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Offline stevepslab

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BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« on: Apr 19, 2018, 12:57 AM »
I am looking to upgrade my foot wear this ice season. Seems my feet get cold easy, that's why. Probably cause they sweat a lot. Looking for ideas on best boot or sock combo you guys all use to keep your feet warm in weather 10 degrees to -30. Steve.
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #2 on: Apr 19, 2018, 05:12 AM »
 There are several reasons for feet to get cold. One main reason is the boot fits just right. You need extra room around your foot so it isn't pressing against the cold boot all the time and there's plenty of wiggle room. Usually a size larger or extra wide will do it.

 Another reason is perspiration. One thing to try if your feet sweat a lot is anti-perspirant. Use the aerosol and spray it on your feet. Dry feet are warm feet.

 If you don't want to do that, get some polypropylene liner socks and a pair of nice warm Merino wool socks. The liner wicks moisture away and the wool will keep you warm. Damp wool will actually gets warmer.

 Make sure your boots are insulated and waterproof. Every other year or so a good spray down with campdry or other waterproofing spray will keep out the cold.

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #3 on: Apr 19, 2018, 08:37 AM »
There are several reasons for feet to get cold. One main reason is the boot fits just right. You need extra room around your foot so it isn't pressing against the cold boot all the time and there's plenty of wiggle room. Usually a size larger or extra wide will do it.


Agree. Many guys don't realize that it's the air that provides the insulation, whether in your boots or in the attic. Squeezing the air out with tight fit will make your feet colder. An extra pair of socks is not necessarily a good thing.
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #4 on: Oct 10, 2018, 08:06 PM »
Warmest boots I have ever worn.   And I have spent a ton on different boots as I have unusually cold feet

https://www.kimpex.com/en-ca/products/snowmobile/apparels-and-protective-gear/boots/ckx-boots-yukon?sku=033081&keyword=Ckx%20yukon

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #5 on: Oct 10, 2018, 11:44 PM »
Get yourself a pair of these.  Warmest boots I have ever worn and I have blown a ton of money trying to find warm boots.  I have colder than normal feet and these are great. 

https://www.kimpex.com/en-ca/products/snowmobile/apparels-and-protective-gear/boots/ckx-boots-yukon?sku=033081&keyword=Ckx%20yukon

50 bucks cheaper.
https://www.amazon.com/CKX-Boots-Yukon-Size-9/dp/B017NSPS1W

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #6 on: Oct 11, 2018, 05:22 AM »
My vote is for the Cabelas Trans-Alaska Pac Boot.  I've had mine for 4 years, maybe more, still like new and the warmest boot I've ever had.  The only boot I've never got cold feet in.  And they are comfortable, not the greatest for long treks but OK.
Mine are dedicated to ice fishing with ice screws installed.
Boots are definitely a personal preference item - there are several on the market that will keep you warm.  Your style of fishing will be a big factor in boot selection, as well.
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #7 on: Oct 11, 2018, 05:38 AM »
Welcome to the Shanty Stevepslab. There is a treasure trove of information on boots in those links up top! I tell all my friends and family when explaining Ice shanty that there are 80,000 members, if even only 10 [there are so many more than ten] of those guys have fished 30+ years and willingly come on here and give advice and tips and tricks they have learned. Then you can learn more on here than you can experience in a lifetime. Not to mention all the younger guys showcasing the innovation and evolution of the sport. Best of luck on your boot quest, happy hunting.

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #8 on: Oct 11, 2018, 07:11 AM »
last season I started wearing the Muck Artic Pro and they worked great for me. I bought those and the Kahtoolas to start the season last year and I am very happy.

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #9 on: Oct 11, 2018, 07:48 AM »
Good info distilled down here already. Proper fit (need toe wiggle room) and antiperspirant spray for sweaty feet ( I can't wear rubber boots at all) I like Sure unscented, are difference makers. My boots are 2 season old Cabelas Trans Alaskans. Same as fishforpike, first time in my life my feet have been comfortable.
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #10 on: Oct 11, 2018, 12:19 PM »
I tried a pair of Cabela's Trans Alaska a few years back but they were just too much boot for me, especially after slapping on Kahtoola spikes. Remember those scenes where Godzilla laid waste to Tokyo. It felt like that. Since that experiment I've sacrificed the maximum possible warmth for lighter weight and simplicity and just picked up some Kamik
front zipper and replaced the Kahtoolas with ice studs. They seem fine for what I do. Very subjective topic with few wrong answers
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #11 on: Oct 11, 2018, 01:04 PM »
Last year I broke down and bought a pair of Trans Alaskans , my feet are dry and warm , , but takes a little getting use to walking as there is 3Ēs of space from the ice to the bottom of your foot , But do run on the small side I ordered 1 size up
  But like already mentioned there are many good choices out there
 

