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Nutterbuster

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Or suggest a good non-rubber hunting boot. Either/or.

I've been spending more and more time in areas where rubber boots and waders aren't necessarily necessary. One hunt in particular where I climbed friggin mountains with @gcr0003 and @swampsnyper really reminded me that I needed something that laced tight to the ole clod kickers. Any suggestions on a good, lightweight hiking boot or shoe? Trying to stay under 200.
 

TNbowhunter

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I love Keens for cost and comfort. As long as you don’t need leather there boots /hiking shoes are awesome


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Any recommendations on where/when to buy them? I watch Sportsman's Guide, but I'm always looking for new discounted gear options.
 

zurr4013

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If you aren’t worried about insulation, I’ve worn 5.11 ATAC 8” boots to work for the last five years. 12 hour shifts with no issues. Side zipper and laces. I buy a new pair every year when clothing allowance comes out. Looks like they are around $140.

 

TreeCreep

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Oh boy this is like asking for a rifle caliber....
Id suggest Altra Lone Peak RSM ( rain snow mud) they have a waterproof barrier similar to goretex. Good deals on GoHunt or Spartan race store. It might be in my head but the stoneguard insert seems to alleviate platform pressure.
I use for hunting, winter trail running/ scouting and best feature is the boxy Keen type toe alleviates blisters/ sore toes from downhilling.
I have soaked through the waterproof membrane but its still a good boot around $120
 

ImThere

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Oh boy this is like asking for a rifle caliber....
Id suggest Altra Lone Peak RSM ( rain snow mud) they have a waterproof barrier similar to goretex. Good deals on GoHunt or Spartan race store. It might be in my head but the stoneguard insert seems to alleviate platform pressure.
I use for hunting, winter trail running/ scouting and best feature is the boxy Keen type toe alleviates blisters/ sore toes from downhilling.
I have soaked through the waterproof membrane but its still a good boot around $120
Those ain’t bad looking. Comfortable you say?


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TreeCreep

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Those ain’t bad looking. Comfortable you say?


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Yes- very comfortable. The low tops are even better for overall comfort but i only use those for warm weather trail running / hiking.
I havent backpacked more than 20lbs with either.
 

Bwhana

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Shoes/boots can make or break you, especially if you have plantar fascia or other issues. They also can help prevent getting them. You really should go to a non-big box store where they actually take the time to measure and fit you properly and suggest boots based on your foot and not just features. I have successfully used Keens, Lowa Renegades, Bates Tactical ultralights, and even Tingleys the past 3 seasons, BUT all were intentionally purchased in a larger size to accommodate Superfeet insoles (all good boots and running shoes come with throw away insoles and they expect you to put your own in). I got fitted for the insoles with a pressure and stride mapping system at the local Fleetfeet store. I just got fitted Saturday for new running shoes there too, feel like magic. In all cases, I ended up with a boot and/or size that I would not have purchased on my own, and the price was either the same or only $5 more than big box or online. What fits me may not be right for you, so get fitted first and stick with a known quality brand and you will not have sore feet after days of walking the woods.
 

KYHunter

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I second the vote for Lowas and Altra. Have both and use both and very satisfied with both.
 

Topdog

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Or suggest a good non-rubber hunting boot. Either/or.

I've been spending more and more time in areas where rubber boots and waders aren't necessarily necessary. One hunt in particular where I climbed friggin mountains with @gcr0003 and @swampsnyper really reminded me that I needed something that laced tight to the ole clod kickers. Any suggestions on a good, lightweight hiking boot or shoe? Trying to stay under 200.
Check the classifieds, your thread got me digging around in the closet and I just posted a pair if anybody is a size 11
 

ImThere

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Shoes/boots can make or break you, especially if you have plantar fascia or other issues. They also can help prevent getting them. You really should go to a non-big box store where they actually take the time to measure and fit you properly and suggest boots based on your foot and not just features. I have successfully used Keens, Lowa Renegades, Bates Tactical ultralights, and even Tingleys the past 3 seasons, BUT all were intentionally purchased in a larger size to accommodate Superfeet insoles (all good boots and running shoes come with throw away insoles and they expect you to put your own in). I got fitted for the insoles with a pressure and stride mapping system at the local Fleetfeet store. I just got fitted Saturday for new running shoes there too, feel like magic. In all cases, I ended up with a boot and/or size that I would not have purchased on my own, and the price was either the same or only $5 more than big box or online. What fits me may not be right for you, so get fitted first and stick with a known quality brand and you will not have sore feet after days of walking the woods.
Really sound advice here^^^^^^


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Oakridge

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So my personal favorite boot has been the crispi Thor Gtx. I’ve taken them to Colorado OTC elk hunting twice and this year dedicated them to my full time work shoe. My all time favorite boot for doing tree removals and crane climbing
 

Kurt

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I hunted all this year in the Merrill Tactical.It's a lace front with the zip side. I found it to be a good fit for my feet and light weight. No problems with the sole on the side of the platform. Paired with both mid weight sock and liner and the heavy sock and liner, it accommodated both comfortably.
 

Western VA Hunter

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I like the Danner Elk Trackers. They are very comfortable on my feet and very leightweight compared to the Carolinas I used to wear.
Mountains is all we have to hunt here where I live.
 
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