When you’re hot on the trail of landing that trophy buck you’ve been waiting all year for, not even a boot full of water on a cold day is going to stop you – but it’s definitely going to slow you down. That old pair of black rubber boots with the red bottoms that we all grew up with just isn’t going to do the job.
There’s an old saying that says you should invest the most money in anything that comes in between yourself and the ground. For example, things like mattresses, tires for your vehicle, and footwear. In this case, we’re talking about rubber hunting boots in particular.
Let’s be real. No serious hunter is going to let a bit of discomfort ruin their trip, but the difference between a perfect pair of boots that will keep you warm and dry and with a solid footing on any terrain, or a pair that’ll have you freezing and sliding all over the place with a boot full of water isn’t a huge amount of money. This is the type of thing where you buy it properly once, the first time, and you’re all set for years to come.
Let’s go over some of the best boots that you should consider for your next trip. First, here’s a few things you want to look out for, which we’ve taken into consideration when making these selections:
How To Choose The Best Rubber Hunting Boots:
- Durability: Once the seal is broken, your boots are done. Even the smallest of puddles or lightest of rains are going to have water and debris getting into your boot, causing all sorts of problems.
- Length: Plan on going through some deep terrain? Make sure your boots are going to be tall enough to stop water from getting in over the top.
- Value: Price is one thing, but overall value and quality are more important. We’re not trying to have you buying the cheapest pair of rubber boots that you’ll have to replace every few months, that’s just a bad investment. Spend more now and you’ll have improved function and quality, along with durability to last for years to come. THAT’s value.
- Protection: Are you in an area with a lot of snakes? We’ve included a pair of snake boots, too.
LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18 Ad Max4 800G Hunting Boot
These boots are the real deal. LaCrosse makes some of the best boots for hunting, and they come with a variety of camo patterns for both men and for women. These ones in particular, however, just have a simple design. Even this particular pair is available in other patterns, check out the full selection over at Amazon. This pair is for when you’ve got some real thick and muddy territory to cover. They’re knee-high, so if you’re looking for something a bit shorter, we’ve got you covered in just a minute. First, something for the ladies…
LaCrosse Women’s Alphaburly Pro 15
Here’s the ladies version of the Alphaburly by LaCrosse, also available with a variety of different camo patterns, depending on what catches your eye. Again, these are a very solid pair of boots – they’re not the highest of the high end, but they’re definitely leaps and bounds above the lower-end of what is out there to choose from. The Alphaburly line of boots are constructed with flexible rubber so that they’re easy to get on and off, but still strong and sturdy and plenty supportive, which you need when you’re walking over unpredictable terrain.
The Original MuckBoots Adult FieldBlazer Hunting Boot
Muck Boots are a very popular brand, and their hunting line is very decent, and also quite affordable. They’re a great value option, but also a great overall option too. They’re a strong contender in the mid-range, which is great for most people, and they also look good enough to wear as regular rubber boots – they’re not just for taking on hunting trips.
Bogs Men’s Diamondback Waterproof Hunting Boot
These boots are fully water proof, about 15” from the arch to the top, very light weight, and puncture proof because they can help prevent a snake bite or whatever else might be getting in your way as you stomp through the woods.
Some of the complaints that people have had is that they’re not the comfiest pair of boots in the world. Comfort isn’t really at the top of the list with snake boots (The list basically starts and ends with saving you from being bitten by a snake) but for what it is – it does a great job. The thread on the bottom helps you keep your grip if you’re walking through swamps. These boots are relatively light when compared to other snake boots, but still pretty heavy and durable in the grand scheme of things. If you’re in snake territory, give these guys a strong consideration.
Baffin Men’s Hunter Waterproof Boot
This is the least expensive pair of boots that we’re going to be featuring in this guide. They’re quite basic, but they get the job done. You can tighten them up at the top. Many pairs have a zipper on the back for such a purpose, these ones just have a simple lace to tie up on the front. If you’re just looking for a pair to toss in the trunk or the truck just in case, they’ll do you just fine. If you know ahead of time that you’re going to be trekking through some really nasty land, you’ll want to pick something higher end – but in a pinch, these will work. They’re not out top pick, but we wanted to include something for people that are looking to save a bit of cash. Just remember, if you’re going to be in rough territory, you’ll be glad you invested in the best pair of boots that you can afford.