I am having a difficult time deciding if I am going to get insulated or non-insulated boots. I have a pair of Merrell's I use for warmer weather long distance backpacking trips (75 miles plus). They are under 8" (not sure of their exact height), but I still handle 60lbs plus loads when I have to, but I am going to go ahead and get 8" boots for sure for backcountry hunting.
My feet stay warm for the most part, I hardly sit still long in the field so sweating will be an issue for anything much over 200grams insulated. I will be hunting in the Big Horns and other related terrains and elevations from 4,000 to 8,000 feet, in Mid to late Oct.
Gortex will be the waterproofing as well.
So far I am leaning towards Lowa's, I tried some on at REI and favored them over Asolo's, Danner, and Irish Setters.
Anyone have any reccomendations? Not so much on brand but more toward insulation or not. I searched the online forums but still nothing directly helpful.