Best Waterproof Hiking Boots for Men in 2017

People say that the most scenic landscapes are best enjoyed on foot. And it’s true to an extent. That’s precisely why hiking is such a hit among many people. The beautiful sceneries, rocky terrains, water logged streams, and the lush greens during the monsoon are bound to make your heart flutter with excitement. Add in the health benefits of walking, and you have got a win-win on your hands.

Therefore, in the excitement of an upcoming hiking trip, you can almost be forgiven for not paying attention to your hiking gear, especially the boot, which we consider to be the most important gear. And rightly so. And for the very same reason you need to have the ‘best waterproof hiking boots for men in 2017’. A good fitting, comfortable boot with solid ankle and arch support is paramount for a great hiking experience. Their longevity and quality can determine your capability to hike long distances without discomfort and injury. Neglect it, and you run the risk of developing pain and blisters on your foot, which in-turn will make your hiking trip a walking hell.

So, whether you are an experienced hiker looking to replace your battle-weary, worn-out boots or a newbie just planning his first trip, worry ye not!! We at gears4men.com have written an extensive buyer guide along with the reviews of some of the best waterproof hiking boots for men in 2017 available in the market, to help you find the perfect boot to make your hiking experience a memorable one.

 

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Best Waterproof Hiking Boots for Men in 2017

Best Waterproof Hiking Boots for Men in 2017 Comparison

ProductColumbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking BootSalomon Men's X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot
(Top Pick)
Timberland White Ledge Men's Waterproof Boot
(Editor's Choice)
KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot
(Top Pick)
Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
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Rating
Correct Fit
82%
85%
86%
84%
88%
Material Used
Leather & Synthetic

Leather with Rubber Sole

Leather
Leather & Textile with Rubber Sole

Leather & Mesh & Synthetic Sole

Category
Lightweight

Lightweight

Lightweight
Lightweight
Lightweight
Weight (pounds)
3.5
Pound
4
Pound
2
Pound
3
Pound
1.2
Pound
Upper
Leather & Breathable Mesh
Breathable Mesh & Gusseted Tongue
Full Grain Leather
KEEN.DRY Breathable Membrane
Mesh & Suede Leather
Waterproof Lining
Omni-Tech
GORE-TEX Waterproof Lining

Waterproof Construct with Leather Upper

Waterproof Breathable Membrane

M Select DRY
Type
Waterproof & Breathable
Multifunctional
Waterproof & Breathable
Waterproof & Breathable
Waterproof
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Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot

(Editor’s Choice: Best Buy, Best Waterproof Hiking Boots for Men in 2017)

4.7

The Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boots are as the name suggests, 100% waterproof. The premium waterproof leather uppers (including the tongue) keep the feet warm, dry, and comfortable.

The thick ankle padding is overlaid with perforated fabric to let the air flow inside the boot, thereby keeping them dry. The super soft padded tongue ensures that the blood flow does not stop to your feet, even if you tie your laces as tight as possible. Hard to wreck D-metal rings attaches the lace closure to the leather uppers.

The dual density EVA midsoles provides the Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boots with added comfort. They are perforated and easily removable. This in turn boosts air circulation.

These boots features B.S.F.P. ™ motion efficiency system rubber lug soles that provides better grip and foothold on uneven and slippery surfaces.

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This men’s hiking boot from Timberland is pretty lightweight. It weighs only 1lb and 3oz even though it’s a full leather boot.

The Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boots are an instant favorite among people who love hiking as well as have jobs where they need protection for their feet. Thick bumpers protect both the toes and heels.

The minimalist design of these boots will be very appealing if it’s your style. These hiking boots come in 7 color variants.

As usual, Timberland has created a boot that is comfortable while being pleasing and easy on the eye.

What Customers Say:

Many users report these boots to be extremely comfortable, incredibly waterproof, and surprisingly lightweight. Users are quite happy with these boots.

On the other hand, there were some complaints about the soles and tread not lasting long enough. 

Pros
Cons

  • 100% waterproof
  • B.S.F.P. ™ system rubber lug soles offer superior traction no matter the surface
  • Lightweight and comfortable even for day to day use.

  • Minimalistic design can be a factor if looks and design matter to you
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Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

4.5

The Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof provides great comfort, support, and traction while walking and is relatively wear-resistant given that it’s a lightweight boot.

This boot will fit you extremely well, even if you have thin heels and a wide foot. The lacing is confined in its adjustability with only the last eyelet being an open hook. But, since this boot fits so comfortably, you won’t really have the need to adjust much.

The gusseted tongue does a fine work of keeping out junk and debris, while the tongue padding does not irritate your feet even with tight lacing.

The soles provide good traction and do not wear out easily.

These boots might make your feet feel a bit warm because of breathability issues. Also, it is difficult to clean these boots because of the leather and mesh ‘patching’ of the uppers. This might not affect functionality, but may be one of the reasons that contribute to the loss of ‘waterproofness’ after some time.

The M Select Dry Technology that Merrell uses to keep this boot waterproof works extremely well to keep your feet dry, but seems to lose its effectiveness after six months or so even after taking good care of the boots. At best, you can classify these boots as ‘water-resistant’.

What Customers Say:

These hiking boots are a favorite among many users. The quality, strength, comfort, and traction are just some of the features that users love.

On the other hand, there was some criticism about the inconsistent sizing. 

Summary

The Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof is a very comfortable boot that you can use for hiking in good weather and for work, but best not rely on them to keep your feet ventilated and dry over a multi-day trip.

Pros
Cons

  • Lightweight boot that is surprisingly wear-resistant
  • M-select Dry technology keeps feet dry

  • Waterproof feature not up to the mark
  • Breathability issues can make your feet extra warm
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Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Hiking Boot

4.4

The Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Hiking Boot is among the best you will find. They have all the traits you need in a good hiking boot. They are waterproof, have EVA midsoles for a softer step, and have rubber soles.

Durable Boot with Lightweight Construction

The Newton Ridge Plus II Boot is a great combination of lightweight construction and durability. The classic hiking design with minimal adornments makes it a really great boot. Heck, you can even wear it to work!

You can even use these boots for your winter activities, as it will keep your feet warm.

Waterproof Leather & Suede, Seam Sealed Construction

The Newton Ridge Plus II features PU coated suede and leather and waterproof mesh uppers with a seam-sealed construction. This helps keep your feet dry and well supported at all times.

A rubber cap protects the rear part of the boot while the front part features crucial toe protection. Even if the laces are tied as tight as possible, the soft padded tongue ensures that the upper part of your feet are burden free and do not feel pressure or pain when you walk.

