Tall support is a must
Boa lace system
Waterproofing that lasts
Insulated up to 600 grams
Tread with deep lugs and heel to dig into the slope.
Foot bed that will handle 20 miles a day without killing your feet
My favorite height boot overall is 8”. For me that works best. I usually wear non-insulated boots but would like to try out a pair of insulated ones for winter since my toes get cold easily. Waterproof boots is a plus but only if they are breathable. If not no waterproofing is better for me. One thing i would like in a boot to make it better is for it to be recraftable or easily repaired. Nothing worse than spending big coin kn an item and not being able to fix them.
1) Boot Height:
a. For early season I'd run an 8" boot and then a 10" for when the snow flies.
2) Insulated (how much) or Non-Insulated
a. Non insulated for early season and insulated for late season. How much? Options in between 400g and 1000g are non existent. I'd love a boot that was in the 600g or 800g range
3) Waterproof or Non-waterproof
a. Waterproof 100%.
4) Any added features that would make a good boot even better
a. Medium firm for days in the 10-15 mile range in steep country. Ankle support, and well thought out toe grips. Insole made to keep bacteria away while offering memory foam comfort.
There's not one perfect boot for where I hunt. As you can tell, I'm a two boot kinda guy and love giving my money to companies who know their craft, inside and out, and are based in the USA.