Three Lightweight Hunting Boots, Ranked and Reviewed

lightweight boots
Stay light on your feet this season.F&S

Our team tested three pairs of lightweight hunting boots to discover which work best for the stalking hunter.

Muck Pursuit Shadow Tall
Muck Pursuit Shadow TallMuck

$250; muckboots.com

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Specs: 5mm neoprene upper with fleece lining and a full waterproof gusset • EVA midsole • Rubber pod outsole • Height: 15" • Weight: 3 lb. per pair

▶ "All of my other insulated boots are clunky. These aren't, and they allow me to sneak around in the forest." —Peterson

▶ "This boot is innovative: It's truly a 100 percent waterproof-submersible lace-up. But it lacks the versatility of a standard hunting boot." —Corelli

▶ "The weight is a third of that of a traditional hunting boot. It is also warm and durable, and speed laces make it easy to get on and off." —Magaziner

▶"The good news is I was able to cover ground without feeling like I had bricks on my feet. The bad news is that the laces are far too long." —Ray

Lowa Innox GTX Mid
Lowa Innox GTX MidLowa

$215; lowaboots.com

★ ★ ★ ★

Specs: Synthetic upper • Gore-Tex waterproof lining • PU midsole • Lowa NXT outsole • Height: 6.5" • Weight: 4.4 lb. per pair

▶ "Excellent stalking boot on flat ground, but I'm not sure that the outsole can handle rockier terrain." —Corelli

▶ "These allowed me to move quickly and quietly—as comfortable as any athletic shoe I've ever worn. A bit expensive, but worth every penny." —Ray

▶ "Easy to put on, but annoying to take off. That's because you have to thread the laces through a pair of metal loops at the top. However, the boot provided firm support." —Magaziner

▶ "Didn't care for the narrow toe box, but they were waterproof, durable, and lightweight." —Peterson

3. Under Armour Ridge Runner Extreme Hunting

Under Armour Ridge Runner Extreme Hunting
Under Armour Ridge Runner Extreme HuntingCliff Gardiner & John Keller

$225; underarmour.com

★ ★ ★ ★

Specs: Synthetic upper with UA Scent Control technology • Gore-Tex waterproof lining • EVA midsole • Height: 7" • Weight: 2.2 lb. per pair

▶ "The nylon uppers are extremely strong and snagproof, and the aggressive soles can handle mud. An ideal turkey boot." —Magaziner

▶ "Super durable boot. But the lacing system made it impossible to get uniform tightening." —Peterson

▶"Very comfortable, almost sneakerlike. An ideal stalker that gives you reasonable support, but with an aggressive tread that grips while being soft enough to feel the ground underneath." —Corelli

▶ "Took a while to break in, but delivered a lot of value. " —Ray

TEST PANEL

Chris Corelli➞ Age: 51➞ Home Hunting Area: New York ➞ Days Hunted Per Year: 30

James Peterson ➞ Age: 45 ➞ Home Hunting Area: Utah ➞ Days Hunted Per Year: 12

David Ray ➞ Age: 46 ➞ Home Hunting Area: Indiana ➞ Days Hunted Per Year: 40

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