This hiking boot provides good support, comfort, and shock absorption because of the full length Techlite midsoles they use. The outsoles are made of Omni-Grip non-marking, high traction rubber compound and have excellent treads underneath to provide you with a safe step and powerful grip when walking on any terrain, be it uneven, rough, rocky, snowy or even wet surfaces.

Thick EVA Foam

The Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Hiking Boots features a 1 inch thick and spongy EVA foam. This provides great cushioning and comfort while walking.

What Customers Say:

Many customers consider these boots to be among the very best they have owned. Users reported that these are very comfortable right from the get-go and doesn’t need much breaking in. Users rated ‘Traction and waterproof’ as the best features of these boots.

On the other hand, users reported some problems with the sole coming apart or wearing off after some time but those were few and far between. 

Summary

All in all, Newton Ridge Plus II is a great choice from a really excellent brand.

Pros
Cons

  • Great lightweight and durable boot
  • Waterproof construction keeps your feet dry
  • The Omni-GripTM outsoles provide excellent
    traction

  • It seems to run just a little narrow

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Keen Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot

(Top Picks: Best Buy, Best Waterproof Hiking Boots for Men in 2017)

4.6

The Keen Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot is easily among the best hiking boots we have reviewed on this site. This men’s hiking boot blends awesome comfort, lightweight, and ample traction all at an affordable cost.

The Targhee II Mid has developed a well-earned and devoted following which is in part of its excellent design. This lightweight men’s hiking boots make fewer compromises when compared to its competition. Straight out of the box, you can trudge along miles after miles without any discomfort.

This waterproof men’s hiking boot offers optimal performance for your feet. The leather and textile construction along with the Keen Dry breathable membrane helps keep your feet comfortable and dry, while the aggressive rubber outsoles with 4mm lugs grips into the terrain to provide better stability.

The Targhee II Mid provides all-day comfort. It features a contoured heel lock for better stability while walking. The mid-cut height provides support for the ankles on any surface and dual density compression molded EVA midsole adds more cushioning for a comfortable feel.

When purchasing this boot, we would advise you to order half a size larger than your usual size as this boot is running a half size small.

What Customers Say:

Many users say that these are the best ever hiking boots they have ever owned. Users reported that it provides unrivaled comfort and durability. Users praised the fit, lightweight, traction, and many other features of this boot.

On the other hand, there were rare instances where some users reported that the recent quality of manufacturing has gone downhill and the boots come apart after few months of use. 

Pros
Cons

  • Exceedingly comfortable and lightweight boot
  • Required little to no break-in time
  • The proprietary Keen Dry breathable
    membrane keeps feet warm and dry
  • Aggressive rubber outsoles provide
    excellent grip and stability

  • Minor size issues
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Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot

(Top Picks: Best Buy, Best Waterproof Hiking Boots for Men in 2017)

4.6

The Salomon Men’s Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot features leather uppers with a breathable polyester mesh which makes these boots comfortable and flexible. The polyester linings keep the feet dry and sweat free as they are waterproof.

A hard toe bumper firmly secures the front part of these men’s hiking boots and protects your toes from harm on any surface. Rear protection is also hard and strong, yet pretty comfortable. Due to the padded insides, you want to have any complaints while walking, like blisters on the ankles or heels.

This hiking boot for men also features lacing closure. The links on the sides of the boots end in metal D-rings. The smartly constructed gusseted tongue keeps junk and dust from entering the boots. So, after you tie the laces, hardly anything can enter inside.

The Salomon Men’s Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot also features the proprietary SensifitTM system – a seamless layer that provides a secure and precise fit.

These Salomon hiking boots feature Gore-Tex liners that are waterproof to help let your feet breathe. The waterproof liner also helps protect your feet from getting wet. Even if you hike in the woods after a rain, your feet should remain completely dry.

The EVA midsoles provides added cushion for comfort during long hikes, while the thermoplastic urethane inserts serve to provide you with the necessary stability and support. The thick Contragrip rubber outsoles are great and provide a firm grip on any terrain. It seems Salomon made these hiking boots to endure even extreme hiking.

These Salomon hiking boots come in seven modern color combinations.

What Customers Say:

Many users report that these hiking boots are lighter, more breathable, and more comfortable when compared to other boots. Users are quite happy with the performance of these boots.

On the other hand, there were some complaints about the toe box being too narrow. A few also complained about the bad ankle support.

Pros
Cons

  • Breathable polyester lining keeps feet dry
  • True fit and size because of the proprietary SensifitTM system
  • Contragrip rubber outsoles offers firm grip on any surface

  • You may need more ankle support
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Best Waterproof Hiking Boots for Men in 2017 Comparison-2

ProductMerrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking BootUnder Armour Men’s SpeedFit Hike BootsRax Men's Wild Wolf Mid Venture Hiking BootsDunham Cloud Contrail-Mid Hiking BootColumbia Men's North Plains Mid-High Wateproof Hiking Boot
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Correct Fit
85%
71%
64%
84%
68%
Material Used
Leather & Mesh & Vibram sole

Synthetic & Textile with Rubber Sole

Suede Leather & Rubber Sole
Leather with Rubber Sole

Suede Leather & Rubber Sole

Category
Lightweight

Lightweight

Lightweight
Lightweight
Lightweight
Weight (pounds)
2
Pound
4
Pound
2.2
Pound
2.9
Pound
2
Pound
Upper
Leather & Mesh
Full Grain Leather
Suede Leather with Breathable Lycra
Full Grain Leather
Breathable Waterproof Upper
Waterproof Lining
None
None
V-Tex Waterproof Nano Fiber Membrane

Dryworks Waterproof Membrane

Omni-Tech
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Breathable
Speedfit
Waterproof
Waterproof
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Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot

4.5

The Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot’s design is very appealing, but the feature that will take away your breath literally is its outsoles. Just one look at the outsoles and you will realize how good and powerful these outsoles are.

There is hardly any chance of slipping while wearing these hiking boots, because of the presence of thick comb-like lugs on the outsoles. A reputed Italian company, Vibram, provides the Multi-SportTM outsole for this boot and is powered up with Trek and SuperTrek rubber that provides consistent grip in both dry and wet conditions. These hiking boots for men are a safe bet even in conditions that are pretty tricky for walking.

The Vibram rubber outsoles continue to extend over the toes and heel. Toe bumpers made of rubber provides protection and resistance against friction.

As the name of this hiking boot suggests, it has ample breathability due to the combination of nylon ventilator and mid-height dura leather that is overlaid on the uppers.

To guard your feet against the pressure of lace, a mesh padded tongue is present below the uppers and it does not affect the boot breathability at all.

In hot conditions, the nylon mesh lining prevents sweat and moisture, thereby keeping the feet dry. On the other hand, in wet conditions, the dura leather and nylon prevents water from entering the boots.

