Revealed: 3 Best Insulated Hunting Boots of 2017
If you’re a hunter who is planning to go on a hunt this upcoming winter, having the best insulated hunting boots should be first on your “To-do” list. In addition to keeping you warm in extreme weather conditions, these hunting boots will make sure that your concentration remains on the hunt. However, while it might sound easy, the task of finding the best insulated hunting boots could be a monumental one.
Moreover, if you’re going on this “mission” for the first time, it is likely that you would be confused with the various theories which surround insulated boots. Thus, to make life easy for you, we have provided a guide which would help you in your quest of buying top class insulated boots.
Types of Boots that are NOT Insulated
While the shop-keepers might suggest otherwise, Gore-Tex boots are not insulated. Constituted of thin membranes, the main function of these boots is to prevent water from entering the boots.
Due to this reason, you might have noticed that Gore-Tex has been employed in the manufacturing of shirts, gloves, pants, and hats. However, while they could be anything, Gore-Tex Boots are NOT insulated.
When you wear a new boot, you would have noticed the smooth layer which touches the lower part of your feet. This layer is known as Thermaplush. While there are many boots which are made up of Thermaplush, you need to be diligent to understand that they aren’t waterproof.
How to Choose best Insulated hunting Boots
Most of the people whom I know don’t want to get into the basics of the insulated boots. Consequently, they choose those boots which have “Insulated” printed on it. While this experiment pays dividend sometimes, in most of the cases, it backfires. Therefore, if you don’t want to be on the receiving end of any such experiment, below mentioned are the things which you should check when buying an insulated boot.
Most of the insulated boots which hunters wear stand at 11 or 12’’ high. The sole purpose of this much height of these boots is to keep your ankles warm. As you go on a hike, these boots won’t allow snow to enter into them. As you might guess, a 12’’ boot won’t allow you to have free movement. Therefore, if you are planning to go on an active hunt, going for a 7 – 8 ‘’ tall insulated boot is recommended.
If an insulated boot comes with an un-removable liner, you shouldn’t buy it. At the end of the day – when you have just come from extremely cold weather, liners need to be separated from the boot to dry them. If they are not dried, they will not remain insulated the next day.
Unlike with the abovementioned categories – where I was able to guide you, choosing the boot on its temperature rating depends on solely upon you. Whether you are going to a -40 Fahrenheit area or to a -140Fahrenheit zone, same boots won’t be applicable on both. Hence, check the temperature ratings accordingly.
Types of Insulation
While there are many types of insulation, we’ll be presenting only the top ones here …
Being the leader in synthetic insulation, this type of insulation belongs to the traditional type. Without taking into account the modern technologies, this type of insulation will turn your boots into a bunker.
Constituted of a microfiber polyester, you’ll find this type of insulation in the North Face boots. While it would keep your shoes warm, this type of insulation usually makes your shoes prone to bunching.
Continuing the centuries-old tradition, some countries are still using wool as the prime means of insulation. However, if you’re concerned with animal rights, you might not like to use wool felt shoes.
While all the normal insulated boots will keep your feet warm, those with gusseted tongue goes one step further by preventing water from seeping through. Therefore, if you’re walking on snow, not only your feet will remain warm but also the water will remain out.
Hiking Insulated boots
Are you planning to rack up miles during your hunt? Hiking insulated boots are there to prevent your feet from blisters. With a comfortable ankle and foot support, these boots keep your feet comfortable even on rough trails.
3 Best Insulated Hunting Boots of 2017
As we have answered various queries which normally surround the best insulated hunting boots, let’s take a look at the boots which are ideal for your next hunt.
#1: LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18 RTXT 1600G Hunting Boot
Coming in both the categories of fiber and synthetic, LaCrosse has used the Thinsulate Ultra Insulation technology in these boots. The fact that these boots weigh 1600g should go a long way to tell you that how much insulation has been added to them. In addition to adding layers of insulation, LaCrosse have done really well to make these shoes comfortable.
With a heel size of approximately 2”, these shoes have an adjustable rear gusset which allows comfort to your ankle on rough trails. Moreover, with an EVA Midsole, the shock absorption mechanism of this boot will ensure that your feet remain safe in case of a mishap.
Also, if you were looking for a boot with decent traction, LaCrosse have added Shrank fiberglass to provide you with feasible traction on all hunting terrains. As for the liner, it is made up of neoprene to ensure that your feet and legs remain comfortable and cool throughout the hunt. Lastly, these boots have a temperature rating from 0 - -70F.
- Durable and long lasting
- With a neoprene liner, your feet and legs will remain comfortable
- Comfortable to get on/off midway through the hunt
- Not waterproof
For a 1600g boot, you would expect it to be waterproof (which this boot isn’t). Other than that, these boots seem fairly good to me. You can get them here
#2: Danner Men’s Pronghorn 8” GTX 800G Hunting Boot
Going to the age old tradition, Danner have used leather in the construction of these boots. Combined with a rubber sole, these boots does really well to give you the ancient touch which is absent in modern-day boots.
One thing which lured me towards these boots is the ease with which they could be worn. Thanks to a pull-on loop at the back shaft, the manufacturers of these boots have provided you with extra leverage in getting these boots on.
Another notable feature of these boots is the lace-up shaft. It fits perfectly around the ankle, making these boots ideal for long walks. Danner have also provided the toe and heel with a cap to protect against wear. Moreover, in an effort to keep your feet dry, Gore-Tex liner has been integrated into these boots.
Lastly, as you might have noticed, the weight of these boots is extremely less when in comparison with other insulated boots. Danner says that they have developed a technology and after using these boots, I can testify that whatever the technology is, it works brilliantly!
- Due to the Gore-Tex liner, they keep your feet warm
- Best Insulated hunting boots for long walks
- Sizing has been an issue for some customers
If you’re looking for the traditional insulated boots which also support long walks, these boots are a must have for you. While their price is a bit on the higher side, I would still recommend them. You can get them here
#3: Danner Men’s Pronghorn Snake Side-Zip Hunting Boot
If you’re able to spend the extra money for the best possible product, the Snake Side-zip hunting boot is just right for you. Made up of leather with a rubber sole, these boots have a sizable heel size of around 1.25’’.
Moreover, as suggested by their name, these boots will suit you better if you are planning to go to a dangerous trail. Thanks to their extended height – which will almost reach the knee size, these boots will ensure that your legs and feet remain secure in all conditions.
However, if you’re anxious about its price tag, there is one particular feature in this boot which deserves your money. We all know that Gore-Tex provides breathable liners. However, in their quest of making the ultimate insulated hunting boot, Danner made sure that, in addition to being breathable, Gore-Tex becomes water resistant.
And as you might guess from the preceding paragraphs, not every insulated boot offers the luxury of being waterproof. Thus, while these boots are costly no doubt, a mere glance at their features justifies their price tag.
- Snake bite resistant
- True to size
- Price seems to be too high
For a boot which is so big, I was astounded to see the comfort level that these boots offered. While they were initially tight around my ankles, I figured out how to tie the laces to suit myself. You can get these boots here.
Price, comfort, and insulation, I was looking for these three things when I started my search for the best insulated hunting boots. Thankfully, at the end of my “expedition”, I was able to get a boot which provided all three.
This boot was undoubtedly the Danner Men’s Pronghorn GTX Hunting Boot. Although I’ve indicated my choice, it is not compulsory for you to agree with me. Moreover, if you differ with my choice, please feel free to give your comments in the suggestion box.
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