Hunting Boots

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** Irish Setter | Elk Trackers**
Irish Setter's latest 12-inch big-game boots, the Elk Trackers, have the classic looks of vintage footwear, but each of the five models incorporates cutting-edge high-tech components. All have moisture-wicking nylon linings, cork-and-memory-foam EVA insoles with odor-inhibiting foot beds, Gore-Tex booties, steel shanks for support, and aggressive treads for maximum traction. But there are options for the uppers-from Mossy Oak Cordura to kangaroo hide-and for the level of insulation, which ranges from a stripped-down warm-weather model to an arctic performer with 1,000 grams of Thinsulate. $140¿¿¿$210; 888-738-8370; www.irishsetterboots.com

Why it wins: Classic rugged construction backed up by high-tech materials