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.
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
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
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
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.
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.