The one thing I never want to have trouble with when on a hunt, or simply roaming the outdoors, is my feet. Treat them badly and the hunt will be miserable – guaranteed.
About 3 weeks before my first bear hunt, I put my hands on a pair of Irish Setter Rutmaster 2.0 boots (Style 4883). I knew I would be walking quite a bit on my hunt in the bush, so I decided to wear these boots around the local fishing hole, as well as during simple chores at the farm to try and break them in. The truth is, they really didn’t need to be broke in. The ExoFlex design with lightweight neoprene upper is snug and comfortable, and flexes very well during any activity. And unlike most rubber boots, the Rutmaster is very easy to put on and take off. Gone are the days of asking your buddy to help remove your boots!
A night of camping along a local river allowed me to walk around in the shallows while crossing semi-slick rock and riverbed without any issues as the Mud Claw RPM sole of the Rutmaster boot provided plenty of grip. Scrubbing the rocks and other riverside elements proved that the Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo that was covering the boots was also pretty durable. The adjustable strap at the top outside edge of the boot gives you just enough flexibility to keep the top of the boot snugly wrapped around the calf. It seemed to me that from the first time I put them on, they were already broken in. These are very good quality boots and get better each time I slip them on.
One final thought: Because these boots feature 800-gram PrimaLoft Gold insulation, they’ll be ideal on the deer stand during those chilly mornings and afternoons. From bruins to bucks, these boots won’t let you down.
Check out the video below to learn more about the Irish Setter Rutmaster 2.0 Boot.
Images by Rick Sosebee