Stylish waterproof boots for hunters

Muck Boots For Hunters

New to the Australian hunting market is the Muck Boot Company who specialises in comfortable, high performance 100% waterproof foot wear. I’ve seen this type of shoe/boot which has been all the rage in the U.S.A. and Canada for many years and was puzzled why similar styles weren’t available here. Well the good news is they are now; and what’s more, there are lots of styles to choose from. Designed to tackle rain, snow, mud and even better than ankle deep creek crossings, Muck boots are ideal for hunting, agriculture, equine and just about anything that has to do with mud and water. The Muck story began in 1999 and since then has grown to almost 60 styles of rubber and leather foot wear. With this in mind, the full range is divided into several categories, work, outdoor sporting, women’s and kids, so there’s something for every one, however, without going into too much detail, the boots now available for hunters and rural folk are “gum boot” style boots and a very stylish, waterproof camp/garden shoe with others soon to follow.

I shouldn’t use the word “gum boot” to describe their range of “All Terrain” hunting boots, as they include a host of features you won’t pick at a glance. For example, the lower section of the boot is made of high grade rubber on the outside for waterproofness and durability, while the upper-outer shell is made of Spandura for protection against wear and lined with a neoprene layer to offer a “stretch-fit”. Next, an exclusive cooling liner fabric referred to as Xpress Cool has been added to rapidly pull moisture away from the skin as the feet start to sweat, spreading the moisture across the boot lining to drier areas for an enhanced evaporative drying rate. The outer sole of the boots offer state of the art Vibram soles in a selection of patterns including their new “Outsole” exclusive design and other models with moulded rubber Speed-Tracker outsoles, with molded EVA mid-soles for additional comfort and support. Reinforcement on the instep, heel and Achilles area are another feature with most models and a variety of “Mossy Oak” patterns for the duck hunting fraternity a popular choice.

For around camp or simply driving around in the bush, Muck also offer the “Daily” shoe which is basically a 4mm flex-foam bootie with four-way stretch nylon around the top and rubber base to keep the water out.. 100% waterproof, lightweight and very flexible, this shoe features a self cleaning, multi-ribbed outer sole and a very snug fitting stretch-top that’s guaranteed to keep the dirt and pebbles out. Available in green or brown they are quick and easy to slip on/off and sit below the ankle in height.

Also available in this series is a similar boot that is lower in cut than a gum boot, but sits well above the ankle in height. Featuring a stretch-fit top line binding, the Muck Scrub Boot is available in Green and also an excellent choice when out hunting in the morning dew or wet muddy areas. In fact I’ve just purchased a pair for riding around on the quad bike and find they are extremely comfortable and simple to kick on or off. I’m definitely getting lazy in my old age I suppose. To see the full range of Muck Boots, ask at your local gun shop or visit Trade enquiries contact Australian agents Ridgeline Australia.







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