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #12 on: Oct 11, 2018, 02:34 PM »
I greatly improved a pair of hunting boots by adding an alpaca insole (a gift). Didn't really have high expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. Then again, I don't have trouble with cold feet.

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #13 on: Oct 11, 2018, 04:23 PM »
I switched from my trusty mickeys boots to muck arctic pros.arctic pros are light and pretty warm but if the arthritis in my hip was gone id still wear my mickeys..warm with any sock combination.ive only used my arctic pros one season tho.but a few days i could feel my toes getting cold after being out all day.not freezing cold but wearing my mickeys i was used to never having cold feet.

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #14 on: Oct 11, 2018, 05:50 PM »
I switched from my trusty mickeys boots to muck arctic pros.arctic pros are light and pretty warm but if the arthritis in my hip was gone id still wear my mickeys..warm with any sock combination.ive only used my arctic pros one season tho.but a few days i could feel my toes getting cold after being out all day.not freezing cold but wearing my mickeys i was used to never having cold feet.

With ya' on the Mickey's Doc. If they weren't so damn heavy and these old bones and muscles were about 30 years younger,  I'd still be sporting them too...You wouldn't happen to know someone who could carry me to my hole do you?  :whistle: :roflmao:
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #15 on: Oct 11, 2018, 06:02 PM »
I love my Trans Alaskans. 

Last year I broke down and bought a pair of Trans Alaskans , my feet are dry and warm, but takes a little getting use to walking as there is 3Ēs of space from the ice to the bottom of your foot.

I was OK walking, but picking stuff up off the ice while standing, or trying to... that produced some laughter.   Like, woah, the ground is way down there!
   
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #16 on: Oct 11, 2018, 08:09 PM »
50 bucks cheaper.
https://www.amazon.com/CKX-Boots-Yukon-Size-9/dp/B017NSPS1W

That link is Canadian dollars so amazon is in USD so very close to the same money.  Get a pair, they are amazing warm.

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #17 on: Oct 11, 2018, 08:28 PM »
Lot of people set up for cold feet. Don't drive your car to ice fish while wearing snow boots also if you walk far then you may wanna change your socks. It's all about the sweat. Avoid it if possible otherwise your feet may be cold.

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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #18 on: Oct 11, 2018, 09:32 PM »
I love my Trans Alaskans. 

I was OK walking, but picking stuff up off the ice while standing, or trying to... that produced some laughter.   Like, woah, the ground is way down there!

 :thumbsup: Yep. I'm 6'2" in the TAs...  ::)
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #19 on: Oct 11, 2018, 09:44 PM »
:thumbsup: Yep. I'm 6'2" in the TAs...  ::)

And I'm 6'5" before I put 'em on!  Frankenstein after.
   
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #20 on: Oct 11, 2018, 10:36 PM »
last season I started wearing the Muck Artic Pro and they worked great for me. I bought those and the Kahtoolas to start the season last year and I am very happy.

Same combo I wear and itís fantastic, IMO.

I also wear an ultra light thermal liner under a heavy weight merino sock. I usually spray my feet with an aerosol anti-persperant and Iím good to go for the day. Best setup Iíve come across. Iíve had my Mucks for about 5 seasons and I canít complain at all. Light weight, low profile (especially for a 14), and warm.
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Re: BEST BOOTS FOR ICE FISHING?
« Reply #21 on: Oct 15, 2018, 07:10 PM »
i have to say NOT Baffin.     bought a pair of Baffin trappers 3 years back   and the rubber is cracking at the flex points near the arch

one boot leaks

sad to say Baffin has Zero warranty.     nada. chinese made you think they could warranty 120 bux a pair boots


these were good looking tall. boots with removable inserts i had high hopes

comparably the sorels pac boots dad bought me when i was 12.   lasted till i was 23 before any rubber deterioration

the good old days

will be seeking a better choice.    patching the baffin see how they take a patch

 



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