Which are the best rubber hunting boots? I wouldn’t be surprised that you are having a hard time singling out a pair despite being an avid hunter. Well, we also had a challenge giving an answer sometime back. This came after my brother’s new boots ripped just after the first wearing. We couldn’t help laugh at him considering that he had paid a fortune for them. And as we sat around the bonfire, an argument ensued on whose boots were the best. Of course, I believed mine was the best since they felt right, fitted nicely, and had served me for a long time. My neighbor, on the other hand, argued that despite the harsh treatment, his still looked in good shape. So, which were the best?
Table of Contents
- List of Top 7 Best Rubber Hunting Boots in 2018
- #7 The Original Muck Boots Scrub Boot
- #6 LaCrosse Men’s Grange 18” Hunting Boot
- #5 Muck Boots Woody Sports Mens Boot, Camouflage, 12 M US Men’s
- #4 Arctic Shield Youth Waterproof Rubber Neoprene Boot
- #3 MuckBoots Camo Camp Hunting Boot, Mossy Oak Break-Up, 11 M US Men’s
- #2 LaCrosse Alphaburly Pro 18″ Mens Hunting Boot, Real Tree Xtra Green
- #1 Kamik Hunter Insulated Men’s Boot, Black, 12 M US
- What Did We Look at During The Comparison?
- In Conclusion
List of Top 7 Best Rubber Hunting Boots in 2018
#7 The Original Muck Boots Scrub Boot
By: Muck Boot
The first boot on our list is this garden green boot by Muck Boot Company. We loved its simple design and flexibility that made putting it on/off easy. It also felt very solid thanks to the high-quality rubber that could endure the bangs, abrasion, rugged terrains and harsh outdoor weather. The medium size boot is suitable for both men (10 US) and women (11 US) and has a nonslip rubber sole for preventing slippage or skidding. It includes a stretchy nylon shaft for better comfort and an AirMesh lining for good breathability. The waterproof footwear also offers good protection from the morning dew, water, and rain.
#6 LaCrosse Men’s Grange 18” Hunting Boot
We couldn’t help but notice that quite a number of hunters went for the LaCrosse brand. Of the many versions of boots the company has produced, this one was quite dominant. The s Grange 18inch came in a simple but stylish OD Green color and is fit for men who wear US size 11 shoes. The upper is crafted from premium ZXT Rubber and is praised for its long-lasting nattier, good; protection from bangs, impact, and abrasion, and also keeping its good looks. The rubber sole provides a firm grip on mud, dirt, grass, rocks and many other surfaces. This stops you from falling and getting injured.
#5 Muck Boots Woody Sports Mens Boot, Camouflage, 12 M US Men’s
By: Muck Boot
My neighbor, who’s an avid hunter, couldn’t stop arguing that this boot should be the best in our review. He said that it felt right from the word “go”. Not too tight or too loose and it kept him warm in cold weather and cool in chilly days. The boot was suitable for men and women and features a tough upper and solid rubber outsole. The knee-high boot comes ready for the outdoors and features a reinforced toe for protection from knocks, bumps or falling debris. Although looking large, the footwear is moderately light and can be won for a long period. The good feeling and comfort are improved by the breathable AirMesh linings well as the cushioned EVA midsole.
#4 Arctic Shield Youth Waterproof Rubber Neoprene Boot
The youngest member of our hunting party was rocking these pair of boots. Truth was that they did look very solid and had performed quite well in several hunting expeditions. One thing we agreed with the youngster was that the neoprene rubber was very sturdy and endured the abrasion, impacts, and knocks quite well. The surface was free of scratches and still had the luster despite the extended use. We also loved the camouflage color that made them trendy and the good waterproofing that kept the wearer dry during wet weather. It came with an all natural rubber sole for good traction to prevent slippage.
#3 MuckBoots Camo Camp Hunting Boot, Mossy Oak Break-Up, 11 M US Men’s
By: Muck Boot
After the unfortunate incident, my brother went for the Mossy Oak Break-Up boot from Muck Boot. And true to the reviews from analyst and consumers, this shoe is without question a good bet. It’s lighter than most of its closest rivals but sturdier. Walking in them even for long distances isn’t a problem. It supports easy and quick circulation of air which prevents the bad odor that is particularly experienced in hot days. The rubber sole provides a nice traction on rocky, wet, muddy and grassy terrains quite well whereas the flexible nature improves wearability. The all-season boot is fit for Early, Mid, as well as late season and maintains a solid yet comfortable grip on the foot. It also has excellent air circulation to prevent stuffy and smelly feet.
#2 LaCrosse Alphaburly Pro 18″ Mens Hunting Boot, Real Tree Xtra Green
Several members of our hunting party own the Alphaburly 18-inch boot. While the numbers could have contributed to it featuring on the list, the truth is that it’s a very well made boot. It is solid, light on the foot, and also looks nice. The Neoprene/Rubber construction is suitable for different terrains and seasons and this explains its popularity in the market. It has a nonslip Lug sole that maintains a good hold on different surfaces and lowers the possibility of slipping on loose soil or wet grounds. The 16-inch shaft (from arch) offers good support while the 16-inch opening boosts wearability. It has a thick cushioning EVA midsole for improved comfort and stability whereas the rear gusset can be adjusted for easy and perfect fitting. I voted for it because of the quick drying, good moisture wicking, and amazing air circulation.
