LaCrosse is a trusted, well-established hunting boot manufacturer – and the Alphaburly is one of their top sellers. It’s comfortable, durable and designed specifically for hunters of all skill levels. But is it the right boot for you? Here’s a closer look at the pros and cons of the LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro Hunting Boot
What We Like
My favorite aspect of these boots is the high-quality construction. They’re made from natural rubber over insulating neoprene. The neoprene adds significant durability, flexibility, and comfort compared to most other hunting boots.
The boots also have three layers of rubber in the toe guard, three layers in the heel and two in the instep. All these extra layers help reinforce the durability of high-stress sections of the boots.
They won’t crack in the cold, melt in the heat or fall apart over time. They’re durable enough to handle consistent exposure to harsh, cold and wet conditions.
The traction is also impressive. A unique tread pattern keeps you steady even in mud, leaves and other uneven terrain. Burly Pro outsoles with chamfered edges prevent mud and mulch from building up and weighing you down.
I also liked the adaptable fit. A neoprene gusset on the back of the heel helps the boot accommodate different calf sizes. Plus, the secure fit grips your ankle and locks your heel in place. Because your foot doesn’t slide around inside the boot, chaffing isn’t typically a problem.
At first, I was worried the snug fit would be uncomfortable. But these boots kept my feet pain-free even after a full day trekking through the woods. The bi-directional neoprene layers allow air to circulate freely, pulling heat and moisture away from my feet. The boots also have removable EVA footbeds and thick EVA midsoles cushions.
Overall, I was most impressed by the versatility. Your feet will stay comfortable and protected in all seasons and all terrain. The neoprene and rubber construction allow for air circulation and temperature regulation. My feet never felt sweaty or stiff, regardless of the outside temperature. They’re a great choice for year-round use.
- Multi-layered rubber construction for extra durability
- Neoprene layer allows for internal air circulation
- Secure fit with ankle and heel support
What We Wish was Different
Although these boots are water resistant, I’m not sure I’d consider them 100% waterproof. You’ll want to avoid completely submerging the boots. Once water gets into the boots, it can soak into the sole.
Along those same lines, I also had to deal with some minor leaking issues. Water would drip in through the heel section. It was a minor issue when walking in the rain but did post more problems whenever I had to walk through any small pools of water.
The other problems I had with these boots involved the fit. The secure ankle fit is a great feature once the boot is on, but it does pose some complications. The boots can be hard to slip on and off. The heel section is rigid. I often struggled to bend my foot so it would fit inside the boot.
- Water can leak into boots
- Boots can be difficult to take on and off
- Sizing can be confusing due to the tight fit
What Other Customers Say
Most customers were impressed by the tight fit and solid construction. They praised the durability and support. Buyer JDP said the boots were “plenty warm” but always remained comfortable due to the air circulation.
JDP wasn’t the only person to mention how warm the boots were. Buyer “xxmnb” recommended using these boots only in winter and fall. The warmth of the boots is perhaps their most popular feature.
Another frequently mentioned feature is the tight fit. However, this wasn’t always a positive trait. Many people, including “JDP,” said the tight made sizing needlessly complicated. If you normally wear thick socks, you’ll probably want to order a size up from your shoe size.
User “happy” agreed about sizing. They wore two pairs of socks for warmth but found the extra thickness made the boots hard to take on and off. An unnamed Amazon Customer went further and said he had to cut the boots to get them off (although this claim seems a bit far-fetched).
Another issue frequently mentioned is leaking. Buyer M Fro said he stepped into ankle-deep water and his boots didn’t dry until eight days later. Additionally, buyer NH Andy said cracks around the ankles led to frequent leaking.
The overall consensus from buyers seems to be that these boots do a fine job resisting falling water, like rain, but they won’t stay dry on the inside if you step into any pools of water.
The LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly is a well-made boot which is comfortable to wear and will keep you dry. The multiple layers of rubber protect the heel, toe and other vulnerable areas.
However, the fit of the boots is tight, which is both a benefit and a drawback. When worn, the boots provide excellent support for your ankles and heel. You’ll have a sure grip even on slippery terrain, and the extra support helps prevent injuries.
But the snug fit does make the boots difficult to slip on and off. If you don’t order a large enough size, it’s possible to get your feet stuck! Thick socks are probably not a smart choice with these boots.
However, if you’re able to find the right size, there’s a lot to like about the Alphaburly. They’re a great choice if you hunt in rugged terrain and want boots which aren’t easily damaged. Plus, they have top-tier traction. Although they have some negative characteristics, it’s also easy to see why they’re so popular among serious hunters.
- Hand-laid premium rubber over a 3.5mm neoprene core for flexible, waterproof, scent-free comfort. Weight- 5.5 lbs per pair
- Embossed liner increases air circulation inside the boot, wicks moisture and is quick drying
- Active Fit with adjustable neoprene gusset for easy on/off and a secure, comfortable fit on foot
- Multilayer rubber on the toe and heel plus a double-layer vamp of added support and durability
- 1600G Thinsulate Ultra insulation