Best Hunting Boot of 2013: Lowa Tibet-GTX HI

$380 (lowaboots.com) If you're going to hunt rough country, you need a stout boot. The uninsulated Tibet GTX Hi is perfect for early-season hunts where you're not worried about intense cold but plenty worried about traction and overall foot support. Built on a full last and boasting a rubber rand around the nubuck upper and a Vibram Masai backpack outsole for added protection and grip, the Tibet GTX is ideal for long hikes in steep terrain. The innovative I-Lock lacing system is the icing on the cake, as it allows a hunter to lace the foot and the shaft separately depending upon the exact terrain. These boots required no break-in time and provided outstanding comfort whether I was going uphill or downhill. --Slaton L. White