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good hunting boots

If you are hunting in the late fall your hunting boots must keep your feet warm and comfortable.When purchasing them comsider how thick of a pair of socks will you be wearing.I always put the socks on I will wear when trying on my new boots.I also consider the grams of insulation of the boot,plus how I will be hunting, meaning will I be stand hunting or walking alot.If walking alot I will get a 800 gram boot.But if stand hunting a 1200 gram boot will keep my feet warm longer.Just a couple things to consider before getting new hunting boots.

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wow 800gram! i usually wear a

wow 800gram!

i usually wear a 8 or 10 inch leather gortex boot with NO insulation, but i walk alot. if it is cold and snow on the ground i wll wear a 200 gram boot and if stand hunting in COLD weather i slip on my -130* pacs.

i personally do not like the thickness of the thinsulate in my boots. even my 200 grammers feel bulky...and no i dont wear cheap boots. Danners have always been my first choice until now. i just purchased a pair of kenetrek mountain extremes uninsulated.

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Me too

Unless it's down in the low teens or single digits I just normally wear 8" to 10" high full grain all leather boots with no insulation too. Then I adjust my comfort level with different weights of wool socks (i.e. thicker in cold, thinner in warm).

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I wear uninsulated boots

I wear uninsulated boots also.  When it is snowy here, usually only a time or 2 in December, I have a pair of Gore-tex oversocks that I will slip on.  They are thin, and slide right over my regular socks.  Not much for warmth, but they keep the water out.

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huntin boots

I guess my feet get cold easy,but I hunt down in the teens for hours in a stand,I just got a pair of those -130 boot covers bet it helps

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about goretex

One other thing I thought I'd mension about Gore Tex is that even though I have a pair of boots with goretex I think it's totally unessesary in good boots.  In my experience with other boots over the years (Whites, Georgia, and Redwing) I've found that as long as the seams are stiched properly and tightly and the sole is attached using a quality method there really is no need for an extra waterproof membrane in good quality leather boots.  Plus, having used and worn goretex lined hunting boots and other products I've found that the breathability of gore tex once sandwiched into a product is highly over exaggerated.  That stuff doesn't breath worth a darn, at least not once sandwiched into the final product, boots or jackets.  I'm sure WL Gore is proud of the fact that a single peice of gore tex will let steam escape while holding back the liquid, but keep in mind that test is done with a single pleice of goretex only, without any glue or backing sandwiched on it.  Plus in footwear gore-tex wears out over time where the foot and toes box bends from conatsnt walking.  I've shared my opinion with avid mountaineers who actually agree based on their old time experience with leather climbing boots before the advent of gore-tex.

I've used and often still wear non-waterproof leather logger boots in wet hunting conditions that have never leaked in water or moisture, yet allow my feet to breath much better than my goretex boots.  Simply applying a good layer of Oubenaufs bees wax boot dressing twice a year is all that was ever needed to keep them waterproof.  Just throwing it out there for those who don't want the added expense of gore tex, but still want a quality breathable and highly water resistant boot.

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My feet for some reason egt

My feet for some reason egt real cold real easy.  I usually wear a 800 gram boot.  I walk alot while elk and deer hutning but my feet still get cold.  I wish I could say they sweat and that makes them cold but they do not seem to sweat at all or aleast that I can tell.   While goose hunting I wear a more snow pac style boot and standing a cold pit for hours my feet get real cold.  I was bought a few pairs of Cabelas socks and those tghing have helped me a ton.  Feet seem to say a little warmer longer.

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personal outdoor gear

GooseHunter Jr wrote:

My feet for some reason egt real cold real easy.  I usually wear a 800 gram boot.  I walk alot while elk and deer hutning but my feet still get cold.  I wish I could say they sweat and that makes them cold but they do not seem to sweat at all or aleast that I can tell.   While goose hunting I wear a more snow pac style boot and standing a cold pit for hours my feet get real cold.  I was bought a few pairs of Cabelas socks and those tghing have helped me a ton.  Feet seem to say a little warmer longer.

Yeah that's the funny thing about personal outdoor clothing and footwear.  While there are some general guidlines to follow, it's really difficult to say what will work and what will not work for different hunters and sportsman, since many types of hunts occure under very different conditions.  As you say, your feet tend to get cold.  Mine however, not so much.  So 600 mg of thinsulate in a hunting boot works for you in winter, but is too much for me under most consitions. But that's just me. Just a brief brisk walk even in fridgid conditions often gets me sweating. But, get me lost for a few days without much to eat or much rest, metabolism not going,  emotional spirits down, and my feet might freeze in 60 F temps. lol

What it all really boils down to is where you hunt, under what atmosphereic conditions you hunt, the type of terrain, and you're own personal comfort levels. 800mg to 1200mg insulation in boots may be good for the late season winter hunter in a place like Wyoming or Colorado, but it's going to kill you from heat stroke during the August early season pronghorn archery hunt in someplace like New Mexico and on the wild boar hunt in southern Georgia, and it probably won't be nearly enough to keep someone warm on the average polar bear hunt walking on the ice up in the Yukon. Most avid hunters will own at least a couple to a few different pairs of boots to wear for various conditions. I know I do.

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