3 Top Rubber Boots for Deer Hunters

No deer hunter wants to have cold or wet feet. Here are three top rubber boots for keeping your feet comfortable in the field, regardless of the conditions.

3 Top Rubber Boots for Deer Hunters

When it comes to selecting the best rubber boots for deer hunting, the key factors to consider are comfort, durability, performance and price. If you research rubber boots for hunters online, you’ll see enough options to make your head spin. Let me help narrow your search.

Let’s take a close look at three outstanding picks: Dryshod Overland, Lacrosse Alpha Evolution and Muck Boot Pathfinder. Which one is right for you depends on your specific needs and preferences.

FYI: The boots below aren’t designed for brutally cold conditions. If you plan to deer hunt in temperatures well below freezing — but still need rubber boots for crossing creeks and such — then search for models containing at least 800 grams of Thinsulate Ultra (or similar) insulation.

Dryshod Overland
Dryshod Overland

Dryshod Overland

  • Material: Dryshod Overland boots feature a combination of rubber and neoprene uppers for waterproofing and flexibility. Hydrokote water-repellent treatment causes moisture to roll off the boots so they dry quickly.
  • Features: They come equipped with a breathable and moisture-wicking Airmesh lining for comfort. Back pull-tabs and generous heel kicks offer easy on and off.
  • Traction: The DS1 molded outsole is designed to provide grip in various terrains.
  • Use: These boots are suitable for archers who want a balance between waterproofing, comfort and support. With a 5mm Densoprene foam insulated bootie, the Overland works well in moderately cold conditions.
  • MSRP: $164.95
  • Contact: www.dryshodusa.com
LaCrosse Alpha Evolution, 17-inch Brown
LaCrosse Alpha Evolution, 17-inch Brown

LaCrosse Alpha Evolution, 17-inch Brown

  • Material: These non-insulated boots are made from rubber with neoprene uppers, providing a combination of waterproof protection and flexibility.
  • Features: The Alpha Evolution boots are designed with Active Fit technology, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit. They have an adjustable neoprene gusset and a removable polyurethane footbed for cushioning. Made in the USA with imported components.
  • Traction: The boots feature a durable Vibram XS TREK rubber outsole with multi-directional lugs for excellent traction.
  • Use: These boots work well in wet and muddy terrain. If you need more warmth, check out the Alpha Evolution with 1,600 grams of Primaloft Gold insulation.
  • MSRP: $300 (17-inch, Brown)
  • Contact: www.lacrossefootwear.com
Muck Boot Pathfinder
Muck Boot Pathfinder

Muck Boot Pathfinder

  • Material: Pathfinder boots are constructed with rubber and neoprene, offering waterproofing and flexibility.
  • Features: They come with a breathable mesh lining that improves air circulation. The boots also have a dual-density footbed with memory foam, as well as a bioDEWIX anti-microbial footbed insert.
  • Traction: Modified rubber bob sole with innovative lug design that quickly disperses debris.
  • Use: These non-insulated 15-inch boots are ideal for deer hunters looking for comfort in temperatures ranging from about 32 to 65 degrees.
  • MSRP: $160
  • Contact: www.muckbootcompany.com 

Final Thoughts

When choosing rubber boots for deer hunting, in addition to price, consider the specific conditions you'll be encountering and your personal preferences regarding fit and style. Additionally, ensure that the boots provide adequate ankle support and traction, as these factors will affect your stability while hiking to and from your ambush location, as well as climbing into your treestand.

I own rubber boots of different insulation qualities that take me from early season deer hunts with temperatures approaching 80 degrees, to days around Christmas when the thermometer in the upper Midwest never gets in the double digits. I’ve had good luck with the three brands covered above, and I think you will, too.


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