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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The Perfekt Boot at a Reasonable Price

by Ross Russell

As your feet go, you go!  After another long descent and multiple black toe nails from my toes digging into the front of my boots, I knew I needed to make a change.  I was looking for a boot for both September Archery season and a boot that would work into October when the temperature dips and snow begins to fall.  After reading many reviews I settled on the Perfekt Hiker by Meindl.  

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Backcountry Boots

By Rokslide Staff

Simply put, boots are one of the most important pieces of gear in your hunting arsenal. They can literally make or break your hunt. For the hardcore, DIY type hunter, a quality pair of boots is a must. Lesser quality boots should be avoided at all cost!

Several Rokslide staff members have come together and contributed input on what boots they prefer to use for both early and late season, and probably more importantly, why they use them!

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