Gearing Up: Stand Tall Part 2

To hunt hard in the mountains, uplands, and deep woods, you need boots that keep your feet happy.

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**1. Russell Moccasin Scent Control Bowhunter **
To treat yourself to pure boot bliss, slip into a pair of Russell Bowhunters, which will be custom-built for your feet. Hand-sewn in Berlin, Wisconsin-using supple, high-quality waterproof leather and hand-molded, wrap-around, sticky Vibram soles-these boots are ideal for slipping silently through the timber. And they're fully lined with an activated carbon Scent-Lok material. $315; 920-361-2252; www.russellmoccasin.com

2. Georgia Boots ScentMask
They're covered in camo, but it's their scent-blocking liner that is really what will keep whitetails from knowing you're around. The moisture-wicking mesh liner and 600 grams of Thinsulate work together to keep you warm in moderate cold. Lightweight, waterproof, breathable, and tough, this boot is perfect for a day on the deer stand. $108; 877-795-2410; www.georgiaboots.com

3. Columbia Diamond Peak
These boots are as light as a feather but provide a surprising amount of support on steep ground. Built after a traditional hiking design, they work well in no-snow conditions when weight and space are at a premium. The uppers are full-grain leather and the stout outsoles give just enough flex that you'll be tempted to wear them daily. $180; 800-622-6953; www.columbia.com

**4. Irish Setter Buck Tracker Knee Boot **
If a bad back makes lacing boots painful, or if you have calves that only a cow could love, these side-zip, wide-at-the-top boots are for you. They fit tight around the ankles for great support, but the stretch neoprene gussets make them extremely comfortable and easy to pull on and off. With a stiff sole, great traction, and solid protection from moisture and mud, they're an ideal all-around hunting boot. _$150; 888-738-8376; www.irishsetterboots.com _

5. Super Socks Socks are just as important as boots. Always start with a microthin poly liner. It will wick moisture into your outer layer sock and help keep your skin from getting damp and blistered. Then put on a pair of these next-generation hunting socks:

SmartWool Hunt Sock Made with soft, no-itch, no-shrink merino wool, these socks are fully padded and almost springy to walk in, with a supportive, grippy arch that won't shift inside your boot. The wool-nylon-and-elastic blend manages sweat well, provides great blister protection, and is especially warm. _$16; 800-550-9665; www.smartwool.com _