Best Hunting Boots

The 7 Best Hunting Boots Reviewed for 2017 / 2018

Start your hunting season off on the right foot with boots that protect you from the elements, while blending you into your surroundings.

Whether you are searching for leather hunting boots, lightweight hunting boots, winter hunting boots, or a different type of hunting boot entirely, this article will help you explore the top hunting boots on the market.

And we’ve also included an informative Buyer’s Guide to help you in picking the most practical hunting boot for your needs.

For other hunting gear see these Outside Pursuits reviews: Best Binoculars for Hunting, Best Hunting Backpacks and Best Hunting GPS.

Quick Answer: The Best Hunting Boots

Best Men’s Hunting Boots

  1. Irish Setter Men’s Deer Tracker 10” Hunting Boot
  2. Guide Gear Giant Timber II Men’s 1400 Gram Insulated Waterproof Hunting Boots
  3. Men’s Haw’madillo Hiking Boot by Under Armour
  4. Muck Boot’s Men’s Pursuit Field Runner Hunting Boot
  5. Muck Boot’s Original Unisex Woody Max Boot

Best Women’s Hunting Boots

  1. LaCrosse Women’s Alphaburly Pro Realtree APG Hunting Boot
  2. Muck Boot’s Women’s Woody PK Cold Conditions Hunting Boot

The Best Hunting Boots

 Irish Setter Men’s Deer Tracker 10” Hunting Boot
Guide Gear Giant Timber II Men’s Waterproof Hunting Boots
Men’s Haw’madillo Hiking Boot by Under Armour
editors choice
Insulated
YesYesNo
WaterproofYesYesYes
Weight / Height3.75 lbs / 10 inches2.25 lbs / 14 inches4 lbs / 16 inches
Customer Ratings4.2 / 5.04.1 / 5.03.9 / 5.0

 Men’s Hunting Boots Reviews

#1 Irish Setter Men’s Deer Tracker 10” Hunting Boot

  • Sizes Available: 8-14, offered in medium or wide fit
  • Boot Height: 10 inches
  • Weight:3 lbs. 12 oz.
  • Upper: USA made full grain waterproof leather
  • Lining: Moisture wicking nylon
  • Footbed: Removable Polyurethane
  • Sole: RPM™ technology by Irish Setter – a composite, lightweight material designed for comfort and endurance.
  • Shank: Non-metallic
  • Insulation: 400 gram PrimaLoft® Gold Eco Insulation is a low-bulk material composed of 90% post-consumer recycled fibers, developed to maintain loft and trap heat, even when compressed.

In our opinion, these are the best hunting boots for hiking. You can stalk your prey for miles, over a range of environments and terrain, and your feet will remain dry, warm, and supported. They offer excellent arch support and are lightweight, given the features they come with.

Even though this hunting boot has only 400 grams of insulation, we’ve found them to offer enough warmth and heat retention to wear into the beginning of winter. Bottom line: this hunting boot has unbeatable versatility.

Features:

  • UltraDry™ waterproof technology combines a moisture management lining with waterproof outer components for long-lasting dryness and comfort.
  • ScentBan™ exclusive technology controls unpleasant odors by killing bacteria.
  • Realtree Xtra® camouflage pattern depicts the same depth and lifelike images found in nature.

#2 Guide Gear Giant Timber II Men’s Waterproof Hunting Boots

  • Sizes Available: 8.5-14, offered in medium or wide fit
  • Boot Height: 14 inches
  • Weight:2.25 lbs.
  • Upper: Waterproof suede leather and 900-denier nylon
  • Lining: Wicking mesh lining; padded tongue
  • Footbed: Permanent, mesh-lined EVA insole
  • Sole: Oil-resistant rubber for traction and grip
  • Shank: Steel
  • Insulation: 1400 gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation

These are the best insulated hunting boots money can buy. If you are serious winter hunter, you’d be crazy not to buy these. They keep your feet protected and warm in up to -58-degree weather! You will never have to worry about cold toes on a hunting trip again.

If you think 1400 grams of insulation might be excessive and cause your feet to sweat, think again. The interior lining is made of wicking mesh, so your feet can still breathe. If you hunt in harsh, cold climates, we can’t recommend the Guide Gear Giant Timber II enough. They are the warmest hunting boots we’ve been able to find.

Features:

  • ScentMask technology
  • Waterproof HydroGuard breathable membrane locks out water for dry feet
  • Padded tongue and collar save shins and calves from discomfort

#3 Men’s Haw’madillo Hiking Boot by Under Armour

  • Sizes Available: 7-14
  • Boot Height: 16 inches
  • Weight:4 lbs.
  • Upper: Waterproof, full clad rubber upper
  • Lining: Moisture-wicking interior lining
  • Footbed: Molded Ortholite® sock liner designed with a memory foam top & PU base
  • Sole: Synthetic sole; heavy-duty traction outsole composed of high-abrasion rubber engineered to grip, while dropping mud & debris
  • Shank: No shank
  • Insulation: Uninsulated

These are the best rubber hunting boots on the market, truly built for wading in marshes, trekking through tough mud, and standing on your feet all day. The outsole offers excellent tread, so you can hunt with confidence. The boots come up nice and high (16 inches), allowing you to wade through whatever creeks stand between you and your target.

