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Boots for $100 or less?
10 years ago I flew into Arizona for an elk hunt and forgot my boots. I went to the nearest sporting goods store and purchased some sturdy Lacrosse workboots for $60.
Those things have been up and down every mountain in Idaho, and made several return trips to AZ. Sadly tough, I think they may finally be burning out. I need to buy replacements, but I can't find anything that looks all that sturdy unless I bump up into the 2-300$ range, and frankly, that's not in my budget. Is there a boot you guys could recommend for elk/deer/pheasant hunting/backpacking that's $100-ish or less? Or do I need to skip lunches for the winter and save my pennies?
Anything not rocky will give you your monies worth
Just did a quick search . Wolverine King Caribou boots are 99$ on sale at bass pro right now . I have no idea if they are good boots or not .
I think you're best bet will be looking for a sale or a coupon to help you find a better boot. I have used shoes.com in the past and I'm always getting discount codes for up to 40% off. I bought a pair of lowa Camino through them and returned them hassle free when the rand started coming off on the first time taking them out.
I'm a Wolverine guy.... really can't beat them for the price. I've had mine for seven years, and they haven't let me down yet. I did buy a set of the King Caribou that Buskill mentioned, but I don't wear them until late season. I like them, and I think you will too.
I have to ask- after many trips to Idaho and Arizona and you can’t afford 200 - 300 dollars on a good pair of boots?? Spend the money and save yourself a broken ankle.
I gave some bargain boots and low hikers a try when I needed something for tractor work and mowing. They were surprisingly good and I have now used them for hunting too. Of course, the insoles were immediately replaced and some brands have terrible laces but otherwise they have worked fine. I looked on Sierra Trading Post and filtered boots and hikers based on price. (sign up with email and get more discount) I hate to recommend boot brands because everyone's foot is different but Hi-Tec's seem to be a decent low cost option. Good fit, good grip, good laces, terrible insoles. I don't have unrealistic expectations for the waterproof-ness but so far, so good and at $39 who cares?
Disclaimer: I own some high end boots and like them also. My feet are pretty generic and don't require special fit or features.
Black Friday isn't that far away - I've made some purchases at 50% off, and more. Usually about first of November is when the "early" sales begin.
Hit Sierra Trading Post and see if you can find a better boot in your price range. I can't buy boots online, but some can if you have a normal size.
Camofire has deals as well, on the good stuff.
I would save the 100 till it was 250...100 doesnt get much in the way of a quailty boot.
Have you hit D and B supply? I picked up a pair of medium weight danners 3 years ago for $120. They are wearing very well and still keep out water. As many have said, watch for sales. The original price on these was 220.
I like Keens, but your looking at about $140.00. I wear their steel toed hiker work shoes and wear them 12 hours a day and walk 5 to 7 miles in them each day and they hold up extremely well.
I also have their 6" hiker that I wear for upland hunts and again have held up.
an outdoor store like big r will have lacrosse boots pretty cheap
Check REI outlet or whatever they call it. Bought a pair of Keen hikers for $70 or so that are very comfortable. Not sure they are the most durable boot I've owned, but they sure feel good on my feet. Have also bought boots at STP like a few have recommended above with good success.
I have Lowa Renegade GTX mids and love them. Ive owned two pairs now and I gave $200 for mine but Ive seen them on Amazon.com for $150 lately!
If you catch the Renegades at the right time they can be had for $100, may be an off color but heck they retail for $240!
Agree with Keens, usually run a little over 100, but the quality is great, in my experience.
But truthfully I think the renegades and every keen I've handled lack the support needed for packing. I also think they are too flimsy for rocky terrain, thats my opinion and not everyone's feet are the same. I think you'll get way more boot life and needed support out of a sturdier boot, which typically drives the price up. Shop smart and you can save quite a bit of $$$.
What do guys always say they spend money on? Optics, pack, boots.
If you're really just shopping price, check out the Sportsmans Guide. No idea what is good or bad, but they have boots for under $75.