I’ve worn a lot of rubber boots, mostly Muck and Irish Setter. Those did their jobs, a quick job here and there, but I’ve never considered using rubber and neoprene boots for hunting.
While growing up, I’ve seen a lot of guys wearing these kinds of boots out in the whitetail woods. I’ve never judged them – if it works it works, right? – but I’ve always been a fan of tie-up boots. Naturally, some situations call for them, like scouting for sika deer at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
Seems pretty specific, but that’s exactly what I did in early September and I knew I needed a pair of knee highs that performed well in water. So, being a Danner guy, I looked no further than Lacrosse. Yes, Lacrosse and Danner are under the same banner, LFI. Plus, I’ve heard plenty of good reviews about Lacrosse boots from one of the guys I follow, Mark Kenyon, so I knew I had to give them a try.
Before choosing the Alphaburly Pros, I tried on another pair of Lacrosse boots, the 18-inch Grange model, that I thought I’d like much more. But they just didn’t get the job done. Something felt off about them. Granted, I enjoy a tight-fitting boot if it’s on my calf, and the side synch that came on the Granges didn’t get it done for me. So after sending them back through Amazon Wardrobe, I decided to stick with Lacrosse and try out the Alphaburlies I knew within a day that these were what I wanted.
There’s something to be said about having a boot that form fits your leg and heel. While most rubber-neoprene boots feel clunky at first, these didn’t take too long to get a feel for. The back synch is amazing, tightening down really well – even for someone like me who has small legs. They feel great, too. I decided to see how they held up on a 90-degree summer day while sighting in the Wicked Ridge RDX-400 which blew me away. Other neoprene products get super hot, but these felt great. Sure, there was some sweat but it wasn’t an uncomfortable amount.
When it comes to how they hold up in the marsh, they weren’t perfect – no boot is – but they did their job and held up really well. No water got in and they didn’t get sucked off my feet with the ankle-deep mud. Naturally, as this publishes in the winter, I have to note that the models I bought are not insulated. For my lineup, these are my late spring to mid-fall boots.
I can’t say enough good things about the boots I have in my arsenal. I don’t know what it is about boots made by Danner and Lacrosse, but they’ve got their ducks in a row. I’ve finally rounded out my boot closet, and I couldn’t be happier with this company. They’ve likely got a customer for life.