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Best Hunting Boots Reviews: Complete Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the best hunting boots for the money? Read on as we review all the top options with Pros & Cons.

If you want to be sure that you’re comfortable and properly protected on your hunting treks and you want to enjoy yourself to the fullest, then you’re going to want to invest in a good pair of hunting boots.

Like all types of hunting gear, however, there’s an endless array of hunting boots on the market to choose from. With so many choices, how do you narrow down the options and pick the best pair for you? By reading this handy review we put together for you!

After doing extensive research and reading through dozens of reviews, we’ve put together a list of the top eight hunting boots that are currently available on the market.

In addition to providing overviews of our top eight picks, we’ve also included a buyer’s guide that highlights the key factors that you should take into consideration when you’re shopping for hunting boots.

Furthermore, we provided answers to some of the most common questions that shoppers have about hunting boots. With the information presented in this review, you should have no trouble finding the best pair of hunting boots for your particular needs.

Our Top Picks

For shoppers who are in a rush and don’t have time to read through our extensive reviews, this section is for you. Below, we highlight our top three picks for the best overall, best premium, and best budget hunting boots.

Best Pick: Irish Setter Men’s 808 Wingshooter

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Irish Setter Men's 894 Wingshooter Waterproof 9" Upland Hunting Boot,Amber,9.5 D US
  • Waterproof leather hunting boot featuring contrast-stitched moccasin toe and lace-up vamp with speed-lace hardware at top
  • Removable Polyurethane footbed
  • UltraDry Waterproofing technology

Our pick for the best overall hunting boot is the Irish Setter Men’s 808 Wingshooter Upland Hunting Boot. Made of 100 percent premium-quality leather, these boots are waterproof, durable, and comfortable. Featuring revolutionary UltraDry Waterproofing technology, which combines a moisture management lining with waterproof components, no matter how deep the puddles get or how heavy the rain falls, your feet will stay nice and dry.

Premium Pick: Danner Men’s Powderhorn

Danner Men's 43143 Powderhorn 10" 400G Gore-Tex Hunting Boot, Brown - 11 D
  • 400G Thinsulate Ultra Insulation
  • Multi-density foam patterning eliminates hotspots and pinch points. Cushioning open-cell OrthoLite footbed
  • Bi-Fit stability board for underfoot comfort, reduced weight and added forefoot flex
  • Handcrafted, stitchdown construction for strength and stability
  • Danner Powderhorn outsole provides ultra-durable traction in diverse terrain and weather conditions

If you’re looking for hunting boots that you can rely on to keep your feet protected for years to come and you have a bit more to invest, then the Danner Powderhorn 10” 400G Gore-Tex Hunting Boots may be the right pick for you. These hunting boots feature a 100 percent high-quality imported leather outer shell and a Gore-Tex lining.

Budget Pick: Free Solider Outdoor Men’s Tactical Military Boots

FREE SOLDIER Outdoor Men's Tactical Military Boots Suede Leather Work Boots Combat Hunting Boots (Camouflage-Upgrade 6.5 M US)
  • Material - This tactical boots for men made of 1.6-1.8mm high quality Suede Leather with scratch-resistant Nylon fabric. It featured lightweight, breathable, comfortable, wear-resisting, water repellent, durable and flexible. Partial rubber toes effectively block water, oil and other stain. As long as you wipe it gently, the Free Soldier boots will return to original cleanliness.
  • Rubber Sole - Shaft measures approximately 5.5" from arch, Heel is approx 1.5”. All terrain rubber outsole, great grip, non-slip and wear resistant. EVA midsole, lightweight keeping and supply excellent cushioning. FREE SOLDIER hiking boots for men feature ankle-high protection that wraps & supports the ankles. Strengthen Anti-collision toe and Shock absorber heel, offer you with lasting protection and comfort.
  • Unique Design - The military boots has padding around the collar and tongue for added comfort, breathable and protect the ankle. No matter be the liner of vamp, bootlace, upper or tongue, used the material of all sorts of quality of a material, decorative pattern, this mens work boots also brought new visual influence undoubtedly. Unique design, novel style, worth buying.
  • Upgrade Details - Fully padded tongue with lace loop, it can effectively resist the dirt and sand, offering the all-day clean. High quality nylon lace with metal hole for quick & easy lacing, not easy loose. Shock Absorbent POLIYOU insoles of this tactical boots perform well in moisture control, sweat absorption, removability and breathability.
  • Outstanding Quality - FREE SOLDIER tactical hunting boots for men apply to heavy duty operating, tactical, cycling, motorcycle, military, combat, hunting, fishing, climbing, hiking, working, outdoor adventure etc.

