Best Elk Hunting Boots of 2019

Whether you are a pro-hunter or going on your first hunting trip, one thing everyone should pay extra attention to is proper boots. They shouldn’t only be comfortable or waterproof, they must also be durable, be well suited for every weather condition and keep you safe in the wild. First-time hunters might find themselves lost between the many brands on the market. We have compiled a list of the best elk hunting boots on the market to help you find the perfect pair.

Name
Material:
Insulation:
Waterproof:
Shaft high:
Price
Name
Material:
Insulation:
Waterproof:
Shaft high:
Price
№1
100% Leather, Synthetic Sole
1000G Thinsulate
GORE-TEX
12
№2
100% Leather, Synthetic Sole
600G Thinsulate
GORE-TEX
12
№3
Neoprene, Rubber Sole
Yes
GORE-TEX
15.25
№4
100% Leather, Rubber sole
200G Thinsulate
GORE-TEX
12
№6
Leather, Synthetic Fabric, Synthetic Sole
PrimaLoft 800g
UltraDry
10
№7
100% Leather, Nylon, Rubber Sole
PrimaLoft 400g
UltraDry
8.75
№9
Cordura fabric, Leather, Rubber Sole
400G 3M Thinsulate
yes
11
№10
Real Tree Camo fabric, Leather, Rubber Sole
400G 3M Thinsulate
yes
10

Irish Setter Men’s 860 Elk Tracker has the highest level of insulation among Irish Setter product line so it keeps your feet extra warm in extremely low temperatures. Durable waterproof fabric keeps boots dry in any conditions, while extra cushioning supports keep your feet safe on long hikes. Therefore, this pair is an excellent option for a hunt in severe weather conditions. Yet, they are rather heavy compared to others models of Irish Setter product line, and don’t have steel toe protection.

Material:
100% Leather, Synthetic Sole
Insulation:
1000G Thinsulate
Waterproof:
GORE-TEX
Shaft high:
12
PROS

1000g Thinsulate™ Ultra insulation – great for hunts in extreme cold

GORE-TEX Waterproofing

Cushin comfort tongue technology

Removable comfort cork EVA footbed with memory foam

ScentBan Odor control

Bob Tracker outsole

Cons

Heavy (4/5 lbs per pair)

No steel-toed protection

Another pair from Irish Setter product line is very similar to the ones we reviewed first. Irish Setter Men’s 882 Elk Tracker Waterproof 600 Gram 12″ has embedded the GORE-TEX waterproof technology and the ScentBan odour control, which keep your feet warm and dry. However, the insulation level is a bit lower, which makes it suitable for moderate climate and it is not recommended to wear them in hard winters. The outsole is claimed to be very stiff and not befitting for hikes trough rough terrains.

Material:
100% Leather, Synthetic Sole
Insulation:
600G Thinsulate
Waterproof:
GORE-TEX
Shaft high:
12
PROS

600g Thinsulate™ Ultra insulation – great for hunts in shoulder season

GORE-TEX Waterproofing

ScentBan odour control

Removable comfort cork EVA footbed with memory foam

Premium leather

Cons

Stiff sole

Runs small

Extreme cold or rough terrain wouldn’t be an obstacle for you if you have Muck Boot Men’s Arctic Pro Snow Booton. Thick fleece lining additional thermal foam provide exceptional warmth. Besides these high knee boots have a very tight grip around the ankles keep them safe from injuries and tiredness on long hikes. However, breathability is low and on long hikes hunters won’t feel too comfortable as feet might start to sweat. Besides, the boots, apparently, fail to protect from the cold when temperature drops lower than – 30 °F.

Material:
Neoprene, Rubber Sole
Insulation:
Yes
Waterproof:
GORE-TEX
Shaft high:
15.25
PROS

8mm neoprene and fleece lining

Stretch-fit Comfort Topline

Shock absorption

Bob-Tracker outsole

Waterproof

Cons

Don’t always endure advertised -60 °F

Heavy

Low breathability

Irish Setter Men’s 880 is great for warmer seasons with warm days and cooler nights. It might not be as warm as others, but it maintains just as much water resistance, comfort and durability. Thin and light boots that are great not only for hunting, but for backpacking trips as well. The rubber sole, however, is softer and less durable than synthetic one on the other models.

