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Salomon Quest 4D GTX

by Brock Akers, Train to Hunt Director

With my season winding down, I wanted to share my thoughts on the Salomon Quest 4D GTX hiking boot. In the last several years, this boot has become wildly popular and for good reason. They are comfortable, lightweight, and affordable. I've owned mine for about 10 months putting about 300 miles on them.  During that time, I wore the Darn Tough Full Cushion Boot sock exclusively. I never treated them with anything before or during use as I wanted to test them without any aide. I am not sure Salomon recommends even treating them as a quick online search yielded no results. That could have changed by now though.

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Schnee's Bridger Hiker Boot

By Robby Denning, Rokslide Staff

From late June through early October, scouting and hunting mule deer in the West typically allows for a lighter weight, non-insulated boot.  This means more comfort in both wear and heat dissipation.  Lighter weight boots are typically easier to break in due to less leather/more synthetic construction unlike you usually find in a heavy duty hiking boot. Also, few active hunters (where you're walking at least half the hours of your hunting day) need an insulated boot in temps down to just above freezing.  In fact, insulated boots in these temps will make your feet sweat causing cold feet.  You'll actually be colder in an insulated boot that is even slightly damp, than a non-insulated dry boot.  

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Blister Prevention

Stephen Lathrop of Lathrop & Sons Boots

Blisters

Of all things we prepare to encounter on a huntsuch as harsh terrain, altitude, and foul weatherthe most detrimental may well be the smallest and most easily overlooked. A blister is a collection of fluid beneath the epidermis (first layer of skin). Unlike calluses, which are caused by prolonged rubbing, a blister most often occurs due to a period of intense friction on a localized area. A blister on the foot, or even worse, several blisters can incapacitate even the most determined and toughest of us all. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken that greatly reduce the chances of onset and, if they do occur, the effects of blisters.

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Wiggys Waders

by Ross Russell

After starting another Elk Hunt in Northwest Montana with wet feet after multiple river crossings, I came to the conclusion that there had to be better way than my current method of keeping my feet dry.  I normally use plastic bags and duct tape, but it does not work!  I was hiking way too far in to wear standard waders, so I needed something light weight, small to stuff in my pack when not in use, and that went on quickly and can be removed just as quickly.

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