Several trends are emerging in hunting boots for the upcoming season. Here are just a fews of the trends that showcase the ongoing improvements being developed in this category.
Enhanced Breathability – While people continue to debate global warming, hunters know that early fall hunting seasons have been warmer in recent years. Boot companies have responded with boots with more non-insulated styles and enhanced breathability. Irish Setter’s AeroTracker features airmesh panels to allow air to flow around the foot. A layer of microfilament protects the panels from abrasion.
New Sole Technology – Every year soles are becoming more lightweight. Often technology from other industries finds its way into hunting boots. This year Irish Setter incorporated the Dynamic Suspension System into its Wingshooter line. The DSS system was proven in the Red Wing Casual line. (Red Wing Shoe Company is the parent company of Irish Setter.) This patented mechanism reduces fatigue caused by underfoot pressure through a shock attenuating mechanism. The system works to re-distribute the downward force produced under the heel during each stride.
Improved Knee Boot Fit – Hunters have enjoyed the scent-control and waterproof benefits of knee boots for years. But they were frequently troubled by a sloppy fit which while making it easy to put the boots on, it often made them easy to come off, especially in a mud. In recent years, several boot companies have made great strides in knee boot construction. The latest improvement was the adjustable fit system in the Irish Setter Outrider boots. The system features a covered internal lace system over the forefoot that can be adjusted as needed for a secure fit.
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