Irish Setter’s Waterproof Drifter Hiking Boot Review
Bob Zubkoff 06.04.19
If you’re in the market for a solid, lightweight hiking boot, check out Irish Setter’s waterproof Drifter hiking boot. This is the lightest hiking boot offered by Irish Setter, yet it’s also waterproof and offers maximum durability. A few months back, I decided to give these boots a try and they have not disappointed.
Right out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the boots felt on my feet, and after running them through a variety of terrain, I found they also offer great traction and stability.
Each hike in these boots took place during fall/early winter in Michigan, so I they have seen a variety of trail conditions including light snow, mud and water. The Drifter was successful in keeping my feet dry and warm through all conditions thus far. My feet stayed surprisingly warm in the snow, and the boot offered good breathability in fluctuating temperatures – plus the soles didn’t clog with mud.
The only negative I could find with The Drifter is some of the green painted areas on the boot seem to be wearing off quickly. This may be something to keep in mind if you intend to wear them causally, but for me, this was only a minor con in a long list of pros.
Boot Features and Technologies:
ULTRADRY™ WATERPROOFING SYSTEM
- UltraDry™ construction combines a moisture management lining with waterproof components for dry, long-lasting comfort and performance.
- An Irish Setter exclusive scent control process, ScentBan™ is added to various materials from leathers to linings to footbeds, killing bacteria that cause odors.
- CuShin™ Comfort tongue technology was designed to minimize pressure some hunters feel on their shin from the top of the boot tongue. A four-way stretch nylon offers relief and flexibility while walking, and an internal padded waffle mesh maintains premium comfort.
- Strategically placed high-rebound material brings high-end athletic shoe technology to more practical applications, delivering a recharging burst of energy with every step.