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IF ITS BROKE, FIX IT FAST

I’ve worn a ton of boot styles & brands over my many years of mountain hunting. Some boots worked well and some did not. I had great luck with the Cabelas Meindl boots in my younger years, some Danner pronghorns that worked decent for me and later with a pair of Crispi Summits that I wore from 2012 to 2014 and loved. I then went to a lighter speed boot thinking that I could be lighter, faster and more ninja like on my hunts. Although I craftily killed plenty of critters during that time I also slowly deteriorated my feet.

I first wore the Crispi Briksdal in April 2018. I liked and trusted them so much that I wore them in August 2018 on my Dall Sheep Hunt in Alaska. I have never looked back. Not one blister and not one hint of boot related foot pain. WHY did it take me the last 6 or 7 years to get this figured out?

Here are a couple different styles of boots that I’ve been wearing over the last year and few pairs that I’m excited to test out this spring and summer. I’ll share some brief thoughts on how they’ve helped me and how they might be the answer to your boot and foot needs.

BRIKSDAL GTX Insulated

The Briksdal GTX has become my all time favorite, go to boot for almost all of my hunts and adventures. After I wore the Briksdal on my Dall Sheep Hunt in Alaska, I have never looked back. This boot has been on my feet on every hunt but one since. It’s now been over a year of wearing this boot in conditions from 70 degrees to well below zero and my feet are feeling stronger and healthier than ever.

If you’re looking for a great all around mountain hunting boot, I’d seriously suggest you give the Briksdal a close look. More details and information can be found in the links below.

SHOP HERE

SUMMIT GTX Uninsulated

I first started wearing the Crispi Summit GTX Uninsulated Boot in the spring of 2012. I remember my first impression was, dang I didn’t even need to break these suckers in. I wore them on an August Mule Deer and September Elk hunt in Nevada before taking them to Idaho and Montana on a variety of other hunts. I absolutely love the Summit boots and will continue now to wear them on my earlier season and desert style hunts.

If you’re looking for an awesome lighter weight and relativelly flexible hunting boot, I’d seriously suggest you give the Summit a close look. More details and information can be found in the links below.

SHOP HERE

OTHER NOTABLE BOOTS TO TRY

Although I love the regular Briksdal GTX I am really wanting to try out the “Stiff Flex” model of Briksdal as well. I think this would be a great boot for when hunts get very extreme and I’m curious to see if my feet and legs would do even better with a more stiff boot overall.

NOTE: I do have a pair of the Colorado boots and have been testing them out this spring. So far, I’m impressed. I still haven’t figured out if they would replace my Summits or Briksdal on any hunts this fall but I think this would be an awesome option as a synthetic faster drying boot in more wet environments.

I still have not tried the Crossover Light Hikers but I definitely will. I plan on using them on some summer fishing trips and training hikes with the family. It is nice to have a lighter boot when the temperature climbs.

More details and information can be found in the links below.

BRIKSDAL SF GTX INSULATED

COLORADO GTX UNINSULATED

CROSSOVER PRO LIGHT HIKER

BABY YOUR FEET BASICS

Lets start out with the base layers for your feet. I think that it is extremely difficult for any shoe or boot manufacture to come up with a formula that will work perfectly for a wide variety of foot sizes, shapes and forms. I for one have freakishly high arches and I think that’s why I can jump higher and run faster than the typical Hobbit on the mountain. So, every shoe or boot I wear I have to use a aftermarket insole or arch support to avoid having any major foot issues. Flip flops are completely out of the question. 🙁

Over the years I have had several insole types that work well and some others that did not. Believe it or not I’ve had a few Dr Scholls insoles that worked extremely well. I went through two pairs of Protalus over a couple year span that worked great but wore out fast. And a pair of the ones I list below from Superfeet that seem to have held up the best over time in boots & shoes and that, short of getting a set of custom insoles, are probably about as good as a guy can get.

SUPERFEET HIGH IMPACT INSOLE

These insoles have worked the best out all that I’ve tried. In all honesty and disclosure, I do have another brand of insoles with a slightly higher arch support currently on order and I’ll update this post as I have more time to give them a try.

More details and information can be found in the links below.

SHOP HERE

SUPERFEET CARBON INSOLE

These insoles didn’t really work out for my high arched feet but I know other guys who love them and would highly recommend them to a person with lesser feet than those of my own. You normal to flat footed beasts.

More details and information can be found in the links below.

SHOP HERE

SOCKS and SOCKS

Socks are often overlooked. If I were rich and could, I would wear a new pair of socks everyday. It is amazing to me how a good pair of quality socks can put a little spring in your step. This is one area where I spare no expense. A poorly performing pair of sub quality socks can most definitely ruin your day.

Here are a couple pairs of socks that I’ve found that work extremely well for me and maybe you’ll find that they will work just as good for you.

FARM TO FEET LIGHTWEIGHT CREW

These socks are awesome. Hardy, comfy and true to fit. They dry fast and offer plenty of cushion for softer dainty feet. Perfect all around early to mid season sock.

More details and information can be found in the links below.

SHOP HERE

FARM TO FEET MIDWEIGHT CREW

Same durability and wear as the lighter model but with a little more beef to warm your toes and add a little more cushion for many miles of deep country hikes.

More details and information can be found in the links below.

SHOP HERE

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