There have been a ton of articles written about finding "the best" hunting boots on tons of websites that clutter the internet, but what does "the best" actually mean? Are we looking for boots that are made to win Olympic Gold Medals in deer hunting, or boots that are going to be the steroids of all-American footwear?
The boots that I choose to wear all year round are typically the ones that I buy and will never have to return. They work best for me!
However, that is not to say that I didn't do my research in searching for the best all-around footwear for hunting, and so should you! What are you looking for in hunting boots? Personally, I wanted boots that were both durable and waterproof enough to be able to withstand the harsh, cold Winter snow. I also needed boots that were relatively lightweight, insulated well, and have great ankle support.
Also, boots come in three different materials: fabric, leather, and rubber. Fabric boots are typically made out of cordura nylon, a material that was previously used in tires for military vehicles during World War II. Never buy fabric boots for long hunting trips, as they are typically made for casual hikes along trails and are typically less durable than the other materials.
Rubber boots may work well, if you're a miner in the 1800's, as they tend to be built rather bulky and are typically heavy, making them uncomfortable for long trips through the woods, but perfect for cave divers. Rubber boots tend to be a little *too* insulated, so if you choose to go with this type of material, then be ready for your feet to sweat!
The best material for hunting is leather. Though leather boots do require a lot more care, the material will help keep your feet cool. Depending on the boot, they can also be fairly light and durable, which can be the best thing for you when maneuvering around rocks, marshes, snow, etc.
When buying boots, try buying them later in the day when your feet are tired, as this is the best time to test how they'll feel when you're dealing with hazards out in the field. If you're buying online, remember to only buy from retailers with a reputable return policy, like Amazon.com.
Next - the 5th best hunting boots