For hunters who don’t want to spend a lot but still want to be sure that their feet are comfortable and protected, the Free Soldier Outdoor Men’s Tactical Military Boots are a great choice. Made of high-quality 1.6-1.8 mm suede leather and scratch-resistant nylon fabric, these hunting boots are warm, yet breathable, and they will keep your feet dry and comfortable all day long.

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Irish Setter Men’s 808 Wingshooter

Our pick for the best overall hunting boots, the Irish Setter Men’s Wingshooter Waterproof 9” Upland Highland Boot are not only durable, lightweight, and protective, but they’re also super stylish. Made of 100 percent imported waterproof leather and featuring UltraDry Waterproofing technology, these boots are breathable, yet will keep your feet nice and dry in all types of climates.

The removable polyurethane foot bed provides excellent cushioning for added comfort and the moccasin toe and lace-up vamp with speed-lace hardware around the ankle ensure your feet are secured in the boots.

The white prairie sole provides excellent grip so you can have confidence knowing that you’ll be able to keep your traction on slippery surfaces with ease. The Irish Setter brand has been one of the most trusted names in hunting boots for decades, and their Wingshooter design perfectly exemplifies why the manufacturer is a favorite among hunters.

Pros:
  • Made of premium-quality leather
  • Features waterproofing technology that will keep your fee try
  • Rubber sole features a stiff steel shank for increased durability and traction on rough surfaces
  • Removable polyurethane foot bed provides added support and comfort
  • Lace-up vamp with speed-lace hardware around the ankle
  • Stylish design
  • Comes in a wide range of sizes, including standard, narrow, and wide
  • Available in two colors: amber and brown
Cons:
  • Prices vary depending on the size you select

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Danner Men’s Powderhorn 10” 400G Gore-Tex Hunting Boot

For hunters who want a premium-quality boot and don’t mind spending a little extra, the Danner Powderhorn 10” 400G Gore-Texis a fantastic option. These boots are built to withstand the most rugged environments and can easily take on whatever comes their way.

Whether you’re walking on flat surfaces, slipper slopes, over thick timber, or jagged rocks, you can have confidence knowing that you’ll have the protection, support, and traction that you need.

The stitchdown construction creates a wide platform for enhanced stability and durability. Bi-fit technology combined the midsole and the shank into a single piece to reduce the weight and increases the comfort and durability of the boots.

Sharpened external lugs provide on the soles provide increased durability and traction. Made of full-grain leather that has been treated with Gore-Tex waterproofing, your feet will stay nice and dry in even the dampest conditions.

The floating tongues lift the liner from the foot and increase air circulation to keep your feet nice and cool. There are even foam panels, which are strategically placed, to provide even more comfort and can be removed if you find that you don’t want them.

Pros:
  • Made of full-grain leather with Gore-Tex waterproofing technology
  • Features removable foam panels on the inside for added comfort and support
  • Floating tongues increase air circulation
  • Bi-fit technology reduces the weight of the boots
  • Rugged soles provide exceptional traction on all surfaces
  • Provides excellent stability for the ankles
Cons:
  • Some may find the price a bit too high
  • A few shoppers said that they take a while to break in

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Free Soldier Outdoor Men’s Tactical Military Boots

For hunters who don’t want to spend a ton but still want to have a pair of high-quality boots on their feet, the Free Solider Outdoor Men’s Tactical Military Boots are a fantastic option.

