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Old 10-18-2020, 06:35 AM
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Looks like I'm spending the winter here in SD... Last night we were in the low 20's, got just a dusting of snow, but I haven't a pair of cold weather boots to my name.... I like to be proactive when it comes to comfort. Outfitted the rest of my body to enjoy the outdoors (I hope) but nothing insulated for my feet. Being a 'Bean kid' my first reaction is to go for the LL Bean hunting shoe (I have several now, and many over the years). So, before I drop $250, thought I'd ask around here (even though most of you are from or in Florida), there are some from up in the Great Lakes too... I won't be sitting in tree stand for hours on end, been there done that. I would say most of the limited time I do subject myself to the cold I will be active, riding the UTV, doing some Jeeping (or possibly a snowmobile)
What say you? Both warm and comfortable.
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I have lived in Wisconsin most of my life and always had cold feet. I bought a pair of LaCrosse Iceman and that was no longer a problem. Unfortunately they are big and bulky. On a wim I bought a pair of insulated Keen's, they are light comfortable and warm. The Keen's are now my goto winter boot.
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Living in NH and Maine, Sorel are my go to. Actually don’t know too many people other than in the cities that use bean boots for cold. I have a pair of their duck boots, but they suck when it’s below 20.
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MUCK boots. stupid comfortable and warm too. priced at $100 or so out the door. mine are 10 years old and i love em.
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Buy a pair of wam smart wool socks first and make sure to try your boots on with those socks. They are thicker than normal socks and you want to make sure the boots fit with the socks you are going to wear.

I worked in cold weather most of my life, including north slope of alaska in the winter, North Dakota many winters, yellowstone club many winters, etc.

You can keep your feet warm with cheap boots from walmart. You do not need expensive boots. The socks are more important than the boots.
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Originally Posted by MTSkibum View Post
Buy a pair of wam smart wool socks first and make sure to try your boots on with those socks. They are thicker than normal socks and you want to make sure the boots fit with the socks you are going to wear.

I worked in cold weather most of my life, including north slope of alaska in the winter, North Dakota many winters, yellowstone club many winters, etc.

You can keep your feet warm with cheap boots from walmart. You do not need expensive boots. The socks are more important than the boots.

with nylon liner socks underneath. Double ditto warm socks cheap boots.
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Ask some local hunters, rancher’s or ice fisherman. There are lots of great choices available depending on activity. I have several pairs of boots for different things, but my favorites for ice fishing are Muck ArcticPro. They are stupid light, waterproof and easy to get off/on with cold hands. I’ve had several prs and buy a size larger than normal. They are around $200. As noted above good dry socks are key and I often carry an extra pair.
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Some U.S. made stuff if your interested. Ive noticed that some of the rubber boots I have started to crack just sitting there waiting to be used.
https://www.usalovelist.com/mens-boots-made-in-the-usa/

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I'm from Alabama so it obviously is not SD cold but the very best pair of boots I have ever owned are Danner Recons. They are the 8" version of the boot Danner makes for the Fort Lewis Army Mountain Rangers. It is a leather outer with a Gortex liner and 200g insulation. One of the things I really like about this boot it has a hard rubber (Like a hard car tire (not hard plastic) Vibram sole that is sandwiched to foam and hard plastic mid-soles, It has good grip in rocks and mud and the angle front on the heel keeps from collecting snow and mud but the best part is the unique sole provides phenomenal support under heavy weight and is spongy almost like a running shoe at the same time. I often wear them if I will be on concrete all day like going to a trade show. I have worn them numerous times here on the deer stand when it is in the low twenties or upper teens and they are always great. In 1993 we had a blizzard in Central and North Alabama (my house got ~18" of snow and I had a +5 foot drift in my carport). I spent two days working in the ice and snow (upper twenties) and my feet stayed warm and dry the whole time

https://www.danner.com/fort-lewis-10-black-200g.html

They also make a more heavily insulated boot that is very similar (600g insulation) called the Canadian. I might check those out.

https://www.danner.com/men/hunt/cana...rown-600g.html
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Blundstone thermals. Top notch. Waterproof and warm. $250.
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As others have said, WOOL socks. Not fake wool, but actual wool.

Then it depends on what you plan on doing and for how long. Short time, insulated Keens. Medium time, LL Bean or Sorels. All day, Cabelas brand (they are reasonably priced) or LaCrosse knee boots with at least 1200-2000 grams of Thinsulate.
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Gonna beat a dead horse here..... less about the boots and more about the socks and thermals extending down into the boots.

Get a quality, comfortable waterproof boot. Pick your poison, there are a ton of them out there and you'l want something that aligns with what you do (hard sole? slip resistant sole? safety toe? lace up vs pull on, etc). You can spend a ton and have them for a long time or spend a little and get a new pair every once in a while.

I sit behind a desk most of the time now, but my two favorite boots while I was workin man in Alaska were Danner Quarrys and Irish Setter Wingshooters... My current pair of quarry's are about to go out for a new soft wedge resole. I wear my Quarry's everywhere, even here in florida now. My wife hates them.
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First get sock liners and nice wool socks.
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Cabelas Trans Alaska boots are pretty decent.Northern Outfitters are the warmest if you can find them.
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Not that Floridians know Cold, but Muck Boots and good Socks work the best for me. Especially when weather gets like this.

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If you have a top notch pair of boots you don't even need socks live alone big ass wool socks. The only reason why someone would need socks or wool socks is because the boot isn't doing what you need it to do.

Can't see the OP needs a water proof boot when he lives in SD. lol

Mike since you live in SD I know the stores will be carrying boots that are designed to deal with your weather conditions.....buy a boot that is light, comfortable and will handle at least -45° F. After that buy yourself a pair of nylon chaps that go over the top 5 - 6" of your boots and to just over the knee....that way you don't get snow in the top of your boots.
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Originally Posted by Copper Collar View Post
First get sock liners and nice wool socks.
The whole problem with that setup is it is no good for walking, standing around or sitting in an ice hut sure fine, but sucks if you want the boots for walking around.
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One should never put price over warmth and comfort....the two just do not belong in the same sentence.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
The whole problem with that setup is it is no good for walking, standing around or sitting in an ice hut sure fine, but sucks if you want the boots for walking around.

You have no idea what you are talking about as usual. The advice I gave is on/in countless backpacking, hiking, hunting forums and magazines.

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