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Alpha Lite LaCrosse hunting boots (mini review)

 

I bought a new pair of boots for my spring 2010 bear hunt in Alaska. The LaCrosse Alpha Lite 5 mm boots that I wore 80% of the time over those nine days worked great. The air temperatures in our spike camp varied from right at freezing to a high of 75-degrees or so. There was no artificial heat for our 8'x8' tent and we had to keep ourselves warm for the eight nights spent in spike camp.

I had another pair of boots with me, some nine-inch, waterproof, leather/Cordura boots that I wore in conjunction with 18" waterproof gaiters. These boots were lighter and more comfortable than the LaCrosse boots, but at a price of "true" waterproof-ness. They worked fine for the half days I wore them while our weather stayed dry and warm during midday. However, when the weather turned relentlessly rainy and chilly, there was no way to dry them and the LaCrosse footwear proved their mettle during those last three rainy days in the spike camp.

If they had leaked at all, I would have been miserable, as another hunter's hip boots did on the day last. Instead, the Alpha Light's maintained perfect waterproof integrity and held up without a hiccup when we chose to ride the ATVs a few miles out of camp to try new hunting areas. Shifting and constant contact with the hot engine never left so much as an abrasion or mark on the Alpha Lights. I'm not going to claim that several months worth of the abuse I gave them would not have compromised the rubber/neoprene construction of the boots, but I sure never saw any hint of a problem after 10 days of walking and wading in water from 2" to 18" in depth.

What I got was an affordable pair of waterproof boots that needed no break-in, were comfortable to walk several miles and kept my feet warm and dry in temperatures varying from the low 30's to mid 70's. While doing so, they held up to the additional stress that riding an ATV through rough, wet terrain put on them. That's a good bit to ask of any pair of boots and when you find a pair that can and does do all of that for under $100, you have done well!

These boots will get a lot of wear during the upcoming deer, bear and hog seasons in Maine, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, especially on the swampy ground we normally hunt in both Georgia and Kentucky. I am even more anxious than normal for those seasons to get underway now! When and if these boots wear out, they will more than likely be replaced by another identical pair. What better recommendation can I give them?

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That is really good to know.

That is really good to know. It's hard to find a good review on things like boots. You can read what the manufacturers say, but they all think that theirs are the best and will make all sorts of amazing statements about them.

I was especially glad to hear that these boots didn't require much, if any break-in. That is a real plus in my opinion!

For my trip out west this fall, I am wearing the hiking shoes that I plan on wearing as my primary footwear almost every day. I am using them when I do my treadmill work (need that anyway) and I just wore them today to a boat and fishing show. If there's one thing I do not want to fail me (other than my rifle) when I'm a few miles from camp it's my boots.

Thanks for the great review! Thumbs up

 

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Hey Jaybe, I'm not sure what

Hey Jaybe, I'm not sure what you mean by hiking shoes but I really recomend that you have something that covers your ankles well. There is a lot of stuff out here that will poke right through your socks and make you miserable all day. Even a lot of the grasses have sharp tips that will drive you crazy and the high plains and prarie's of Wyoming are covered with cactus that will slip right through thin shoes. It's not uncommon for one shoe to pick up a cactus and then have it catch you other ankle when you take a step.

I wore hiking "shoes" a couple of times and will never make that mistake again. I always wear a good pair of leather gore tex boots with about a 9 or 10 inch shaft in an uninsulated model for most of my hunting down to about 10 degrees if I will be walking a lot. Danner's have been very good boots for me but do require a little break in.

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I really appreciate that tip.

I really appreciate that tip. The hiking shoes I have are what I would call "high ankle" length. Higher than a regular shoe, but not a boot. I was wondering about that and was going to ask my buddy who has been out there before. I used to have a pair of boots that would be perfect for this, but I wore them out working on roofs many years ago.

Thanks again for the tip.

 

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I think in places like Alaska you'll find yourself needed rubber or neoprene boots like LaCrosse offers.  Even somethhing like a Muck boot.  Basically any rubber or neoprene Wellington type pull-on boots or hip waders will serve you well.  In spring and summer up there the ground is typically pretty soggy and water logged, especially in the lower land areas.  I have a pair of LaCrosse Grange Rubber pull-on boots that I find come in extreamly handy during the fall/winter in the pacific northwest.

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