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Review of LaCrosse Footwear “Ala” Heritage Hunters

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This review is on several styles of hunting related footwear from LaCrosse.  I’m sure you’ve heard that credit card commercial’s catch phrase of “What’s in your wallet?”  Well, we here at Heritage Hunters would like to ask a similar phrase about your choice of hunting boots ….“What Boots are in your closet?”
We’ve always been a fan of Rubber Boots for our hunting needs especially those made by LaCrosse.  The folks at LaCrosse have been very good over the last couple of years at helping us get the word out about preserving the Hunting Heritage.  They’ve helped us out with giveaways at shows we’ve attended as well as allowing us to test a variety of footwear styles that we feel should be in every hunter’s closet.  Here are several of those styles and their attributes:

Alpha Lite Side Zip Rubber Boot

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What The LaCrosse Website Says: The NEW 18″ Mossy Oak® Break-up™ Alpha Lite Boot features the legendary comfort of waterproof Alpha Technology with the same snug and supportive fit that consumers have come to appreciate, now even more lightweight than ever. This waterproof boot is the ultimate outdoor, chore, and hunting boot, built to face any environment with durable, scent free rubber and a combination of self insulating lightweight neoprene. This 18″ Mossy Oak® Break-up & trade 5.0 mm Neoprene version provides a rear gusset to allow the boot to open up for extra room, scent free protection and lightweight support in the field. The aggressive lug designed outsole is fit for any terrain. From the farm to the trail this is the ideal boot for comfort and stability. Available in Men’s sizes 6-15 (whole sizes only).
Weight: 3 to 4 lbs per pair

What Heritage Hunters Say:
These Boots wear like sneakers!  We got to experience these boots for Spring Turkeys and combined with our choice of socks (Covert Threads www.covertthreads.com) these boots rock!  Easy on / Easy off, and the neoprene allows for a truly waterproof and lightweight version of the old standby LaCrosse Burlys that we were so accustomed to.  The outsole is also beefed up for solid footing in the Deer or Turkey woods.

Alpha Lite Slip-ons

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What The LaCrosse Website Says: The Alpha Lite Slip On 3″ rubber hunting boots are perfect for slipping on when you’re heading out to the barn to muck stalls or relaxing around the campfire after a hunt. With 3.5mm neoprene for warmth and 100% waterproof protection, these boots are great for having around the house or in the back of the truck.
Weight: 2.3 lbs per pair

What Heritage Hunters Say:
This year we went exclusively with ScentBlocker apparel during our NY Bow Season (Future Review on ScentBlocker Coming Soon!). Following all of the “Scent-free” criteria took a little getting used to.  We adapted to a routine where we would wear a base layer during the drive to and from our hunting area.  We did not wear our LaCrosse Rubber boots in the truck cab.  Instead, we wore these snazzy Slip-ons.  Grab the back loop and slip them on!  It’s as easy as that.  Upon getting to our hunting area, we would stand on a carpet square, change into our ScentBlocker and put on our LaCrosse Rubber Hunting Boots.  Although not what we were used to from previous seasons, the process worked slick and so did these slip-ons!

Chukka Moc Hunting Boot

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What The LaCrosse Website Says: The Chukka Moc hunting boots are super comfortable and great to have around camp. Quad Comfort® technology offers all-day support while cement-down construction gives an athletic fit. The leather and 1000 Denier nylon upper is soft yet durable and Realtree® Hardwoods Green HD™ provides the ultimate coverage.
Weight: 2.3 lbs per pair

What Heritage Hunters Say:
These boots are a more versatile version of the above slip-ons.  There were many times that I would come directly from Teaching my last class of the day and hop in the truck headed for Dan’s for an evening hunt.  The Alpha Lite Slip-ons were a little too “casual” shall we say for class.  The Chukka’s were perfect for those days when I knew I had to “jet” after work to my treestand and they look pretty good with Khakis!  They are still my boot of choice to leave the house in.

Locator Scent HD Hunting Boot 

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What The LaCrosse Website Says: The Locator Scent HD are lightweight hunting boots that feature a Scent Hyper-dri® barrier for 100% waterproof and scent-free protection. Extremely comfortable, the Locator Scent HD offers durable pigskin leather and a 1000 Denier nylon upper so that you can be quick, quiet and agile on your feet. Quad Comfort® Technology gives you four layers of cushioning from the footbed to the outsole. The boot is built with cement-down construction for an athletic fit along with the quiet, self-cleaning rubber outsole that is ideal for stalking. 
Hyper-dri® is a highly engineered, waterproof, scent-free barrier that lines the entire boot for 100% protection. Not only does Hyper-dri® block water from entering the boot, it also absorbs moisture in the boot and transfers it away from your foot.
Weight: 2.8 lbs per pair

What Heritage Hunters Say:
Dan and I log a lot of miles in the Summer and Early Fall looking for “Just one more stand site” or “A better trail” for our existing stands.  As a result, we put the Locator Scent HD Boots through the paces (literally!)  From Hiking the mountain, to hanging stands, these boots not only hold up extremely well, they kept our feet dry inside and out. 
These boots are as light as our sneakers and are almost as comfortable too! If you’re a Turkey hunter and would like a light, comfortable, moisture wicking boot to “Run and Gun” in, give these boots a look.

A word on Socks!

Every Hunter knows that sock choice is as important as boot choice.  We’ve always had the issue of sweat to deal with when wearing boots.  As we’ve mentioned before, some of our stands are a hike to get to.  The last thing you want is for your socks to get wet in your boots and then have to sit there in the stand with your feet freezing.  We gave a company called Covert Threads a try last Spring and like what they have to offer.  They got their start making socks for members of our Military.  They did what any successful company does when trying to develop a great product….They listened to their customers….in this case, the Men and Women of our Armed Forces!  What better subjects to put these socks to the test right?  The Motto of Covert Threads is  “A Sock for every clime and every place!”  Sounds like a slogan that might fit Hunters too, eh?

Check em out at: www.covertthreads.com

Our Marks on LaCrosse Footwear’s Hunting Boots:

Comfort: 4.5 out of 5
This is probably our highest marks for comfort of a Hunting Boot.  Lets be honest, the cold and the terrain plays into this and a comfort level of 4.5 out of 5 is pretty darn good!

Durability: 5 out of  5
We still have LaCrosse boots purchased last decade that are still going strong!

Function: 5 out of 5
Depending on your hunting activity, LaCrosse has a plethora (I just like this word, so I figured I’d use it here) of choices for you to explore.

Price: 5 out of 5
Compared to other boots on the market, the pricing of LaCrosse Boots are on par.  Definitely not overpriced for the wear you’ll get out of these boots.

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