Top 10 Best Hunting Boots Reviews 2020 – PRO Guide & Review

Hunting is just about the oldest tradition we have – it’s even older than civilization. For thousands of years, being a skilled huntsman meant your family would survive the freezing winter. Today, there are other ways to put food on the table. Hunting may be a pastime in the modern world, but it’s a demanding one. It requires skill, patience, and the right equipment.

Why do you need hunting boots?

Trekking over rough terrain takes a toll on your footwear, and it takes a rugged boot to stand up to that type of punishment. City shoes are fine for the daily grind, but they are not designed for the great outdoors. They go to pieces quickly when exposed to rocks, slippery surfaces, moisture, and loose-ground.

Moreover, they lack the grip and traction you need to move comfortably. Slipping and spraining your ankle is not fun at all, and limping back to civilization is a bad way to end the weekend.

Hunting boots are your number one hunting partner as they are with you all the way on your hunting expedition. If the boots you are wearing are not friendly or comfortable, you cannot expect to use your other hunting equipment effectively. So, hunting boots are our first priority for a hunting preparation.

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Comparison Chart of The Top 10 Best Boots for Hunting

Best Hunting Boots Reviews

1.   Kenetrek Men’s Mountain Extreme 400 Insulated Hunting Boot

Best Hunting Boot for Cold Weather

What makes a good hunting boot? It has to be tough, well insulated, and have a good grip. It should be comfortable and fit well. These are the absolute essentials. Kenetrek’s Men’s Mountain Extreme provides all these benefits, and more.


  • The Mountain Extreme has a thick, durable rubber sole with k-talon outsoles for outstanding grip. The rubber sole guard is reinforced, to protect against extreme wear and tear.
  • The 7mm nylon midsoles give the boot extra strength under heavy load and on rough terrain, adding to the durability. This is especially useful if you’re lugging around heavy bags!
  • The attractive uppers are 2.8mm thick premium leather, providing natural strength and waterproofing. The single vamp and seamless tongue provide improved scratch resistance and waterproofing without sacrificing comfort.
  • Insulation is really important if you’re hunting in cold conditions – and the Mountain Extreme has you covered. With 400 grams of “Thinsulate” insulation in each boot, you will be comfortable in all conditions. And the breathable Wind-tex insulation prevents your feet from cooking!

  • Comfortable fit
  • Insulated
  • Very warm, lightweight insulation
  • Windtex membrane allows your feet to breathe

  • Uncomfortable insole (can be replaced easily)
  • You will have to break them in (you can say the same for most boots)

Overall, these are one tough pair of boots! They are also surprisingly lightweight, at only 4.2 lbs. As mentioned above, they are let down by the uncomfortable insoles – but they’re easy to replace. Overall, I can happily recommend these boots.

2.   LaCrosse Men’s AeroHead 18” 3.5mm Hunting Boot

Best Rubber Hunting Boot

Hunting boots have to be tough. In the past, that would have meant they had to be uncomfortable and heavy. Today, bootmakers have advanced materials to play with – ones that offer strength, waterproofing, and comfort, and are surprisingly lightweight. The LaCrosse Men’s AeroHead is a prime example.


  • LaCrosse has built these boots with Neoprene – the same material used in modern wetsuits. Neoprene is more resilient than natural rubber, and lighter, too. It’s completely waterproof and very flexible. And it’s a good insulator, keeping your feet warm in the bitterest cold.
  • The choice of material is key to the success of these boots. Choosing a flexible material means the boots are easy to put on. They also flex naturally as you walk, which prevents strain and blisters.
  • The Neoprene core is the first part of LaCrosse’s patented AeroForm technology. It is complemented with a liquid rubber seam, which resists abrasion and ensures waterproofing across the boot.
  • The outer shell is made of tough Polyurethane, a material that is prized for its extreme durability, insulation, and waterproofing qualities. It’s tough and flexible, too.
  • These are tall boots, measuring 17” from the arch. They’re completely waterproof and designed for comfort. They have an adjustable back gusset so you can adjust the fit.
  • The midsole is cushioned with injected PU. This helps to improve the stability of your boot and makes it much more comfortable.
  • The soles have good grip, and the integrated shank adds extra support and durability.

  • Very comfortable
  • Multiple layers of waterproofing
  • Flexible
  • Resistant to scratches and abrasion

  • A little too cushy for rocky terrain – these are better suited to static hunting
  • They can be too warm if you’re hunting on a hot day or in a hot climate
  • Can be tough to take off!

