Blue-Collar Boots

Blue-Collar Boots

With the cost of hunting skyrocketing, many hunters are looking for ways to save a few bucks without compromising the quality of their gear. As a rule, you get what you pay for, but it is possible to overspend on hunting gear. Prices can vary widely and one example of where that occurs is in hunting boots. It's possible to spend as much as $300 for a pair of boots, but is it necessary?

Only you can decide that, based on your needs and budget, but if you're looking to save some money, Sportsman's Guide may be able to help you out. Their catalog is filled with scads of quality hunting gear at great prices, and their signature line of Guide Gear boots will definitely save you some cash.

Sportsman's Guide offers many options, including brand name products, but I've listed below, five pairs of their Guide Gear boots that should fit most of your needs without draining your hunting fund. For more information on all the products they offer, visit Sportsman's Guide at

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We'll start off with an early season stalking boot, Guide Gear Waterproof Sneakers. A combination of tough 600-denier nylon and suede leather make for a durable, long-wearing upper portion and a waterproof bootie design breaths yet keeps the moisture out of your boot. A rubber toe and heel also contribute to keeping the dew off your toes and a nylon EVA comfort sole is removable.

What makes them good for sneaking, or more accurately, stalking, is the form-fitting sole that reduces your footprint on the forest floor. It's much easier to stalk when your boots don't have big, wide-lipped soles. They are also very lightweight at less than 1.5 lbs per pair.

Guide Gear Sneakers come in two versions, 8-inch and 15-inch, and the denier material is Realtree Hardwoods Green. The 8-inch Sneaker will cost you just $39.97 and the 15-inch model is $49.97.

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We're still in the early season, and if you hunt in snake country, consider Guide Gear Waterproof Snake Boots. This versatile footwear will not only protect you from the fangs of snakes but they'll also keep you dry while slogging through the swamp to your stand.

A special Snake Guard backing shields these 14-inch boots against all sorts of snakes, and a waterproof membrane breathes yet keeps your feet dry. The uppers are constructed of nearly indestructible 1,000-denier nylon and suede leather. The inside is lined with comfortable moisture-wicking mesh. The sole has an aggressive tread molded into slip-resistant rubber for excellent support.

These Snake Boots will give you both piece of mind and outstanding ankle support. You'll look good too in these Realtree Hardwoods Green boots that'll set you back only $79.97.

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It's getting colder now, and the time for a little insulation has come. Nothing will send you home quicker than cold feet. That's where the Guide Gear 1,000 Gram Waterproof Boots enter the picture. With 1,000-gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation and a waterproof, breathable membrane, your feet will be dry and toasty during those mid-season cold snaps.

These boots feature nubuck leather and 900-denier nylon uppers in Realtree Hardwoods Green camouflage. The sole is anti-slip, oil resistant and is streamlined to your foot, reducing your "footprint." A nylon lining and EVA insole keeps your foot comfortable on those long hikes.

At 11 inches high, you can get across those shallow creeks, plus enjoy good ankle support, all for the low price of only $59.97.

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Okay, it's getting cold and the threat of snow is in the air. The hunting action is heating up and it's time to spend extra hours in the field. Your feet will be a major concern because they must remain dry and warm. The Guide Gear Bruisers will tackle that job nicely.

These tough, 11-inch boots are lined with 2,000-gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation designed to keep your body heat wrapped around your feet. A breathable membrane lets your feet exhale, but you won't have to worry about moisture because it can't penetrate these boots. The uppers are built with premium leather and 1,000-denier Cordura nylon, and the entire boot feels like armor for your feet.

The Bruisers come in either brown or Realtree Hardwoods Green and are available in sizes up to 14. The price has actually been reduced on these boots to only $69.97, so that's a deal.

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Now, it's really cold! You don't want to clump around in big, heavy pac-style boots but you need to be out there, hunting. Even if you have to hike into your stand and sit for long hours, the Guide Gear Sentinel II boots will take good care of you in those two very different situations. The 2,000-gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation provides the air space to capture body heat, and the Taibrelle-lined EVA sole and moisture-wicking nylon interior of this boot is soft and warm. The tongue and collar are also padded for your comfort.

If you're the type of hunter who prefers an all-leather boot, the Sentinel II boots are for you. The full-grain leather uppers are soft and supple and the Guide Dry system is waterproof and breathable. The Non-typical aggressive sole gives you the traction you need, and synthetic toe and heel caps protect these boots from wear.

The Sentinel II boots come in brown up to size 14EE, and the pric

e on these full-featured boots is still only $79.97!

If these prices aren't low enough for you, join the Sportsman's Guide Buyer's Club and you'll get another 10 percent off your purchase.

With gas prices taxing our hunting funds, none of us has a lot of extra cash to buy boots and other gear. If you need to save some money, check out Sportsman's Guide for your next pair of boots, or just about any other hunting gear you can imagine.

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