What are the best Ice Fishing Boots?
One more vote for Muck Arctic Pros. Especially if you are a driller. I've had LOTS of boots, and no matter how warm they might be, eventually, they leak. It don't matter how warm they are once your feet get a little wet, they are cold.
I don't even know what season I'm on with my Mucks...6? But I wear them all winter long for everything and they are still in excellent shape and 100% waterproof. I just wore them in North Dakota duck hunting standing in ice cold water...still warm.
Muck makes great kids boots too. Keeping them waterproof is the key too. My whole family wears them.
micky boots stay warm & dry even if u get wet
He said no laces to deal with so I highly doubt he's talking about a lace up Pac boot you show.
You Talking about these?
Since the discussion has shifted a little towards socks...
If you want to have happy feet, a quality pair of merino wool socks is important. Cheap Socks just done get it done. I recommend Darn Tough socks. They are made in America (Vermont) and have a true lifetime warranty, though I haven’t had a need to send back a pair of socks yet. There are other brands that are good as well, but these are what work for me. Merino liner sock + merino heavier sock + muck boots have been a winning combination (for me).
Krockers have been doing well. Still use my Rocky blizzards some days and stay dry and warm. Wool socks are important to any boot.
Hardcharger makes a really good point about how important socks can be in this whole discussion. The best waterproof boots lose all comfort if you walk far enough to make your warmest socks a soggy mess. I own a variety of boots for different situations. Seated inside my truck parked on two feet of ice I can get away with my leather work boots with heavy wool socks. Walking I sometimes bring spare dry socks for when the long sit starts to chill me down. Trudging thru slush is the worst. I have some heavy rubber jobs that need three pair of socks to fit properly if walking more than a half mile. None of these boots were expensive. The sorrels cost close to a hundred bucks but have many seasons on them and are on a second set of liners. Buy what you can afford but also invest in some heavy duty socks and boot liners.
Looks like the Muck ice extremes are the ticket. Now to find them on sale somewhere.............................
Another vote here for muck boots. I bought my second pair of Arctic Pros last year. 98% of my fishing is outside of a shack hole hopping, and these boots have worked well for me. Feet don’t get cold, 100% waterproof, and comfortable enough for 1+ mile hikes to get to your spot.
One thing I would recommend is wearing a merino wool liner sock under your heavier wool sock. Avoid anything with cotton.
CM thx for the input.