#1 Kamik Hunter Insulated Men’s Boot, Black, 12 M US
I bought this black boot a while back and it has proven its worth. This was also evident from several members of our group who either owned the boot or knew somebody who did. The hunting boot has nice insulation and will keep the feet warm without too much sweating. The smooth interior has good wicking property for easy absorption of sweat and moisture whereas the firm grip sole keeps the wearer stable at all times. I was first attracted to the footwear because of its lightweight which meant improved mobility and the good flexibility for easy wearing and taking off. The synthetic rubber upper and sole is suitable for low temperatures whereas the knee-high design improves the protection. It includes an adjustable snow collar for better comfort and a removable thermal-guard liner.
What Did We Look at During The Comparison?
Quality: We unanimously agreed that it was paramount to prioritize on quality. I mean, who wants a boot that rips open sooner-rather-than later? (My brother, who was a victim couldn’t agree more). Good items have a strong upper and sole and will endure the different terrains and climates well. This was credited with good materials and quality craftsmanship.
Material: The next thing we looked at was the material and this really brought a heated argument. According to one page on Wikipedia, rubber and leather are among the most popular materials of construction. Some of us preferred heavy rubber since it was more resistant to tear, wear and was more protective. Unfortunately, these boots were heavier and this could compromise walking through mud, snow or thickets. Some people prefer lighter rubber since it makes the shoe lighter and easy to walk with. Nevertheless, it is less resistant to being poked by turns, barbs, or nails.
Weight: The issue of weight brought back some not-so-good memories where I would struggle with some heavy boots and was always the last in the group. The vivid images of a grizzly bear chasing me were rife and thanks to falling into a ditch I survived. A good boot shouldn’t be too heavy as I learned the hard way. In addition to improving mobility, it also makes you less tired even after long wearing.
Versatility: My first boots were very sturdy and suffered minimal damage even when walking on rugged and stony surfaces. However, I kept slipping/skidding in mild wetness due to the not-so-reliable sole. Not only was it unreliable but put my life at risk due to falling. When purchasing a replacement I focused on a flexible boot that could serve me well in any season. This meant that I didn’t have to own several pairs.
Reliability: Although we hunt as a pack, some of us have bought more boots than others. Reason being that they either sacrificed quality for economy or were duped into thinking that the item in question would last a long time. Unfortunately, it’s never easy to know if the seller was saying the truth or was more interested in selling. From experience, reliable items always come from reputable manufacturers and vendors. They also are backed by encouraging consumer reviews.
Comfort: Rubber boots for hunting, just like other types, need to be comfy. No one wants to endure abrasion because of a rough interior or bear a stuffy interior. To enhance the comfort, manufacturers usually include a soft interior lining which also minimizes odor buildup. Proper insulation comes handy especially during the cold days and will prevent your feet from freezing.
Season: From the discussion with the boys, it was apparent that many people weren’t so familiar with the season. And many ended up buying the right boot for the wrong season or the wrong boot for the right season. It’s always important to first ensure that the item is meant for the season at hand. The boots are classified as Early, Mid, or Late season.
Early season type is perfect for early fall and late summer and is usually lightweight and more breathable. Midseason hunting boots are designed for the colder season and should have better insulation to conserve the heat to keep you warm. They also feature a waterproof membrane to ward off snow, rain and morning dew. Late Season boots are ideal for winter and have thicker lining and insulation. They will also have a wider sole to walk through the snow.
Hunting Style: Are you a sedentary or active hunter? This question should always guide you when looking for the perfect product. An avid hunter walks longer distances and hunts more frequently. The footwear should, therefore, be tougher to endure regular use. It will feature a sturdy sole, stronger stitching, and more weather resistant. A person who hunts less often can get away with boots that aren’t so heavy-duty.
Area of Use: After comparing our boots, we noticed that they were quite different. Some had a thicker sole; others had a better tread, while some boots felt too light. The ones with better tread produced a better grip in wet and sandy conditions. Before spending money, you should be familiar with the terrain. Is it mountainous, grassland, sandy, rocky, or plain?
Others: Other crucial things included size, weatherproofing, water resistance, cleaning ease, price, design, wearing/removal ease, and brand. You can learn more about selecting the right rubber hunting boots by looking at this YouTube video
If you are a hunter or are into hunting boots, you most likely agree with us that these are among if not the best rubber hunting boots. They are well-designed to handle most of the terrains whether mud, snow, rain or stony surfaces. Are easy to wear/remove, fit snugly without causing too much heat or sweat, and also are resistant to ripping, water, tear & wear. With any of the above boots, your hunting expedition will certainly be worthwhile.