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Various Types of Hunting Boots and How to Pick a Good Pair

A sturdy pair of hunting boots are essential for your outdoor adventure, not to mention the fact that they’ll give you a confidence boost.

While your feet might be the last thing on your mind when prepping for your hunt, how you dress them can make all the difference. Wearing the wrong boots can mean cold, sweaty, or achy feet and a shortened trip because you cannot tolerate the discomfort. You need to consider many things when selecting your boots, such as terrain, season, and the game you’re hunting. Avoid footwear failure on your hunt with these helpful tips.

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Types of Hunting Boots

Generally speaking, hunting boots are categorized into two main groups: field boots and rubber boots.

FIELD BOOTS — Field boots are made with breathability and durability in mind. They are often made of full-grain leather, mesh, and nylon.

RUBBER BOOTS — Rubber boots are ideal for hunting because they are scent-free and will never give away your location. They are also waterproof but can get quite warm.

Think About Insulation

How warm or breathable you want your hunting boots to be entirely depends on the season in which you’re hunting and how your anticipated level of activity. Will you be sitting in a tree stand or blind for hours on end, or will you be hiking and moving around constantly until it’s time to pull the trigger? As you begin your search for the best hunting boots, you’ll find that insulation is listed in grams, which means grams per quart meter of fabric. Here’s a guide on how to make your selection:

MILD TEMPERATURES — During an early-season deer or spring turkey hunt, you’ll want boots that are uninsulated up to 200 grams.

AVERAGE FALL TEMPS — For your typical fall hunt, you’ll likely want boots with 400 – 800 grams.

HARSH WINTER WEATHER — Intense winter weather will require 1000 or more grams of insulation, especially when still hunting.

A Few More Things

Three more things to keep in mind as you search for the perfect hunting boot:

TRACTION — Think about the type of terrain you’ll be hunting on and how much traction you’ll need. Slippery surfaces mean you’ll want better traction and grippier shoes.

BOOT FIT — During your hunt, you probably won’t be sporting the socks you wear every day. You’ll probably want to wear a thick woolen pair of socks or even use a specialized boot liner, so you may want to size up.

STYLE — You’ll need to determine what style of boot you want. Do you want a high-cut boot that features a versatile camouflage? Think about your hunt and what it will require. You may need to invest in more than one hunting boot.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

The success of your hunt often comes down to how comfortable and durable your hunting boots are. Additionally, having a knowledgeable and experienced guide from R & K Hunting Company can also increase the likelihood of coming out triumphant. Our expert guides will help you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Rocky Mountain experience in the scenic hills of Utah and Wyoming. Contact R & K Hunting Company to book your next hunting trip today!

Choosing the Right Boots for Your Hunting Trip

Choosing the Right Boots for Your Hunting Trip

The right boots can have a big impact on your hunting trip. The wrong choice can leave you cold, wet or with blisters that can keep you from enjoying the hunt. Be sure not to overlook boots when shopping for gear for your hunting trip.

What are You Using Them for?

One factor that will determine the boot you need is whether your hunt will be a sedentary hunt or an active one. If your hunt is going to be active, features like specialty footbeds or Vibram soles may be worth considering. Additionally, the more walking you’re going to do, the more abuse your boots will have to endure, so durable materials should factor in as well.

While a bow hunter may need a more flexible boot that maximizes ground contact for a quiet stalk, a gun hunter in mountainous terrain and might need a flexible forefront. Another factor in some locations may be the need for a snake boot.

What Material Should You Choose?

Leather and nylon are the most common materials for hunting boots. Premium leathers and abrasion-resistant Cordura nylon are usually the best choices for long term durability. The time of year and location will dictate your choices as far as insulation and waterproofing.

If your hunt is in early season, you might consider an uninsulated boot or perhaps up to 200 gram insulation. If the area or weather will be wet, then waterproofing technology like Gore-tex or Dry-Plus is a good idea; don’t forget to consider all types of moisture, including rain, snow and early-morning dew. If your hunt is in an arid environment, a boot with a breathable material that helps wick away moisture will keep you more comfortable.

Midseason hunts will find the temperature going down, so boots in the 400-gram to 800-gram insulation range are a better choice. A midseason boot can also be a good choice for sedentary early-season hunts in northern regions or at high altitudes. They can keep you warm in the early, colder temperatures, but not be too hot later in the day.

When it comes to late season hunts, 800- to 1,200-gram insulation is a good range for spot-and-stalk hunts, while 1,000-gram levels and higher are best for snow and sedentary hunts. If you’re going to spend your day in a stand or blind, more insulation will suit you better.

Getting the Right Fit

Always try on your boots while wearing the actual socks you plan to wear during the hunt. Thickness and sock material is only one issue to be gauged. Location of seams is an often overlooked factor that many people don’t realize the importance of until they’re in the field and uncomfortable. That’s why just guessing with a similar sock isn’t advisable.

Look for a snug fit all the way around and no slippage around the ankles. Allow for a little room for your feet to expand if you plan on an active hunt.

Once you’ve got the right boots and other necessary gear, contact R & K Hunting Company to book a guided hunting trip today.