Made of 1.61-1.8 mm high-quality suede leather with scratch-resistant nylon fabric, these boots can handle pretty much anything that comes their way; thorns, thick bush, dense timber, and so much more. The rubber outsole is made of all-terrain rubber and provide exceptional grip, so you won’t slip, and they’re wear-resistant, too.

The EVA midsole provides great cushioning, comfort, and support. Padding around the collar and tongue provide even more comfort and support around the ankle and keep the boots breathable. The anti-collision toe ad shock absorber heel help to keep your feel well-grounded and comfortable in all types of environments.

Pros:
  • Made of high-quality suede leather and scratch-resistant nylon
  • Waterproof, breathable, wear-resistant, and comfortable
  • EVA insoles provide extra padding for the feet
  • Protects the ankles
  • Padding around the collar and tongue
  • Shock absorption heel and anti-collision toe
  • Available in several sizes
  • Comes in two colors: camo and black
  • Affordably priced
Cons:
  • Some wearers said that they weren’t as waterproof as they expected

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LaCrosse Men’s 4×4 Alpha 16” Waterproof Hunting Snake Boot

If you’re going to be hunting in areas where you could come into contact with venomous snakes, then theLaCross Men’s 4×4 Alpha 16” Waterproof Hunting Snake Boot are definitely the boots for you. Why? – Because they’re specifically designed to protect you from venomous snakes, of course.

These boots are made with hand-laid premium natural rubber, which is set over insulating neoprene and covers the entire foot, ankle, and even the shins, so you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re well-protected should you come into contact with any snakes. Two layers of rubber in the toe guard and in the instep offer added durability in these high-flex and stress regions of the foot.

The fully vulcanized 4X Burly outsole can take on the most challenging terrains and will ensure that you always have grip. And, since the sole is made of high-grade premium rubber, they won’t get soft and stick when you’re wearing them on hot surfaces.

With angled lugs, you’ll feel light on your feet, as they automatically shed any mud that may get stuck in the bottom. The 90-degre heel and integrated skank also lets you climb up tree stands with ease, too.

Pros:
  • Made of hand-laid premium natural rubber over insulating neoprene
  • Protects the entire foot, ankles, and shins from potentially venomous snake bits
  • The fully vulcanized 4X Burly outsole feature premium rubber and will keep you steady on all types of terrain
  • Contoured and secured fit grips the ankle and locks the heel in place
  • A rubber gusset on the back can accommodate calves of all sizes
  • Available in a large variety of sizes
Cons:
  • A few users said that they had issues with the fit around the ankle

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Irish Setter Men’s 2870 Vaptrek Waterproof 8” Hunting Boot

Another option from Irish Setter, one of the most trusted brands in hunting boots, is their 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof 8” Hunting Boot. They’re a little bit shorter than the previous Irish Setter hunting boots that are featured on our list, but not by much.

These boots feature revolutionary RPM technology, a composite material that noticeably reduced the weight of the boots and makes them more comfortable, so you can wear them for long periods of time without feeling like your feet are being weighed down. The outsole features lugs on the instep that help bite when you step forward, traction at the arch of the foot for increased grip while you’re climbing tree stands, and heel to provide increased traction on the hell strike.

These boots are also outfitted with ScentBan technology, an exclusive feature found only in Irish Setter boots, which helps to kill odor-causing bacteria. The UltraDry construction features a moisture management lining and waterproof components so that your feet will stay perfectly dry, even when you’re out in moisture for prolonged periods of time.

Like all Irish Setter boots, the 2879 Vaptrek are as aesthetically pleasing as they are comfortable, durable, and reliable. They’re also available in a variety of colors, including Realtree Xtra Camo, Stone, Realtree Edge Camo, and Realtree Edge 1 Camo. They come in several size options, too.

