Need a good pair of hunting boots but not sure what is best for you? When it comes to making the right decision, you want to consider tread, insulation, dryness, comfort, and durability. In this article, we will go over some of the best hunting boots on the market.
Having a good pair of hunting boots can make a huge difference in being able to tolerate the often unexpected terrain of the land and can definitely impact the safety of being out in the elements of ice, snow, mud, and below-freezing temperatures.
We will go over 9 different pairs of hunting boots and discuss the pros and cons of each in this article. This list is comprised of the best-rated and highest-selling hunting boots of 2021 to prepare you for a successful hunting season.
Let’s see what the ratings have to say about the best hunting boots:
#1 MuckBoots Men’s Arctic Pro Hunting Boot
Overview: MuckBoots are considered one of the best brands for hunting boots for a few reasons and you really can’t go wrong if you are looking for a comfortable, warm, protective boot. This boot is designed to be waterproof, as well. The Arctic Pro will keep your feet warm, even in temperatures as low as -50°F. These boots are made with a tall upper body, therefore, offering more warmth for your legs, as well. The boots offer good support and comfort with the cushioned sole and are made with thick tread to help with gripping terrain. Sitting in a hunting blind or tree stand can be chilling but these boots are sure to keep your feet feeling warm. This boot is very similar to the original MuckBoots Fieldblazer Hunting Boot with a slightly different tread and sole design. Either choice is sure to please, as both offer comfort, and warmth and are sure to keep you dry. Great boot for a reasonable price. Our pick for the warmest hunting boot.
- Designed for extreme weather conditions
- Comfortable sole design
- Upper boot material can catch on thorns
“I wore these boots for a winter fishing trip to Wisconsin and it was in the low 20s but my feet stayed warm and dry the entire time.”
#2 Kenetrek Mountain Extreme Non-insulated Hiking Boot
Overview: This leather hiking boot provides exceptional quality that is sure to withstand many seasons. The sole is designed with a deep tread for great grip and traction in harsh conditions. With this being a hiking boot, you can guarantee it is built for stability and support. The Kenetrek Mountain Extreme is waterproof and non-insulated, making it a better choice for more mild temperatures. These boots are also made to be lightweight and less bulky. The boots are super comfortable with good arch support and many buyers have mentioned they don’t require being broken in, unlike many boots. If you are looking for a high-end boot that is sure to last many years, they are worth every penny.
- Super comfortable and supportive
- Rugged tread for harsh terrain
- Waterproof design
- Price point
“The best boots I have ever worn! They have great ankle support and are super comfortable.”
#3 Irish Setter Men’s 860 Elk Tracker Waterproof Hunting Boot
Overview: These waterproof leather boots offer 1000g 3M Thinsulate insulation for warmth, even in below-freezing temperatures. These Irish Setter brand hunting boots are designed with ScentBan technology to keep odors and bacteria from developing within the boot. With memory foam built into the sole of this boot, it is sure to add comfort for extended periods. These boots are made to work with a rugged design and a deep tread makes them a good choice for dependable traction and grip. Irish Setter also offers the 880 Elk Tracker, rated at 200g as an alternative option if you’re looking for a less insulated boot.
- Broken-in from day one
- 1000g 3M Thinsulate for warmth
- Tight with thick socks, may need to order a size up
“After working all day, I don’t even want to take them off. It feels like I’m wearing slippers.”
#4 Danner Men’s Pronghorn Uninsulated Hunting Boot
Overview: These leather boots are made with a GORE-TEX lining to offer 100% waterproof capability. They have a lightweight design, good support, and rugged tread that is ready to take on the toughest terrain, making these a good choice for hunting or hiking. This boot is made for comfort and long-lasting wear that requires little to no break-in. As these are uninsulated boots, they are best for use in warmer temperatures and are designed to keep your feet cool and dry.
- 100% waterproof technology
- Deep tread for rough terrain
- Some buyers report boot is wider than expected
“Nothing matches the fit and comfort of my Danners.”
#5 Chippewa Men’s 17″ Mocc-Toe Pull-On Snake Boot
Overview: Chippewa is known for its high-quality, long-lasting line of boots and this boot is no exception. This 17″ tall boot is a great option if you are dealing with snakes, thorns, or a lot of brush while out in the elements. This boot is made with an inner lining and an outer layer made of 100% leather to protect again snake bites and other objects. The Vibram sole is designed to provide ultimate comfort for long days of being on your feet. This boot offers two functional straps that can be adjusted for the perfect fit to suit your needs.
