Hunters rely heavily on the gear they carry. And there is no piece of gear more important than proper footwear. It’s worth spending the extra money to ensure that your feet are properly protected.
Wearing the proper footwear can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful hunt. If your feet are tired, wet, and cold, you’re going to have a more difficult time staying in the field.
There are many different landscapes that people hunt and most of those places have several different types of terrain. Whether it’s mountainous, rocky, or wet, you need to make sure your footwear can handle it all. That’s where rubber hunting boots come into play.
We’ve comprised a list of quality rubber hunting boots that can keep you comfortable and lead to an enjoyable, if not successful hunt.
1 – LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18” Hunting Boot
The Alphaburly Pro is Lacrosse’s premium rubber hunting boot. It’s made with scent-free rubber, as well as insulating neoprene. It also contains a thick cushion on the mid sole for those long stalking hunts and an embossed liner for better air circulation.
The great thing about this boot is that it’s comfortable to wear year around. They’re great during hunting season but can easily be transformed into a boot that can be worn when working outside. The back of the boot contains a rubber gusset which makes it easy to adjust to the size of your calf as well as making it considerably easier to slip off after a long day. And don’t worry, the outer material is made of scent free rubber. So, all you bowhunters out there don’t fret about a deer making you because of your boots.
The non-insulated version of this boot can be worn in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit while the most insulated version at 1600 grams of thinsulate ultra, can be worn in temperatures as low as -70 degrees Fahrenheit.
2 – Bog’s Men’s Bowman Waterproof Hunting Boot
The Bowman is a great balance between being affordable as well as functional. These boots come with great features that can enhance any hunt, while being easy on the wallet.
The boots come in both Mossy Oak and Realtree design. These are also surprisingly lightweight at only 2.6lbs. Because of this, you can walk farther and faster without the concern of fatigue.
The inner sole comes with an antimicrobial odor protection feature which prevents bad odors from escaping your boots during the high humidity of high temperature hunts.
3 – Kamik Hunter Insulated Men’s Boot
The Kamik has superior insulation which is guaranteed to keep your feet warm on the coldest hunt of the year without causing too much perspiration. They are also very flexible which is perfect when maneuvering in uneven terrain where a stiff boot can really hold you back.
It is surprisingly lightweight and great for long days in the woods. It includes an adjustable snow collar as well as a removable thermal guard liner.
This is a very good overall boot. It’s durable, reliable, comfortable and of course is waterproof. Perfect for anyone who hunts in all different types of terrain.
4 – The Original MuckBoots Adult FieldBlazer Hunting Boot
These boots were designed to be tough as nails while simultaneously keeping your feet dry. They include many features any hunter would be excited about. They have a vulcanized rubber shell as well as a breathable mesh lining, which means not only are these boots comfortable but are also extremely durable. Perfect for the outdoorsman who can be rough on equipment.
Inside they have a reinforced Achilles support panel and shank and all of this is on top of being abrasion resistant. If you feel like your boots get scuffed or fade too quickly then these are the ones for you.
5 – MuckBoots Men’s Pursuit Snake Proof Hunting Boot
We’re dipping our toe back into the MuckBoot livewell, but it’s hard not to. They make a tremendous product. If you live in snake country you know exactly how important a good pair of snake boots can be. Unlike other rubber snake-proof boots that only protect your foot and lower leg, these reach all the way up to the shin of the wearer.
If you’re hunting in warmer weather, these boots will work perfectly. They come equipped with Xpress Cool Fabric Lining. This works by pulling perspiration away from the skin which allows moisture to evaporate faster.
6 – Arctic Shield Youth Waterproof Rubber Neoprene Boot
Let’s not forget about the kids. These are perfect for the young hunter who wants to trample through the wilderness with the rest of the members of deer camp. Normally children’s shoes are not as dependable or durable as their adult counterparts. However, these are the exception. The neoprene rubber is very sturdy and can withstand the harsh treatment of the woods as well as an eight-year-old.
There is also an all-natural rubber sole that comes with the boots. These will help prevent slippage and will the give the wearer more traction.
7 – Bog’s Men’s Classic Ultra High Insulated Waterproof Winter Boots
These boots are made for serious use. Anyone who is in the woods multiple days a week during the hunting season would benefit from a pair of these. They are waterproof and have a sponge based middle sole for extra comfort.
The tread is not as deep as other rubber hunting boots but it works just fine for uneven terrain, snow and even mud. These are designed for very cold weather, as low as -40 degrees, so the Southern hunter may not need these. However, our Northern brethren would find these beneficial.
8 – Irish Setter Men’s Rutmaster 2.0 Lite Hunting Shoe
These boots are made with a vulcanized rubber as well as neoprene. They create a light feeling boot that offers a very comfortable fit and come equipped with a rubber sole that works great in the mud and the snow.
They are extremely durable and because they are made with RPM technology, they do not sacrifice durability for weight. Pound for pound these are the most durable boots you will find.
9 – LaCrosse Men’s Grange 18” Hunting Boot
This boot is tough, durable and also 100% waterproof. Inside, it has a removable foam cushion that makes it comfortable for the wearer. The outsole is chevron cleated which means they wont track mud or dirt.
This is the perfect boot for warm weather or early season hunting. Because there is no insulation, it’s not recommended to wear this boot in the dead of winter. That being said, they perform very well in wet and muddy conditions and would make the perfect addition to the boot box.