With hunting season fast approaching, now is the time to get yourself and your hunting gear in top-notch shape. And that starts with the proper footwear.
Opening week is not the time to break-in new boots, so make your footwear purchases now and hit the trails to get in shape for those long hauls up and down hills to those remote stand locations that are going to pay off big.
There’s a boot or shoe perfectly suited to your needs. The trick is connecting the dots between you and your next pair.
To help simplify your boot-buying decisions, we tested 13 pairs of boots and shoes, put them in the hands of our field testers and told them to go wild…literally. From running trails, to hiking hills, we torture-tested each pair to find out which were tough enough (and comfortable enough) to pass our brutal examination. After the results came in, we also asked our wear testers to identify the best use for each model and to give us their overall take on each pair.
From the mildly insane outdoor adventurist to the big-game hunter, we have the perfect fit for you.
Photos by Michael Anschuetz
<h2>Wolverine | Ramsay </h2>Built in the style of an upland boot, the <a href="http://www.wolverine.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/35376M/87988/Mens/Ramsay-Waterproof-8-inch-Hunting-Boot" target="_blank">Wolverine Ramsay</a> is every bit as well made as it looks. Constructed with an ultracomfortable Vibram rubber outsole and EVA molded footbed, the Ramsay is a fully waterproof hunting boot that protects your feet when you're pounding out the miles. <p></p> Our wear tester took it deer, grouse and turkey hunting in Michigan, and there's not one of those genres it can't manhandle. It also features stylishly cut leather and stitching, making it at home in the workplace or at your favorite pub on Friday night. <p></p> <strong>Price: $</strong>175