Boot height

pbcarch

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Ok so i am trying on new boots that I will be using to go out west + will be using here on the east coast. Think all bow for now and fall to early winter , so insulation is NOT the key driver.

I am not going to mention the brands i have but i have narrowed it down to 2....they both fit and feel very good. "A'' is a normal height boot and while still stiff easy to hike around the house. "B" is also comfortable but is of the high type boot, and walking around the house i "feel" that height and added stiffness (more like a ski boot)

Now i know this is a matter of preference (so probably answered my own question already) BUT from your experience in western hunting/backpacking do you have a liking to the regular height or the much higher type?
 

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The taller/stiffer boot will give you more ankle support. That's why it feels like a ski boot, as you described. This can be important while caring a heavy pack or walking on steep side hills. I like a taller boot. It is just nice having that support.
 
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Has anyone every gotten the taller boot and wish they hadn't?

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Up until about 5 - 7 years ago, wore nothing but 10" tall boots. Now that I've made the switch to shorter boots, I'll never go back.
 
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I like the 8" early. When it gets snow and slop, I like the 10". I don't have a big stride, so the talls don't bother me generally.
 

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There are many more experienced hunters here to chime in. I personally think above a certain height it is a matter of preference.

I like an 8-10 inch boot because when hunting I am less likely to avoid shallow water than when hiking. I tend to think that gaiters are a better solution for mid and snow.

I think it is telling that apart from plastic mountaineering boots, you probably can't find a boot over 3-4 inches in an REI or high end backpacking store.
 

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Now i know this is a matter of preference (so probably answered my own question already)
Nailed it.

Personally, I used tall boots for years and years, then switched to hiker style (at or just above the ankle). I'll never go back.
 

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2013 was so wet in the Gila that the elk had galoshes. The gophers were using snorkels. The town of Mogollon nearly washed away.
The smartest-looking guy was the one I met on the trail who had calf-high boots on. I've never wanted them since, but they would've been nice on that trip.
 
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Now that's funny right there

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