The UA Haw’madillo boot comes with a strap around the calf area, but be warned – it is not adjustable and does not have any give. These boots are made for mild weather, as they have zero insulation. Keep in mind they are not appropriate for cold weather hunting or standing around in freezing cold waters.

Features:

  • Heavy-duty webbing back pull
  • Reinforced rubber overlays for added protection
  • Shaft measures approximately 15″ from arch
  • Heel measures approximately 1.5″
  • Platform measures approximately 0.5 inches
  • Boot opening measures approximately 18.5″ around

#4 Muck Boot’s Men’s Pursuit Field Runner Hunting Boot

  • Sizes Available: 7-15
  • Boot Height: 14.8 inches
  • Weight:4.2 lbs.
  • Upper: Spandura® upper with rubber support cage
  • Lining: Fleece lining, 5mm CR flex-foam padding
  • Footbed: Advanced etc® sock liner technology designed to keep heat-producing friction under control
  • Sole: Synthetic sole, aggressive waffle outsole
  • Shank: No shank
  • Insulation: Fleece lining

These are excellent pull-on camo boots that are as functional as they are comfortable. You’ll blend into your forest environment perfectly, and not so much as a drop of rain will be able to get through these snug boots.

 

Features:

  • 100% waterproof
  • Oversized angled topline
  • Comfort Range: -20° to 50°
  • Shaft measures approximately 13″ from arch
  • Boot opening measures approximately 15.25″ around

#5 Muck Boot’s Original Unisex Woody Max Boot

  • Sizes Available: Men’s size 5-15; women’s size 6-16
  • Boot Height: 18 inches
  • Weight:3.6 lbs.
  • Upper: Textile coated with a multi-reinforced tough rubber shell
  • Lining: Warm fleece lining; 5mm CR flex-foam
  • Footbed: 2mm thermal foam under contoured footbed
  • Sole: Rubber; MS-1 molded high-abrasion rubber outsole
  • Shank: No shank
  • Insulation: Fleece lining & stretch fit binding

Whether you are a man or woman, the Unisex Woody Max Boot is a safe bet for a comfortable and practical hunting boot. This is a good boot for a beginner hunter exploring different environments, whether hot, cold, dry, or wet. Sometimes the original is the best!

Features:

  • Comfort Range: -40°F to 40°F
  • Comfort topline
  • Stretch-fit binding at top fits to calf to keep cold out and warmth in
  • Slip-resistant

Women’s Hunting Boots Reviews

#1 LaCrosse Women’s Alphaburly Pro Realtree APG Hunting Boot

  • Sizes Available: 5-11
  • Boot Height: 15 inches
  • Weight:4 lbs.
  • Upper: Hand-laid premium rubber over a 3.5mm neoprene core
  • Lining: Neoprene embossed liner for increased air circulation and moisture wicking
  • Footbed: Removable EVA footbed
  • Sole: Synthetic sole
  • Tread: Unique tread pattern designed to allow for easy movement through mud and other demanding terrain; chamfered edges shed mud and muck
  • Shank: Nylon
  • Insulation: Uninsulated

We like these boots because, unlike most men’s rubber hunting boots, they have some flexibility and give around the calf area. A neoprene gusset makes this a versatile boot for female hunters of every shape and size. We also love the scent-free rubber because – well, who likes the smell of rubber?

If you enjoy hunting in muddy spring or fall weather, we recommend these boots. Even though the manufacturer claims these hunting boots can be worn in 0 to 70-degree Fahrenheit weather, we suggest strictly wearing them in the fall and spring. These boots have zero insulation, and therefore can’t be that warm.

Features:

  • Made with scent-free rubber
  • Waterproof
  • Flexible fit

#2 Muck Boot’s Women’s Woody PK Cold Conditions Hunting Boot

  • Sizes Available: 5-11
  • Boot Height: 14 inches
  • Weight:4 lbs.
  • Upper: Neoprene
  • Lining: Fleece and PK mesh lining
  • Footbed: 2mm thermal foam underlay
  • Sole: Rubber sole; MS2 molded outsole
  • Shank: No shank
  • Insulation: Fleece lining

If you’re the type that likes to jet out to hunt as soon as the mood strikes, these hunting boots are a great option, as they are quick pull-on boots with lots of flexibility.

They are comfortable and allow you to quickly move through water, mud, and dirt, without having to think about your feet getting wet or losing your traction. Even though these boots have a fleece lining, they aren’t that warm.

If you intend to wear them in winter weather, make sure you layer up on socks.

Features:

  • 100% waterproof
  • Shaft measures approximately 15″ from arch
  • Heel measures approximately 1.5″
  • Platform measures approximately 1″
  • Boot opening measures approximately 16.25″ around

Buyer’s Guide – Tips for Buying the Best Hunting Boots for Cold Weather

  • Always order a half-size or one full-size larger than what you typically wear. This allows you to wear insulated hunting socks comfortably.
  • Wear your new boots around the house to make sure they fit well and are comfortable enough to hunt in. Most companies won’t accept returns on boots that are dirty and worn.
  • Always find out the manufacturer’s return policy.
  • Buy the right socks to go with your hunting boots. Seriously – sometimes socks can make a huge difference!