Pros:
  • RPM technology, a revolutionary composite material that drastically reduces the weight of the boots
  • Exceptional comfort and durability
  • ScentBan technology kills odor-causing bacteria to prevent foul smells
  • UltraDry construction features a moisture management lining and waterproof components to keep your feet dry all day long
  • Outsoles offer outstanding grip and traction
  • Visually pleasing
  • Available in a variety of colors and sizes
Cons:
  • Despite their comfort, some users said that they did not provide the support they thought they would

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Muck Boot Unisex Woody Sport Hunting Boot

What really sets the Muck Boot apart is that they’re a unisex design, meaning that they were made with both men and women in mind. The fact that these boots are knee-high combined with the waterproof materials make them a great choice for duck hunters and tree stand hunters alike.

With a 100 percent waterproof upper and breathable air mesh linings, these boots will keep your feet, ankles and shins nice and dry even when you’re wading in water. The thick, yet lightweight padding provides exceptional comfort and the high-abrasion outsole with exceptional traction will ensure that your step will always be steady.

Pros:
  • The 100 percent waterproof upper keeps you nice and dry even when you’re wading in water
    • The high abrasion outsole is exceptionally tough and keeps your feet securely planted on the ground
    • Padded interior keeps you comfortable all day long
    • Air mesh linings ensures breathability
    • EVA midsole provides extra cushioning for added comfort
    • Unisex design and sizing
Cons:
  • They aren’t the most stylish boots, but when you’re hunting, style isn’t really a top priority
  • A few users said that they were tight around their ankles

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Under Armour Men’s Speed Freek Bozeman Hiking Boot

While the name may say hiking, these boots are great for hunting, too. Under Armour is one of the most trusted names in the sporting industry, including hunting. Made of synthetic materials, including a rubber sole, these boots are highly durable and provide exceptional traction on even the roughest terrains.

A waterproof lining is lightweight and breathable and will keep your feet nice and dry even in the most severe conditions. A suede leather upper is combined with an abrasion resistant nylon material for enhanced durability and reliability.

Exclusive UA Scent Control technology prevents odor-causing bacteria and keep your feet smelling nice and fresh. An ultra-light molded EVA midsole provides exceptional cushioning and shock absorption for increased comfort and the lightweight TPU shank provides mid-foot support and just the perfect amount of rigidity.

These boots even feature a molded Ortholite sock liner with a memory foam top and a PU base. Rounding out the features are a scratch rubber toe and heel for even more durability.

Pros:
  • Made of suede leather and abrasion-resistant nylon
  • Scratch rubber toe and heel provides enhanced durability
  • The outsole features aggressive traction for exceptional grip
  • Lightweight TPU shank offers support at the mid-foot
  • A ultra-light molded EVA midsole offers excellent shock absorption
  • Boasts a sock liner with a memory foam top and a PU base
  • Breathable and waterproof
  • Attractive design
Cons:
  • The tongue is a bit loose and may move around as you walk

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Rocky Men’s Bearclaw 3D Mobu Hunting Boot

Rounding out or list of the best hunting boots is the Rocky Men’s Bearclas 3D Mobu Hunting Boot. Made of full-grain brown leather, these boots are high-quality, durable, and waterproof, thanks to the Gore-Tex membrane.

These boots are also highly breathable for added comfort and will keep your feet dry in all types of conditions. With 1000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation, your feet will be toasty and warm in cold conditions, too; however, despite the insulation, these boots are still highly breathable and comfortable for warm conditions and doesn’t weight the boots down.

The Air-Port Cushion Footbed is shock-absorbing and provides exceptional comfort while promoting air circulation with every step you take. The 3D welt outsole construction ensures that your feet stay firmly planted on all types of terrains.

