Years ago people would have thought you were crazy for wearing a pair of rubber boots out into the field to go hunting. Rubber boots were anything but comfortable and practical back then. Am I dating myself here, or are you old enough to remember those rubber boots that slipped over your shoes. My mom would give me plastic bags to place over my shoes so I could get the boots off once I arrived at school.
Rubber hunting boots have come a long way since then. Nowadays they will combine neoprene with the rubber so that your feet have a little room to breathe. The single largest complaint among boots owners is that their feet sweat after a long day in the field. This is why rubber hunting boots are traditionally only worn by hunters who are mostly inactive such as bowhunters and some duck hunters.
As far as insulation, not only do some of these boots contain both neoprene and thinsulate. There are so many varieties of boots. Some of them have as much as 2,000 grams of thinsulate. Of course, 2,000 grams is not going to work in all situations, but if you live in the Northland, insulation such as this will really help.
In fact, thinsulate is so common in today's rubber hunting boots, I decided to include one of my favorite tables that outlines the uses of different amounts of Thinsulate.
The following is the recommendations from 3M as the amount of thinsulate in boots for a given activity or activity levels:
- 200 grams* for cool conditions or high activity levels â€“ Recommended for work bootsâ€š hiking bootsâ€š rubber bottom bootsâ€š hunting bootsâ€š snowboard bootsâ€š alpine ski bootsâ€š or athletic winter boots.
- 400 grams* for cold conditions or moderate activity levels â€“ Recommended for rubber bottom bootsâ€š hiking bootsâ€š PAC bootsâ€š hunting bootsâ€š or work boots.
- 600 grams* for very cold conditions â€“ Recommended for hiking bootsâ€š work bootsâ€š hunting bootsâ€š or PAC boots.
- 800 grams* for extremely cold conditions with light activity levels â€“ Recommended for hunting bootsâ€š PAC bootsâ€š or work boots.
- 1â€š000+ grams* for extremely cold conditions with light to minimal activity level â€“ Recommended for unique applications requiring additional insulation.
This table was taken from the 3M website.
As you can see, you have many decisions to make before you purchase your boots. What I am trying to convey here is that you do not need to sit out in your treestand and have cold feet anymore.
Another part of rubber boots illustrious history is that they had simple outsoles. An outsole is the part of the boot that "grips" the ground. Today, rubber boots have the same outsoles that their leather, upland game-type boots possess.
Another plus that modern boots have is that they are much "higher". This enables the wearer to walk through much deeper water than in traditional leather hunting boots. Many of the hunting boots are 17 or 18 inches high. These come halfway up the shin. A bonus is that this will keep your calves warm.
Hunting boots are an essential part of any hunters wardrobe. Rubber hunting boots are a speciality type of boots for hunters who must trompe though wetlands. It is not uncommon at all for a duck or a deer hunter to have to wade through deep mud or shallow water.
Bowhunters need rubber boots as part of their "scent lock" system. Rubber boots do not carry scent like leather boots do. These heavily insulated, rubber boots are perfect for bow hunting.
I have given you some information here to make your next rubber boot purchase an easier one. A good pair of rubber hunting boots will protect you from the water and the cold, making all of your hunting experiences more pleasurable.
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