Posted on November 22, 2011
Every hunter knows that if your feet get cold or wet, it’s game over. With the cold weather finally upon us, now might be a good time to invest in some winter-friendly footwear. In super low temps, most hunters shoot for a boot with at least 1000 grams of insulation, though you’ll need to keep moving to activate the Thinsulate technology if your boot incorporates it. If you’re planning on staying put in a tree stand, opt for a higher number of insulation. Other factors to consider include waterproof features, cleat traction and lateral ankle support for trekking through wet or icy conditions.
Here are a few of our top picks that are sure to offer you ultimate protection on the cold front.
Irish Setter Snow Claw XT
This award-winning 10” boot from Irish Setter is designed to conquer winter weather, promising extreme warmth with 2000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation combined with AeroGel, a nanotechnology used by NASA that controls temperature transfer. The UltraDry waterproof membrane keeps your toes dry while the Snow Claw outsoles, with their multi-level cleat configuration, create unparalleled slip resistance. The Mossy Oak camo design and ScentBan technology round out this boot, making it an ideal choice for any serious hunter.
If you’re looking for a boot that can endure the most extreme winter hunt imaginable, check out Wolverine’s Novack. The boot’s Goodyear Welt construction promises durability, and 1000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation seals the foot from all elements. Full-grain leather uppers keep moisture out, while a wave mesh lining pulls moisture away from the feet, maintaining a dry environment inside. The Vibram Montana outsoles dig deep into snow and ice, stabilizing your every move and leaving you able to focus on the hunt.
Golden Retriever Saber Tooth
Golden Retriever’s 10″ Saber Tooth boot carries 1600 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation and is built to withstand intense wintry conditions. Constructed with full-grain waterproof leather paired with a Mossy Oak pattern, the Saber Tooth is as tough as its name. Dry Dawgs waterproof membrane teams up with a Dri-Lex Eco footbed, a specially-engineered moisture control fiber, to keep feet dry. With this boot’s NRLY three-layer rubber outsole delivering extra traction for rugged, slippery terrain, you should have no trouble navigating the winter months.
Which features do you value most in your winter weather boot?