Best Hunt Wear for 2017: Footwear


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Crispi / Nevada Legend

The Nevada Legend ($410) from Crispi presents a rugged, water-repellent Nubuck leather upper and a Gore-Tex Footwear Lining to maximize waterproof action and comfort. The feature-rich Nevada Legend includes ABSS (Ankle Bone Support System), DTL (Dual Tech Lining) and CCF (Crispi Crossbow Frame). With the Nevada on your feet, you can expect improved braking and comfort, even on the most rigorous terrain. The Nevada is available with 200 grams of insulation and in a non-insulated model. (844-527-4774; www.crispius.com)

Danner / Vital

With Danner’s Vital ($150-170), you’ll remain agile as you traverse varied terrain since the boot is lightweight. Abrasion-resistant leather and textiles means the Vital can take a beating, and Danner Dry waterproofing ensures your feet remain dry in wet conditions. A mesh lining along the tongue increases comfort by optimizing airflow and wicking moisture. The Vital is available with several levels of insulation, and in Realtree Xtra, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country and solid brown. The outsole is tailored perfectly for the bowhunter who demands agility with solid gripping. (877-432-6637; www.danner.com)

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Rocky / The Claw

Aptly named, The Claw ($150, uninsulated; $160, insulated) from Rocky sets the bar high for comfort and all-out performance. Its dual-density, deep-lug Claw outsole provides superior gripping while traversing through dicey conditions across uncertain surfaces. The boot’s interior offers an integrated PTU stabilizer, removeable polyurethane foot bed with memory foam, and a nylon shank for arch support and torsional stiffness. The insulated version utilizes 1,200 grams of 3M Thinsulate to provide lasting warmth for those ice-cold bowhunts where you sit motionless for hours on end. (740-753-9100; www.rockyboots.com)

LaCrosse / Alphaburly Pro

LaCrosse Footwear has been a trusted name for longer than a century, and its ultra-comfortable Alphaburly Pro ($170-200) is known as a high-performance waterproof boot. For 2017, LaCrosse offers it with GORE’s Optifade Elevated II camo, a pattern popular in the Midwest among the whitetail-hunting crowd. It matches Sitka Gear clothing so you can match from head to toe. The Alphaburly Pro is available uninsulated or with 800 grams of Thinsulate Ultra. (800-323-2668; www.lacrossefootwear.com)

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Scentlok / Earth Sense

ScentLok covers a bowhunter’s head-to-toe needs, and its Earth Sense ($18) socks exemplify that commitment. ScentLok blends together five materials to deliver comfort and performance in spades. Earth Sense socks reduce odors and work to prevent odor-causing bacteria from forming. The seamless toe and contoured heel promote all-day comfort, and a half-cushion sole delivers the support you need to stay in the game. With 65 percent natural Glabra yarn, Earth Sense socks offer unrivaled next-to-skin comfort. They also naturally wick moisture and feature a patent-pending co-extruded silver fiber. (800-315-5799; www.scentlok.com)

Kenetrek / Mountain Extreme

Kenetrek’s Mountain Extreme Non-Insulated boots ($455) stand 10 inches tall and boast a one-piece vamp of 2.8 mm top-grain leather on top of stiff nylon midsoles with high-traction K-Talon outsoles. With virtually no break-in period required, these waterproof, breathable beauties are sure to become a trusted backcountry companion. Mountain Extreme boots also feature a Windtex membrane. Tipping the scale at just 3.9 pounds, men’s sizes are available in narrow, medium and wide. (800-232-6064; www.kenetrek.com)

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“Best Hunt Wear for 2017: Footwear” originally appeared in Archery Business.