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npauls

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boot opinions?
« on: October 27, 2012, 01:46:14 AM »
Hey guys/gals,

I am new to hunting this year and am looking for a good all around waterproof boot that I can use for hiking around southern Alberta chasing deer and walking around on the frozen reservoirs all winter ice fishing.

I have 3 pairs in mind that fit within my budget which isn't very much this year.

Can anyone give me any tips on what to look for in boots? I would like a pretty high ankle, waterproof, and insulated.

I am not to sure how much insulation I would need for all around use but the 3 pairs I am looking at are in these links:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Footwear/Mens-Footwear/Hunting-Boots/Mens-Insulated-Hunting-Boots|/pc/104797980/c/104747580/sc/104826780/i/104841180/Irish-Setter-10-800-Gram-MTN-Claw-Hunting-Boots/1357808.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffootwear-mens-footwear-hunting-boots-mens-insulated-hunting-boots%2F_%2FN-1102846%2FNo-48%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104841180%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMMcat104797980%253Bcat104826780%26WTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNP%26recordsPerPage%3D48&WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104797980%3Bcat104826780%3Bcat104841180#BVQAWidgetID

http://www.sportsmansguide.ca/net/cb/mens-guide-gear-waterproof-1400-gram-thinsulate-ultra-giant-timber-ii-boots-mossy-oak.aspx?a=552718

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=918390

I am hoping one of these 3 pairs will do the trick until I can get back to working and afford something better.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Nate
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Re: boot opinions?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2012, 10:13:58 AM »
The Guide links don't go to the boots Nate. Those Setters look OK, IMHO 800G is plenty right into colder November weather, I have 800G Rockys, when the weather gets chilly I throw on a good sock. Earlier in the year they are not too insulated to cause feet to sweat with a light sock. Make sure you size for a decent sock. Also I wouldn't recommend buying boots online, be darn sure you try them on and walk around with them a bit and are comfortable.

I am a big Rocky boot fan, for the money they are a darn good boot. One brand I would stay away from is Browning, I had a set and the backs collapsed, just awful.

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Re: boot opinions?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2012, 11:03:20 PM »
Damn sportsman guide site does that to me to. If I click on it twice it goes to the actual boots.

I am going to be using these boots throughout winter for ice fishing as well.

I wish I had a place to try on boots that were in my price range but anywhere I look around here have prices past my current budget.

I would hold off but the boots I was using for ice fishing fell apart this season hunting so I need to get them replaced asap and have a birthday coming up this week. So people are giving me cash to get some new boots.

If I happen to receive more then I had budgeted for then I will take a look locally but as of right now I just can find anything I like in my range.

The good thing about sportsmans guide is that they will exchange and pay for return shipping if the boots don't fit right or get wrecked before a their warranty is up.

The 2 boots I was looking at on the sportsmans guide were:

Mens Guide Gear® Guide Dry® Waterproof 2,000 gram Thinsulate Ultra™ Insulation Sentry II Boots, Brown

and

Men's Guide Gear® Waterproof 1,400 gram Thinsulate™ Ultra Giant Timber II Boots, Mossy Oak®

Thanks for the help Paul.
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Re: boot opinions?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2012, 09:10:07 AM »
The boot you need for deer hunting and the boot you need for ice fishing are VERY different.

Unless the weather when you're ice fishing is warm/chinook, you need a good insulated pack boot boot IMHO.  A typical goretex hiking boot will work if you're actively walking and continually moving around while fishing, but it won't be warm enough if you're standing still for any length of time or it's really cold.

The flip side of that is that a boot with too much insulation will be hot and heavy when deer hunting.  You're better off with less insulation and proper socks in a hiking/hunting boot.

Doesn't help with your choices above, but something to think about.

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Re: boot opinions?
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2012, 09:11:56 PM »
like paul said a very good average warm-cold insulation weight for a boot is 800g... i didnt have much for a budget either and bought a pair of cabelas brand boots and they are totally comfortable and my feet have been fine in -10 all day... buy a boot thats not going to make your feet sweat but also dont buy a boot with to much insulation.... sweaty feet turn into cold feet very quick...  keep this in mind... you should be able to walk around in your boots all day with no sock on and have no irritation