These are great waterproof hunting boots, ideally suited to static hunting on a cold day. In the warmer months, they can be a little too hot. And they’re not the best shoes for hiking or climbing over rocky terrain – the soles are a bit too soft for these conditions.

3.   LaCrosse Men’s Venom Scent APG HD Snake Boot

Best Snake Proof Hunting Boots

In many parts of the world, venomous snakes are a real hazard! Getting to a hospital is pretty tough when you’re in the middle of the wilderness, so it’s very important to protect yourself.

With good tough boots and clothing, the risk of getting bitten are reduced. These boots feature a flexible snake guard to give you an extra layer of protection.


  • These boots come with LaCrosse’s patented neoprene core, offering warmth, flexibility, and waterproofing. They have a rubber sole and 2” heel, so they have great traction on wet or muddy surfaces.
  • The uppers are made from tough fabric and leather, so they’re resistant and allow your feet to breathe. The Dry-Core lining keeps them waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about leakage.
  • As I mentioned above, these boots feature a 360-degree snake guard, which could save your life!
  • LaCrosse also makes the AeroHead, which I reviewed above. One of the downsides of the AeroHead is that it’s hard to take off – you have to pull quite hard. The Venom Scent APG HD has a zip on the side so you can remove your feet more easily – it’s a nice feature, and it’s a shame the AeroHead doesn’t have them.

  • Protection from snakes
  • Insulated for cold weather and wet conditions
  • Good grip
  • Easy to remove
  • Very durable

  • The stitching near the rubber toe is not as durable as the rest of the boot
  • They are not entirely waterproof – some water will get in the front if you stand in a stream

These are great all-round hunting boots, and they’re snake proof! They offer great insulation and allow your feet to breathe in hot conditions.
They’re easy to put on and take off, but they are not fully waterproof. So bear that in mind if you intend to stand in running water.

Read the full detailed review of the LaCrosse Men’s Venom Scent APG HD Snake Boot

4.   Danner Men’s Pronghorn 8” Uninsulated Hunting Boot

Best Uninsulated Hunting Boots

Sometimes, you need a boot with great insulation. They’re ideal for cold weather and wet climates. But in the heat, you need a boot that can breathe. These boots are uninsulated. They’re a great all-round boot that’s suitable for all terrains.


  • Danner’s Pronghorn features a leather and nylon upper, so it’s tough and flexible. It comes with a Gore-Tex lining that allows your feet to breathe in even the hottest conditions. It protects against the buildup of sweat, which is uncomfortable and unhealthy.
  • The heel cap and toe are made from thick full-grain leather, lending them strength and protection from scuffs and scratches. This is especially important on rocky terrain or thick undergrowth.
  • The Pronghorn has an ortholite footbed, designed for comfort and support. It features a triple layer of cushioning, so your feet will remain comfortable on rough ground.
  • The outsole is designed to provide good traction on a variety of surfaces, including muddy or wet ground, rough surfaces such as rock, and in thick undergrowth.

  • Breathable design keeps you comfortable in hot weather
  • Flexible and tough
  • Cushioned for extra comfort
  • Great traction

  • Although the leather toes and heels are tough, they will eventually scratch and wear.

These boots are great for a wide variety of terrains. They’re designed for hot weather or high-exertion – they are not insulated. Instead, they let your feet breathe and cool down.

While they are extremely comfortable, they are not the most durable boot on this list. They more than make up for that in terms of comfort, flexibility, and quality of craftsmanship.

5.   The Original MuckBoots Adult FieldBlazer Hunting Boot

Best Budget Hunting Boots

MuckBoots have a great reputation for toughness, and the FieldBlazer Hunting Boot carries that tradition proudly! They’re well waterproofed, and offer plenty of support and comfort.


  • These boots are made from high-quality rubber, with tough, flexible fabric. The rubber sole has high-traction treads, lending you stability in mud or wet conditions. They are equally at home on dry surfaces, loose ground, etc.
  • Muckboots have used a Realtree shaft for added support, and there is also an achilles heel support panel. This is especially useful to prevent strain and injury.
  • The neck has a stretch fit topline – this helps to keep the heat in, and the water out. The boot also features a breathable airmesh lining, which keeps your feet ventilated in warmer weather. These boots are comfortable in warm and cold conditions, from sub-freezing up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The vulcanized rubber sole is tough, standing up to scratches and general wear. Combined with the foam lining and the 4-way stretch nylon membrane, the boot is flexible and tough, comfortable and durable.
  • The reinforced shank makes the sole more durable. It protects against shear forces and torsion.
  • There is a flex foam layer to keep the feet comfortable, warm and dry.

