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If Nancy Sinatra were a hunter, she would be pleasantly surprised at the direction boot makers are
heading today. In fact, so will our subscribers. According to a recent survey we conducted, more than
##% of Woman Hunter subscribers are still wearing men’s hunting boots.

Most women’s feet are not only smaller and narrower than men’s feet; women naturally have a
narrower heel. The results of choosing a makeshift men’s boot can result in blisters, cold feet, or even
worse, a case of Plantar Fasciitis.

Whatever type hunting you plan to do, a high quality pair of hunting boots is a necessary investment to
insure boundless days in the field. The most important factor to consider when you are purchasing
hunting boots is how you plan to use them; more precisely, in what type of terrain and climate. There
are so many disciplines of hunting--from upland game hunting to duck hunting, from small game and
large game hunting to safari hunting--and each have different demands in a hunting boot.

To ensure that your boots will last you several seasons it is important to look for worthy elements,
materials and workmanship. The most important features to look for in hunting boots are:

       High-quality materials

       Support

       Sole or tread

       Insulation

       Waterproofing

You will find a combination of all these features in the varied styles of hunting boots available; upland
boots, multi-purpose boots, rugged terrain or mountain boots, rubber boots and snake boots.

You will find boots that are made with quality leather, rubber, neoprene and nylon. Many boot
manufacturers incorporate Gore-Tex, Thinsulate, and the new Ultra-Thinsulate in boots to market many
different styles of boots for hunters to choose from. Also incorporated in many of women’s hunting
boots are different style soles and tread such as the patented Danner Bob sole, Goodyear welt
construction, RigiTrac, and TracTrol.

Gore-Tex is a waterproof, breathable membrane sewn into the lining of the fabric that many boot
manufacturers use in their products. Thinsulate insulation is a synthetic fiber used to for thermal
insulation without added bulk and weight. Thinsulate is measured in grams per square meter of fabric,
or plainly grams, and is available in a range from 200 grams to 2,000 grams and is even now available in
Ultra Thinsulate for even less bulk.
When buying boots that you plan to wear in extremely cold weather, it is important to buy a half to
whole size larger to accommodate for heavier socks. The extra room also allows for a small margin of air
space which acts as insulation allowing trapped air to retain warmth. If you plan on doing a lot of
walking or stalking, more circulation runs through your feet and they will tend to stay warmer. If you
plan on sitting in a tree stand all day or duck blind all morning, you will require more insulation to keep
your feet warm.

It is very important to make sure that you try on the boots you plan to purchase with the socks you plan
to wear when hunting; whether it is thick wool socks or a combination of socks. It is also recommended
to try boots on in the afternoon when your feet and legs are known to swell . Also, don’t skimp on good,
quality socks. Always wear socks that wick away moisture and perspiration from your feet which aids in
moisture evaporation, allowing your feet to stay dry and warm. Never wear cotton socks as they absorb
moisture and will not only cause blistering but your feet will stay cold. Your hunting boots are only
going to be as good as the socks you wear with them; after all, that is the first layer touching your skin.

Many hunters like to wear rubber boots in an effort to keep from leaving scent on the ground when
walking to and from their stands or stalk hunting. With today’s advanced manufacturing and designs,
most leather boots are now just as waterproof as rubber boots.

In Woman Hunter’s research for that perfect hunting boot, we found numerous companies that
manufacture quality women’s hunting boots and were able to find boots for all disciplines of hunting in
various terrain and climatic conditions.

IBEX Boot by Meindl at Cabelas
Upper Balance: Made of waterproof split leather and breathable waterproof nylon, GORE-TEX lining,
               and 200 gram Thinsulate. Made in Germany.
Sole:          A multi-grip outsole with specially designed angled tread and terrain grabbing cleats for
               optimum traction and incorporates a polyurethane wedge midsole to absorb shock. A
               rubber rock guard protects the boot and a rigid heel offers support and prevents heel
               torque. These boots are designed with a narrower heel for a snug fit and a wider ball
               and forefoot where needed.
Height:        9”
Weight:        3.2 lbs./pair
Sizes:         5 to 9.5 medium width
MSRP:          $179.99
Available at:  www.cabelas.com or at Cabela’s

Outfitter Series 10” by Cabela’s
Upper Balance: Made of Pittards waterproof full grain leather from England, GORE-TEX lining, and 1000
                 gram Thinsulate.
Sole:            Airbob 3/8” cleated rubber outsoles and incorporates shock-absorbing EVA midsole to
                 aid in hard terrain.
Height:          10”
Weight:         4.0 lbs./pair
Sizes:          5 to 11 medium width and half sizes to 10
MSRP:           $169.99
Available at:   www.cabelas.com or at Cabela’s

Hawk by Danner
Upper Balance: Full-grain, nubuck all-leather upper, GORE-TEX lining, and 200 gram Thinsulate. The
               boot has a roller lace system for fast and easy lace-up. Made in USA.
Sole:          Patented Danner Bob outsole that self-cleans snow and mud and the outer lugs add
               extra stability. The stitchdown construction adds a wider platform for increased
               stability.
Height:        8”
Weight:        63 ozs
Sizes:         5 to 10 medium width and half sizes to 9.5
MSRP:          $295.00
Available at:  www.danner.com or authorized Danner retailers

