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    I've heard from many sources that the only footwear for SE is Xtratuf knee-highs.

    With that said, I have a situation, and I was wondering if I could get some honest opinions on it.

    Our group is headed for POW, where we'll hunt bears for five (5) days. Afterwards, none of us has any use for rubber / neoprene boots. Now, I found a place where I can get Xtratufs for $60.00 / pair shipped to my door, but I also found a place where I can get regular rubber knee-highs for $15.00 / pair.

    My question is this: If we're only using them for the 5 days on POW, is it necessary that we buy the Xtratufs (or similar quality boots), or can we sufficiently "get away" with the cheaper standard rubber. Again, we'll likely never, ever use them again.

    On a similar note, would neoprene waders suffice for those five days? We don't plan on doing much hiking.

    Like always, though, I'll leave it to you folks. I trust experience more than anything.

    thanks again,
    RW

  • #2
    What does your Guide suggest.

    When I hunt spring bear we wear waders. Thigh high like Cabela's Bog Busters ...

    Chest waders are way to hot for me .... especially neoprene.
    johnnie laird

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    • #3
      If you happen to choose knee-high's don't wear the $15 pair for anything that take you out of camp, unless you like blisters.
      Vegetables arenít food, vegetables are what food eats.

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      • #4
        or want to get wet ..... LOL
        johnnie laird

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        • #5
          Swim Trunks and Aqua socks here

          Seriously... I'd say that if you already have waders, you can probably make them work for 5 days.

          I would also say that you just might be surprised at how useful, and just how often you will wear your xtra tuffs. You might wear them a whole lot more than you think you would even after your hunt.. food for thought.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by muskeg View Post
            or want to get wet ..... LOL
            That was funny.
            Vegetables arenít food, vegetables are what food eats.

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            • #7
              Extra Tuffs are only good on the Beach and Docks ... When you out satlking Bear in the tide water or crossing creeks you need a little more than knee high action going.
              johnnie laird

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              • #8
                duct tape them

                Which ever way you go, think about duct taping the boots at your ankles to add support. Tried this some years back, and many times since, as suggested by a surveyer that lived in his extra tufs and really appreciated the ankle support it offers.

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                • #9
                  Why ruin a big money hunt on cheap ammo or boots.Sell your gun and buy a cheaper one and use the money for boots as you wil be walking way more than shooting.JMHO
                  Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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                  • #10
                    That's the thing with the Bog Busters ... they have ankle straps. Offer a little more support.
                    johnnie laird

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Amigo Will View Post
                      Why ruin a big money hunt on cheap ammo or boots.Sell your gun and buy a cheaper one and use the money for boots as you wil be walking way more than shooting.JMHO
                      So...you're saying they're worth it, haha....

                      Well, I have some thinking to do. Our waders are very comfortable, so I might just go that route. We'll see how the weather is supposed to be (PS other than rainy).

                      RW

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                      • #12
                        I wouldn't get xts for hunting, not enough support or tread, great if you are gillnetting or on a crab boat, not great if you are bushwhacking through old growth.

                        Don't know what the hunting is like down there but if I were crossing a bunch of streams I'd just have waders, if I weren't I'd probably get some muck boots or something like that
                        I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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                        • #13
                          5 days? Just use what you already have.

                          If you were hunting all season? well I'd put more thought into it....



                          Left my xtra tuffs at work on a Friday night.

                          So I used my "LaCrosse waders" on one of my hunts in Ketchikan, thinking they'd be just as good as the xtra tuffs. And they kept my feet dry! and my legs too(and provided a nice wind break).

                          The only problem I had was that the soles did not grip the very wet ground like the xtra tuffs do. Also when walking on a wet board walk trail,...it was a killer. Almost like walking on wet ice. I made that mistake just once.


                          My hunting partner shook his head and kept telling me I need to buy some xtra tuffs, in turn I told him, "I have them I just forgot them at work." I think he thought I was making it up to cover my poor footing.

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                          • #14
                            Xtratuffs

                            I wear mine all the time. To the grocery store, to work on cold days, shopping out and about.

                            I wear waders for bear hunting, but I have a hard time believing a guy can't find other uses for them.....Yeah, I live in SE.

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                            • #15
                              Xtra Tufs

                              If you won't be getting far from the beach, I'd go with Muskeg's suggestion, hip boots or waders. But for bushwhacking, I'm an Xtra Tuf man. In my Prince William Sound hunting, I wear them probably 75% of the time. There's a big difference between Xtra Tufs and other rubber boots, and it isn't just the rubber. Most other rubber boots are stiff which makes them uncomfortable for anything except standing in. Extra Tufs have better traction than any other rubber boot I've worn and you can get a calked version from logging shops. But the biggy is the way they fit your ankles. They are comfy to walk in and the tight ankle fit keeps your feet from sliding around in them. I like to get them a size or so big, then put in a foot pad for extra comfort. Also you can wear heavier sox with them that way. I get an extra set of pads and change them out every day. They soak up a lot of perspiration and you can air one out while using the other.

                              I use them from sea level to the tops of the mountains and comfort is never an issue.

                              Couple pix of me and a hunting pard with our Xtra Tufs.
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