Among the leading rubber hunting boot manufacturers are LaCrosse Footwear and The Original Muck Boot Company

If you have determined that you would prefer to wear rubber boots while hunting, then there is a good chance that you would settle for boots made by one of these brands.

When getting into the toughest terrain, the wettest of marshlands or sitting in a blind or stand and waiting for game to come calling, a pair of rubber hunting boots will serve you well.

Features of Muck and Lacrosse Boots

  • Neoprene Stretch Top

  • Breathable Air Mesh Lining 

  • Heavy Lug Sole 

  • Self-insulated Neoprene Bootie

  • Insulating Foam in Body and Thermal Foam Under Foot Bed 

  • Silver Reflective Stripe on back of boot (for increased visibility)

  • Kick-off Lug 

  • Rubber Cupsole

  • Heel and Toe Reinforcement

  • Adjustable Rubber Gusset 

  • Dry-Core and Hyper-Dri waterproof fabric linings 

  • Unique and Aggressive Tread Pattern

  • Additional Insulation with Thinsulate Coating 

  • Abrasion and Tear Resistant Rubber Formula

  • Chemical Resistance (Corrosion Preventative)

  • Quad Comfort System

  • Toe Reinforcement

Description of the Boot Designs

Now we’ll take a closer examination of the boot design of each brand to further identify what the boots can offer to hunters.These descriptions will provide a better understanding about their quality and affect they can have on hunting. 

Muck Boot

As the name implies, Muck Boot boots are primarily intended to endure sloppy, slippery, cold, and generally harsh conditions. Their hunting boots are 100% waterproof and celebrated as a tough yet comfortable and quality design.

The construction of all muck boots begins with the scuba-grade neoprene bootie. The neoprene shell is lightweight, flexible, insulated and completely waterproof.

For stability, the bootie sits inside a rubber cupsole. Cupsoles differentiate from ordinary rubber outsoles in that cupsoles have tall sidewalls which offer additional durability and traction. 

The upper layer of the neoprene bootie is typically coated with natural rubber overlays to protect the neoprene and provide extra durability. The upper uses coarser textures and heavier rubber for extra protection in the toe and heel area (triple and quadruple reinforcement, respectively). 

Their boots are lined with Airmesh to allow air to circulate throughout the interior and quickly wick away excess sweat and perspiration that may build up.

The outsoles are made from natural rubber and are highly resistant to abrasions. The soles have very deep indentations to improve stability and traction.

If you're interested in the company and want to see the full list of boots visit the Muck Boot website.  

LaCrosse Boots

LaCrosse boots are designed for all outdoor activities. With a focus of outdoor boots, their hunting boots are completely waterproof and resistant to mud (and debris). Their boots are constructed to allow for stationary behavior in addition to plenty of walking on flat and rougher terrain. They are embraced as a durable and comfortable boot for tough terrain. 

LaCrosse boots are constructed with a neoprene interior combined with multiple layers of rubber for extra durability. This neoprene interior and rubber exterior make the boots entirely waterproof.

Many of their boots offer “Quad Comfort” which is a layered platform system that provides exceptional comfort, stability, and durability. The system combines a padded Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (synthetic rubber) footbed, a shock-absorbent EVA foam layer, a durable polyurethane midsole and a shank in the arch of the foot for stability. These are supported by an aggressive but lightweight outsole.

To allow for their boots to breathe, they utilize Dry-Core and Hyper-Dri waterproof fabric linings. There are spaces between the liner which helps air circulate within the boot. The lining allows sweat and other perspiration to escape from inside the boot while preventing water from entering the boot.

The soles of LaCrosse offer a unique tread pattern which help resist mud and other mucky surfaces from coating the soles while also allowing the midsole and footbed to be soft and comfortable.

If you're interested in the company and want to see the full list of boots visit the LaCrosse website.  

Durability

Both Muck and LaCrosse boots have high-quality designs and assemble their boots with high-grade materials. Consequently, the likelihood that you will get years of use out of both brands’ boots are very high.

You can also expect that the boots will remain high-quality for the majority of their lifetime. The number of years you would expect to get out of these boots are:

Muck: 3-4 years

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LaCrosse: 5-6 years

Durability of rubber boots will often depend on the amount of layering of the rubber on the upper. Considering rubber is strong and tough, the more layers of rubber on the upper, the tougher the boot will be.

