Do you find it hard with question of “how to choose the best hunting boots”? The truth is, as a woman, it’s hard to find the perfect hunting boot as most of the helpful tips out there tend to focus more on the male folks.
Personally, I’ve had my share of this cake finding the right hunting boots in the past. Most of these boots don’t fit right and are not warm enough. It took me a lot of research to figure out how to get the best hunting boot.
So, in this post, I am going to walk you through the process of choosing the right hunting boots for women.
Here are few tips you should always keep in mind when selecting the right female hunting boots.
The Shank in a Boot
The shank in a boot runs from the heel of the boot right through the toe from the inside of the boot right to the outside. The thickness of the shank determines how much stability the boot can give you.
A soft shank comes with a lot of balance and flexibility. They are also suitable for bush stalking and lowlands hunting and tend to be a lot quieter. But it won’t be able to tackle heavy packs.
On the other hand, a stiff shank boot comes with a lot of thickness. You’ll get less flex through the ball of your boot.
However, thicker shank allows you to tackle steeper environment. You can carry heavier loads comfortably. It can also handle rocky and uneven ground a lot better as it gives you the stability to stand on sharp and rough rocks.
So make sure you consider your hunting environment before choosing the type of shoe shank you want in a hunting boot.
Consider the fit of the Boot.
When choosing the right hunting boots, pay more attention to the fit. Find out if the boot has a snug fit through the ankle, and has enough toe room.
Having enough toe room will prevent your toes from touching the front of the boot when walking or running. Otherwise, this may cause bruises to your toenails which may lead to discomfort and pain when hunting.
Before rushing out to buy a hunting boot, you want to find out if the boot is insulated or Non-insulated. Boots that are insulated tends to give you a good fit on your ankle so that you don’t sprain your ankle. They are mostly used during cold weather and come with excellent traction for snow.
One thing you want to do is to find out the type of material the boot is made of. If your hunting field demands a lot of hiking, then you need to go for the ones that offer better grip. You also need to find out whether the boot is durable enough to withstand harsh conditions and can give you stability when walking or running.
Find Out if the Boot is waterproofed
There are chances that you might encounter some degree of moisture while hunting. And this can be while walking through bushes that are heavily laden with swamps. So, you got to make sure that the boot you are going to choose is 100% waterproof.
Yes, I know that waterproofed boots seem to have poor air circulation. Thanks to the advancement of technology that has been able to rectify this issue. Now, you can find great brands of hunting boots for women that offer better airflow and the same time 100% waterproofed.
The Hunting Socks
Getting the right boot is not enough; you also want to make sure you get the right hunting socks as well. You’d need to bring the exact socks on the field to know how the boot fits.
I have tried few hunting socks, only to get to the field to find out that the boots are way too tight.
So a rule of thumb is to have the perfect size of socks that works with the boot you’re looking for. Another thing you should consider is whether the socks are capable of wading moisture away so that your feet won’t get cold.
Does the Boot Come With Breathing Space?
This is another important factor you should always keep in mind when choosing the right hunting boots. An excellent hunting boot should have the ability to circulate air in and out of the boot. Do not make the mistake of sacrificing breathability on the altar that the boot is waterproofed.
There are great boots out there that are 100% waterproof and also allow airflow in and out of the boot.
If you do, then it may lead to the condensation of water vapor and sweat inside your boot. And this will cause you a lot of discomforts, especially when you are wearing it with your socks.
So, always pay close attention to this important aspect before making a purchase.
I do believe that with these few tips in mind, you can get your hands on the right hunting boot even as a woman.
Happy Hunting Adventure!!