These are the best elk hunting boots you can buy.
Elk hunting can be one of the most physically challenging forms of big game hunting out there. Elk hunters need a pair of good boots to deal with varying weather conditions over rough terrain and long distances. Because an elk seldom makes things easy for the hunter.
We're going to present a number of different high quality hunting boots here to cover a variety of situations you might encounter. So...
What Are the Best Elk Hunting Boots?
These are some of the highest rated and positively reviewed elk hunting boots on the market today.
Irish Setter VaprTrek Insulated Waterproof Hunting Boots
The Irish Setter VaprTrek boots are made from a combination of nylon and full-grain leather. Two big selling points here are the fact these are both insulated and waterproof. This makes them ideal for cold weather hunts where there isn't a ton of snow on the ground.
These boots have a taller back, making for excellent ankle support. They also feature removable memory foam footpads for comfort while hiking and ScentBan technology linings meant to fight odor. This won't just keep these boots fresh and clean-smelling, but it should also help with keeping you hidden from wary bulls. They're priced at $155.
Under Armour CH1 GTX Hunting Boots
These are one of the pricier options out there at $299, but the CH1 GTX is meant for the serious hunter who's taking a hunting trip to some extreme terrain. Your feet are kept dry by breathable Gore-Tex membranes while the whole package is kept light thanks to textile uppers.
They're Under Armour's first signature hunting boot, designed and created with the help of Cam Hanes, a heck of an elk hunter in his own right.
We really like how this one offers two options for lacing systems. You can get the CH1 GTX in either a standard lace style or with the BOA Closure system. If you're not familiar with BOA, it's simply a faster way to tighten and loosen your boots through a knob system. It's slick and modern, just like the rest of this boot's design.
Cabela's Silent Stalk Sneaker Hunting Boots
These Silent Stalk hunting boots are tall with full-grain leather uppers which will help provide durability and comfort. They should offer a good degree of breathability thanks to the Gore-Tex lining membranes. These boots have solid reviews on the Cabela's website with users praising them for their comfort and light weight.
Note that some of the reviews I read said this pair of boots is a little on the narrow side. Opinions also varied on how long to expect on a break-in period, but the rubber soles will provide excellent traction in rough, rocky terrain. We also like the price, which is $129.
Redhead Expedition Ultra Bone-Dry Insulated
These Expedition hunting boots feature uppers made of a 900-denier fabric, so they're going to be tough. They also feature waterproof leather and "BONE-DRY" waterproof membranes. These boots are made for cold weather with 1,000-gram 3M Thinsulate insulation.
Online reviews praise these boots for their cushioning comfort thanks to the EVA midsoles. It also features removable insoles to make those long hikes up and down the mountains after that bugling bull as comfortable as possible.
Danner Men's Pronghorn
These Danner Pronghorn boots are tailored more for early season hunting when you need comfort and air circulation for tough hiking in warmer hunting condtions. These non-insulated boots have 1,000 denier nylon and leather uppers for strength and Gore-Tex lining for waterproofing.
If you like this design, Danner also offers the Pronghorn in an insulated model for colder hunting conditions. These boots are available either with camo or without. The only downside is the price. You're looking at $229-250 for a pair of Danner boots.
SHE Outdoor Women's Expedition
We know it's always difficult for the ladies to find quality hunting clothing, especially for something like an elk hunt. However, these SHE Outdoor Expedition waterproof leather and 900-denier nylon boots are the highest-rated hunting boots for women on Cabela's. Most of the reviews praise these as not only being extremely comfortable, but warm too.
These include Thinsulate insulation to help keep your feet warm and large lugs on the outsoles for trekking over rugged terrain. These boots also come at a great price point of just $99.
Kenetrek Mountain Extreme
These waterproof Kenetrek Mountain Extreme boots are top of the line and some of the best on the market you can buy for any type of hunting. They feature a one-piece vamp construction with leather uppers for durability, water resistance and comfort. These boots feature unique outsoles with a k-shaped rubber tread pattern.
These boots are built specifically for mountain hunting with double and triple stitching and nylon midsoles to help keep your feet from blisters. If you're looking for a serious pair of footwear to protect your feet on a long elk hunt at high altitude, these are it. The only thing we don't like is the price at $459; but boots are like most hunting products you buy these days. You get what you pay for.
Cabela's Predator Extreme Pac Boots
If you are looking for extreme warmth on your hunt, these Predator Extreme Pac Boots are a great option. These boots have 159 perfect five-star customer reviews on Cabela's website to just four one-star ones. These boots feature 1,200-gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation and a liner that helps wick moisture away and keep your feet warm.
As a bonus, these boots are also waterproof. These are also a good option if the terrain you're going to be elk hunting isn't super steep and you want to get more use of the boots beyond your elk trip.