These Boots Were Made For Hunting (And Fishing) [Buyers Guide]
Alright, when you think of hunting gear, the best rubber hunting boots aren’t exactly at the top of your list. Think of it this way, nothing is worse than a cold day, then clunk, you stepped into a cold patch of water. Even worse, you hit a rough or slippery patch of terrain, how do you feel falling on your ass? No thank you, rolling in mud is not for me.
Another thing I can’t stand, buying a pair of uncomfortable boots (perhaps even worse,) boots that won’t hold up and break after a season. Fear not fellow hunter, in this post we deep dive into the top of boots you should consider picking up for your next hunting trip.
Best Hunting Boot Comparison At A Glance:
- LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18″ *******
- MuckBoots Men’s Pursuit Snake Proof
- Bogs Men’s Classic
- Kamik Men’s Hunter Boot
- Under Armour Hawgzilla
- Irish Setter Rutmaster 2.0
- Itasca Swampwalker
Which features should you take into account before you buy rubber Hunting boots?
We put together a quick list of features, to help you figure out what are the most important things you should into account before you hit up the local “for sale” rack in the nearest hunting store near you.
Get a boot with tread that is made to last. You’ll be outside, it will be wet, and where the wet is the mud is. Slipping down a hill with a bag full of gear (and firearms) is the last thing you want. Be smart, don’t’ skim out on this feature.
Water Proof and high quality
Well, I mean you are shopping for rubber boots. There is nothing worse than spending money on an expensive pair of boots, to later have the rubber crack. Cracking means water gets in, when you are in the middle of the woods, that means cold feet.
Does the gusset/top of boot keep the moisture out?
You’ll want to buy a pair that wraps comfortably around your upper cafe. This frankly, is where most of the magic happens. Keeping the elements out of your boot keeps you warm and the moisture out.
The Soul of the boot (Are they comfortable)
Finally, you’ll also want to make sure your boot fits right for your foot type. For example, if you have a larger cafe, you’ll want to make the gusset fits your large muscle-bound cavies.
LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18″ Hunting Boot Review
These 18″ rubber boots have been around forever, for many hunters they are the first “good” pair they ever get. The mid soul is also nice and soft, we wouldn’t say it is “super soft or spongy” however it does make it very comfortable. It also has an adjustable rear gusset, the strap on the back of the boot towards the top, to help fix it to your size and keep all types of bad weather out.
It also has an “embossed liner” for better air circulation – not sure if you can relate, but there is nothing worse then your feet sweating half to death, then pulling them out with all types of blisters and what not from your day’s adventure.
You’ll notice on the top it has a neoprene insulation, the inside of the boot has that orange boot. This certainly was not available for the earlier versions of the boot, but the benefit is that it breathes a lot easier. Plus, it will keep your feet super warm.
Worried about it taking a beating? You’ll wish your car tires have a similar build to the soul of the boot. They are super rugged and excellent traction. Since they are “non-loading”, when you step in the mud they won’t even pick up those pancake size lumps of dirt.
The fiberglass shank is also a bit more forgiving, making them easier to break in. Other similar boots come with metal shanks, meaning they are not as flexible. Trust us, it’s a nice feature. Comfortable boots will make the difference.
Who should get it?
These take a beating, if you are a serious hunter looking for the $100+ range, this is something worth looking into. Lots of hunters have these bad boys in their collection for well over 10+ years.
MuckBoots Men’s Pursuit Snake Proof Review
Run-proof, waterproof, you name it proof. To put it lightly Muck Boots have a great reputation for putting out quality gear. Alright, lets get to the bottom of this boot.
Like lots of boots in the price range, it has an EVA midsole, meaning it is super comfortable. You really want to steer clear of boots that give you a sneaky feeling might not be comfortable. There is nothing worse than calling a hunt off all because your “feet hurt.” Even if you decide to man up and deal with the pain, you’ll pay the price the following day.
While we are on the topic of comfort, the inside of the boot is lined with ‘express cool fabric’ – keeping your feet warm, dry, and comfy. Perhaps more importantly, your feet won’t overheat and have room to breath.
It comes armed with a 4mm neoprene, you can see it towards the top of the boot. What is really sweet about it, no matter what you wear, thick pants with lots of lares, waders, etc, it will be super snug, keeping the elements out.
The tread, super solid, you don’t have to worry about slipping, even on slick water covered rocks.
