Elk hunting is very similar to Deer Hunting and other outdoor sports when it comes to the footwear that you select. This is a decision that you should never take lightly, and almost certainly should never make on the fly. Choosing the right type of Elk hunting boots is just as important as every other aspect of elk hunting, whether its choosing to wear hunter orange, selecting the best hunting rifle or bow, right down to the gear you have decided to take with you.
Never just go with any old boot when hunting, and if you are reading this thinking why then we are about to show you the different components that make up a good boot and why spending closer to $100 is much better than grabbing a pair of boots for as cheap as $10.
Do They Protect Your From The Weather?
First we need to look at how they protect from the weather because we can never be too sure on whether these boots are going to be used through snowy condition, wet weather conditions or baking heat. In an elk hunting boot you need to look for a number of key factors, the first being whether they are waterproof or not.
If they aren’t waterproof, then stop right there and forget about it. You need a pair of waterproof boots that also offers a certain level of breathability so your feet don’t become too hot and start sweating.
The next thing you need to look at is the material and the grip on the sole. Hunters are going to cover large areas that require grip to be a primary feature of any elk boot. Stiff cliff faces with loose rock or muddy and boggy terrain can hamper you if you don’t have the right grip on the base of your boots. A good grip will offer stronger stability under these circumstances but the right materials will also stop your boots from ripping or tearing.
Are They Comfortable?
The second thing you need to think about is whether your boots are comfortable, after all the likelihood is that you will be hunting for hours on end, days at a time. When it comes to comfort its worth trying them on, looking at recommendations from fellow hunters or checking up on customer reviews.
Just because it’s comfortable to someone else doesn’t necessarily mean that the boots are going to provide that same level of satisfaction to you.
Always look for boots that cover your ankle, as these tend to offer that strength and support to the ankle area when you need to scale up steep vertical inclines. The rubber surrounding of a high ride boot is perfect for this type of climb or hike.
What Price Range?
This is one area where you don’t want to pull back on spending a little bit of money, believe me. Many hunters have purchased cheap pairs of elk boots, and for the first instance they may seem alright but after a few days of wear and tear you can easily notice the quality of these.
Cheap boots will rip at the seams, leak in water, and are often uncomfortable offering minimal levels of support to your soles and ankles.
If you really want a pair of boots that will last you years, and withstand any inclines, different types of terrains, and keep the water at bay then you have to part with your cash, but you will not regret spending a single cent or penny at this stage because take it from the experienced, a poor pair of boots will hamper your hunt.
Can You Really Rely On Them to Pull You Through The Hunt?
The final point we need to make in regards to the elk hunting boots that you end up purchasing is if they can really be your saviour through long hunts. For a start you want a good rubber based boots which doesn’t break-up or get damaged easily and secondly they need to be put through every type of condition that you are going to face as a hunter.
A pair of hunting boots should never be purchased on a spur of the moment whim, careful research and planning on finding the right pair of boots if fundamental to your hunting experience. With a pair of cheap boots you are going to suffer from aching feet, that are prone to water leaks, possibly sweaty due to no breathability and all that you will come away from the woodlands with is a negative experience.
An excellent pair of hunting boots on the other hand will result in one thing; that is the pure and simple fact that you won’t even notice anything because they will be doing the best job at keeping your feet comfortable, dry and free from any aching.