  • Tough
  • Comfortable thanks to the foam lining
  • Slip resistant
  • Stretch fit opening ensures a tight fit – no leakage or heat loss.

  • Although the boots have a breathable lining, they can get uncomfortably hot in hot and humid conditions, such as hot swampland.

The Muckboot name is well trusted for a reason – they are well-made boots, well suited for wet conditions and very comfortable. The tough exterior can stand up to a lot of punishment, and the excellent traction means you are stable and secure in water or on muddy land.

Read the full detailed review of the The Original MuckBoots Adult FieldBlazer Hunting Boot

6.   Irish Setter Men’s 860 Elk Tracker Waterproof 1000 Gram Boot

The Best Boots for Hunting – Choice of the Editor

These are ruggedly built big boots! They mean business! That doesn’t mean they’re uncomfortable, though – quite the opposite. With multiple layers of insulation and cushioning, as well as arch support, they provide great comfort and support for harsh outdoors conditions.


  • These are very attractive boots, with a full grain leather upper and a high-grip synthetic sole. The sole is supported by a steel shank, so it can stand up to plenty of rough treatment.
  • There are several layers of waterproofing. The rugged saddle leather upper is well stitched with a flex welt construction. This protects against leakage. Inside, there is a waterproof gore-tex lining, that keeps water out while allowing your feet to breath. This is complemented by a moisture wicking nylon lining, which draws moisture away from the interior.
  • The boots are well insulated, with a 1000 gram Thinsulate layer. They will keep your feet warm in most conditions, whether you are static or in motion.
  • The cushioning is fantastic, with high-quality cork EVA and memory foam. This ensures support where you need it, as no two feet are exactly alike.
  • The boot also makes use of ScentBan, which kills odor-causing bacteria. So you can keep your feet snug without making them smell like ripe cheese!

  • Very tough leather exterior that is attractive and flexible
  • Multiple layers

  • For some people, they may be a little too heavy.
  • The laces tend to wear out quickly, but they are easy to replace.

These are great boots if you need all-terrain flexibility and extreme insulation. The tough construction resists scratches, knocks, and scrapes. They are very comfortable, providing arch support and a memory foam insole. And the steel shank ensures it won’t fall apart after especially rough treatment.

It’s also worth noting the excellent after sales support from Irish Setter. In many cases, they have been happy to replace the boots for free and allowed the customers to keep the old ones, too!

Read the full detailed review of the Irish Setter Men’s 860 Elk Tracker Waterproof 1000 Gram Boot

7.   Rocky Men’s Bearclaw 3D Mobu Hunting Boot

These boots are named after the outsole, which does remind me of a bear’s claw. They are designed for extreme traction, making them ideal for slippery surfaces and flaky rocky surfaces, as well. They also have great insulation, making them ideal boots for active hunters.


  • The design is camo and leather, with a welt construction.
  • The most outstanding feature is the outsole, which offers amazing grip on a variety of surfaces. This makes these boots the best all-terrain choice on this line-up.
  • These boots are insulated with 1000 gm Thinsulate Ultra, just like the Irish Setter boots I reviewed above. Generally, the Irish Setter boots are warmer, but the Bearclaw has much better traction.
  • They feature a gore-tex lining for breathable waterproofing, which is complemented by Polartec. Polartec is designed to quickly draw moisture away from the skin, so you remain dry even in wet conditions.
  • The foam footbed offers comfort and support, whether you are standing statically or climbing over rough, sharp terrain.

  • Incredible traction on many different surfaces
  • Great insulation
  • Attractive and tough exterior

  • Depending on your fit, they may feel a little tight at first. But they break in quickly.

If tend to range over rough terrain, over rocky surfaces, through overgrowth, and on icy ground, these are the perfect boots for you. They are the best all-terrain boots on the list. They’re also well insulated and durable, too.

They’re ideally suited for hunting, hiking, and general use.

8.   Under Armour Men’s UA Speed Freek Bozeman Hunting Boots

Hunting boots are great for hunting, but not so good for everyday use (although some die-hard huntsman will disagree). With a sleek suede exterior, Under Armour’s UA Speed Freek combines the features you would expect from a hunting boot with a cool style. They look great, but are they a good choice for hunters?


  • Suede and water are not supposed to mix, but Under Armour have made it work with these waterproof hunting boots. They combine a waterproof lining with a breathable membrane.
  • The toe is made from scratch resistant rubber, so it won’t scuff easily, and a tough heel cap. Together with the reinforced TPU shank, these make the Speed Freeks much tougher than they look.
  • Their fabric is infused with microbe killing copper, to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. There’s also an anti-bacterial Ortholite sock liner.
  • The sole is made of rubber for extra grip, and the entire boot is light thanks to the EVA construction.

