Spend much time on a farm, hunting or working outside and you will appreciate any boots that can keep your feet dry.
Keeping them cool is another matter. Can you have both?
Disclaimer: Muck Boots™ supplied the product used in this review. Muck boots had no input in this review, and at the time of publication, there is no sponsorship relationship between Muck Boots and Survival Common Sense. All I ever promise in a review is a fair shake.
by Leon Pantenburg
Back on the farm, we called them chore boots. They were knee-high, made of rubber and uninsulated, and chore boots were standard footwear for cleaning out barns. They were available at the local Tractor Supply, Big Bear or Walmart stores. That style of boots were great when you were slopping around in the organic evidence of a dairy cow herd, or mucking out stalls, but they were also hot and clammy. After wearing them for a while on a warm day, your socks would be wringing wet. Sore, soft feet were a given.
I still wear this style of boot while on the Mississippi River with Quapaw Canoe Company. The guides are in and out of canoes all day, frequently in ankle to knee deep water. During warm weather, Neoprene boots are worn barefoot. We coat our feet with Vicks VapoRub™. This is a proven combination, but the idea of a waterproof boot that was also reasonably cool was intriguing.
I wore my XpressCool™ boots on a Mississippi River canoe voyage in early November. The weather was cooling down in Mississippi, and I didn’t get a chance to try them out in hot weather. I wore my go-to thick Buffalo Wool Trekker™ socks in the XpressCool boots, and the combination proved to be excellent.
Here are the Muck Boots XpressCool specs, according to the company website.
- XpressCool Lining keeps feet cool and dry in warm weather
- Fully lined with 4 millimeter neoprene for flexibility
- Easy to clean rubber overlay
- Durable, quick cleaning outsole
- Triple toe reinforcement
- Quadruple rubber heel reinforcement
- Reinforced arch support
- Steel shank for structural support
- Mid-Height: with reflective pull-tab for easy on and off
- Shaft Circumference: 17 inches
- Boot Height: 12.86 inches
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