Monday, September 21, 2015

Rocky Broadhead Boots - Gear Review

Broadhead Boot


One way to end a hunt early is to have unhappy feet. If your feet aren't happy, you aren't happy. There is nothing like hiking into the backcountry and getting blisters or getting your feet wet. For me, making sure you have the proper boot for the terrain you are hunting is one of the most important things to do. You will be able to stay out hunting longer and actually enjoy the hunt rather than ending a hunt early.

I recently was in search of a new pair of hunting boots and I have always been a fan of the brand Rocky for boots. My last pair of hunting boots were the Rocky Lynx and they were my favorite pair of boots. So when I started talking to Rocky Brand and they asked if I would review their Broadhead Boots, I was pretty excited to say the least.

First lets start off with what they tell you on the website about these boots:

  • EVA footbed
  • Guaranteed Rocky® Waterproof construction
  • 400 Grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation
  • Rubber EVA Outsole
  • Cement Construction
  • Ripstop Upper
  • Moisture Management Lining
  • 8 Inches in Height
  • Each Boot Weighs 22.75 oz

Here is a little more description from the website about some of the features:

Rocky® Waterproof construction fuses a waterproof inner layer to the shoe upper providing a barrier that keeps water out. The waterproofing lines the entire boot, ensuring complete protection.

Traditional insulation - typically felt or polyfill material offers a thermal barrier without the added benefits of premium insulations

The moisture management lining does exactly as it implies; it manages moisture to help prevent your feet from sweating. It's a good feature to have because your feet will stay warm during those long hours of hunting.
Rocky Broadhead Boot
Waterproof Broadhead Boot




















My Take


Lightweight 

The first thing I noticed about these Broadhead Boots were the weight. I was very surprised at how lightweight they were. I am more of a spot and stalk type of hunter so I put some ground under my feet when I hunt. As I wore them on several outings, I sometimes forgot that I had boots on because they felt like I was wearing just a pair of shoes. They are very lightweight for a rugged hunting boot. For me I like a lighter boot to keep me from fatiguing faster than what I need. So when I saw that these only weighed 22.75 oz per boot I was happy. 

Rocky Broadhead Boot Review

Comfortable

When I laced the boots up for the first time I couldn't believe how comfortable they were. I felt like I didn't have to wait for the boots to be broken in. The boots are very comfortable right out of the box. This is a huge plus. Buying a new pair of boots and waiting for them to break in to see if you truly do like them can be a little nerve-racking, but I didn't feel that way at all with these boots.

Moisture Control

I have been wearing the Broadhead boots here in the Missouri heat and humidity and that definitely has put them to the test. I did get the 400g insulated boot and wearing them in 90+ degree weather and 75-80 percent humidity put the moisture management to the test. My feet did get sweaty while hiking around in the heat, but I must say that I have worn other boots on similar trips and felt like I had to take my boots off and stick them in the river to cool down. The Broadhead boots never felt that way to me at all since I have been wearing them. So my feet did sweat but it was an improvement from other boots.

Waterproof 

I tested the waterproof construction of the Broadhead boot several times. We all know that we won't obviously be standing in water all day while we hunt, but I wanted to see how these held up while getting wet. So I took to the river. During the hot summer days, I would go fishing and stand in the water with the boots just to see how long the waterproofing would last. I have had boots before that said they were waterproof and then after getting them wet a few times the waterproof material would fail.

Broadhead Boots in Water


After standing in the water on several occasions, my feet never got wet and continue to stay dry with each trip I take them out on. For waterproof boots I usually tend to stay with GORE-TEX® which Rocky Brands do use in a lot of their boots. The Broadhead boots uses Rocky® Waterproof construction which has done a phenomenal job so far. 

Tread 

The tread on the Broadhead boots is pretty cool if you ask me. It is very rugged and seemed to maintain traction very well and held up against some pretty rocky and muddy terrain. I did have a little bit of slipping occuring on some rocks after they were freshly wet just one time. I figured it had to do with the rubber being pretty new. It was only in one location so I wasn't concerned about it at all. 

Rocky Boots Broadhead  


The tread has broadhead shapes on the bottom, so if you are hiking around the mountains and you see footprints like the ones below, you'll know that someone has a pair of quality hunting boots. 


The Price

The Broadhead boots retail for $164.99 which is a pretty good bargain. I have been wearing these boots for a while now and I can attest to the fact that they will last a long time. I do know that Rocky does offer a 1 year warranty against any manufacture defect. For a high quality boot that is this light on your feet at that price is a must check out on your search for new boots. 

Conclusion

Overall I would have to say that these boots have been nothing but awesome for me. I really feel like the comfort, lightweight, and quality of these boots have met my expectations. I would definitely put these near the top of your list if you are checking out a new pair of boots. They will not disappoint you. 

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Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Rocky Broadhead Boots free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by Rocky Gear and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future.


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