These men’s hiking boots have about 4.5 mm thick anatomically shaped removable footbeds for comfort during walking. It also has additional support and cushioning in the form of compression molded full length EVA midsoles. The only drawback is the short life of EVA midsoles that tend to flatten after a while. But, as the midsoles are removable, you can always purchase replacements.

The presence of Air Cushion heel pockets, usually found only in running boots, is like the icing on the cake. It increases the ability to absorb shock under the heels while also stabilizing foothold.

All in all, the powerful outsoles, ventilated uppers, air cushion heel pockets, the padded waterproof tongue along with the great design, makes for a quality footwear that you can’t resist buying.

What Customers Say:

Buyers are praising the bulletproof construction and excellent breathability of these boots. Users reported that these boots performed amiably even in conditions they were not designed for.

On the other hand, there were some complaints about the fit of the boots. 

Pros
Cons

  • VibramTM rubber outsoles provide consistent grip in any conditions and terrains
  • Very comfortable boot with optimal ventilation
  • Air Cushion heel pockets absorbs shocks while hiking

  • Fitting issues
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The Under Armour SpeedFit Hike Leather Boot

4.0

The Under Armour Men’s Speedfit Hike Leather Boot combines style with performance and is recommended for camping and hiking. It is lightweight and weighs around 2.1 lbs.

The UA SpeedFit Hike Leather Boot features an anatomically molded full grain leather upper. This provides optimal comfort, flexibility, and durability. It also features a modeled tongue that shows off the ClutchFit look. This men’s hiking boot also boasts of an external heel counter.

A molded anti-microbial and anti-odor Ortholite sock liner featuring PU base and memory foam top provides interior comfort during the hike while keeping funk away. It also has a lace closure and a TPU toe cap.

The internal stability plate along with the lightweight EVA midsoles offer cushioning and protection on rocky and uneven terrains.

During wet conditions, you can count on the high-traction rubber lugs to provide a perfect grip even on slick surfaces.

 This men’s hiking boot is available in Hearthstone/Desert Sand and Black/Desert Sand color combinations.

In addition, Under Armour also throws in a limited lifetime warranty for this men’s hiking boot.

What Customers Say:

Users love the stylish design of these hiking boots. Users also reported the boots to be very comfortable and lightweight with good arch support.

On the contrary, some users reported that the quality is not up to the mark and holes develop in the boots after some use. There were also complaints about the soles coming apart and the boots not holding up after a few months. 

Pros
Cons

  • Lightweight, functional, and stylish boots
  • High-traction rubber lugs provides optimal grip no matter the condition

  • Boot construction could be better
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Rax Men’s Wild Wolf Mid Venture Waterproof Lightweight Hiking Boots

4.0

Rax is a subsidiary of the brand Taiya and concentrates on providing comfortable and lightweight mountain climbing boots.

Description

The premium suede leather uppers with breathable lycra and an adjustable lace vamp provide a wonderful and expensive feel to this comfortable and waterproof men’s mountain climbing boot.

The Multi-SportTM Plus sole of this mid hiking boot provides great traction and support even on demanding surfaces. Wolf claw-like antiskid multi-directional rubber outsoles featuring rugged grips designed to lose dirt and junk provides you with further steady grip.

The V-tex nanofiber membrane keeps the boot waterproof and your feet dry, all the while providing enough breathability for all-day comfort and use.

For a more comfortable walking experience, the Rax Men’s Wild Wolf Mid Venture Waterproof Lightweight Hiking Boots features compression molded, full-length EVA midsoles that provides an additional cushion along with shock absorption.

A one piece high foam boot tongue prevents dust, debris, and sand from entering the boots, all the while providing good ventilation.

A 1.8 mm leather+TPU anti-collision double piece toe protection is used to protect your fragile toe boot.

The Rax-Relieve fatigue magnetic sheet protects your feet from discomfort even on demanding terrains.

What Customers Say:

Users love the light weight and the comfort these boots provide. People also report that the traction is also very good no matter the conditions all the while being incredibly waterproof. Users also complimented the style and construction of these hiking boots.

On the contrary, there were some complaints about the laces getting untied frequently. Also, there were some sizing and fitting issues. 

Pros
Cons

  • Multi-SportTM outsoles offer excellent grip and stability
  • Waterproof and breathable to help keep your feet dry
  • Great looking and stylish boots

  • Size and fit is running a bit small
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Dunham Cloud Contrail-Mid Hiking Boots

4.2

The Dunham Cloud Contrail-Mid Hiking Boot is part of Dunham’s Cloud luxury boot series and is fairly lightweight and comfortable with little or no break-in time. These men’s hiking boot provides excellent traction and stability. Extended width and sizes are also available.

So, how close does the Dunham Cloud Contrail-Mid Boot come to luxury comfort? Pretty close it seems. The sizing and fit is good and accurate, while the adequately padded tongue and color provide all-day comfort.

The moderately firm urethane midsole of the Contrail-Mid provide optimal stability and walking comfort for off-trail hiking. A sturdy rubber toe bumper offers toe protection, but the pointed toe area may squeeze your toe a bit.

You can easily tighten the laces across the instep for hiking downhill. Conversely, you can loosen it for hiking uphill.

The outsole is Dunham’s proprietary Tru-Trak. While it may not be as deep as the Vibram treads, it still provides great traction on any terrain, be it wet or dry.

Although Dunham claims the Contrail-Mid to be waterproof, the proprietary Dryworks waterproof membrane can be best classified as just water-resistant. Long exposure in wet conditions will get your feet wet.

These hiking boots are of average durability. This boot has a lot of seams which are prone to coming apart. We recommend coating the seams with McNett SeamGrip liquid urethane or something similar for longevity.

What Customers Say

There is a lot of widespread praise among the users for the features of Contrail-Mid except for the waterproofing part. 

Summary

In conclusion, this is a comfortable, mid-height, and lightweight men’s hiking boot that provides good support, traction, and protection during hikes. Except for the waterproof feature, all their claims are accurate.

Pros
Cons

  • Comfortable, lightweight boot with little to no break-in period required
  • True fit and size

  • Average durability
  • Waterproof feature leaves a lot to be desired

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Columbia Men’s North Plains Waterproof Trail Boots

4.0

The Columbia Men’s North Plains Waterproof Trail Boots is a good lightweight hiking shoe for daily use and offers great grip in any condition, be it rocky, rough, or muddy.

Features:

This hiking boot for men is constructed using suede leather and textile, along with a rubber sole that offers good traction. The Tech-lite midsole, along with the advanced reflective lining and Omni-heat insulation help in keeping your feet dry and comfortable. Its dimension are 12”x8”x4” and it weighs 13.8 oz. It is available in cordovan/gypsy color and ship only within the US and to APO/FPO addresses.