Ladyhawk by Irish Setter
Upper Balance: Made of distressed treated brown leather and nylon fabric, GORE-TEX lining, and
               available in 600 to 1000 gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation. Available in brown, Mossy Oak
               New Break-up, or Realtree All-Purpose HD.
Sole:          Fabric covered EVA footbed, nylon shank, and camo-wrapped EVA midsole. Lightweight
               Shadow Trek sole designed to perform well on a variety of different terrains.
Height:        7”
Weight:        3.1 lbs./pair
Sizes:         5 to 11 medium
MSRP:          $109.99 to $119.99
Available at:  www.irishsetterboots.com or participating retailers

Mountain Extreme 400 by Kenetrek
Upper Balance: Made of 2.8 mm thick premium full grain leather with one piece vamp construction and
               seamless tongue, soft padded collars, 400 gram Thinsulate and waterproof WindTex
               membranes. This boot incorporates a narrower heel for proper fit. Made in Italy.
Sole:          High traction K-Talon outsoles, rubber sole guards, heavy duty 7 mm midsoles and steel
               shanks for extra protection against rock abrasion and rough terrain.
Height:        8”
Weight:        3.2 lbs./pair
Sizes:         6 to 10 medium
MSRP:          $325.00
Available at:  www.kenetrek.com

Alphaburly Sport by LaCrosse
Upper Balance: Made of rubber over 3.5 mm neoprene that stretches for a personalized fit, back gusset
               with adjustable Cam-loc rear calf buckle, 800 gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation and scent-
               free 100% waterproof, ozone-resistant rubber.
Sole:          Thick cushioned EVA midsole and patented Sport Chassis Outsole system for stability on
               uneven terrain.
Height:        18”
Weight:        5.5 lbs./pair
Sizes:         5 to 11 medium
MSRP:          $125.00-$140.00
Available at:  www.lacrossefootwear.com or participating retailers


Lady Sport by Lowa
Upper Balance: Made of 2.4 mm water repellent antique brown nubuck leather with a glove leather
               lining and collar, and climate control system for comfort. Handcrafted in Germany.
Sole:          Vibram M-Tec rubber sole and Texon with full nylon shank for easy flex on varied
               terrains.
Height:        6”
Weight:        2.90 lbs./pair
Sizes:         5 to 10.5 medium
MSRP:          $265.00
Available at:  www.lowaboots.com or participating retailers


Camo Camp Boots by The Original Muck Boot Company
Upper Balance: Natural rubber reinforced upper and CR flex-foam with four-way stretch nylon that is
               lightweight and 100% waterproof . Comfortable airmesh lining stays comfortable in sub-
               freezing temperatures to 85 degrees . New Mossy Oak Break-up design with brown
               neoprene upper.
Sole:          TracTrol sole for enhanced traction and full perimeter outsole that provides maximum
               protection for the entire foot bed.
Height:        5”
Weight:        2.0 lbs./pair
Sizes:         5 to 13 medium
MSRP:          $95.00
Available at:  www.muckbootcompany.com or participating retailers


Ultra Snake Boot by RedHead for Her by Bass Pro
Upper Balance: Made of Realtree Hardwoods Green HD 1000-denier Cordura that is 100% waterproof
               construction. Snakeproof protection and speed lacing sytem with ankle lace-lock to
               allow for custom fitting.
Sole:           Dual density polyurethane mini-lug outsole won’t collect mud or debris and gets good
                traction on any terrain.
Height:         13”
Weight:         56 oz/pair
Sizes:          5 to 10 medium with half sizes available to 9.5
MSRP:           $99.99
Available at:   www.basspro.com or at Bass Pro Shops




Alpha Doe by Rocky Brand Boots
Upper Balance: Made of full-grain brown leather and durable Mossy Oak Break-up nylon, GORE-TEX
               lining, and 600 gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation. Guaranteed ROCKY waterproof
               construction.
Sole:          Oil and slip-resistant RigiTrac molded EVA rubber outsole.
Height:        8”
Sizes:         6 to 10 medium and 7 to 10 wide
MSRP:          $89.99
Available at:  www.rockyboots.com or participating Rocky retailers

SWAT Snake Boot by Rocky Brand Boots
Upper Balance: Made of full-grain brown leather and durable Mossy Oak Break-up nylon with
               snakeproof protection and guaranteed ROCKY waterproof construction.
Sole:          Rubber SWAT outsole and contoured PU cushioned footbed.
Height:        15”
Sizes:         6 to 10 medium
MSRP:          $109.99
Available at:  www.rockyboots.com or participating Rocky retailers

Big Horn by Wolverine
Upper Balance: Made of full-grain leather with tough 1000-denier Cordura nylon upper, GORE-TEX
               waterproof lining, 600 gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation.
Sole:          Wolverine Rubberlon Bob outsole, classic Goodyear welt construction, rubber midsole
               and lightweight nylon shank.
Height:        8”
Sizes:         5 to 11 medium and wide with half sizes available to 9.5
MSRP:          $159.99
Available at:  www.wolverine.com or participating Red Wing/Wolverine retailers

				
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