However, more rubber overlays will also increase the weight of the boots, therefore the overlays of rubber on the upper is often limited in the design.

LaCrosse has found a good balance between durability and weight of their boots.

Since rubber is naturally waterproof, there is zero chance of water damage for both brands’ boots. The exposed neoprene of Muck boots can be a problem for some hunters because the neoprene is vulnerable to abrasions and can shred fast when walking through briar and other sharp shrubs. 

For these reasons, the favorable boot design in relation to durability would be LaCrosse.

Weight and Fit

With Muck boots, you can usually expect their boots to run a little bigger. The boots are made to standard widths, but the materials will stretch leaving more space on the sides of the interior.

Muck advises that people with narrow feet wear thick socks or add a sock liner to fill in room inside the boot.

For LaCrosse boots, you can expect their boots to run true-to-size. The boots are usually a slim fit, easy to slip on and off, and they are perfect for narrow feet. 

Both brands take into consideration the size of calves in their designs. The exposed stretchy neoprene top of the Muck boots accommodates a wide array of calf sizes while LaCrosse utilizes an adjustable gusset (adjustable strap) which provides a secure fit for many legs.  

Although neoprene is lightweight, Muck boots are quite heavy to walk in. This is possibly a result of the weight being heavily distributed to the bottom of the boot due to the heavy material of the rubber cupsole and the multiple rubber overlays on the upper. 

Although LaCrosse boots have multiple rubber overlays on their uppers, their boots feel lighter to walk in compared to Muck boots. This may come down to the differences in their design (more specifically, weight distribution). 

Both are comfortable designs which offer great ankle support and foot stability, but the overall fit and weight of LaCrosse boots make them a preferred design.

Breathability

Neither brand of boot indisputably has a better system of moving moisture inside the boot away. Naturally, they cannot offer as much breathability as leather boots considering rubber is impermeable.

However the lining in both Muck and LaCrosse boots provide good breathability by wicking moisture inside the boot away where it then evaporates through the exterior. 

If you wish for more breathability, merino wool socks have a high level of moisture wicking because it can absorb plenty of moisture relative to its weight.

Sole Grip and Traction

Muck combines a Vibram Arctic Grip rubber sole and incredibly deep, aggressive lugs to give their boots designed for the harshest conditions (deep snow, slippery ice, and mud) supreme grip and traction. Their boots for milder conditions also possess very aggressive lugs. 

LaCrosse boots offer better grip on many different types of terrain. Although they do not offer as much grip and traction as leather boots, their aggressive and unique pattern provides excellent traction on rough terrain in addition to flatter, smoother terrain.

For this reason, if you plan on hiking a lot on your hunts, LaCrosse boots are the better option between the two.

For activities like ice fishing, Muck boots are the better option.   

Insulation

Both Muck and Lacrosse boots offer a wide variety of insulation levels to ensure that the interior of their boots keeps feet warm in mild, cold, and freezing conditions.

LaCrosse proclaims that their boots can handle temperatures as low as -70°F. Muck boots can manage temperatures as low as -60°F.

In short, either company produces a couple of good quality insulated hunting boots that stacks up with any on the market.   

Pricing

On average, Mucks are a little more affordable than LaCrosse boots. Although they are quite expensive, they are definitely great value boots which will last a long time, keep you warm, and remain comfortable. These factors are not guaranteed with cheaper rubber boots.

LaCrosse designs premium boots which are well worth the money. Noticeably from their finished products, plenty of research and development goes into the making of their boots.

The effect of this is that they can offer superior comfort, durability, and traction. Ultimately, they are incredible rubber boots for hunting and hiking.   

Bottom Line

The first step may be to decide between leather and rubber hunting boots. Then you're next choice is boot brand.

LaCrosse hunting boots are more popular for hunters that do plenty of hiking due to the fit, weight, tread pattern and durability.

Muck boots are popular boots for tree sitting or ice fishing because they are bulkier with more room for thick socks and better lugs for gripping ice, snow, and mud.

When it comes down to comfort and durability, hunters will determine that either boot brand will satisfy their needs 


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