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  1. EIB0879

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    I wear Danner Pronghorn snake boots most of the year in Texas. Combined with heavy Smartwool socks My feet are comfortable into the high 20s. Colder than that i usually wear Irish Setter Big Game 800 gr boots. I don't believe they make those anymore.
     
  2. SharpDog

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    Lightweight Danner RAT boots that were seconded from the Marines I bought for $50 new. (currently $350 :) )

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  3. WrongHanded
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    The only boots I wear in the woods are Danner Light Hiker II. I wear them summer or winter, and even snowshoe with them. If it's cold enough (around zero or below) I want more insulation, I have a pair of pack boots. But at that point I have to question how badly I want to be out there.

    Having said that, I have yet to hunt (this Fall will be my first), so I suppose I may end up changing my mind.
     
  4. alfsauve

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    I wanted something snake proof and went with Lacrosse Snake Country. Comfortable from the get-go. Mucked around in S Fla and turns out they're waterproof as well.
     
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  5. Varminterror

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    In warm, mostly dry weather, or any on-foot hunting, I wear a pair of Merrell Chameleon waterproof hiking shoes/boots. In colder weather, and damp, a cheap pair of gumsoles I have had for about 20yrs. In extreme cold, I have a pair of Cabela’s 2000gram pac boots. In wet or water crossing, I have cheap rubber hog boots, and for colder water crossing or mud, I have synthetic woolen liners for them.

    Most of the time, it’s just those Merrell hiking shoes, or the insulated gumboots.

    But I have tough feet and sturdy ankles. I don’t need much support or cushion. I’ve been through Lowa’s, Crispi’s, and Kennetrek expensive hunting boots, many pairs of Wolverine and Redwing work boots, and several pairs of hiking boots/shoes. All I really need is a pair which doesn’t fall apart under weight, breathes enough to keep my feet cool and dry, and waterproof enough to keep dew from infiltrating.
     
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  6. Robert

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    I hunt Colorado. If it's dry I'm wearing my Danner Mountain Lights. If it's snowing or there is already snow on the ground of any decent depth I wear my Schnee Hunter IIs.
     
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  7. Varminterror

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    My Merrell Chameleon’s at 11,400ft, chasing mulies in the Red Tables of Colorado two weeks ago. I have about 300 miles on these boots in the last 2yrs, with about 100 of those miles carrying between 50 and 100lbs. No hot spots, no blisters, no soreness, nor rolled ankles, even crossing about a dozen miles of rockslide that week.
     
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  8. Bfh_auto

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    Those Hunter ii look like a excellent boot.
     
  9. frogfurr

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    I stopped wearing traditional hunting boots years ago preferring some type of hiking boot. I haven't owned insulated boots even longer. Good wool socks keep my feet warm and I've hunted in snow at temps down into single digits several times. If you keep your bodies core warm your feet will stay warm, let your core get cold and no amount of insulation is going to help your feet.

    I've been wearing these for the last few years and have been very pleased with them. Probably the most support for the weight of any boot I've found.

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  11. Conelrad

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    Usually my own.;)

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  12. earlthegoat2

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    I may have missed a post but it would appear I am the only one so far to exclusively wear snake boots. I like the rubber style ones as I hunt some wet swamps like most from the southeast.

    Currently have a LaCrosse product but I have had a Muck product in the past.

    They aren’t the greatest for tromping around but like @Varminterror, I have strong feet and ankles...and I’m not climbing over rocks and up mountains.

    I use the snake boots after I ran into an ever so nice cottonmouth that tried to take a chunk out of my calf. Luckily, it only got 5.11 ripstop nylon and we both lived to fight another day.
     
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  13. hq

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    At the moment...
    General hunting: RedHead 10" Treestand II; very comfortable for walking extended distances in rough terrain.
    Warm weather: Meindl Desert Fox; milspec, robust, relatively lightweight and breathable.
    Cold weather: Kuoma Universal; pretty much the warmest boot out there, beats Sorel and others hands down. extremely lightweight.

    I loved my Hanwag Trapper GTX:s but after a little over thousand miles they disintegrated and I haven't gotten around to get another pair. I have a bunch of other hunting and outdoor boots and shoes but these my current go-to footwear.
     
