Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I just returned from the best outpost experience of my life. Northwestern Manitoba, though, has some rough terrain that can play havoc on your feet whether you're fishing or hunting.
Over the last year I had been looking for a boot that would not only give me better support, but also prevent my feet from sweating and making me uncomfortable after a day in the field. I also needed durable boots with extraordinary traction, because I'm hard on them and I tend to venture into terrain that's unstable – anything for a good story and picture.
Earlier this year I was introduced to Redhead’s Trailblazer and Canyon Ridge boots. The Trailblazer is a non-insulated boot that has a full-grain leather upper and is waterproof. It also has the extremely effective 100% Bone-Dry waterproof membrane.
This premium hunting boot has a moisture-wicking Cambrelle lining with a lightweight EVA-cushioned camo midsole. It has the exclusive RedHead molded durable rubber hunting outsole and is offered in Mossy Oak or the new Break Up pattern with a wide range of sizes.
Photo: Jim Crowley
The insulated Canyon Ridge boots from RedHead provide plenty of ankle support.
I must note that the boots arrived just before I went on my trip. I was a little worried that with no break-in time, they would be hard on my feet. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Trailblazers felt like I'd had them for years and were comfortable from the start. I was extremely impressed with their traction, even on slippery terrain and steep inclines.
Need Some Insulation?
The other boot, the Canyon Ridge, is an impressive-looking boot with higher ankle support and features a waterproof leather upper and the Bone-Dry waterproof membrane. This boot is insulated – it carries 200 grams of Thinsulate. These warm and comfortable boots will accompany me on pheasant and quail hunts this season.
The Canyon Ridge also features the moisture-wicking Cambrelle lining and a breathable, odor-absorbing Poliyou footbed. RedHead offers a good selection of these boots in men’s medium and wide sizes.
I was also impressed with the tread and traction of these boots. They are lightweight but show impressive strength and support along with flexibility for comfort and all-day hunting.
In both of these offerings from Redhead, I honestly feel that you will be able to hunt all day and your feet won’t notice.
> For more information on these or any of the Redhead line of clothing and accessories, www.BassPro.com.
Jim Crowley is a freelance writer and an avid outdoorsman and traveler based in Bloomington, Ill. He can be reached through his web site, www.JimmyFish.net.