What Customers Say:

Buyers love the great fit and comfort provided by these boots. The traction and the sole also received high praise from users.

On the contrary, there were some complaints about the boots not being waterproof as advertised.

Conclusion:

These men’s hiking shoes are made by a well-respected company who are renowned for making top-notch products. These waterproof hiking boots for men are comfortable and affordable. It makes for a great hiking shoe as well as a sneaker for everyday use.

People who prefer short hikes or just walking around town will really love this shoe. But if long treks are your thing, then you might want to look into some other boots as these may not provide the best experience and support for long trips.

Pros
Cons

  • Lightweight, multi-purpose shoes
  • True fit and comfortable
  • Tech-lite midsoles provide superior cushioning

  • Not 100% waterproof as advertised
  • Traction is not up to the mark in wet conditions

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Buyer’s Guide

Types of Hiking Boots

Boots should be selected on the basis of the load you will be carrying on your back and the terrain you will be hiking on. If possible, opt for the lightest boots you can get away with. Because at the end of the day, the added weight on your back is really going to take a toll on your feet when it comes to energy. For example, a backpacker who only goes on weekend trips with a light backpack and does mostly trails shouldn’t opt for a pair of off-trail boots as it would be complete overkill for him.

Below is an introduction on selecting styles.

Trail Hiking Boots

Low-cut or mid-cut boots are the best choice when the trail is well kept and your backpack is light. These shoes features multiple seams of a split-leather or fabric/leather combination. So, you will probably need to wear Gore-Tex socks or apply waterproofing, unless there’s a breathable/waterproof liner already present inside.

When compared with typical walking or running shoes, trail shoes provide better traction and stability and have stiffer soles. But, on rocky and slippery terrain with a big load on your back, these shoes may prove to be too unstable. You can also use low-cut gaiters for the ankle to keep out trail junk and dust.

 

Rough-Trail Hiking Boots

If aggressive day-hiking or light backpacking tickles your fancy, then the best bet is ankle high boots. It is constructed using split grain leather or a fabric/leather combination. Waterproof or breathable liners are present in some, while others are highly vented and porous for use in hot conditions. To protect your feet against stony and rough trails, these boots are augmented with plastic midsoles that are tapered or shanks that are half length to provide a good amount of sole rigidity, all the while allowing good flexibility at the balls of the feet.

 

Off-Trail Hiking Boots

These boots provide rigid sole stability and above-the-ankles support. These are made from full grain leather. These features are very handy when all you can find is a goat path trail through talus and alder tangles. For long backpack treks with a heavy payload, this boot is your best bet. It provides a lot of protection for your feet, all the while flexing enough at the balls of your feet on tough terrains.

Off-trail boots are pummeled into astonishing softness eventually by high mileage trekkers. But, the sole and the heel cup softens only after a lengthy break in period. Due to minimal seams and all leather construction, off-trail boots are more durable and provide better waterproofing. The newer midsole/sole construction springs a surprise by making many of these off-trail boots lightweight. Some newer models also come with a welt lip or snowshoe bindings, so as to take on certain type of crampons for traveling on glaciers.

Mountaineering Hiking Boots

These boots provide impressive traction with a bit of insulation. Minimal seams along with full grain leather uppers are these boots main characteristics. It accepts crampons and comes up well above the ankle. Due to midsoles made of stiff nylon and full-length shanks, these boots are not a good option when it comes to full-stride hiking because of its rigidness. But your stride will be shorter anyway on a steep terrain with a weighty backpack. To avoid blisters, make sure to provide ample break-in time before extended use. Look out for rubber rands  and rockered soles for better waterproofing and durability.

Technical Scrambling Hiking Boots

These are particularly mid-height, low-cut hybrids with anti-abrasive toe rands, sticky rubber soles, and a snug fit. It is perfect for light treks and scrambling if the trail condition is good and the backpack is not heavy. For serious trail travel, you will want to pair it with gaiters to get rid of trail junk.

THE RIGHT FIT

Bone spurs, blisters, plantar fasciitis, sprained arches, and blackened toenails are few of the problems you may face if you are not wearing right fit shoes. Continue reading to know more.

The first detail you should look into is socks. Minor details like overall thickness or toe seams can provide relief or cause pressure problems for you. Socks are a very important part of your hiking experience as they keep you comfortable at foot level. So, you must always take them into consideration while buying new shoes.

Try to wear the same socks while buying new boots that you use while hiking. Better yet, buy socks and boots at the same time to avoid any discomfort. There are many new generation hiking socks that have differing thickness. This can alter the boot fit to a huge extent causing discomfort if not chosen wisely.

Second thing to keep in mind is to be a bit flexible about your size. Ignore the particular boot size and concentrate more on buying a boot that fits you the best. This can mean that you may end up buying one size larger boots than what your actual number is. It is preferable to measure your arch length, width, and foot’s length before even considering buying new boots. Also keep in mind the foot volume to avoid any fitting problems.

Here is a good tip to buy the best fit for you. After finalizing a boot, it is always better to remove the insole and wear the shoes again. Stand after you wear the boots and check if there is at least a thumb width gap between your longest toe and the end of the insole. If you find appropriate gap, then go ahead and buy the boots.

Restrain yourself from buying boots with narrow toe box if it cramps your toes. It is difficult to even minutely remold toe boxes and the difficulty increases particularly in beefier shoes.

Now, we will talk about the most important feature of any finely constructed boot. It is one that that you will never see but the overall comfort of the boot depends on it. That feature is the ‘last’. Last is the wooden foot carved to make and shape boots. If you choose a boot made using the right ‘last’ as your foot, then you will experience immense satisfaction in using the boot while visiting the woods or going hiking. But if you chose even the best boot in the shop with mismatched ‘last’, then believe me you have bought nothing but an expensive torture device for your feet.

You can consult boot fitters before buying a boot to make sure that you are not buying a pair of shoes that you will not be able to cherish and enjoy. A boot fitter can correct slight problems resulting in isolated pressure points. However, if the ‘last’ mismatch is gross than not even the most experienced boot fitter can help you correct it.

If you have got your desired size and a comfortable ‘last’ but still experience foot slips, then the problem might be with the footbed. A footbed is that part of your boot that does not allow your foot to contort inside the boot by supporting the sole to be in a neutral position.

There are few other symptoms such as painful arch, tender points on ball and heel, and regular heel slips that indicate wrongly matched footbeds. It is commonly seen that people with high arches face footbed problems more as the typical manufacturers does not provide arch supporting footbeds in the boots. To avoid any issues with footbeds, you should buy customized footbeds that will ease your walk. You can also buy over the counter footbeds to ease your walk for$10 to $40.