Material:
100% Leather, Rubber sole
Insulation:
200G Thinsulate
Waterproof:
GORE-TEX
Shaft high:
12
PROS

200 grams 3M Thinsulate insulation– perfect for Spring or Early Autumn hunts

GORE-TEXwaterproof technology

Removable comfort cork EVA footbed with memory foam

ScentBan control

Lightweight

Cons

Soft rubber sole

Similar to other Muck Boots, this pair is great for harsh winters. Perfect at repelling cold, high boots are great at protecting your legs from any accidents. Thick neoprene lining hugs the feet and ankles, creating exceptional comfort. However, the thickness makes them less flexible, which aroused some negative reviews.

Material:
Synthetic, Fabric
Insulation:
Yes
Waterproof:
Shaft high:
17
PROS

Waterproof

8mm neoprene + 2mm thermal foam

Stretch-fit Comfort Topline

Bob-Tracker outsole

Reinforced toes

Cons

Stiff

Wears out quickly

Irish Setter Men’s Elk Tracker 886 is a slightly more affordable version among Irish Setter winter models. It uses different insulation and water-resistant technologies, with the combination of leather and synthetic fabric. This pair would still serve you well in cold weather, yet the Ultra Dry technology is considered to be less resistant to moisture and provides less breathability. This is important to consider if you expect to hunt in snow or wetlands.

Material:
Leather, Synthetic Fabric, Synthetic Sole
Insulation:
PrimaLoft 800g
Waterproof:
UltraDry
Shaft high:
10
PROS

800g PrimaLoft insulation (made from recycled materials) – for winter hunts

Removable comfort cork EVA footbed with Memory Foam

ScentBan technology

Cons

UltraDry Waterproofing System

Made from leather and synthetics

Irish Setter Men’s Elk Tracker 885 is a great boot for hunting and hiking in spring or fall. As they don’t have high insulation, it’s also a frequent choice simple work boots for everyday use. Nevertheless, they are still a perfectly capable of enduring long hikes on rocky terrain due to known durability and comfort. However, they won’t be too comfortable in cold temperatures and don’t have a high water-resistance.

Material:
100% Leather, Nylon, Rubber Sole
Insulation:
PrimaLoft 400g
Waterproof:
UltraDry
Shaft high:
8.75
PROS

400g PrimaLoft Instulation – great for Spring and Fall hunts

Removable comfort cork EVA footbed with Memory Foam

ScentBan technology

Reminiscense foam

Cons

Not 100% waterproof

Not suitable for cold weather

Irish Setter Work Men’s Elk Tracker-861is undoubtedly great choice for early season hunts. Yes, they don’t have insulation as other Irish Setter models, but if you aren’t planning long stakeout at nights, and prioritising comfort over high-tech features, this is a great choice.

Material:
100% Leather, Rubber Sole
Insulation:
no
Waterproof:
UltraDry
Shaft high:
9
PROS

ScentBantechnollgy

UltraDry waterproof

Bulls-Eye Air Bob Aggressive Sole

Great breathability

Cons

No insulation

Soft Toe

Wears out quickly

Ad Tec Men’s 11″ Cordura Waterproof 400G might not be a first choice of a professional hunter, but if you are trying out hunting for the first time and aren’t sure if this hobby will stick, this might be an excellent option for you. They are very comfortable and have great soil traction, thus you’ll be able to use them for hikes and relaxing walks. Besides, boots are affordable, fairly durable and provide enough water resistance for early autumn. Yet, they won’t last long in heavy rains or wetlands.

Material:
Cordura fabric, Leather, Rubber Sole
Insulation:
400G 3M Thinsulate
Waterproof:
yes
Shaft high:
11
PROS

Affordable

Cordura Fabric

400G 3M Thinsulate

Cons

Not 100% waterproof

The most affordable version in the list, the Ad Tec Men’s 10″ Real Tree Camo Waterproof 400G is a great option for early season hunts when you are low on budget.

