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3 Things to Look for in Your Next Pair of Mud Boots

Pairs of boots are like fishing rods, shotguns, warm socks, or any other piece of sporting gear. One just isn’t enough. If you are in the market for that second pair, consider making it a mud boot. In addition to keeping your feet warm and dry, they shed briars and reduce scent better than just about any other footwear. Here’s a look at the various styles to choose from.

Height

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Muck Wetland Rubber Premium Men's Field Boots (Muck/)

As Johnny Cash lyrically asked, "How High's the Water, Mama?" Well, if waterproof footwear is any indication, it ranges from ankle-height to over 18 inches. Short mud boots are fine for strolling across dewy lawns to pick up a newspaper or milk the cows. But if you are crossing the creek to a deer stand or tracking pigs through a South Georgia swamp, an over-the-calf version is your best choice.

Insulation

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Muck Boot Woody Max Rubber Insulated Men's Hunting Boot (Muck/)

Beyond a common need for waterproof footwear, the performance requirements of a still hunter in Florida are quite different from those of a late-season stand hunter in Pennsylvania. Only one of them is going to value an insulated mud boot. Insulating material ranges from neoprene to thermal foam, fleece, or some combination thereof. With plenty of options for both environments, thermal qualities vary widely. Carefully compare comfort ratings to find the pair that is right for you. And remember, too much insulation can be almost as bad as having too little.

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