If you are facing persistent problems, then you might need to opt for customized molded orthotics. Take help from a podiatrist to fit these rigid ($100-$150+) yet expensive footbeds. Check your older boot’s soles for wear pattern to get a hint if you need orthotics or not. If you detect extreme wears on the outer side or the inner side of the soles then your arches and ankles most probably need support of orthotics.

Give sometime to your boots before forming any conclusion. Wear them and walk around. Go to a store or for a long walk. Walk up and down the stairs. Try them on each and every surface that you would normally walk on. Make sure that the boots and shoes comfortably fit you without any uneasiness and trouble.

List issues to discuss with your footwear specialist: Make a list of all the problems you are facing while walking in your shoes. You do not want to feel uncomfortable while walking on a different surface than the one you usually walk on, nor you would like your toes hitting the end of your shoes when you are walking on an inclined surface. List all the minute details to share with your footwear specialist so that he/she can make sure that you get the best shoes/boots you are looking for with a high level of comfort.

While lacing the boots firmly, pay attention if you find any space above the top of your foot. If this happens, then most probably the boot’s volume is wrong and the boot is not for you. If you tend to buy online, it is logical to buy from the same brand that you regularly use. Most of the branded boot companies tend to keep their mold consistent over time so that the customers get the right fit every time they make a purchase.

Materials impact a boot’s weight, breathability, durability and water resistance.

It’s about time that you also know about the materials used to make your shoes. With complete knowledge about the materials used to build the boot, you will be able to decide which materials are the most suitable for your foot.

Types Of Hiking Boot Material

Full-Grain Leather

Full-grain leather is highly durable and abrasion resistant. It is also very good at water resistance. Full-grain leather boots are usually beneficial for long backpacking trips. You can use the boots to walk on rugged and heavy loads terrain. One thing not so good about full-grain leather is that it is non-breathable and isn’t light in weight as well. Make sure to have an ample break time before you start an extended trip.

Split-Grain Leather

Split-grain leather is used to make light weight boots by pairing the leather with nylon or nylon mesh. The boots made out of split-grain leather offer very good breathability and are very light on the foot. To make boots out of this leather, the inner rough part is split away from the smooth exterior. Although the boots are superb in breathability and light on your foot, the downside is that the boots are not durable against abrasion and water. The boots can give you protection against water only if waterproof liners are used in the split-grain leather boots.

Nuback Leather

Boots made out of Nuback leather are the combination of good qualities from both full-grain leather and split-grain leather. The leather is actually full-grain leather buffed to resemble suede. It is flexible, water resistant, durable, abrasion resistant, and quite light in weight. However, it too requires ample break time before you can use it for hiking or any such rough terrain trips.

Synthetics

Synthetics are one of the most durable options for people looking for cheap shoes. Nylon, polyester, and synthetic leather fall under this category. This material dries faster than leather, is light in weight, and break in more rapidly. However, the boots made of synthetics is not durable or abrasion resistant. Also, boots made of synthetics wear more quickly due to heavy stitching.

Waterproof Membranes

If you see a shoe tagged as ‘waterproof’, then be sure that the upper layer of that shoe is constructed using waterproof/breathable membrane. Materials such as Gore-Tex or eVent are among the list of waterproof membranes. This material helps the shoes to be dry in wet conditions and maintain the breathability. However, when compared to breathability of non-waterproof shoes that has ventilating mesh, waterproof shoes are less breathable. These waterproof boots can even encourage sweating of feet during the summer.

Vegan

Boots with vegan tag do not include animal ingredients or byproducts.

Insulation

Insulation is present in hiking shoes to keep the feet warm while you hike on snow, mountain, or glaciers.

EVA

The cushioning is provided by the midsole, which greatly determines the stiffness of the boot and protects the feet from shock. Stiff boots may sound like as if it is something bad for your feet, but they can translate to more stability and comfort when hiking on uneven, rocky terrain and won’t even wear out your feet. The most commonly used midsole materials are EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) and polyurethane.

EVA is a more softer, lighter, and affordable. Midsoles are made of diverse amounts of EVA to ensure firmer support where required.

On the other hand, polyurethane is more sturdy, durable, and firmer. Hence, it is generally present in mountaineering and extended backpacking boots.

Shanks

Shanks are 3-5mm thick inserts placed between the boot’s outsole and midsole. These provide the midsole with load bearing stiffness. They are of varying length, with some covering the entire midsole, while others cover only half.

Plates

These inserts are placed below the shank, between the outsole and the midsole, and are usually very thin and semi-flexible. They aid in protecting the feet from bruising by uneven rocks and roots.

Rubber

Rubber is present in outsoles of all hiking boots. Carbon is sometimes added as an additive to boost the firmness of mountaineering and backpacking boots. Hard outsoles make the boots more durable but if you go off trail it can start to feel slick.

Lug Pattern

Lugs are the traction providing small bumps present on the outsoles. To improve grip of mountaineering and backpacking boots, deeper and thicker lugs are used. Wide spaced lugs lose mud more easily and provide better traction.

Heel Brake

Hell brake is the prominently distinct heel zone that is different from the arch and forefoot. It aids in times of steep descent by reducing your chances of sliding.

Keeping Safety in Mind

As far as safety is concerned, having crampons and compatible boots is necessary if you are planning on taking a winter backpacking trip or doing mountaineering. Always narrow your search by crampon compatibility, when you shop for mountaineering boots.

 

PRESERVATION BOOTS THAT GO THE DISTANCE

Follow the tips below to keep your boots in tip-top condition for many more years of hiking and trail travelling.

  • If you want to make your boots more comfortable and a bit more stretchable, you can make the leather softer by treating your boots to frequent waterproofing with silicone or wax.
  • Take waterproofing treatments along with you on long backpacking trips. Your boots will feel much softer and supportive after treatment.
  • Make use of boot trees and recondition your boots often.
  • Crossing streams and rain aids in conforming the boots to your feet. But, be careful as water can degrade the leather and lead to shrinkage.

HOW TO TREAT BLISTERS AND OTHER BOOT PROBLEMS

The sad truth about hiking is that at one point or another you are going to feel some degree of discomfort in your feet, even after you have found boots of a perfect fit. But fear not, below we have listed common problems along with their remedies, so you treat it as soon as you start experiencing some discomfort.

Problem: Numbness

Boots that have a good deal of interior volume for feet that are narrow, but are a good fit when it comes to length, often makes up by snapping laces as tight as a saddle on a bronco. This can lead to numbness on the instep due to the pain and pressure.

