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What's the toughest knee boot?

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What's the toughest knee boot?
I've been back and forth between Muck boots and UnderArmor over the past 10 years, and all of them seem to fall apart after 2-4 years. On the Under Armor ones the soles fall off, and the Muck boots fail on the seam between the neoprene and the rubber section at the ankle.

What have you guys found to be the longest lasting "rubber" knee boot? Lacrosse??


Thanks!
Kirk Sherbine
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For myself Lacrosse,s Burley are the toughest I,ve found. I use to wear them for winter work and quail hunting stomping thru briars and brambles. Never had a puncture although brush pants of course protected from ankle up. Still have the last pair I bought probably 15 years ago . Granted they are not the warmest but for active use they feel like wearing tennis shoes to me. Also owned Mucks Wetland series for stand hunting but although warm just don,t feel good walking. Give them to son. Original muck style (edgewater) much more comfortable and as warm as wetlands. Have tried the Lacrosse,s with aggressive soles and always eventually had separation issues. Kamik also makes some tough boots at reasonable prices.

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roy brewington: Jun 12, 2019, 5:48 PM
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LaCrosse Burly boots have been the longest lasting boots for me.


Why get a low profile boat and put a high profile blind on it?
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I am another Lacrosse Alpha Burly lover
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Not a knee boot but I?ve used the Viking brand thermal boots for years. 13 inch boots that wear great, I get 8-10 years out of a pair.


Great South Bay
West Sayville, N Y
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Lacrosse Burely's are tanks, been wearing them for many years and have owned several pairs. When the rubber cracks all the way thru in front of the ankle, it's time for a new pair.

They are not light and on long treks, and hard hunts charlie horses will come to call. Carry extra socks, cuz your feet like dry socks. Burely's will get you in shape, one way or another


That said since I got a pair of Muck Boot Wetlands, the Burely's see little use. They are not tough, but they are light, warm, and do just fine, plus no charlie horses.

When ya get Older, light boots with good soles are better than tough. Everything in life is a trade off.











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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I use Lacrosse ankle fit neoprene-because I can't get the USA rubber ones anymore. Light and pretty durable. Aside from hunting ducks, we do a lot of deer hunting on foot and they are great. You can feel a branch under foot before it breaks. Darrel



"There is no better duck call known to man, than a cup of hot coffee just poured from the Thermos."
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Kirk

I use Lacrosse waders and ever other boot. I had my chest waders for twenty years before I hung them up. Guess what I went out and got another pair. I'm going to be 60 years old in August and the boot of record for me has been lacrosse. I have used just about everything out there. And I have always returned them. Lacrosse isn't cheap but in my boot they are the best.
anthony sr
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Lacrosse burly. I have an 18 year old pair that are still used every season. No leaks. Great boot! I see a pair of Lacrosse hip waders in my future of teal season.
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I wear rubber boots daily, Used to use the LaCross boots but since they went to china, the rubber doesn't last, used to wear the vikings years ago but they're a pain to get dried with the wool fleece lining.. Had a pair of Muck edgewaters that are super comfortable, but not that warm, they finally started to leak through the foot. I now have a pair of Kamiks, made in America, almost as comfortable as the edgewaters, and so far have held up two years with no cracking, they look like they're the "toughest" of the lot.
too warm for warm weather though. A friend of mine swears bye the muck clones from Tractor supply.

Still looking for a comfortable summer boot, I can't wear the white shrimp boots....
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Kirk et al~


My favorite is the Muck Edgewater - taller the better. They are my everyday (October through May) boot when there's much snow around - otherwise I use the short "camp boots" made by Muck. The tread is not the best on slippery hills - but I like the light weight and easy on-off.



Like Tom, I wore Vikings for years when I lived on LI.




BTW: One of my many eccentricities that garners ridicule from my gunning partners is wearing plastic bags over my socks. They keep my boot interiors dry and make putting them on/of much easier - especially my chest waders. Not sure what I'll do when NY bans plastic shopping bags next year. I've always tried to re-purpose to make sure they were not "single use" objects.....


All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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I love my Muck Boots. Not sure what model they are, but I've had them for probably 10 years, and they're still going strong. Light, warm, waterproof, and most importantly, very comfortable.

Jon

"Each decoy you touch holds memories of, past, present and God Willing, future hunts. The places, birds, men, boats, dogs and days you spent doing what you so dearly love and enjoy"- Vince Pagliaorli
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Xtratuf boots last a long time.
I heard about them visiting Alaska.
I think mine are 15+ years old.and still holding up.


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The old xtratuff boots are legendary in Alaska, Smile, and they were very comfortable, and long lasting, unfortunately they too went offshore to some asian country for manufacture and allegedly are not of the same quality. That was more then a few years ago now so I don't know if they upped the quality or not.
The problem they all have when they go to asia is the quality of the rubber, they start cracking in the foot pretty quick.
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That's too bad, mine were great.


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While fly fishing yesterday I encountered NY DEC two man team of Giant Hogweed eradication specialists. Dressed head to toe in protective gear, and wearing Lacrosse rubber knee boots.

We had a good chat. They provided valuable info, and I pointed them in the directions I have seen the nasty plant.

One of the first things I noticed as I approached them, was the yellow band around the top of their knee boots. Yup, that's Lacrosse.











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Midway USA is having a sale on Lacrosse boots right now

https://www.midwayusa.com/...c_sales_velocity%7C1




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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A number of years back I switched from Muck to Bog boots. I found them to be much more durable and they have excellent customer service.