Issue 97 - Gear Lab
Updated: Apr 16, 2019
As a bowhunter I look for two major things in a hunting shoe. They must be lightweight and a have a soft, thin sole. Having a lightweight shoe gives me the ability to be much more nimble over a longer period of time. Much of my hunting is spot and stalk; so precise foot placement is essential for consistent success. Next, having a soft-soled shoe gives you the ability to actually feel the ground, greatly reducing the amount of noise you’re going to make. After hunting in soft-soled shoes the last five years, there’s no way I could ever see myself going back to a hard soled mountaineering type boot for hunting. Just the thought of how noisy they are in the woods makes me cringe. And believe me, you’ll notice a huge difference if you switch over.