Remedy

You can purchase adhesive backed felt pads from most of the quality shoe stores, and place it on the inside of the boot tongue. This helps your feet feel more comfortable and provides a layer of cushion for your instep. If the preceding remedy doesn’t work, you might need to consult a podiatrist. To relieve the inflammation, he might prescribe cortisone injections.

Problem: Toe Chop

Heavy duty leather boots during the break in period, when the sole starts to flex causes the firm leather uppers to crease, and hacks into the toes like a knife.

Remedy

New mid and heavy duty boots, often during the break in period causes ‘toe chop’, as the leather is crimping but does not flex much. One way you can counteract the problem is by wearing the boots on many short strolls and hikes before you go on a long trip. Get your boot mechanically flexed into your foot friendly shape by a shoe cobbler in case the preceding remedy doesn’t work and you will be good to go.

Problem: Tender Soles

If you travel a lot of miles while carrying a lot of weight on your back, your soles are sure to experience soreness, particularly the balls of your feet. It can happen because of inadequate insole padding in the boot and also due to the pressure placed on your feet while walking thousands of steps a day on rough and hard terrain. This can become severe if you develop Morton’s neuroma. It is a condition in which the nerve which runs near the center of the sole dilates. This causes a burning and/or tingling sensation in the toes.

Remedy

Boots, particularly new ones, does not contain adequate padding in the sole. But you can find a plethora of replacement insoles of varying materials, thickness, and sport specific uses. When trying on your boot, to ensure there is more than enough room inside, it is good to have your newly purchased insoles on hand.

If there is a problem of toe pinching, a professional boot fitter can thin the sole padding with the help of a belt sander. If you prefer a do-it-yourself solution, you can trim the insoles with scissors in small 1/8 inch increments until the boot fits perfectly in your feet. You can also take the aid of orthotics. Finally, if nothing seems to work, you can have the pinched nerve removed using surgery.

Problem: Toenail troubles

Toenails become a blue and black after week long hiking.

Remedy

The pressure and strain of a long hike can cause the feet to puff up and stretch. This may cause your toes to pound the front of the boots. You may face this problem due to combined effects from ill-fitting heel cups or long toe nails, particularly on long downhill treks when your feet is more likely to slip forward in your boots. Keeping your toe nails short and tidy is one of the simplest solutions.

Ensure that your feet fit perfectly in the rear of the heel cup by cinching your boots snugly. Also, ensure that your toes have extra room by stringing the toe box eyelets in a loose manner. Then twist the laces thrice and pull them closely over the instep. You can also make use of a tongue pad to make sure your foot fits snugly into the heel cup.

If the preceding remedies don’t work, you may be able to elongate the length and width of the boot by taking it to a boot specialty shop. Alternatively, you might need to purchase a new boot altogether that’s up to a size larger.

Problem: Blisters

Blisters can affect even the most experienced and strongest of trekkers. This usually happens in wet conditions when your feet are soft. In reality, blisters are the natural reaction of your body to friction. Blisters on the heel are a result of the heel cup being too wide. When your boots are too big, and your boot flexes beyond the natural flex point of your foot at the ball, you are most likely to develop blisters on top of your toes.

Remedy

First of all, to avoid toe blisters, you need to make sure your boots flex in the same place as your feet. To ensure you find the perfect boot size, you need to determine your flex point by measuring your foot heel to ball on the boot store’s Brannock sizing device.

If the blisters prevail even after the break in period and you have taken all the precautions when it comes to socks, that is you wear socks whose toe seams aren’t bulky, whose weaves aren’t coarse, and the overall fit isn’t too tight or too lose, all the while taking care to reduce sweat and friction by wearing thin polypropylene liners under your socks, then it is probably time to replace the original insole of the boot with a foot bed. A foot bed will hold your foot in such a way that is doesn’t distort inside your boot.

Superfeet is an off the shelf foot bed brand that comes highly recommended. It is widely available in a high arch as well as a regular version. The regular version can generally stabilize most feet, whereas a good boot fitter can help you with a customized fit. Zip Fit is another good brand.

Custom made rigid orthotics can be a boon if you suffer from chronic blisters. You can buy these only after a podiatrist prescribes them.

Final Words

Finally, we have reached the end of this topic. Above, we have mentioned almost all the tips you need to keep in mind before buying a hiking boot for yourself. Also, we have reviewed the best and top-most waterproof and other type of hiking boots for you to select from. We have written these reviews to help you and eventually aid in the purchase of the best waterproof hiking boot for men in 2017. We sincerely hope that we have helped and guided you in making the right decision.

 

Moultrie P-150 Game Camera



The Moultrie P-150 Game Camera is the first panoramic camera in Moultrie’s series. Though it is a good game camera, it can get a bit complicated and be intimidating for those who are new to panoramic (wide angle) cameras. By launching this camera series, Moultrie has become an automatic leader in the panoramic camera segment, as there aren’t a lot of reputed ones in the industry.

So, how does this game camera hold up against Moultrie’s regular camera and also the other cameras already present in the market? Well, apart from the panoramic view, Moultrie has thrown in some interesting features in this camera that will have customers salivating for more.

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Style

This trail camera is one of those rare few that will look exactly like it functions. Made like a mini watchtower inside the camera, you can see exactly where the lens moves around. The dark camouflage is suitable for trail hunting purposes only. Home security with this camera won’t be a good option, as the camera needs to be placed in a position from where it will be able to capture the widest field of view, and placing it in a home just isn’t going to work.

Weight & Dimensions

This big boy weighs up to 2.3 pounds, so there’s really no need to worry about strong winds blowing it over from its mounting place. The dimensions of the camera are 7.5×9.5×5 inches and along with the weight, it can get quite bulky. But, that’s a tradeoff in lieu of a more innovative trail camera. When mounting the camera, utmost care should be taken to place it in an area from where the 150-degree lens can capture the widest field of view.

Recommended Level

Even with the panoramic feature, users of any level should be able to use it without any difficulty. Users can have a hard time trying to find the ideal place to mount it, considering how wide a field of view it can cover. But, when it comes to the actual setup of the camera itself, users of any level can easily master the most important customizations and features.

Durability

The durability of this product is good and in most cases, it should be able to withstand harsh weather and extreme temperatures. The design of the casing is sturdy and even the 150-degree lens that stretches across the front is resistant to damage.

Pictures and Video

The 8MP resolution of this game camera is just enough to keep your attention. Photo quality is great whereas the quality of the video is also good. Videos do not have much customization options but the end result is still an impressive 720p quality. For an 8MP camera, the resolution is very good and falls on the higher side of even Moultrie’s series. Customization options include multiple modes that have their own panoramic settings, which are .5MP, 2MP, 4MP, and 8MP.