  • A modern look that makes for great all-purpose boots
  • Very light and comfortable

  • Not as tough as other boots on this list

If you’re looking for hunting boots you can wear on a day-to-day basis, then these are a good choice. If you need serious waterproofing, insulation, or toughness, you’re better off with another boot on the list.

9.   Wolverine Men’s Work Prairie Trekker Gore-Tex Waterproof Steel Toe EH Angora/ Maxi Brown Boots

Steel toed boots offer great protection, but they can be hard to break in. It’s like a battle between the toe and the steel! Ultimately, the toe wins – but it can be a bitter battle. The Parie Trekker boots are an exception to this rule – right out the box, they are comfortable!


  • The uppers are made from a combination of premium full-grain leather and Cordura nylon, giving them strength, durability, and flexibility. They are able to withstand quite a few bashes and collisions without getting ruined thanks to their tough construction.
  • Insulation is provided by a layer of Thinsulate, keeping you warm on cold days.
  • The rubber outsole provides good traction, even on wet surfaces. And it’s chemical resistant too – not that you should run into too many chemicals while hunting!
  • The midsole is made of polyurethane, providing great strength while remaining lightweight. There is a full-cushion insole, which supports your weight and provides comfort. This is removable if you prefer.
  • As I mentioned above, these boots have a steel toe, providing you with protection against injury. If you’ve grown to dread steel toes, don’t worry – customer reviews show the boot does not require a long period of breaking in.

  • Decent insulation
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • A steel toe for added protection

  • Very thin laces, which are hard to tighten

These are great lightweight boots, with insulation and the added protection of a steel toe. They look great and feel good too. They are let down a little by the thin laces – which is certainly not a deal breaker.

If you’re planning to do much trekking or hiking, the light weight will more than make up for any lace-related complaints!

10.   Wood N’ Stream Men’s Snake Bite 17″ Leather Cordura Hunting Shoes

Wood N’ Stream have been producing high-value hunting boots for 60 years now, so it’s safe to assume they know a thing or two. This is the second snake-proof boot on the list – I’ve previously mentioned how important that features are!


  • These boots are fully waterproof, with a cement construction to ensure there are no seams for water to leak through. The exterior is protected by 3M Scotchgard.
  • They have an EVA/PU cushion for added comfort. The sole is made of slip resisting rubber, which is essential for waterproof boots. The high-traction treads mean you will be stable on rough terrain, too.
  • The main feature is the 100% snake proof design, which is pretty important if you tread on a sleeping copperhead. In some parts of the world, that isn’t an issue; when it is, you’ll be glad you had bite-proof boots.
  • There’s a side zipper that makes it very easy to take these boots off.

  • Snake proof
  • Easy to remove
  • Extremely waterproof

  • Poor ankle support makes these a poor choice for vertical terrain

If comfortable snake boots are on the top of your priority list, then you can grab a pair of these boots. Though the ankle support is a bit poor, but these are light, extremely waterproof, and very well constructed. So perfect choice for flat to semi flat terrain. You can also use these for hiking in the areas you are worried about snake bites.

Factors to Consider Before Buying The Best Boots for Hunting – The Ultimate Buyers Guide

Which hunting boot is best? It all depends on your requirements. Sometimes you need an all-terrain boot. Sometimes insulation is important. Will you spend most of your time standing still, or will you be trekking over rough terrain? All of the boots on this list have their own strengths and weaknesses. Before you can choose the right one, you need to think about your exact requirements. Here are the points you need to keep in mind:

  • Terrain

Different terrains put different strains on the boots you choose. Some boots are better suited to rocky terrain, others work well on relatively flat terrain.

Rocks require a good grip, and they tend to scuff and abrade the boots you wear. If you’re planning to walk over rocky terrain, or up mountains, you need hiking boots or hunting boots that are well suited to this type of ground.

At the other extreme, you find swamps. These are extremely demanding terrains that require waterproof boots. Traction is important too – wet soil and water make it easy to slip and fall.

  • Weather and Climate

Are you planning to hunt in the winter, or during hot weather? For that matter, are you in a hot or cold part of the world? Some boots are insulated against the cold, and others are designed to lose excess heat quickly.

Making the wrong choice here can lead to a world of discomfort, and possibly injury. So understand your needs, and remember – it’s OK to use different boots for different seasons.

  • Usage

Are you planning to use your boots for hunting only, or do you plan to hike? Are you looking for something that’s appropriate for everyday use? Some of the boots on this list are great all-purpose boots, and others are designed with hunting in mind. This is an important consideration, because a high-quality pair of boots is a considerable investment. If you can use them for more than one purpose, then that’s a definite bonus.

