Hunting Boot Reviews ***Danner, Hanwag & ASOLO Boots

Hunting Boots are like tires on your vehicle, they  are not all built for one application.

Hunting Boots are like tires on your vehicle, they are not all built for every single application.

A hunting gear review is not something I find easy to write about or talk about, so before we get started with my 5 year boot review, I wanted to express my concerns.

I have had many conversations with product companies and people in the industry regarding hunting gear reviews, but I have struggled to figure out how-to do a quality review.

Here are a few things that bug the crap out of me!!!

1. NEW hunting gear reviews

How do you honestly review a NEW product, with out spending at least a season using it?

2.  I don’t own every piece of gear.  I could ask for FREEbies, but I am not sure I would be able to give an honest review.

How do you give an honest review on a piece of gear you didn’t pay for or full value for?  

3.  I am not YOU.

A review is still just one person’s opinion or experience.

Over the past 5 years, I have basically worn 3 pairs of non-insulated hunting boots: Danner Pronghorn GTX, Hanwag Alaska GTX and ASOLO Synchro GTX.  I have also worn a few lower end boots and cross trainers during some hunts, but my primary boots were the 3 mentioned.

Danner Pronghorn Boots just before my last hunt in these boots.

Danner Pronghorn Boots just before my last hunt in these boots.

My 8″ Danner Pronghorn GTX Hunting Boot Review:

  • Worn out Time Frame-These boots almost lasted me 2 full big game hunting season (August-January).  I wore them a ton!
  • Comfort-They were extremely comfortable.  I typically where 13, but my actual foot size is 12.5.
  • Foot & Ankle Support-Good Ankle support and tight foot support.
  • WaterProof-These boots were not water proof.  I use mink oil to polish and preserve all of my boots.
  • Stalking Mode-These boots felt pretty light, but had a squeak in the shoe lace eyelets.  When bowhunting I generally stalk in socks or tennis shoes, so it wasn’t a huge issue.
  • Price- $180 for the NEW Danner Pronghorn 8″ Brown
The bottom of my Danner Pronghorn Hunting Boots just before my final hunt in them.

The bottom of my Danner Pronghorn Hunting Boots just before my final hunt in them.

Danner Pronghorn Boots Size 13 were made in China.

Danner Pronghorn Boots Size 13 were made in China, but still performed well.

My last hunt in the Hanwag Boots, after 2 years of guiding and hunting in these boots.

My last hunt in the Hanwag Boots, after 2 years of guiding and hunting in these boots.

My Hanwag Alaska GTX Hunting Boot Review:

  • Worn out Time Frame-These boots  lasted me 2 full big game hunting season (August-January).
  • Comfort-They fit like a glove, because they came in half sizes.  They were not comfortable, in fact they made my sensitive feet hurt almost daily.
  • Foot & Ankle Support- Great ankle support and tight foot support, again the half size made a difference.
  • WaterProof-These boots were water resistant, even though they claim to be water proof. I use mink oil to polish and preserve all of my boots.
  • Stalking Mode-These boots were bulkier than I am use to. When bowhunting I generally stalk in socks or tennis shoes, so it wasn’t a huge issue.
  • Price-$350 Hanwag Alaska GTX
Hanwag Alaskan GTX are Gortex lined, but they are not waterproof.

Hanwag Alaskan GTX were stiffer and a little bit bulkier than I am use to in a non-insulated hunting boot.

My Hanwag Alaskan GTX hunting boots just before they went in the trash.

My Hanwag Alaskan GTX hunting boots just before they went in the trash and ultimately I may never buy another  pair again.

Last October wearing the ASOLO Synchro GTX Hunting Boots.

Last October wearing the ASOLO Synchro GTX Hunting Boots.

My ASOLO Synchro GTX Boot Review:

  • Worn out Time Frame-These boots lasted me 1 full season and I probably will make them last until September.
  • Comfort-They fit very well.  They are comfortable and very rarely hurt my feet.  I love wearing them, when there isn’t SNOW.
  • Foot & Ankle Support- Suprisingly for a mid-hiker they have good ankle support and tight foot support.
  • WaterProof-These boots are barely water resistent, even thought they claim to be water proof. I use mink oil to polish and preserve all of my boots.
  • Stalking Mode-These boots are stealthy and quiet.   When bowhunting I generally stalk in socks or tennis shoes, but sometimes I will wear these.
  • Price-$169.95 ASOLO Synchro Gore-Tex Hiking Boots
Outside of the wear on the inside of my right boot, the ASOLO Synchro GTX have been very durable.

Outside of the wear on the inside of my right boot, the ASOLO Synchro GTX have been very durable.

Hunting Boots are extremely important and not all boots are made for the same applications.  I personally tend to lean toward light weight, non-insulated and medium aggressive tread boots because they seem to be the most durable for the type of hunting and country I hunt.  I primarily guide and hunt in the Southwest.  The limestone and malapai country I make a living in, eats hunting boots for breakfast.  The wear on my boots are quickly accelerated because I am generally around 230 pounds when pounding the dirt.  If my boots could talk, they would say a bunch of  FOUR letter words every time I laced them up.

The Southwest country of Arizona, Nevada, Souther Utah, New Mexico, SW Colorado & Mexico are hard on boot soles.

Rocky rough terrain of Arizona, Nevada, Southern Utah, New Mexico, SW Colorado & Mexico are hard on boot soles.

Hunting Gear Reviews should be put to the test, not written to sell products.

IMO-Hunting Gear Reviews should be put to the test, not written to just sell products.

I currently still have my ASOLO Synchro GTX and I am planning on wearing them thru August. I will be ordering a NEW pair of boots soon, but I still haven’t decided on what I want.

I am leaning toward ASOLO again, but LOWA Boots are another boot I would like to try.

-Craig

 

4 thoughts on “Hunting Boot Reviews ***Danner, Hanwag & ASOLO Boots

  1. Kurt A Anderson

    Great reviews. I tried Danners but could not get a good fit; a little too sloppy in width. I spent a ton more and got Kenetreks instead. I’ve worn them 2 seasons, plus hiking and fishing and they literally look as good as new. Better, they feel great and have from the start. I got the uninsulated version, high tops and was very happy with them, even in sub zero conditions. For my elk hunting, they hold an edge well, are light, and support well. Best part was they are hands down waterproof. I’ve even sloshed around in my favorite fishing spots with them and my feet stayed dry. They did have a squeak for a while; fixed with their boot treatment, and are silent today. Probably a little too much boot for speed goats and birds, but for steep hills and wet brush they are the ticket. I did almost swallow my tongue when I paid for them, but then again my wife paid that much for a purse.

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  2. Abigail Perry

    I have worn Asolo boots before, found the fit to be good and true to size, and the shoes comfortable, so I bought this pair. They are my every-day work boots. I am a carpenter and farmer, and sometimes trail worker.

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