January 11, 2024
Kenetrek Bridger High Hiker
Tailored for the bowhunter seeking a more lightweight option while still meeting the demands of the hunt, Kenetrek offers the new Bridger High Hiker. Known for their line of extreme mountain hunting boots, Kenetrek’s Bridger offers a level of support like no others in their weight class thanks to the padded collar that completely wraps your ankle and the supportive footbed with weight-bearing full-length nylon midsoles. Highly breathable and waterproof with the Windtex flexible membrane, the Bridger also sports Kenetrek’s signature rubber rand for added durability and their KT-light outsole to ensure solid traction in both the backcountry or the back 40.
LaCrosse Ursa ES & LS
Anything stamped with the LaCrosse brand is always a solid performer, and the new URSA series would certainly be a pleaser for the Western hunter. Adding to the popular URSA MS from last year, the new URSA ES and LS are specifically designed for the warmer early season (ES) hunts or if you need some added protection for the late season (LS) grind. Built to handle the most punishing conditions, the uppers of the URSA combine a suede material with a lightweight, abrasion-resistant nylon that is capped with a PU-coated leather mudguard for added durability. The molded PU footbed coupled with a lightweight EVA midsole and Vibram outsole delivers shock absorption performance during those grueling backcountry hunts, while the Bi-Fit stability board evenly distributes weight to help fight foot fatigue and enhance comfort. The Gore-Tex lining provides both breathability and 100% dry performance, and with the 4-way stretch collar, annoying debris is kept out while the ankle is firmly protected. The beefier LS option sports a Vibram Outsole with traction Lug Technology for those often slippery conditions, while also sporting a PrimaLoft Gold insulation and 360-degree rubber mud guard for superior abrasion resistance and durability.
Dryshod Evalusion Max Gusset
Offering a new benchmark in performance, Dryshod expands its popular Evalusion hunting boot series with the new Evalusion Max Gusset. Weighing nearly a pound lighter than its predecessor, the Evalusion Max Gusset features the multi-lug tread designed DUREVA outsole that employs a fusion compound that eliminates the need for a secondary rubber sole while still providing energy return with each step and maximum support. For added temperature and breathability, the Max Gusset also sports a four-way stretch airmesh lining beneath the 5mm DENSOPRENE foam bootie, while the integrated polar fleece lining ensures a broad comfort range from -50 to 65 degrees. And with the larger, improved rear gusset and buckle system, it easily expands to provide room for extra layers when needed while also providing a solid fit without the need to expand.
Rocky Boots Trophy Series
Rocky Boots has been blazing trails for decades, and their new Trophy series is just one of the many reasons why they are fan favorites in the bowhunting crowd. Whether you’re in the backcountry or the back 40, the Trophy series offers rugged features to keep your feet rested and protected from the conditions. Its durable multi-terrain rubber outsole is paired with Rocky’s Air-Port Lite sponge PU footbed with memory foam for all-day comfort. For those who prefer a more rugged lace-up boot, the Trophy series includes both a boot and shoe-style designs that are constructed with waterproof full-grain leather uppers with nylon ripstop fabric accents for added durability. And when the conditions change, the Trophy series also encompasses a pair of slip-on style 16” non-insulated boots with the same comfortable footbed. One sports a waterproof rubber upper with a 3mm Neoprene bootie, while the other offers waterproof full-grain leather with Snake Guard technology.
Irish Setter Vaprtrek
Building upon the success of the original Vaprtrek athletic hunting boot, Irish Setter raises the bar with a new beefier option in the family. Designed for long-lasting comfort, durability and performance, the redesigned Vaprtrek still offers an athlete feel, but with a little less weight and even more durability thanks to a blend of full-grain leather and abrasion-resistant fabric uppers that offer a natural flex area in the forefoot when needed in rugged terrain. Enhancing support, Irish Setter added internal and external ankle pods and a lightweight Rubber Hex Lite outsole with multi-direction lugs that are ideal for rugged terrain while the beefier Armatec TPU heel and a rubber sole wrap-up extends up from the outsole for additional durability. An energy-returning EVA footbed minimizes foot fatigue while also providing some extra bounce when the trail miles seem endless, and to ensure your feet stay dry and foot funk is kept at bay, Irish Setter also incorporated UltraDry waterproofing with ScentBan technology. The updated Vaprtrek is offered in both uninsulated models or with 400 grams of PrimaLoft insulation.
Muck Boot Company Apex Pro
Muck Boots need no introduction, and their Apex Pro Collection is just one of the many reasons why. Made for high endurance cool and cold weather pursuits, the Apex Pro sports a more athletic and agile waterproof design with a Vibram Arctic Grip A.T. Traction Lug outsole for superior grip in virtually any condition. Offered in both 13- and 16-inch variations with the 16-inch sporting insulation for added warmth with a new and improved Thermal Regulating Fleece that is a revolutionary open-fiber technology that wicks away moisture 33% better than a standard synthetic fleece. Both boots also offer strategically placed rubber overlays along the shin and forefoot for additional protection and durability.
Meindl EuroLight Hunter
After three years of development and countless backcountry miles putting them to the test, Meindl launches the new EuroLight Hunter. Combining premium materials with European craftsmanship, the EuroLight Hunter features 9-inch waxed full-grain nubuck leather uppers with reinforced toe caps to ensure it can withstand abuse in virtually any condition. Meindl also incorporates flex-zone venting in specific locations that allow the boots to breathe while also enhancing flex in key areas for natural movement.100% waterproof thanks to the breathable Gore-Tex liner, the EoroLight also sports high-performance polyurethane midsoles and Air Active insoles coupled with aggressive multi-directional lugs on the DUO-DUR III outsole to ensure maximum performance and all-day comfort.