View Full Version : Suggestions for hot weather hiking boots for a sheep hunt

11-06-2012, 12:15 PM
I need some new boots for an upcoming desert bighorn hunt. Recommendations?

11-06-2012, 12:42 PM
I am guessing if you drew or bought a desert bighorn tag you don't mind spending some money on boots.

Any of the boots made by Danner for the military in a desert model would work well. I have desert Acadias and they are among my favorite boots.

Blackhawk makes some nice lightweight desert boots as well. They don't hold up as well as the Danners, but they will last a that trip.

Saying that I am sitting at work wearing my 2nd pair right now in uniform. Killed the first pair in Somalia where I had stitch seperation. This pair I have worn on 3 Afghanistan deployments so I guess they aren't so weak.

You want them tight side to side but with lots of room in the heel and toe box. So you don't slip and slide and create blisters.

Also I wear 5.11 socks with mine or Blackhawk socks in the desert model.

128 degrees and 100% humidity in Somalia and I was as comfortable as I could be.

11-06-2012, 06:58 PM
Yes sir, I was blessed to draw the bighorn tag. I'm still in shock over that. :D

I didn't think of military boots, but that's a great suggestion. Most hunting boots are geared toward cold weather, and that's not what I need at all for the Texas desert in July. I'll definitely check those out. I'm leaning toward a 6" boot rather than 8" though, in hopes that it would be a little bit cooler. My feet get hot easy. I must not have poor circulation in my legs, I guess. On the other hand, taller boots might provide a little better snake protection. I think I'll have an easier time avoiding the rattlesnakes than I will the heat though.

:D :D I was just reading some reviews on Danner's site for the Acadias, and they do get rave reviews. This comment made me laugh:

I noticed that many of the reviews listed these boots as too heavy. These boots aren't heavy you're just weak.

11-06-2012, 08:21 PM
Hanwag mountain lights would work well for you, here is the link


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11-07-2012, 12:53 PM
Vasque breeze GTX if you want GOTEX
Vasque breeze if you want non-gortex
UA Valsetz for non-gortex

11-09-2012, 06:15 PM
Stay away from Gore-Tex, it is not designed to wick mositure at high temps.

11-10-2012, 12:27 AM
I usually prefer Gore-Tex hiking boots, but that's for fall/winter mostly. I had planned to go without Gore-Tex on this next pair. Not a lot of water where I'll be sheep hunting, so I won't need it.

11-10-2012, 11:33 AM
Gore-Tex will equal blisters at the temps you are talking about.

11-25-2012, 04:22 PM
I would second the Hanwags. They are made right and you can get a near custom fit through Lathrop and Sons. Spend the money on aftermarket inserts. Then go out and break them in...I would put at least 20 miles on them before I would go on a sheep hunt.

I've worn the Blackhawks in Afghanistan and I had stiching separation. I went back to my normal issue boot and had no problems. Some people really liked the blackhawks and some hated them. I hated them, but that is just me. For the price you can afford to wear them out and get a new pair.

Colorado Cowboy
11-26-2012, 06:13 AM
Used to wear 6" ers in hot weather, but got too many small pieces of gravel and other stuff in them. Went back to the 8", maybe just the way my feet/ankles are shaped.