  14. GAF

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    In Wisconsin Opening day of deer season can be 15 below or 60 above zero. I have boots for all occasions. I like Irish Setter and I have them from zero insulation to 2000 gram and a pair of Alphaburly Pro 1600 gram. If I lived where a lot of you live I would probably wear un insulated hiking boots.
     
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  15. BigBore44

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    I’ve used Redhead, Muck, Danner, and Just bought a pair of Irish Setters. My Danners were complete junk and lasted a year. My Redhead Bone-Dry all leather boots are still going pretty strong 10 years later. My Mucks work great but the tread leaves a little to be desired. And we’ll see how my Irish Setters do this year.
     
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  16. Captcurt

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    My newest Danner's have a lot of Cordura and I noticed that I could feel cold air going through them when I was riding my ATV in cold weather. The goretex keeps the water out but not the air. My old boots were all leather and didn't have this problem.
     
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  17. BigBore44

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    I think there’s a lot to be said for all leather. Especially if you spend a little time taking care of it. Sure, it doesn’t have that cool camo. But if you’re in a stand, the deer are looking at your soles. And if you’re on the ground, they’re going to notice your face before anything.
     
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  18. Robert

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    They really are. I was worried about hiking in them in snow in the mountains but they are very stable, comfortable, and warm.

    Danner makes two lines of boots. Their budget minded boots are made overseas an my experience has been similar. The quality is not that impressive. Their USA made boots are a different story. I have two pair of duty boots from Danner, the Patrol and Acadia boots. My patrol boots lasted 3 years of hard daily use. I can send them back to Danner to have them rebuilt for less than the cost of new boots.

    My hunting boots are:
    https://www.danner.com/men/hike/mtn-light.html.html
    and:
    https://schnees.com/hunter-ii/

    Neither are what I'd call cheap but the Danners are rock solid, water proof and one of the most comfortable boots I've ever owned. I have the 13" Schnees and couldn't be happier. I spent a lot of time walking in rough, broken, uneven, and steep terrain. Both boots have been amazing.
     
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  19. Arkansas Paul

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    I've used a pair of leather insulated Browning lace up boots (no clue of the model) for about the last 8 years.
    I noticed last season they were leaking when I had to cross some muddy terrain.

    Time for new ones.
    I'm going with Muck boots this time around. I'll research them a bit to see what line is best for my application.
     
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  20. sage5907

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    I live in Oklahoma and I hunt in really cold weather and I walk long distances. I won't comment on the boots but for cold weather I have boots that are a size too big and I wear HeatHolder socks and they are great. The socks are made of acrylic and can be purchased on eBay. Really good for comfort and cold weather.
     
  21. Blue Brick

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  22. jmorris

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    Too many differences in feet and I have even changed over the years.

    I go for steel toe to the point I even have steel toe “tennis shoes” but I have a toenail that got cracked in 2008 that is still messed up.

    I liked the longevity of Redwings but they are quite heavy and reminded me of motocross boots from my youth when breaking them in.

    I have been using timberland pro boots for more than 10 years now, I generally sand a radius on the heals when I get a new pair though and use other insoles.
     
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  23. spazzy

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    When i am pheasent grouse or squirrel hunting where I am walking I stick with my hiking boot. Currently a pair of merril phaserbound.

    Deer hunting from a stand I need quite a bit more insulation. Last year opening weekend it was 5 below ambient when I settled into my stand. I have a pair of kamik. The key for me is keeping dry, I can pull the liners out and completely dry them. I also spray antiperspirant on my feet to keep them from sweating on my walk in.
     
  24. Armored farmer

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    Upland hunting is Timberland hikers.
    Cold weather upland, and dry deer hunting its 400 gram thiosulfate Irish Setter.
    Insulated Mucks for river bottoms and cold weather. It's not a matter of 'IF... you're gonna wade...but when'.
     
  25. Bfh_auto

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    You hit 2 key points. Different feet and insoles. All my boots get Spenco insoles. I have narrow, long feet and high arches. That's why I prefer Irish Setters.
     
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