Pros:
  • Made of full-grain leather and nylon
  • Gore-Tex fabric makes these boots waterproof, windproof, and breathable
  • Features 1000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation to keep your feet cozy and warm in frigid temperatures
  • The footbed provides shock absorption, offers excellent support, and promoted breathability
  • Rock 3D welt outsole construction is durable and provides excellent traction
  • Steel shank for added protection
  • Available in a wide range of sizes
  • Unique, yet attractive design
Cons:
  • Some reports the sizing may be on the small side

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Other Best Selling Options

Bestseller No. 1
Muck Woody Max Rubber Insulated Men's Hunting Boots
  • 5 mm neoprene provides comfort and flexibility, along with excellent waterproofing, shock absorption and heat retention properties, adjusts to the shape of your feet to resist blisters and chafing
  • Stretch-fit Comfort Topline snugs calf to seal in warmth while keeping cold and debris out, high-grade extended rubber exterior provides additional waterproof barrier and extra toughness
  • Fleece lining is soft, durable and provides exceptional warmth in frigid environments, 2 mm of thermal foam under foot bed, comfort rated from -40 °F to 40 °F (-40°C to 4°C)
  • High-grade rubber exterior provides extra toughness and makes for a 100% waterproof hunting boot; EVA contoured, molded midsole for lightweight cushioning
Bestseller No. 2
Under Armour Men's Valsetz RTS 1.5 Militaryand Tactical Boot, Ridge Reaper Camo Ba (900)/Uniform, 11
  • Lightweight, durable synthetic leather & updated textile upper
  • UA ClutchFit ankle support system contours & provides supports where you need it most
  • TPU toe cap for added protection
  • Welded PU film surrounds the perimeter of the boot for abrasion resistance
  • Molded, anti-microbial Ortholite sockliner
Bestseller No. 3
Rocky Men's RKS0227 Mid Calf Boot, Realtree Xtra, 11 M US
  • Guaranteed Rocky Waterproof Construction
  • Realtree Xtra Camo Nylon
  • 800 Grams 3M Thinsulate Ultra Insulation
  • Strobel / Cement Construction
  • Energybed Footbed Featuring Memory Foam
Bestseller No. 4
R RUNFUN Men's Lightweight Anti-Slip Waterproof Hunting Boots
  • 🌧WATERPROOF BREATHABLE: Lightweight hunting boot its waterproof and unique breathable materials make your feet in an all-day comfortable condition.
  • 🏔LIGHT-WEIGHT: The lightweight camo wrapped eva midsole reduces the stress and pressure of your feet.
  • 👞ANTI-SLIP: The Anti-slip sole and insulated 200G 3M Thinsulate provide great and reliable protection for hunting activities in extreme outdoors conditions.
  • 🐮BRAND: Runfun is a young and dynamic brand with more than 30-year history dedicated in hand-made shoemaking.
  • 🦅ATTENTION: Long-term warranty provided and professional sales service. No machine-wash and overtime sun-exposure.
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Timberland White Ledge Men's Waterproof Boot,Dark Brown,8 M US
  • Our White Ledge Men's Hiking Boots have premium full-grain waterproof leather uppers, seam-sealed waterproof construction, and rustproof speed lace hardware with hooks at top for secure lacing.
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Hunting Boots Buyer’s Guide

We’ve highlight eight of the best hunting boots that are currently available on the market and we truly believe that each option we shared is well-made, supportive, and will keep your feet comfortable and protected in all types of climates.

With that said, however, you may be scratching your head as you try to figure out which one will best suit your needs. In this section of our review, we share some key factors that you should take into consideration before you purchase a pair of hunting boots.

By taking these factors into consideration, you’ll be able to select the perfect pair of boots that will suit your specific needs.

Kind of Hunting

First things first: you need to consider the type of hunting you will be doing. As you can see, hunting boots are available in a wide variety of styles. For example, if you’re duck hunting, which involves wading in water, then you’ll want a pair of boots that will reach up to your knees, but if you’re hunting for deer in an open field, lower-cut boots may be suitable for our needs. Consider the type of conditions that you will experience when you’re out hunting to determine which style of boots you will need.