  • Snakes

In many parts of the world, venomous snakes are a real risk. While it’s true that there are effective antivenoms, it’s hard to get rapid medical treatment when you’re in the middle of nowhere. And even if you’re close to a hospital, poisonous snake bites are extremely painful. It can take a long time to recover from them, too.

If you’re planning to hunt anywhere near poisonous snakes, then snake proof boots are an absolute necessity.

  • Water

Water covers 80% of the Earth’s surface. Water also tends to attract game. So it’s not surprising that we run into it quite often when out hunting.

Getting water inside your boots is more than a mere discomfort. In cold weather, it can be a serious impediment. Given enough time, it can lead to frostbite.

And in hot weather, it can lead to fungal infections. These are extreme cases, of course. For the most part, wet feet are uncomfortable and blister more easily.

In any case, you will be grateful for waterproofing if your hunting takes you into a wet environment.

  • Support

How are your feet? Do you get pains after standing up all day, or after trekking for long distances? If so, you probably need extra support. If you have a medical condition, you need the right kind of support.

Modern materials such as memory foam and synthetic foams are great for supporting your feet. But they can store heat, so if you’re hunting in a hot climate, you will need a boot with better ventilation.

  • Weight

If you’re planning on covering a lot of ground, heavy boots can quickly become a drag. This isn’t an issue if you will be hunting from a static position.

Many of the more rugged boots on this list are quite heavy. Some are very lightweight. Of course, there’s always a trade-off. Heavy boots are made of thicker materials, making them more durable.

  • Flora

Will you be hunting on the plains, or trekking through thick underbrush? Rough, thorny plants can tear a weaker boot to shreds. They can damage the outsoles, and leave unsightly scratches on the exterior. And they can compromise your boot’s waterproofing. So you need to take the plant life into consideration when you choose a boot.

  • Protection

Will you need added protection? If you run into a rock, you’ll be glad you had steel toe caps. Some boots offer more protection than others, usually at the cost of other features.

  • Appearance

I have left this point to last for several reasons. First of all, fashion and appearance are a matter of personal taste. Nobody can tell you what looks good and what doesn’t.

Secondly, a nice appearance will not impress a snake, or protect you from a twisted ankle.

And finally, all the boots on this list are attractive and suitable for hunting.

However, if you’re planning to use your new boots for day-to-day use, then you may want to choose something that looks good in all situations. Again, it’s better to choose the right boot for your requirements rather than the prettiest one. But it’s also great to choose a great looking pair of boots that you like.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Can hunting boots be used for hiking? / Are hunting boots good for hiking?
A. It really depends on the boot. Several of the boots on this list are great all-rounders and make for good hiking boots. But some are too heavy. Choosing the right hiking boots is a whole subject in itself. It all depends on where you’re planning to hike, and when.

Q. Do I need insulated hunting boots?
A. If you’re planning to hunt in winter, or in a cold climate, then the answer is yes. If you’re going to spend much time standing in a cold stream, then you should have insulated boots, even during summer.

Q. Are rubber hunting boots warm?
A. Many rubber hunting boots are warm. It depends on how much insulation they have, and whether they have a tight-fitting opening. In general, rubber is a good insulator. It’s waterproof, resists electricity, and tends to retain heat. But it’s not the best insulator – modern hunting boots use more efficient insulators to keep your feet warm. Some rubber boots have this insulating material built in; others don’t. If this is an important factor, look for a rubber hunting boot that provides extra insulation.

Wrapping It Up

All of the boots on this list are great for one purpose or another. That makes it hard for me to make a definitive recommendation for everyone – I don’t know your needs and desires. That said, here are my top recommendations.

Best Cold Weather Hunting Boot

Kenetrek Men’s Mountain Extreme 400 Insulated Hunting Boot

The Mountain Extreme offers great insulation while providing you with the flexibility to tackle all types of terrains.
In addition to great insulation, it allows your foot to breathe, preventing an uncomfortable buildup of sweat. And it has great traction, which is essential on all types of terrain.
In cold conditions, it’s important to choose a boot that will keep you warm and comfortable for long periods of time. The Mountain Extreme will not let you down.

Best Rubber Hunting Boot

LaCrosse Men’s AeroHead 18” 3.5mm Hunting Boot

LaCrosse’s patented AeroForm technology makes these extremely tough, durable and flexible boots. They also provide outstanding comfort. And they’re waterproof, which is a big plus if you will be splashing through water.

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