When most people go hiking they grab their lucky boots and hit the trail for a long trek. Most people don’t take into account their personal needs in boots. Yes a lot of people need arch support so they buy the proper insole to keep them comfortable. Or the person needs a lot of support for their ankles so they buy a higher boot to keep their ankle from rolling, but many people neglect their foot’s ultimate comfort by not considering the proper insulation for their boots.
There are a lot more differences between hunting boots with insulation and without insulation than people actually know. For example, insulation can come in grams of Thinsulate, PrimaLoft or millimeters of neoprene. GORE-TEX often gets mistaken for an insulation material, although it is not; it is a waterproofing material. So whenever you see GORE-TEX on a product, it does not always mean it is insulated. Another factor between using Thinsulate, PrimaLoft or neoprene is that all have different advantages over the others, which suit certain tasks better. So let me delve into some of the advantages of Thinsulate, PrimaLoft and neoprene.
Let's start off with some of the specs of a non-insulated hunting boot. As non-insulated already infers it has no Thinsulate, PrimaLoft or neoprene insulation in its construction. This usually makes non-insulated hunting boots fairly light weight and breathable, which makes them a great boot for warmer weather and higher level activities. Now, you have to keep in mind that just because a boot may say it is waterproof does not necessarily mean that it is insulated or warmer. Waterproofing and insulation usually is a completely separate thing.
Moving on to Thinsulate insulation, Thinsulate is a light weight synthetic material with fibers that absorb less than 1 percent of their weight in water; making it an optimal material to keep a boot warm but still fairly light weight. Thinsulate is measured in grams per square meter, but is usually referred to as just grams. The low Thinsulate boots we carry usually start at 200 grams. 200 grams of Thinsulate is optimal for mild weather and high activity levels. 400 grams of Thinsulate is usually for cooler conditions and moderate activity levels. Between 600 to 800 grams usually is recommended for cold conditions with light activity levels. If you are getting into 1000 grams and above, that is usually intended for extremely cold conditions or a minimal activity level, like tree stand hunting.
PrimaLoft is another great insulation material we offer. PrimaLoft is not used as often in our boots since it is more frequently used in cold weather apparel. However, since PrimaLoft excels in cold and wet conditions, it is mainly used in Pac Boots or cold weather Snow Boots. PrimaLoft also is not really measurable in grams or millimeters like Thinsulate or neoprene. They use their own performance levels like PrimaLoft Sport for Mid to high performance or PrimaLoft One for ultimate performance.
Neoprene is a slightly different insulation material that is often used in waders. It is measured in millimeters of thickness and is naturally waterproof. Neoprene a very great insulation material, however; it is not a very breathable material. Neoprene thickness is what constitutes its insulation levels. Usually a 3 mm neoprene will be optimal for mild to cool conditions or a moderate to high activity level. 5 mm neoprene of course will be a little warmer and is great for cold weather conditions with very moderate activity levels. Then you have 8 mm neoprene which is for extremely cold weather conditions or very little activity levels.
So next time you are out, remember the proper insole keeps your foot from aching. The correct boot height keeps your ankle from rolling. The right material keeps your feet dry. While at the same time the correct insulation can keep your feet not only warm but able to breathe. Shop now and check out what Bass Pro Shops offers! http://www.basspro.com/Hunting-Boots/_/S-12500001001