimes pretty cold.

From: DanaC
Date: 09-Nov-18

Hawkwing, when looking at Cabelas/Meindl boots I noticed that some models are made in Germany, but others are 'imported'.

Pretty much all 'Made in China' boots come from the same factories, and I've owned enough of them that I refuse to pay a lot for them. Lately I'm wearing a pair of Keens that are holding up ok. Decent for the $$

Someone mentioned Asolo, I have a pair of all-leather Asolos that have lasted 30 years. My feet have grown a bit so I can only wear them with one thin pair of socks but they are still solid. Classics.

From: olddogrib
Date: 09-Nov-18

X2 on the Asolo's for hikers. I found they ran a bit narrow, which I liked but if your feet are wide I'd definitely try them on. The best ankle support I've found in a low top, some may find them stiff. I had two pair of Vasque Breeze(one was a replacement) before that, but the Gortex failed to deter heavy dew.

From: Tucker
Date: 09-Nov-18


From: trad47
Date: 09-Nov-18

X2 what George said. Although they are not specifically hike boots the Brahma Loafers are awesome. Been wearing them for three years In everything. Cost me $17 at Wally World. Before that when I lived in New England I wore Brahma insulated boots that May have looked a little like ski boots but were the warmest most comfortable boot I have ever worn in the cold winters up there. Again, dirt cheap . I like the Muck Boots down here in TX. With all the freaking rain we are getting this past couple of months it is muddy as hell . They are expensive by comparision, I might get them anyways.

From: dizzydctr
Date: 09-Nov-18

Another vote for Keen Targhee II. They come in wide widths, and are very comfortable at a reasonable price. So far, mine have not leaked after several months. I have tried some of the above mentioned and the biggest problem I have had is the "waterproof membrane" isn't waterproof for very long. I bought a pair of all leather Merrells with Gore Tex that were heaven on my feet but leaked the first 15 minutes I walked in dew covered grass.

From: Jimmy Blackmon
Date: 09-Nov-18

I've had two pair of Vasque for hiking but I hunt in neoprene. I just get the cheap version of the Muck boots. They seem to do fine.

From: KDdog
Date: 09-Nov-18

Irish setters for me. Most comfortable , waterproof , lightweight hunting boot I have ever owned. Picked them up at red wing for $99

From: Uncle Lijiah
Date: 09-Nov-18

I do fine with inexpensive WalMart boots - Herman Survivors, cordura & leather, waterproof liner, 400 gr thinsulate. I also have all rubber insulated boots by Ranger for really cold & wet weather.

From: stagetek Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Nov-18

Muck boots. Very comfortable, warm and dry.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 09-Nov-18

For hunting around home for whitetails I like my L.L Bean Maine hunting boots. I have both insulated and uninsulated.

From: Pointer
Date: 09-Nov-18

I've been using Meindl Perfekt Hikers for about 10 years. Best all around boot I've had. They are pretty good in cold weather too even though they are not insulated for it Some quality wool socks and a hot-hands foot warmer go a long way when I find myself sitting. If I am walking...even slowly...they are great even in the cold. 10 years and still waterproof. I don't know about what Cabela's is selling now or if the quality has dropped off like hawkwing says. I got mine there and they were made in Germany.

From: zwickey2bl Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 09-Nov-18

Alabama boy here. Wide foot, can't wear Mucks, they are narrow. I wear LaCrosse 16" uninsulated when it's really wet. With good wool socks (two pair if needed), I can stay warm in those in our coldest weather. If it's not so wet, I've found nothing better than Bean's Maine Hunting Shoes. I like the tall 16" model.

From: NBK
Date: 09-Nov-18

I typically wear Muck boots for whitetails. Been wearing them for 10 years or so and am on my second pair. As far as the comment on them being as snug as any hiking boot?... I can't slip off my real hiking boots; one of the advantages of the Mucks. Been eyeing some PAC boots lately but mucks will always have a place.

From: DanaC
Date: 10-Nov-18

Checked out those Brahma (Walmart) boots, great prices! Will have to try a few on and see how they feel.

From: gluetrap
Date: 10-Nov-18

went to wmrt. the other day they had a boot with good deep cleats that were just soft enough to grab well on a hard surface. but were steel toed. should be ok for the south. $46.

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