Battery Usage

Instead of regular AA batteries, the Moultrie P-150 Game Camera operates on larger C batteries which are also easily available. You will need 6 batteries in total, which adds some appreciable amount of weight to the already bulky package. But on a positive note, you can expect the batteries to last for quite a long time. On an average, you should be able to get 9000 pictures out of the batteries, before you need to worry about charging or replacing them. In hindsight, the larger C batteries seem to be a perfect fit for the power of this game camera.

Here is a list of Pros and Cons we found in the sleek Moultrie P-150 Game Camera.

Pros

You can keep an eye on everything in the area with the full 150-degree panoramic camera which gives you a really wide field of view.

The camera is easily hidden outside even in plain sight as the camouflage of the casing is dark and pretty good.

Any heat movement up to 45 feet is easily detected with the ultra-sensitive PIR motion sensor.

If you don’t want the camera to trigger too often in places where there is a lot of movement, you can set a motion delay through the settings. This will also help extend battery life.

Hybrid mode takes multiple modes into account when deciding when to trigger, making it highly programmable in places where there is a lot of game.

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Cons

As the camera is too bulky and heavy, it will be hard to mount it at a high place if you prefer to take aerial panoramic shots, and may prove to be too dangerous in many cases.

The larger 6C batteries add appreciable weight to the already bulky package, all the while not providing many advantages over the standard AA batteries. So, it means this is a processor heavy camera that consumes a lot of power.

While 720p is adequate, 1080p should have been included to match modern video standards.

Using the camera for home security purpose won’t result in the best experience due to the panoramic view and camouflage design.

How Do People View It?

According to many reviews online, the setup is easy for even new camera users. People are in love with the panoramic view of the Moultrie P-150 Game Camera. Many people have uploaded images online, doing a side by side comparison of images taken from their regular game camera versus this wide-angled game camera, and the difference is staggering. Though unexpected, buyers are also praising the use of C batteries over regular AA batteries with regards to power consumption. People also compliment the affordable pricing of this model which is considered as one of Moultrie’s best.

Value

This is definitely a great deal. The pricing is really low and affordable for a quality panoramic camera from Moultrie. For the money you are spending, you are getting a lot in return. Throw in a 1-year warranty from Moultrie, and there is apparently no reason to consider any other panoramic camera apart from others in the Moultrie’s lineup. Anything less than 8MP resolution and 720p would have been a deal breaker, but they included just enough to keep things interesting.

Lasting Appeal

Even with the 720p quality, this is one of those rare few cameras that is going to be relevant for a long time to come. There isn’t much competition for quality wide angled cameras, so Moultrie is way ahead when it comes to features such as resolution, quality, and customization. So, unless something bigger and better launches in the market in the next few years, there is hardly any reason to go looking for another wide angle camera.

Personal Opinion

By launching a panoramic camera with all the specifications and features of a top camera in their own series, Moultrie has really outdone themselves with this product. The only drawbacks we can think of are 720p quality and the use of larger C batteries, but neither of them is really a big problem. Moultrie may very well continue to lead the panoramic line for the next foreseeable years.

Summary

Summary

Panoramic cameras are impressive if you have a wide open area and want to get the widest shot possible in a single take. Very few cameras brands have this feature but none are as good as the Moultrie. This is a great and affordable buy, one that will compliment most of your hunting requirements.

Bushnell 12MP HD Essential Low Glow Trail Camera


Bushnell Trophy Cam HD

3.7

A larger than average detection range along with the lightning quick detection circuit puts the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essentials among the best game hunting cameras in the market.

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Image Quality

Similar to other premium hunting cameras in the market, the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential is equipped with a field of view of 55 degrees, which is a marked improvement over older game cameras having a field of view of 42 degrees. This will result in a wider picture frame with the added likelihood that a game is clicked in the image.

For night time images and videos, an array of 32 infrared LEDs present in this game camera lights up objects up to the range of 80 feet. Images are clicked with 12 MP resolution of high quality, which is marginally superior to some of the other best trail cameras in the market. The 12 MP images allow you to zoom in on an image without losing quality. In comparison, an iPhone 6 is equipped with a camera of 8 MP resolutions.

Videos are shot in 720p HD. Images of game captured during the day time will look impressive, but since most of the pictures clicked by trail cameras of animals are usually black and white night time images, it won’t fully do justice to the 720p resolution.

Detection

The feature that really stands out in the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essentials is the detection circuit. With a detection range of 80 feet, it is one of the strongest of any trail cameras reviews we have done on this site. In addition, this game hunting camera has quite a large detection zone due to the above average detection angle of 55 degrees, which means you will be able to click more images of wild game than with any other hunting camera.

Apart from its large detection zone, this game camera has one of the fastest trigger speeds of just 0.3 seconds. This will result in an image being clicked just 0.3 seconds after detecting motion. This will help in capturing even the quickest moving game perfectly in the frame.

Lastly, a recovery time of 1 second is again one of the quickest, which means after a picture is clicked, it will be ready to detect motion again in 1 second. Many hunting cameras take up to 5 seconds or more to recover, which results in lesser images captured of game that will loiter a few seconds within the detection zone of your camera.

Additional Features

The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential is equipped with a multi-shot mode similar to many hunting cams. You can program the camera to click 1, 2, or 3 shots per trigger. This can be the optimal way to make sure that you capture the game at multiple angles.

This game camera is also equipped with Hybrid Capture which is essentially a time-lapse hybrid mode. This means you can capture time triggered images as well as movement triggered images. You can program it to trigger at set intervals ranging from once per minute to once per hour.

Design

This hunting camera operates on 8 AA batteries. The package includes a nylon belt designed to securely mount it on a tree. Unlike other hunting cams, there is no camouflage on the casing, but the dull brown color still blends in quite well with the bark of the tree.

The design of the game hunting camera is standard. On top of the camera is the array of infrared LEDs with the camera lens below it. The passive infrared movement sensor is placed below the lens. The buttons used to configure the camera can be accessed when you open it.

To prolong its battery life, this hunting cam is equipped with a power jack so that you can hook it up to a power source. With dimensions of 6 inches in height and 4 inches of width, it is marginally larger than most other trail cams.

Pros

12 MP resolution results in high quality images that doesn’t seem to lose quality when zoomed in.

The recovery time and trigger speed make it among the fastest game hunting cams in the market.

Multi-shot mode ensures you capture the game at multiple angles.

Impressive trigger speed of 0.3 Second

8AA batteries can last upto 12 months

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Cons

This game cam doesn’t have camouflage on the casing.

This camera is on the larger side to the dislike of some.

Help & Support

This trail camera has a 1 year warranty.

On top of that, the customer service of Bushnell is top notch, with its representatives having in-depth know how of its products. They can be reached either through phone or email.

