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What makes a good cold winter boot

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Dave P, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Dave P

    Dave P Active Member

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    Yeah I know it's insulation. This is a serious question so Smart Asses please keep it to yourslves. I know it's early for this but I'd like to hear from you and/or be refered to anote site. I have read many ads. regarding boots and the ads. are confusing. I am partculrly interested in Pac boots. The ads. will have a boot with a price of ,say, $89.00 and claim it's good to -20 degrees with 400 grams of insulation while another will say $60.00 for 200 grams of insulation good to -30 degrees.

    I can understand the difference in price due to quality etc. But how can a lower amount of insulation provide more protecion than a larger amount assuming it's placed the same?
     
  2. MNGuns

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    Wht maes a good winter boot

    My feet get cold easy, more so now that one was "altered" in an accident. I have a pair of Rocky PAC boots that come with a neoprene socks. Have yet to get cold, even ice fishing here in Minnesota. Some times they are too warm. Will not wear them if I am walking a lot.
     
  3. smsnyder

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    I tried every boot on the market. Northern Outfitters make the best boots for extreme cold weather. I had mine on in bare feet at -25 below zero and my feet stayed toasty for hours. They also make other cold weather gear. THE BEST
     
  4. Ross

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    Are you walking very much or sitting????? If walking most boots will do the job, if sitting ie deer stand--ice fishing--etc. SORREL brand pacs with the 1\2 thick felt inserts. Fit them a little loose, again not good for walking. Ross Puls
     
  5. timberfaller

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    Who makes them!

    Hard to beat, White Boots check out their "Elk Guide" pac's.

    You don't want a "tight" fit in a winter pac.

    And its hard to beat "wool" for insulation. Have tried them both and have stuck with wool liners!

    In both hunting and timberfalling in sub zero weather.
     
  6. Trap4

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    does anyone remember the Korean Boots, they were sold in the sixties and seventies, they were the best, especially the white ones.

    trap-4
     
  7. Bill Roberts

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    There's only one that the loggers wear in the NW cold.
    Whites Boots Pac's.

    Bill
     
  8. BAD 303

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    Insulation is a huge factor and thinsulate only works when your feet are moving. Thinsulate works by friction. Feet get cold when they sweat and get wet. Use good wool socks and do not wear tight fitting boots. If doing sedentary activities use the boot blankets sold by Raven Wear out of Canada. Walk to where you are going and slip them on over your boots. They are almost hot to wear even in bitter conditions. If you are walking a lot you should not need a lot of insulation as your feet with sweat like crazy in heavy insulated boots plus heavy wool socks.
     
  9. hose 'em down

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    I went with the SORRELS....great for MT winters. My feet never got cold in any outdoor activity from snow shoveling, ice fishing or trap/skeet shooting. The thick liners were quite comfy. Can't recall the model I bought but they were the priciest of the line; agressive tread rubber lowers with leather lace up uppers.

    Glad I've no use for them any more......woo hoo.

    Ernie ....in AZ
     
  10. BudsterXT

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    I wear a pair of dress socks, then put on my winter socks, then my boots.

    It makes a big difference. I like any boot without a hole in the sole.

    I am partial to BAFFIN, they make a good boot. It is not a work boot but great for snow removal and ice fishing.

    Kenny U
     
  11. stokinpls

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    Sorels with the felt liner.

    Bob Falfa
     
  12. Mapper

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    I have tried insulated rubber boots and insulated leather boots. When I got my first pair of Sorels, I knew I was home.
     
  13. shot410ga

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    You need two pair. One for walking one for sitting. There is a company that makes a boot cover or big booty that slips on and fits over your boots in a tree stand, duck blind or ice fishing. Can't recall the name.
     
  14. DustyOne60

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    Sorrels are tough to beat. The Bunny Boots (the White Boots) worked really well too. New technology is truly awesome. I prefer old technology. High top lace up wool felt boots with felt sole. Over them I wear 5 buckle high top overshoes.

    Cheers Dusty
     
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    Sorrel Boots.........take the liners out Each night to dry! If you don't the moisture may freeze up and the next day on the deer stand you will have cold feet. Been using Sorrel felt lined boots since 1970's. bkt
     
  16. Stl Flyn

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    Started with Sorrel's many years ago. Now wear LaCrosse Iceman. The Alpha's are good if you are going to be walking a good distance. They are not as bulky, or wide it seems, but still keep you plenty warm. They are also lighter in weight.

    One key is to never lace a boot tight around your leg, or ankle while you are sitting. Pac boots are bulky, and sometimes heavy. They don't really need to be tight anyway, if you are not walking that far. Sitting for longer periods of time also cuts circulation to your legs, and your feet. Sitting on a good cushion helps to allow blood flow to your feet, and keeps your rear warm, along with the blood flowing to your feet.

    I wear poly polypropylene socks on the inside, and wool on the outside. You get warmth, and moisture wicking from your feet. You can take the liners out also to dry each day, and replace with dry ones.

    It seems to me the cheaper you go as far as price, the colder your feet get, no matter the claims.
     
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    Most of the Elk guides in WY I saw wore a Pac boot by a company names Schnee.Looks like a LL Bean maine hunter on steroids.Looks more trim than a Sorrel (so your foot would fit in the saddle stirup).
     
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    I agree with BudsterXT, Baffin Boots, made in Canada. Found this out when I worked a winter in Sheephead Bay, NY. One thin layer wick -away and one good quality pair of wool sox or some other high tech winter sock and the Baffins, THAT IS ALL YOU NEED. People on the party boats would tell me that there feet were freezing. I would ask them how many pairs of sox do you have on, some would say 5 or 6. Suggested they put one thin and one heavy pair of sox after they dry there feet inside. Too many socks cause your feet to sweat and they are now all wet, well what happens to your hands when wet and exposed to extreme cold. Some got the message and I got some great tips, others can't take advise and stayed in the cabin most of the trip. Usually did not win the pool and went home fishless with cold, 1/2 frost bitten toes.
     
  19. labels

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    Northern Oufiters & then a good pair of Nylon socks up to your knee - then followed by a good pair of 100% LL Bean Wool socks... If this does not keep your feet warm Dave, I will buy you a warm & hearty breakfast - good hunting.....Pete
     
  20. Chugiakshooter

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    From an Alaskan,BAFFINS are the best period.The make them for cold down to -148 or something like that.They are light and work great.