Everyone has an opinion on which camo is the best or if you even need camo but when it comes to hunting gear, especially early season gear is it limiting your choices?
Does camo matter? Sure it does. But does it matter on your boots? I don’t think so. Your boots cover a very small portion of your body and they’re often covered by your camo pants. When looking for early season boots most people run to the ‘hunting boot’ section and go right past some of the best early season boots. This year I chose the Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Waterproof Hiking Boot from Gander Mountain. If you don’t need insulation looking at hiking boots can not only save you some money in some cases but get you a better performing and lighter-weight boot. The X Ultra Mid 2 GTX is a waterproof hiking boot that performs well as a hunting boot as it’s super comfortable, lightweight and waterproof. It’s design makes it very easy for climbing into stands as they’re not too rigid and give you a good grip on tree steps. Plus since they’re black you can make use of them in the off-season without looking stupid wearing camo boots on the hiking trails. So far I’ve put close to 50 miles on these boots both hiking with a weighted pack (carrying my 3 year old), checking trail cameras and scouting and I’ve been completely impressed. The Ortholite insoles that come with the boots are pretty great but if they don’t provide just the right amount of support check out SuperFeet. I did purchase some SuperFeet insoles as I have high arches but was pleasantly surprised that as of now the insoles that came with the boots are doing quite well.
Early season also means fighting green and thriving underbrush that can wreak havoc on your clothing. For early season I’ve found the Carhartt Buckfield Hunting Pant. They come in Realtree Xtra but pack the legendary durability that Carhartt is known for along with an athletic cut for mobility and some hunting specific features. After wearing these while scouting and checking cameras where other pants have been picked apart I’m a believer in their value. In addition to their durability they have a water repellent coating that helps shed water in light rain or making your way through tall damp grasses. I’m not one to push camo as a must or a certain pattern but having something on a large part of your body to break up your outline is a must. Whereas boots may not matter, camo pants will definitely break up your outline. While I mention these as great for early deer season they’d also be great for Spring Turkey season.
As we’re in the midst of the early season if you’re still gearing up consider your options, don’t always go for the traditional hunting brands. Brand likes Salomon and Carhartt who traditionally serve other markets make amazing gear that can make a big difference in your hunt.
[Disclosure: While the content is original, is my honest opinion and has not been edited, the boots and pants were provided by Gander Mountain at no cost to me.]