Material:
Real Tree Camo fabric, Leather, Rubber Sole
Insulation:
400G 3M Thinsulate
Waterproof:
yes
Shaft high:
10
PROS

Real Tree Camo Fabric

Aqua-Tecs waterproof membrane

400G 3M Thinsulate

Camo EVA midsole

Affordable

Cons

Leak over time

Not breathable

Low traction

Buyer’s Guide – Final Verdict

How to Choose the Best Boots for Elk Hunting

Have you ever seen a hunter tracking a deer barefoot? Unless you have time-travelled to the Stone Age this is highly unlikely. Whether you are a pro-hunter or going on your first trip, one thing everyone should pay extra attention to is proper boots. Hunts last for days, even weeks, and worrying about wet, frozen or injured feet should not even cross your mind.

Before buying a pair of hunting boots, you should first determine the season and weather conditions for your hunting, as well as the terrain of the location and how active you plan to be during the hunt. With so many brands and models on the market, these factors will help you to narrow down the search. Once this is established, focus on these factors: comfortable fit and support, weight, water resistance, appropriate for the weather, and overall comfort. Try to remember that no matter how perfect the boots seem to be, there is no pair is suited for every type of hunt. If you are a frequent hunter, you should consider getting yourself several pairs to be prepared for every season.

Perfect Fit

First of all, make sure the boots are comfortable and provide great support. Hunting is a challenging endeavour and proper boots should prevent you from getting injured. Make sure the boot matches your feet; the ankle is secured and doesn’t slide while walking. The sole should provide good traction and the cushioning should be comfortable. If you are getting ready for a winter hunt, consider getting a bigger size, so you could fit thick socks inside. This way it will provide extra warmth and cushioning.

Weight

It might seem excessive, but you should pay extra attention to the weight of the boots. Hunting requires a lot of exercise and several days of wearing the same gear, therefore, every extra gram or ounce will make a difference and you will feel it. If you aren’t sure about your level of fitness, I suggest getting a lighter pair, which will prevent you from getting tired as easily and your feet from getting sore.

Water-resistance

Whether you hunt in summer or winter, there is a high chance of you walking through rivers, wetlands, mud and snow, thus, your boots should be water-resistant. There are many technologies used to keep your boots waterproof, but always opt for those that are also breathable, so the moisture from your feet can evaporate as well, allowing your feet will stay both dry and warm.

Weather conditions

Always consider the weather conditions. Sub-zero temperatures and pleasant spring warmth require different levels of insulation. The colder the weather is, the higher the insulation you need. In this case, you might need to give up breathability for some extra warmth. This is especially the case if you expect to have rather calm and immobile hunting trips, meaning that you’ll spend a long period of time on a stakeout. Boots for warm seasons don’t need insulation; therefore you should go for the breathability. It will keep your feet dry and odours away.

Conclusion

Finding the best boots for hunting is a challenging task even for a professional hunter. One should consider many factors such as weather conditions, water proofing and fitting. At some point you might find yourself buying several pairs for different seasons. Yet, modern market has enough to offer models that suit every pocket.

If you are a frequent hunter, it might be wise to invest in the more expensive and high-tech options such as Irish Settermodels with GORE-TEX, Thisulate, Bob Tracker outsole and ScentBan technologies. They will last long, and will keep you warm and safe on long hunts. Good news for you, there are more interesting things coming in the world of hunting gear. Rumor has it, New Hunting Boot with UV and Stealth technology will soon appear on the market. The UV lighting will illuminate ground in front of you and will help to identify animal markings. Boots are constructed to be way more durable and stable.

Yet, if you are more of an occasional and a fresh hunter, it might be a good choice to try out cheaper versions like no insulated Irish Settersor Ad Tecs (but only in case you are off to hunt in warm seasons). Even if you’ll realise that hunting is not for you, you will end up with a great pair of hiking or working boots, which will serve you well and last for a long time.

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