I responded to a post in a different traditional archery forum. Afterwards I wondered what the thoughts would be about this topic in this forum.
I only hunt in Illinois. Other hunting boot styles might be optimum for other states. I look for hunting boots that are water proof, but breathable (GORE-TEX). I want my hunting boots to be as light as possible. I prefer low-top boots just above the ankles. I have found that the outsole design of the hunting boot is tremendously important for me. Once those things are met, then it is all about a proper comfortable fit.
Finding a good hunting boot outsole is currently one of the most difficult tasks. Unfortunately for me (again hunting in Illinois), it is difficult to find good quality hunting boots that do not have awful outsoles with deep traction lugs. Those traction lugs are only good for clogging up with dirt and debris. I have owned such boots that eventually dry rotted during storage from lack of usage. Unless there was a drought such that the ground was very dry plus rock hard, these boots were just too much of a nuisance to clean the dirt and debris from between those deep traction lugs after any outing. I was greatly inhibited from using such boots after their purchase. Deep lugs serve zero purpose for me. Deep lugs are not at all needed for good traction. Only a very shallow raised pattern on the outsole is required for good traction. Anything else is a detriment. I would rather hunt with completely smooth slick outsoles rather than those awful deep traction lugs.
PROUDLY an Irredeemable Deplorable
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