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Location: Bend, Oregon
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Boots

Just curious what kind of boots people prefer to hunt in. I am having trouble finding a good waterproof boot(they say waterproof but don't believe it). They do ok in rainy wet weather but in 8 inches of snow my feet are soaked by 12:00. They don't seem to leak if you stand in water but seep in over time.

I currently a couple of pair of Georgia's an a pair of Itascas. I was not very happy with them after Elk season this year and am determined to have something better next year.

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Re: Boots

You know i've had good luck with cabelas outfitter series boots, i use the 10" / 1000gram / goretex. I've been useing them for five years and I just like a leather boot. Their a little heavy at 4lbs. But never wet or cold feet , after each hunt i wipe them down and loosen the laces, and couple times a year i spay them down with silicone spray.

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Location: SW Mtns. NM
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Re: Boots

I've been using Ibex by Miendel for yearsfrom Cabellas,but when it's going to be real wet or snowy, Kenetrek Pack boots are the only way to go.Great fit and tracktion in a packboot.Like a hiking boot.

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Re: Boots

Bought a pair of Cabela's Speed Hunters Sunday. Uninsulated so i may still want a pair of pac boots if it gets cold but they should at least keep my feet dry

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Re: Boots

I use Cabellas silent sneaker(originals) early in season and have been very happy for ten seasons,but for all around conditions a more substantial boot is better,IMHO. I have to watch the ankles and knees...

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Re: Boots

I like Russell. (W.C. Russell moccasin company)

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Re: Boots

I have the Schnee's Hunter II boots 13". They work really well for the long day of spot and stalk and are warm enough for still hunting on cold days. Plus if the bottom ever wears out, you cand send them in and have them replaced.

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I have had good experiences with the Cabela's Outfitter Series leather boot too. Being that it is full leather it stands up to the rocks and sticks, and they have a goretex lining so that helps keep the feet dry. The Meindl boots are also very nice and have the same qualities that help keep feet dry. If you did not have to worry about the abuse in the elk woods, the Muck Boot Company makes really nice knee high boots that I wear also while bird hunting and they are my favorites for any wet or snow hunting. My favorite is the Woody Max which is insulated. I like that one for bird hunting in the snow and snowshoeing. It is like a rubber boot - only much better.
In nasty wet snow on an elk hunt I wear leather boots and keep the leather well conditioned. The leather is your first barrier against the snow and rain so conditioning is important. I use Obenaufs products to protect and preserve the leather, as well as help repel water. They have a nice website with alot of useful information on what to use - and what not to use on leather. Leather needs to breath a little so a goretex lining is necessary. On the inside of the boot I keep my feet from adding to the wetness problem (through sweating) by using a scent free anti-pirspirant spray on the feet - followed by the usual liner sock and then a wool sock.
Hope this helps a bit.

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A lot of people that I know and even more that I have observed wear Schnee's boots in elk country. I bought a pair of 13" Hunter II's a few years ago and I'm very happy with them, both in PA and out west. Kennetrek is a direct spinoff of Schnee's (I understand the owner is a former Schnee's employee) and they seem to be gaining popularity as well.

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Re: Boots
jerkylover wrote:
Bought a pair of Cabela's Speed Hunters Sunday. Uninsulated so i may still want a pair of pac boots if it gets cold but they should at least keep my feet dry

How are they working out?

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Location: Hayden, Colorado
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Re: Boots

I like the la sportiva glacier. It is more of mountainering boot. If not that boot i could not find all the sheds I do in the spring.

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