Another notable feature, they are super flexible. Since they are made of rubber, assuming you keep them squeaky clean, you can easily throw them into any type of luggage or gearbox.
Better yet, they come in both men & women sizes.
Bogs Men’s Classic Mossy Boot Review
The top of the boot, freaking sweet, it has a “4-way stretch tech insulation.” Outside of sounding like something you’d find in a vehicle, it means the top of the boot is super stretchy. Keeping the bad weather out, warm and dry, while remaining comfortable.
To all my friends with plantar fascia issues, this is the only boot we are aware of that comes with a nice arch. While it probably isn’t custom as nice as your running shoes, the arch support will keep you going for miles.
The Tread is also great, nothing to worry about here. Pretty much no matter what type of terrain you hit, it will be suitable for more environments.
While we are talking about the soul of the boot, you’ll find that it also has a great kick heel, making it bit easier to clean off all the extra mud & whatnot off.
A notable difference from the other boots in this article, it comes with a “DURAFRESH” feature – since the boot is made from 100% natural organic biotechnology, it helps keep the stink out.
Kamik Men’s Hunter Boot
A really solid boot, that will keep you warm in all types of bad weather. Although we wouldn’t classify this as a “hunting boot,” it is made more for the outdoors.
The average owner is probably someone looking for a something to keep the snow out, as opposed to treading deep in the backwoods hunting elk. Before we talk too much smack, these are rated for -40°F – keeping you warm in a number of different situations.
That said, they are still knee-high boots, limiting your exposure to the snow. The top of the boot, has an adjustable color, allowing you to tighten or loosen it anytime based on your needs.
For the price point, the quality is pretty good. However they don’t necessarily have the higher quality tread more expensive boots have, don’t be surprised if you wear them out if you frequent the backcountry.
Who is it for?
Someone who wants a boot under $100. Often ranging from $50-$75. Great for hunters on a budget.
Under Armour Hawgzilla Review
I’m not sure what it is, but for whatever reason, I’ve always been a huge UA fanboy. Can’t say I like these boots better than any other brand, but, like all UA products, they are super high quality and trustworthy. Long story short, when I’m not sure about what to get, I typically just default to Under Armour products. Let’s face it, they make good stuff and (for better or for worse) take great photos of their products that make you want to go outside.
They have a great camo design and a pull tab on the top. They have a great breathable interior, to help reduce your stinky hunting foot from scaring away the local wildlife (yes, we are joking.) Insolation is also great, you’ll be kept warm with these bad boys.
Irish Setter Men’s 4883 Rutmaster 2.0 Review
We got a bunch of emails in, asking us about boots for guys with big calves. Sadly, I have chicken legs, however, one of our readers was kind enough to write in (asked to be kept anonymous) and tell us all about it.
First, first, I’m a huge fan of the “exo flex” panel. Don’t know about you, but when you slip down a hip, this is something that will offer some extra production:
This boot, unlike most the others, comes with a 3 quarter shank. Which, will help you with ladder climbing (ie if you wanna head up a tree stand.) The small indent will help make sure you don’t have a slip n’ fall where no one can find you. Comes in both mossy oak & real tree camo patterns
Itasca Swampwalker Review
While it seems Amazon doesn’t keep a lot of these in stock, Itasca is a pretty popular brand and thought we give our thoughts. They come in both male & female sizes. Proof these are 100% waterproof can be seen from this Youtube’er, she does an awesome job of treading around the water and keeping them completely dry.
The height of these boots is only 14″ – most other boots come up around 17″. This is a great boot if you can find em on sale.
Are Rubber boots for hunting worth it?
Ummmm…. YEA ;-P
Should you get rubber or leather?
Well, if you are worried about your feet getting wet, rubber all the way. Frankly, it depends on where/when you are going.
Which is better, neoprene vs rubber?
They are pretty much the same thing. Most modern boots have a combination of both neoprene and rubber.
Which boots are better for bow hunting?
In our opinion, this is really cutting hairs. As any hunting boot can be used for any type of hunting. We recommend taking other factors into consideration, ie the weight of the boot, comfort, and whatever else may concern you.
Which are the most comfortable?
We’d go with LaCrosse, mostly just take into account which type of feet you have, or if you have big caves. Every foot is different, if you are picky about your shoes, you should also be picky with your boots.