Hunting Boots Technology

Like any sport, hunting requires specialized gear, including boots. Hunting boots can be broken down into several components:

Best Hunting Boots


Upper: Refers to the material and qualities the upper part a hunting boot is made of. A desirable upper should be made of material that is waterproof and breathable, yet offers protection and support during long hunting excursions.

Footbeds: The hunting world’s term for insoles, footbeds are the bottom interior part of the boot that the foot rests directly on top of. Footbeds should be durable, comfortable, offer breathability and resistance to foot bacteria.

Lining and Padding: The interior sides of the boot are composed of lining and padding. Some lining and padding are for comfortability, others offer functionality like water resistance or insulation.

Insulation: Most hunting boots come with some sort of insulation, if only for comfort purposes. Insulation is listed in grams, which represents grams per square meter of fabric. This is a very important feature to pay attention to when shopping for a good hunting boot – we will cover this in depth shortly.

Soles: The exterior bottom of a hunting boot. The soles of hunting boots are normally made of tough rubber or other material that offers friction to avoid slipping.

Best Hunting Boots Sole

Soles absorb and redirect shock. The type of environment you hunt in will direct the type of sole your hunting boot should have.

Shanks: The stiff plastic or metal plates built into the sole of the boot. Hunting boots can be made with full, three-quarter, or half-length shanks. The longer the shank, the stiffer the boot.

Height: Boot height refers to how high the boot comes up. Hunting boots range in height – they can come up to the ankle, all the way up to the knee.

Weight: The total weight of the boot is an important consideration for hunters that go out on long treks and need to walk for hours on end. Generally, hunters should look for a boot with a decent amount of weight, but not enough to feel heavy or tire out the feet quicker than necessary.

Different Types of Hunting Boots

Just as there are different types of hunting in different environments, there are different types of hunting boots. The kind of environment you practice hunting in should always dictate the type of boot you buy.


Multipurpose Hunting Boots
New to the sport of hunting, and unsure what environment you will practice the sport in most? Or, do you enjoy hunting so much, you change up your game and the landscape in which you practice? Whether you are unsure of where you will be stalking your prey, or simply don’t want to commit to a speciality boot, multipurpose hunting boots are a safe, reliable bet for good performance across almost all climates and weather.

Upland or Field Hunting Boots
If your hunting activity requires excessive amounts of walking on relatively flat land, upland hunting boots are ideal. They support your feet for miles of walking, without feeling too heavy.

Mountain Hunting Boots
If you plan on mountain climbing to track down your prey, you need to select a hunting boot specifically for mountain terrain. Mountain hunting boots are designed with hard traction soles that ensure your feet have a firm grip, no matter the angle of the mountain.

Rubber Hunting Boots
If you typically go hunting in muddy areas, marshes, creeks, and other wetlands, you’ll want to get a pair of rubber hunting boots. They are durable and waterproof – two crucial features you need for this hunting landscape.

Snake Boots
The name is self-explanatory: this type of hunting boot is designed to protect you from snake bites. Snake boots are made of speciality material, designed to protect your skin from snake bite penetration. They tend to be tall boots that go up to the knee, for ultimate coverage and protection.

If you hunt in the desert or any other area that has a high concentration of snakes, make sure you buy speciality hunting boots designed for this environment. It can make the difference between an enjoyable hunting trip and a trip to the emergency room!

 Insulated Hunting Boots

After type of hunting boot, insulation is the second most important characteristic to consider when purchasing a pair of hunting boots. Whether you hunt in the summer, spring, fall, or winter, you need to consider boot insulation. Pay attention to the following information if you don’t want to end up with sweaty, sticky feet on a summer hunting excursion, or, on the flip side, frozen toes on a winter hunting getaway.

  • Uninsulated up to 200 grams: Boots with this level of insulation (or un-insulation) are perfect for summertime to springtime hunting. If you stick to hunting in mild temperatures, like early-season deer hunts, you’ll want to find a boot with 200 grams of insulation or less.
  • 300 grams up to 800 grams: Boots with 300 – 800 grams of insulation offer mid-level warmth, suited for fall hunting.
  • 900 grams and above: If you go hunting in harsh winter weather, you’ll need to select a boot with at least 900 grams of insulation or more. This is particularly important for wintertime hunters that are sedentary in their posts for long periods of time.

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Have a great hunting season. And stay warm and dry!

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About El Tigre

Richard M. aka El Tigre is an avid adventure traveler with extensive trekking experience throughout Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 1998 he weathered category 5 Hurricane Mitch on the northern coast of Honduras. He has mountain-biked, hiked and 4x4 toured extensively in Central America, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico. In the summer of 2004 he lived among the Kuna Indians of the San Blas islands in Panama. Today, he manages a real estate investments company based in San Jose, Costa Rica and organizes adventure travel excursions to Costa Rica. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys sport touring and dual-sport riding. Richard lives in Arizona.

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