Sick of freezing your toes off in a tree stand?
Tired of soaked feet after your waterproof hunting boots turn out to be not so waterproof?
Hate starting your trek with cold feet only to find they’ve overheated in your thick insulated wool socks and boots halfway there?
Maybe you should think about some overboots for hunting.
Hunting Overboots Can Heat and Protect Your Feet
When it’s cold first thing in the morning and you need to keep your feet warm, a good pair of overboots are the ideal solution.
Insulated boots are fantastic for sitting and waiting in a tree stand or a blind. But when you’re doing a lot of walking, they can quickly overheat your feet which will start sweating and feel uncomfortable for the rest of the day.
Overboots provide your feet with warmth and then, when things start to warm up, allow you to quickly remove them and stow them away.
Important Features of Overboots
Cold starts and warmer days means there is a need to be able to quickly change to adapt to the conditions.
Not all types of overboots perform the same job so a little bit of though has to go into to ensure you're getting the ones you need.
The following are some of the features to look for when deciding on which overboots to buy.
The hunter who spends many hours sitting in a tree stand or in a hunting blind will find that their extremities will become extremely cold.
A good thick pair of socks and well-insulated hunting boots won’t be enough to stay comfortable.
Covering your boots or shoes with insulated overboots provides you with all the protection from the cold you need.
They trap in the natural warmth from your skin and stop the freezing cold seeping in.
It is possible to get overboots that are particularly designed for sitting or, at least, for minimal movement.
A key feature of the top quality hunting overboots is their weight.
Ideally, you won’t even know you’ve got them on.
This is also important for the times when you take them off and store them away while on the move.
You want to be carrying as little weight as possible so the best overboots can be rolled up and tucked into your pack where they’ll barely be noticed.
The primary purpose of some overboots is to create an impenetrable barrier from moisture and/or cold.
The nylon shell overshoes and gaiters have been used by mountaineers in the harshest of conditions and they have consistently come through to keep the inside layers dry.
As long as the fit is correct, overboots should be comfortable on the feet.
As long as you are using them for their intended purpose, i.e. walking overboots for walking and insulated overboots for sitting, they should greatly add to the comfort level.
You need to be sure that you are getting the right level of insulation for the type of hunting you will be doing.
If you choose heavily insulated overboots for warmer conditions, your feet are going to overheat, your socks will become wet and they will become uncomfortable.
Overboots Suited to Walking
Listed below are 2 overboot brands frequently mentioned as the preference when having to do some walking in cold weather. They each provide a number of advantages for the hunter in terms of fit, comfort and performance.
These are among the lightest, most convenient overboots for those who are doing moderate movement in temperatures down to the single digits.
They are rear entry overboots, meaning you can slip straight into them and then tighten them using a 1-inch ankle strap.
The upper shell is a waterproof 600 denier polyester with 200 denier oxford nylon lining.
They will fit all hiking and hunting boots.
As long as you are moving your feet will remain comfortably warm and your boots will be protected from wet or snow conditions.
The overboots are available in the following sizes: S (5-7), M (8-10) L (11-12) XL (13-15).
They are available from Wiggy’s for $115.00.
Neos Voyager Mid Overshoes
These are non-insulated overshoes that are available in a wide range of sizes to suit just about everyone.
They are high traction with a perma outsole, specifically designed to cover rough terrain.
The tops of the overshoes feature a gusset design to make them easy to slip on and off.
They are made with 500 denier nylon and have a waterproof membrane to provide added protection from the elements.
Importantly, they are lightweight so they won’t fatigue the legs and, should you need to remove them, they won’t add a lot of weight to the pack.
Available sizes are XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL.
They have an MSRP of $119.00.
Overboots Suited to Sitting and Glassing
The overboots designed more for the long wait feature greater insulation and generally do not offer a sole required for walking long distances.
You would wear the following overboots when sitting in your tree stand or waiting in your blind.
Icebreaker Boot Blankets
Marketed as boot blankets, these overboots are designed to offer protection from the cold while hunting, fishing or other activities from a sedentary position.
In other words, these are the overboots you need to stay comfortable if you’re not moving for long periods.
The boot blankets slip over your boots and use a 2-ply 300 gram (high loft) insulation to provide warmth. The outside shell is a tough poly/cotton fabric and there is a nylon water repellent inner shell as well.
They feature rear closure using a heavy duty nylon zipper and includes a draw cord to finish with a snug fit.
Available sizes are S (6-7), M (8-10) L (11-13).
They have an MSRP of $49.95.
Day One Creepers
We’ll include the Creepers in the Sit and Glass section because they are terrific fleece insulated overboots.
Their big attraction is that they can also be used for stalking and the company makes a point of highlighting their effectiveness for muffling the noise of your boots for the last stages of a stalk.
They are rear entry shoes using an adjustable Velcro strap to get a snug fit. They feature soft wooly soles to provide a quiet tread. Not suitable for long treks, however.
The available sizes are M (8-9) L (10-12) XL (13) XXL (13+).
They have an MSRP of $49.00 or $69.00 for insulated lining.
Arctic Shield Boot Insulators
These are another pair of insulated boot covers designed for use when sitting in tree stands or a blind.
They retain the heat that has already been generated from the effort of climbing up into the stand. The idea is that you slip them over your boots once you are in position in the stand.
They feature a polyester outer shell and liner but they are also flexible enough that they can be rolled into a small bundle and stowed away when not needed.
The available sizes are S (6-7) M (8-9) L (10-11) XL (12-13) XXL (14-15).
The recommendation from the company is to buy one size larger than your normal shoe size.
Hunters who have used these overboots report they have remained warm in below zero temperatures when wearing them and have experienced a comfortable day’s hunting as a result.
They have an MSRP of $49.90.
Although wearing thick woolen socks and insulated hunting boots will keep your feet warm while you’re on the move, they may not be enough for the really tough conditions.
Hunting overboots provide you with the extra layer of protection and can stop moisture and cold from penetrating.
These extra levels of protection are a relatively cheap way of ensuring you spend the day comfortably no matter whether you’re moving or not.