The past couple of years I’ve been wearing Muck Boots specifically the Wetlands for the majority of my hunting and even some fishing trips. Honestly I wear them anytime I’m out in the cold. These boots have performed well and I’m very happy with my purchase. Because of this I wanted to shed some light on why I like these boots so much. Hopefully this review of one of the best insulated waterproof hunting boots helps you out.
For this review I’ll touch on the following.
Let’s get started.
These boots are surprisingly comfortable. More so then I would have thought. I’ve worn boots in the past that didn’t fit right and would rub the wrong way. One of the first things I noticed when I received them was the comfortable insole. These boots are made with a lightweight EVA mid sole for additional comfort. They have a good amount of cushion that will keep your feet from getting fatigued. During turkey season this year I wore these and had to walk over a mile to get to my spot. For being a knee-high boot they perform well in this department.
As these boots hit higher up on your leg I was concerned they would be uncomfortable and rub. Thankfully the only time I have noticed this is when I wear the boots with shorts and honestly you’re going to have that problem no matter what type of knee-high boots you wear without pants.
Most of my hunting in these boots is from a stationary position. Majority of my time is spent on deer hunting as I live in the Midwest. For the previous boots I had purchased I always went up a shoe size from my normal day to day shoe. As many of us know having more room helps with air circulation in the boot. This keeps your feet warmer and also leaves some room for a thicker sock (I wear merino wool socks). This was true for these boots as well. Normally I wear a 9.5 but went up to an 11. Looking back I would be fine with a 10. These boots only come in full sizes.
My mindset for going for the 11 was I would be mostly stationary so I really wanted space to help my feet stay the warmest. Looking back I wish I would have gone with the 10. It’s a good problem to have but I have liked these boots so much that I have been wearing them all the time. Due to this I have found that my feet will slide around more when I am side hilling or dragging my canoe up on the bank.
In the end it’s not a huge deal for me but something I wanted to make note of so you are aware.
These boots can take a beating. Iv’e worn them in many different terrains and they have held up very well. Everything from swamps, to briar patches, to crop fields and everything in between. I have stepped into sticks under water, snagged thorns, and been deep in mud getting out of my canoe.
After 2 years they are still in great shape. Seams look great and no separating of the sole from the upper section of the boot. I am confident these boots will serve me well for many more years.
As you can see from the picture these boots have an upper section of neoprene molded to a lower section of rubber. Neoprene is 5mm thick and provides a lot of warmth. The rubber section comes up to your calf. I like this feature a lot as it helps provide some support for your ankle but also helps provides another layer of protection from anything that would tear or puncture the neoprene. These boots hold up very well as far as being waterproof. In the 2 years I have been wearing them I have never had a leak or as mentioned above have not had a seam start to split or come apart.
The Wetlands model is one of their warmest models rated from -20 F to 50 F.
First of all I like the flexibility of the boot. As my leg bends and moves the boot does as well and allows me freedom of motion. Pull tabs are included on the boots and help to slip them on and off easily.
With the boots riding higher up on my leg I was worried I would have trouble with the clothing that I wear riding up or getting bunched up. Thankfully I have not had a problem yet. When it starts to get cold I wear bibs that easily slide over the top or tuck them into my boots. I’ve played around with my bibs over the boot or tucked in and have found that I stay warmer for a longer period of time when I slide my bibs over the boots. Surprisingly I can do the same if I wear hunting pants or jeans. It’s easier to tuck them in but can be done if you wanted to.
The perceived bulk of the boot was a concern at first for me. As I deer hunt a lot majority of the time I hunt from a tree stand. I use muddy climbing sticks and initially I thought I may have some trouble climbing with a “bulkier” boot. This turned out not to be an issue at all. Never have I felt that the size of the boot has hindered me while I climb. If you think about it all cold weather boots are going to be bulkier so if you are used to climber in an insulated boot you are going to be fine.
This past year I started to hunt out of a tree saddle. If you are interested in a tree saddle check out my comparison of a climber compared to a tree saddle here. One of the main reasons of using a tree saddle is to cut back on built and weight. If you have looked into tree saddle hunting at all you know the platforms are pretty small as well. I actually just use a couple foot pegs for my platform and comfortable wearing this but and have plenty of room to spare as a step from side to side or change up my position.
No product is perfect or answers every single issue you may have. That being said these boots do a great job at keeping my feet warm and dry in any type of condition.
Once thing I will point out is these boots are not the ideal candidate if you wanted to do some stalking or still hunting. I have given it the old college try in these boots but they just are not made for this style of hunting. These boots are too big and have a large surface area. For stalking or still hunting I would recommend Danner Vitals. A smaller, highly flexible, form fitting boot would serve you much better in this circumstance.
Another note I would like to bring up is if you wear heavy bibs and slip them over the boots you will heat up quickly walking to your stand, blind, etc. As these boots sit high up on your leg they do hold a good bit of heat. The boots have air mesh lining that makes them breathable but with your bibs over your boots they trap that heat in. If your bibs or pants have side zippers to help with heat dissipation I highly recommend opening these zippers as much as possible.
My bibs have a zipper that goes from my hip all the way to the ground. I will open up the zipper from my hip to a couple inches past my knee as I walk into the stand. This will do wonders for you in keeping your body temperature normal and allow the most amount of heat to escape. It sounds counter-intuitive but if you over heat and sweat on the way to the stand you will get colder faster once you get set up and are in static position.
Wrapping It Up
If you are looking for a warm, waterproof, durable boot I would look no further. I have been pleased with their performance over the past 2 years and don’t see myself switching any time soon.
These boots can be worn comfortably in a wide range of temperatures as well as many different terrains. From fishing, hunting deer or ducks, doing the chores when the temperature plummets, or playing out in the snow with the kids these boots will serve you well.
Have any further questions for me? Leave a comment below and I will get back with you. Have you worn a pair before? Let me know what you think below.
If I can help with anything else please let me know.
Have a good one!