- Protective against snakes, thorns, briars
- Vibram comfort sole
- Stylish yet durable
- Break in time required for ultimate comfort
“I’ve owned several pairs of snake-proof boots and my Chippewa’s are by far the best.”
#6 Danner Men’s Grouse Hunting Boot
Overview: Another Danner brand boot makes our list at number 6 best-hunting boots. These rugged, American-made boots provide 8″ of support. The combination of leather and Cordura materials is designed to be resistant to tears and abrasions, making it a great option for withstanding heavy brushes. These boots are made with GORE-TEX waterproof technology, keeping you dry and moisture-free in wet conditions. The air-cushioned insole helps to provide comfort over long periods. The boots offer a deep, aggressive tread to help with traction in mud and snow. These boots are uninsulated, making it important to have thick socks if using them in colder temperatures. This Danner boot is an overall great choice for durability and comfort.
- GORE-TEX waterproof design
- Resistant to tears and scuffs
- Aggressive tread for traction
- Runs narrow
“The self-cleaning sole actually works very well and helped with traction in the rugged terrain I was working in.”
#7 The Original MuckBoots Women’s Woody Max Outdoor Boot
Overview: MuckBoots make hunting boots for women, as well, which come in this original print or a catchy pink design, too. These 13″ tall boots are designed to offer flexibility and comfort for whatever activity you may find yourself doing. These MuckBoots for women are 100% waterproof and breathable to keep you warm and dry, even in subzero temperatures. These boots are made with a rugged tread to keep your footing steady and balanced while walking in harsh terrain. The added protection of an Achilles overlay in this boot is designed to achieve more comfort for longer wear.
- Designed to keep you warm
- Good traction with the rugged sole
- Buyers mention boots run big and feet can slip
“I bought these and am very pleased. They keep you completely dry, are great in cold temperatures and very comfortable.”
#8 Kamik Men’s Hunter Boot
Overview: If you are looking for a very reasonably priced hunting or winter boot, look no further. This Kamik boot offers a removable thermal-guard insulated liner for added warmth during cold temperatures. These 13″ tall boots are waterproof to keep you dry and warm and come with an adjustable collar at the top of the boot to find the fit you prefer. These boots are durable enough for mud and snow and comfortable enough for extended wear. Overall, this is a great hunting boot for the price.
- Removable thermal insert for added warmth
- Waterproof design
- Great boot for a very reasonable price
- Cracking of the rubber uppers can occur over time
“Really great boots, especially for the price. I bought 6 pairs for me and my family.”
#9 LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro Hunting Boot
Overview: With a similar design as MuckBoots, the LaCrosse hunting boot comes in as a great competitor. These 18″ tall hunting boots are waterproof and have 1600g Thinsulate insulation to keep you warm. The liner of the boot is designed to be moisture-wicking and quick-drying. These boots come with an adjustable strap at the top of the boot to fit your calves and adjust as needed if you prefer to tuck your pants into the boots. The comfort platform underfoot offers supreme comfort, even on long treks through the woods in mud or snow. The scent-free technology of this boot makes it a great choice for hunting.
- Adjustable strap at top of boot for a perfect fit
- Comfortable, dependable outsole
- Waterproof and moisture-wicking
- Buyers say boots can be tough to remove from feet with no heel tab
“Long-lasting boots. No other brand lasts this long and these are warmer and more comfortable.”
6 thoughts on “The Best Hunting Boots”
What do you recommend is the best boot for colder weather?
The LaCrosse Alphaburly boots are rated 1600g and are great cold weather boots for hunting or anything outdoors.
If you are visiting South Africa you need to have a pair of good snake boots.
Appreciate all the pros and cons of each boot. This will help for when we decide on a pair for our son for hunting seasons coming up! Thanks!!!
I’m scheduled for a moose hunt in on the Churchill River in Northern MB this fall. I’m having trouble finding the right boots to bring. It’s a fly in hunt and we stay in tent schelters.
I’m concerned knee high Muck type boots would collect the sweat from my feet and not dry out.
I’m looking at the Baffin Hunter rubber boot, similar to your Kamik but don’t know how they will work when doing some hiking.
I’m considering the Irish Setter Elk Tracker or Kenetrek Mtn Extreme with gaters, but, concerned with them being truly waterproof.
What do you advise?
Thanks Craig H.
I will never purchase Baffin boots again. They do not stand behind their product. The leather uppers separated from the lower rubber portion making them unrepairable. Sent photos to Baffin and they offered me 50% off on the next purchase. Why would anyone spend money on a product that fails with extremely low use even at 50% off?