jared boots 3 resize Lathrop & Sons Mountain Hunter Boot Review

by Jared Bloomgren, Rokslide Staff

There are many things to consider when purchasing equipment and gear for your future hunts. Many weigh differently on how your hunt may go and there are many items that should consider special consideration when deciding on what needs to be in your arsenal. Each season, nearly all of us go through our kits and decide what should stay and what should go on any given hunt. If you are anything like me, I am constantly reworking my hunt kit and tweaking it depending on how my previous season went.

Over the years I have had a bit of trouble with finding a boot system that works well for my feet. I have used and tried many top name brands on the market today. Unfortunately I often ended up with ill-fitting boots and blisters on my feet. I think back to when I first started hunting in the backcountry and the times when my heels looked like a meat cleaver got the better of me. These were not fun times and I quickly decided that better boots were a must.

I have used many boots that definitely felt and did better but very rarely was I able to wear a boot that took all my problems away. I was left frustrated many times as I bought new boots that didn't perform how I had hoped they would.

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Crispi Wyoming Boot Review
By Les Welch, Rokslide Staff

The balls of my feet were beginning to get warm. I was four miles in but still had 22 to go. I altered my gait, but it was only a matter of timeit was going to be a long day. By sunset, I had already used almost a full roll of tape; however, nothing but stopping would help at this point. I trudged on trying to enjoy the surroundings even though every step shot fire through my feet. The crowds grew, the noise intensified, the lights got brighter, and the adrenaline softened the pain.  I crossed the finish line and Ironman #4 was in the books.  My feet were torched and it was three weeks until elk season opened. The importance of comfortable, fitting, functional footwear never stood out as more important.

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Zamberlan 960 Guide Boot Review
By Brock Akers, Rokslide Moderator

Type in the search box on Rokslide "best backcountry boot" and be prepared for a few seconds of load time.  The discussions are almost endless. After you spend hours of research and reading, you feel as if feet are similar to the human fingerprint—no pair of feet are the same. This is true to some degree. This is also why companies like Lathrop and Sons are so valuable when purchasing a boot.

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Crispi Idaho GTX Boot Review

By Guest Writer Dustin Wittwer of Team Backcountry

Certain pieces of backcountry gear are crucial to a successful hunt. During this review, I wondered which piece of gear that I use is the absolute most important. During my years of hunting the backcountry, I've experienced gear failures from almost every imaginable piece of equipment, including tents, backpacks, bows, optics, clothing, knives, headlamps, and the list goes on! After reminiscing each of these gear failures, I realized that in each case the hunt was able to go on without too much difficulty.

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