The Fit

Just like any other type of footwear, you want to make sure that your hunting boots will fit your feet properly, as fit directly impacts the comfort of the boot. If you’re going to be shopping online, make sure you read through the product description to find out the exact measurements of the boots so that you can choose the size that will fit your feet properly. Keep in mind that just like any other type of shoes, hunting boots can run small or large, so your standard size may not fit you properly; hence why it’s so important to make sure that you find out the dimensions of the boots before you decide on a size.

Waterproofing

Even if you aren’t hunting for waterfowl, it’s still a good idea to invest in a pair of hunting boots that are waterproof. As any hunter knows, you can run into all types of weather and conditions when you’re out in the field, the woods, or wherever else you’re planning on hunting; rain, dew, and snow, for example.

When come across moisture, you want to be sure that your feet will stay nice and dry, which is why it’s important to purchase a pair of hunting boots that are waterproof. Boots that feature Gore-Tex linings will keep your feet the driest, but they will cost a bit more; however, the added cost is worth it if you want to be sure that you won’t be water-logged.

Sole Construction

The soles of your hunting boots will also have a huge impact on your overall comfort, as well as your safety. The soles are what connect you to the ground and you want to ensure that you have good grip when you’re traversing over all types of terrains. Look for a pair of boots that features deep lugs, as they’ll provide the best traction. You should also look for decent arch support and stability, as this will also impact your security and your comfort.

Insulation

Keeping your feet warm is just as important as keeping them dry. If your boots don’t provide insulation, there’s a chance that you could experience frostbite, which is something that you definitely don’t want to encounter.

For hunters who are going to be out in frigid temps, snow, and ice, investing in a pair of boots that feature Thinsulate is definitely worthwhile. However, while insulation is certainly important, you also want to be sure that the boots are breathable. If they aren’t breathable, your feet will become sweaty, which is not only uncomfortable, but will also welcome odor-causing bacteria into your boots.

Laces or Slip-On

Hunting boots can either lace-up or slip-on. Typically, taller boots are slip-ons, as this design makes them easier to put on and take off, while shorter or mid-high boots that extend just past the ankles are usually lace-ups. The lace-up style provides greater stability, especially for the ankles, as you can adjust the tightness according to your preference.

Cost

Last but not least, you should also consider the price tag. Hunting boots are sold at a wide range of prices, from under $100 to a few hundred dollars. Typically, boots that feature higher-end materials and offer more features are going to be more expensive, and for good reason; they’re more expensive to make. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find a pair of high-quality boots for that are more economically priced, however. Before you start shopping, make sure you decide how much you’d like to spend so that you don’t go over your budget.

Hunting Boots FAQs

If you’ve never purchased hunting boots before, you might have a few questions. In this section, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions that consumers ask about hunting boots.

What is considered a good weight for hunting boots?

While there isn’t necessarily a “right” weight for hunting boots, you really do need to consider how much they weigh, as the weight will impact your comfort. Generally speaking, the lighter they are, the more comfortable they will be.

Is ankle protection important?

It depends on the type of terrain you plan on going out on. For rugged terrains with lots of rocks and slopes, yes, ankle protection is important, as it will help to prevent twists and falls.

Is there a way to prevent odor?

Some hunting boots are made with advanced technologies that keep odor-causing bacteria at bay. If you’re concerned about odor, consider investing in a pair of boots that feature this technology.

Should they be tight or lose?

They should be somewhere in between. A good pair of hunting boots will be just right; a bit snug, but enough room to wiggle your toes around.

Conclusion

With the information presented in this guide, you should be well on your way to finding a great pair of reliable and supportive hunting boots that will keep your feet well-protected and comfortable for all your excursions. Remember that keeping your feet comfortable and properly protected is vital for a successful hunting trip, so make sure you invest well.

Jake

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