For any hunter, buying a good pair of hunting boot is a wise investment decision to make. Such boots will help make the hunting experience much more comfortable and so provide proper foot protection. Say, you intend to hunt on rocky terrain, you need boots that provide good grip.
One of the key features to look for in buying hunting boots is waterproofness. What exactly are waterproof boots? How are they different from water-resistant boots? What materials are recommended for waterproof boots? And can these boots actually keep hunters’ feet dry? These questions will be addressed below:
How are waterproof and water resistant boots different?
No hunter wishes to have wet feet while on the hunt; for this, they have two options: waterproof and water resistant hunting boots. Many people wonder if they can use water-resistant boots instead of waterproof boots. The answer depends on the actual hunting terrain and weather conditions. While both types aim to keep the feet dry, they provide different levels of protection from water. This feature is indicated on the label of the boots.
Water resistant boots are designed to repel water; eventually, water will still get into the boots but the process occurs slowly. They are suitable when hunters do not frequently walk through very wet areas; in fact, they hold up quite well in damp conditions. Generally, they are made of polyester, synthetic blends, or leather.
On the other hand, waterproof boots are made of materials that prevent water from soaking up into the feet. They are the best choices in areas with lots of moisture (snowfield, for example).
What are waterproof materials for hunting boots
This affordable material is completely waterproof; therefore it is suitable for boots used in cold and wet conditions. However, hunting boots are generally not 100% made of rubber because if this material’s breathability and inflexibility.
Like with rubber, you will not find hunting boots that are completely made of closed-cell foam because this material is not durable and breathable. On the plus side, it is lightweight and waterproof.
This popular boot material is well-known for being durable and providing great comfort. While it is not really waterproof, hunters can waterproof their leather boots.
This advanced material is ideal for hunting boots as it provides great insulation and waterproofing. It is also highly breathable.
Previously, waterproof hunting boots made hunters sweat on their feet due to poor air ventilation. Hunters are bound to sweat after walking for long hours and perspiration trapped inside the boots can cause discomfort and bad odor. Nowadays, these issues have been greatly improved to avoid water condensation.
Can waterproof hunting boots keep feet dry?
There is a sad truth: most of the time, boots advertised as being waterproof do not really do their jobs well when hunters walk in prolonged wet conditions. After hours of walking through the heavy rain or a snowfield, hunters can find their feet cold and wet.
Here are a few things you should take notes:
- Not all boots are as waterproof as the manufacturers claim to be. The conditions used for testing the boots are ideal; so hunters are faced with harsh reality after using these boots.
- Water can get into the boot’s opening. While you can wear waterproof gaiters or long boots, it is hard to expect them to block water from getting into the boots completely.
- Rubber boots are waterproof but the lack of breathability can make hunters feel miserable and sweaty in their own boots.
- For boots treated with waterproof coatings, these coating will eventually wear off and you have to waterproof them all over again.
- Gore-Tex seems to be an ideal choice but the waterproof feature can become worse over time.
Mentally, hunters should accept the fact that their feet can still get wet and cold. So what can they do to minimize the impact of wet feet?
- Choose the right socks: socks can help keep feet warm and dry effectively so do not underestimate them. You should go for socks made of low-absorption materials. In terms of thickness, thin socks are better options because they can dry out faster. Your best bests are probably thin wool socks.
- To treat wet feet, you can use hydro-phobic balm, which can be considered a form of water sealant. In addition, it also helps moisturize your skin.
- Last but not least: it can be a little bit troublesome but take out your boots if you can whenever you take a break during your trip. That way, you can let your feet air dry for a little bit and keep off sweat.