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Bear Drivers: What Boot???

I spent opening day of bear season covering a lot of terrain in search of a black bear. By the end of the day my legs were whooped! Seriously, I was suffering with Charlie Horse's in both legs despite doing my best to stay hydrated throughout the day. I wear Redwings at work and I am on my feet all day walking stairs and climbing ladders without so much as an ache, but I am not having the same luck in the woods. This is new this year, so I am thinking it's time to ditch the knee high rubber boots and invest in a quality pair of waterproof all terrain hunting boots! What are you guys wearing on your feet?

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Irish Setter Elk Trackers. Hands down the best hunting boot I've ever worn. Gore-Tex with 600 grams of thinsulate insulation.
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I like Meindl's. A bit stiff. The first time you wear them they feel like ski boots. They do loosen up a bit after you've worn them a while, but they will always be sfiff. I guess that's one of the properties that make them so comfortable to walk in all day. A very supportive and comfy boot. For mountain sides I still prefer Danner Grouse boot for all day walking....great traction and only 200 g insulation. Not quite as comfy as Meindl's, but better traction.

Neither boot is made in China , which is important to me. Elk Trackers are made in China, which is okay with some, I guess.

Danner - (stitched soles)made in USA
Meindl - Germany.

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Ditto what 12 Ring said.
I got the 12" with 1000 gr of Thinsulate.
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That’s funny. I got home last night and was whooped. I had cramps in both thighs all night. That being said, i bought elk tracker 1000 gram before archery season this year. This was the first time I wore them for any considerable amount of walking. They are very comfortable. I’ve always wore knee high rubber boots before this year. I think we are just out of shape.
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I’ve got elk trackers, and like them plenty. For comfort, I like my danner pronghorns even better.

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A leather boot for sure.

Pay for boots, it's worth it.

In my mind, there are two schools of thought.

Some like tons of support, almost mountainering boots. These excel at steep climbs and lots of sidehilling. This isn't my preferred style, but look at something like Kenetrek or Crispi western hunting boots.

Other school of thought is more nimble, but less supportive. Beefy hikers. Imo these are perfect PA mountain boots. i don't like the super stiff soles here. You lose some support, but can navigate rocks and logs better. Quality hikers like Lowa Renegades or Salomon Quest are examples I have experience with.

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Just please consider buying made in USA or at least a European country which we enjoy a more fair trade relationship with than China. It really troubles me the number of people in this country that buy expensive items that are made in China, without giving a second thought to comparable items made in the US or at least a US friendly country. Most don't even bother to look at country of manufacture before buying. When it used to be cheap items it wasn't as bad. But when your talking $250+ boots, $300+ coolers, and $600+ hunting jackets, it's a crying shame.
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I’ll agree on spending money! My feet are important. I have 3 sets of kennetreks, a pair of Solomon’s, and a bunch of USA danners. I’ve used them all on various terrain elk hunts with no issues.
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post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-24-2019, 10:06 PM
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That is why I Have Meindl boots after my Danners wore out. I believe the pronghorns are now made in China.

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