Choosing the right footwear for your hunting kit is one of the most important decisions to make while preparing for your next trip. In the same way you wouldn’t build a house from the roof down, we believe that selecting your gear for a successful trip should start from the ground up.
All too often we hear stories of how something as simple as socks that aren’t right, boots that don’t fit, aren’t suited to the terrain or just too old can completely ruin a trip right from the start. Hikers and mountaineers have considered boots to be an integral part of their kit for a long time and the process for selecting the right hunting boots should follow the same principals, proper fit, the terrain and level of support required and comfort.
Choosing The Right Fit
When hunting boots fit properly, you can go for miles and still feel good at the end of the day. Hiking boots should fit snug everywhere, tight nowhere and offer room to wiggle your toes. You don’t want to feel odd bumps or seams, or pinching in the forefoot, or your toes hitting the end of the boot when it’s on an incline. Try them on with the socks you plan to wear and keep in mind a hunter’s fit can increase by half a size by the afternoon under normal hiking conditions.
Knowing Your Terrain
This is something that is going to differ for every hunter depending on where you live and the game you are hunting, the terrain you will be walking through will determine what style of hunting boot you will need. For instance, If the area you are hunting mostly flat country or maybe the area has good vehicle access you might want to consider a lighter mid height boot designed for day hikes or short backpacking trips, these have a certain amount of flexibility and are going to break in much easier. Alternatively, if you are planning to hunt in areas with a lot of rocky outcrops, steep areas or you intend on backpacking out a lot of extra weight, you may find that a boot with a stiffer midsole and a higher ankle will be more suitable.
This seems like one of the most obvious points to make about finding the right pair of hunting boots, unfortunately there is no simple answer. We are all made different and the pair of boots that your mate thinks is the best thing since slide bread may not be the right fit for you. If you are having trouble finding a comfortable pair of boots there are options out there that might help, try a higher-grade pair of insoles, this is something that has worked for me in the past, different lacing techniques can help change the way a boot fits your foot and I know I’ve already mentioned it but
the right pair of socks can go a very long way towards keeping your feet happy during a long days hunting.
One Boot Might Not Do It All
This is something that comes up often regarding many of our other types of hunting gear, a perfect example is how many of us that have a bunch different rifles for hunting with, one for every possible situation. In the same way that every tool is built for a specific purpose, a quality boot will be designed with a specific purpose in mind. The boot you need for hunting pigs through a muddy swap is going to be different than the boot you would wear chasing rabbits through a paddock and that pair of boots is going to be different again for what you would need for packing through the high country and packing out again with what we all hope will be a ton of game meat.
Luckily for those of us out there looking to get the best from our hunting boots there are so many different brands and styles to choose from you should have no trouble finding something that suits you.
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