I love a good pair of boots. My go to every day wearing boot is made by Ecco. I am on my third pair over 12 years. However they are not an ideal boot for hunting. I needed something taller and waterproof. My Ecco’s are waterproof but at only ankle high, I can’t wear them crossing a deep stream or wading through deep snow or heavy morning dew.
I went to Bass Pro Shops and picked up a pair of Redhead RCT side zip snake boots on sale at the end of the season for $130 with a pair of sox. I was expecting to spend upwards of $250 for a good pair of hunting boots. I always worry when I find a “good deal” that the deal is not going to be quite so good – maybe the quality is not great, or the boot really isn’t waterproof.
I have worn these Redhead boots hunting in deep snow and mud several times since purchasing them and have been very pleased. They have kept my feet dry and warm even in the deepest snow or wading through shallow creeks. I don’t know that they are completely waterproof, although they are advertised as such. I wouldn’t want to go trout fishing in them, standing in water for hours on end. But for hunting in snow, turkey hunting in heavy morning dew, wading small streams, or hiking through snake infested western Oklahoma in search of a great photo, I believe these are going to work great.
One feature I really like is the zipper side enclosure with a lace up front. The zipper on the side allows me to unzip the top of the boot, making the leg openings bigger so my foot goes in and out easier. They are a bit tough to pull on without unlacing but it can be done. The zipper does not completely open the boot to water so they remain watertight despite the side zipper. The laces in the front allow me to pull the boot good and snug on my foot and leg. I hate normal rubber boots that are loose and allow your foot to move around on the footbed. Loose boots don’t work so well when hiking in rocky, rough, uneven terrain. These Redhead boots stay nice and tight even in the steepest rocks. Easy on, easy off, yet nice and tight around my feet.
And what a value. Much less expensive than my Ecco boots. I wouldn’t want to wear these Redhead’s as my every day boot – to big, bulky, heavy, and sweaty. But they are fantastic for a day of hunting and heavy duty brush popping, then take them off at the end of the day for something a bit more comfortable and cool.