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Makes sense, but its painful to try and cross a brook with anything other than 16"+ rubber boots. I wear my hiking boots any time I can, because my feet rarely get cold, but if the snow is more than a few inches deep, or I'm in an area with swamps and springs, I always end up in too deep, forcing me to stick with the rubber boots.
What makes even more sense to me at least is a lightweight warm comfortable boot hunting all day in than to wear an uncomfortable boot all day " just in case " I might have to walk across a stream deeper than 10 inches . I usually just tie my boots tight at the top and run across and hardly ever get water in my boots . If I do its just a tiny bit around the rim. The tall uncomfortable boots only makes sense to me if you plan on standing around in a swamp all day . Surely not for hunting 5- 8 miles through the woods. I can usually find a place to cross over a downed tree or skip over rocks within a couple hundred yards . But everyone has their own comfort level. Thats why they make so many different style boots
 

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Its probably why I wear them out so fast too. I guess they just aren't designed for mileage like that. I have many double digit mileage days in the Aero's and they were awesome, but RIP....
 

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For 79 bucks you should try the boots I posted. Light, comfortable, waterproof, durable very easy on and off(one of the best features).

Just ordered another pair, couldn't resist at that price. Put them in storage for a while. :)
 
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Never used to use rubber boots til just a few years ago when boots like Muck began to appear. Now it’s my go to boot for a man in his 70’s. Easy on and off and pretty warm.
Back in the day my choice was Dunham boots. As I aged my feet have become Sasquatch level...14 www and boots are harder to find.
My biggest fear with the Mucks is swampy edges which will suck you in while almost losing your boot trying to free your feet. I avoid those edges like the plague now.
My brother has always sworn by Schnee boots which are expensive but are very tall and with a lace up leather top and LL Bean style rubber bottom. Nice boot that lets him go anywhere he wants to.
I can’t put on the “miles” anymore because my hips will scream like hell if I try to still hunt. It’s about comfort and ease of use now.
 

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OutdoorMaster nubber hunting boot, light and waterproof, $50 amazon. :cool:
 

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Its probably why I wear them out so fast too. I guess they just aren't designed for mileage like that. I have many double digit mileage days in the Aero's and they were awesome, but RIP....
Pete,
Have you checked out the Itasca boots at Tractor Supply? Under $70. I use them for hunting and then for cutting all winter. Usually get 2 years out of them. My feet never sweat or get cold. I’m not putting on 10 miles a day though anymore. 5-6 though.

 

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How do you like the boots Pete?
Theyre super light but they were really wide in the heel. Im guessing so they can go on/off easy but they slipped and rubbed on my achilles so I had to try something else. I grabbed the green 800 gram lacrosse. Amazon had them on sale for $100. Theyre a little heavy and warm but Im just over the 70 mile mark and they fit great. Im sure I just have square wheels.
 

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What makes even more sense to me at least is a lightweight warm comfortable boot hunting all day in than to wear an uncomfortable boot all day " just in case " I might have to walk across a stream deeper than 10 inches . I usually just tie my boots tight at the top and run across and hardly ever get water in my boots . If I do its just a tiny bit around the rim. The tall uncomfortable boots only makes sense to me if you plan on standing around in a swamp all day . Surely not for hunting 5- 8 miles through the woods. I can usually find a place to cross over a downed tree or skip over rocks within a couple hundred yards . But everyone has their own comfort level. Thats why they make so many different style boots
I have to disagree with this one. Around my house I could get by with lower boots but even with 18" boots there are times Im afraid Im going to swamp them and often times its a total suprise. GMNF has some areas like this and Pittsburg NH has tons of spots like this. I used to wear leather and "be careful" and just got wet feet too many times. Im not trying to convince anyone of anything though, Im prob the outlier.
 

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I have to disagree with this one. Around my house I could get by with lower boots but even with 18" boots there are times Im afraid Im going to swamp them and often times its a total suprise. GMNF has some areas like this and Pittsburg NH has tons of spots like this. I used to wear leather and "be careful" and just got wet feet too many times. Im not trying to convince anyone of anything though, Im prob the outlier.
If I had a dollar for every time I unsuspectingly sank up to my calves on the side of a mountain up north....
 

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A year and a half ago I banged up my achilles pretty bad where it meets my heel, playing old man softball. It still bothers me, and my foot takes a beating if I wear rubber boots, especially if I'm side-hilling or climbing mountains. This year I wore more of a mountain boot for support and might not ever go back to rubber boots again, and my feet will probably thank me. I wore a pair of quiet gators as well and those definitely save me in some wet areas!

The hard soles of leather boots might be a little less quiet in the woods, but I think it's worth it if you plan on climbing or putting on a lot of miles in mountainous terrain.
 

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A year and a half ago I banged up my achilles pretty bad where it meets my heel, playing old man softball. It still bothers me, and my foot takes a beating if I wear rubber boots, especially if I'm side-hilling or climbing mountains. This year I wore more of a mountain boot for support and might not ever go back to rubber boots again, and my feet will probably thank me. I wore a pair of quiet gators as well and those definitely save me in some wet areas!

The hard soles of leather boots might be a little less quiet in the woods, but I think it's worth it if you plan on climbing or putting on a lot of miles in mountainous terrain.
Interesting post MW. I wore rubber boots almost every day this season because of how wet the areas I hunt are. I do much prefer my leather boots for the reasons you state but I never thought about wearing gaiters with them. I’ve still got two Massachusetts buck tags and hope to get down there a few times before the season ends. I’m going to give them a try. Thanks!
 




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