Conclusion

Summary

The Bushnell 12 MP Trophy Cam HD Essential Low Glow Trail Camera is among the best hunting game cameras that you can purchase. The big detection zone enhances the probability that you will capture images of game, while the lightning quick detection circuit ensures those images will be as good as possible.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor 14MP Wireless Trail Camera Review


We live in times where technology is continuously changing and ever improving in all arenas. Trail cameras are no different, which brings us to the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor 14MP Wireless Trail Camera. Let’s review this camera right away, because this is an exciting one.

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The Look

When you see this camera, the prominent thing that stands out is the ‘look’. It gives off an impression that it is a beast. It appears like a big walkie-talkie due to its stacked design. It is great for stealth purposes as it comes in an inconspicuous brown camouflage.

The camera is invisible to animals and fellow hunters as it is equipped with no-glow LED lights. The no-glow LED lights is a big advantage as it does not alert people to the presence of a camera in the surroundings, which in turn will rarely result in people stealing your camera.

Remote Accessibility

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor 2

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The features of this camera are one of its most striking aspects. The ability to connect and use cloud storage for images and videos is a huge deal. For those who don’t use cloud storage or want a combination of both, the camera does have a memory slot.

After you have set up the camera, you can download and install an app that will let you connect to the camera remotely. This app is available for free on both the Android and iOS platforms. This app gives you the ability to send your pictures and videos to an email, a smartphone, and even social media sites such as Facebook. Bushnell also offers prepaid 3G services, if you don’t have wifi connectivity at the place where you have set up your trail camera. It may also be possible to tie it to your cell phone provider.

This trail camera is very easy to set up. A SIM card, as well as a data card, is included in the package. But as far as we know, the 3G service is only available to those residing in the US with the renewals being very economical. The remote feature works flawlessly and as advertised. You can just whip out your smartphone anywhere, open the app, and keep an eye on how things are going.

The Pictures

What sets this trail camera apart from the rest is the image quality. The 14 MP high-quality full-color resolution account for extremely sharp and detailed pictures. The clarity of the 720p videos is stunning as well. The length of each video is customizable and can last between 1 second to 1 minute, which is definitely an improvement over many cameras that tend to last 15-30 seconds maximum.

The clarity of this trail camera shines both through the daytime as well as the night. This camera is equipped with one of the best night vision and its range is amazing as well. This trail camera is also equipped with a sensor that automatically triggers night-mode when nighttime beckons, thereby saving you the hassle of manually changing the setting to night vision.

Hyper PIR

Even though the night vision range is impressive, the daytime range is even more so. In most cases, movement up to 60 yards and beyond is easily detected by the Hyper PIR motion sensor and offers dramatically expanded coverage area.

Field Scan 2x

Similar to most game trail cameras, this can be set to click pictures automatically at defined intervals. The time range is impressive, to say the least, and is easily configurable to take pictures every second to every hour, within the hour of your choice. But, what sets this game trail camera apart from its competition is the 2 timeslot options, which means you can configure one interval for the daytime and another for the night.

Unlike the other game cameras, this camera doesn’t throw up a dilemma of having to choose between the time interval and motion sensor settings. It will pick up any movement within its detection range as well as click images at whatever interval you have set it to.

Durability

This trail camera is very sturdy and durable. It is both waterproof as well as weatherproof and can withstand rain, snow, and even harsh winds. It can operate in the climate range from -5 degrees to 140 degrees, which is easily the largest range by a long mile.

Battery

As we have already seen, this game camera is definitely a beast in every way imaginable and a beast requires a lot of firepowers to run. This trail camera runs on 12 AA batteries. On an average, you can expect 3 months of use on a single set of batteries.

Conclusion

Conclusion

This game camera from Bushnell is worth the investment even if it is a bit costly. The crystal clear HD pictures and videos along with the sharpest after-dark imagery, the many programmable settings and features, a lightning-fast trigger speed of 0.3 seconds, and out of the box wireless compatibility put it in a league of its own.

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Browning Dark Ops Review

4.0

Browning Trail Camera – Dark OpsBrowning is ruling the trail camera industry with its two revolutionary trail cameras named Strike Force and Dark Ops. Be it Strike Force Sub micro or Dark Ops, both provide the best image and video recording quality, although Strike Force is currently ruling the industry due to its outstanding features and  pricing. The performance Dark Ops provides its user is something that can be expected from a camera falling in the premium range but Browning has somehow managed to squeeze all the good features at nominal pricing in the Browning Dark Ops trail camera model.

The Dark Ops is better than many premium cameras as it fulfills the user’s need to be hidden and discreet while capturing image without any difficulty.

Let us take a closer look at all the benefits and limitations of the Browning Dark ops and help decide what is best for you.

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Detection Circuit

Similar to the Browning Strike Force, Dark Ops has a 0.67s trigger speed while the recovery speed is 2.3 seconds. The speed is impressive and makes sure that no shot is missed by the camera. Although few may argue that the recovery time is not great and many other cameras have faster recovery time, Dark Ops has a perfect balance of trigger time and recovery time which cannot be matched by most of the high rated cameras. Security using Dark ops is a good idea and wildlife photography is a treat as you can capture most interesting images.

Dark Ops loses to Strike Force Sub Micro when we compare their detection range. Dark Ops offers a 70 feet detection range while the Strike Force range extends to 100 feet. Nevertheless, 70 feet is above average range when compared to many other trail cameras in the market.

Image Quality

Browning Dark Ops possesses a no glow camera which causes the images to come out just a little bit dull when compared to Strike Force. However, the pictures are clear and crisp. Color quality and sharpness is accurate and provides you with a lively experience.

The camera is highly reliable in different weather conditions and it won’t let you down. No customer has complained about blurriness. You may only experience some difficulty if the animal is very close to the camera and the picture is clicked. This may result in white spots on the picture.

Battery Life

Dark Ops operates on 8 AA batteries which are to be purchased separately as it does not come along with the package. Lithium batteries are recommended for extra longevity. On the other hand, if you budget is on the lower side, you can use Nimh rechargeable batteries. You can also use alkaline batteries with this trail camera, but is not recommended to use them as they are very inconsistent.

This camera draws low current during the resting state, which means that consumption of power during the day is very low, although consumption during the night time may be higher.

On an average, a set of lithium batteries will provide a battery life equivalent of one hunting season.

Style

The tree bark style can be easily mounted any place outdoors and is easily hidden. It is sturdy and instantly blends with the natural environment, which helps in clicking the best shots as the animal s won’t be able to recognize the camera in the surrounding environment. The finer details and design of this camera is masterfully done and it comes handy when you need to mount it.

Weight

The Browning Dark Ops camera weighs in a little over a pound. The entire unit is on the larger side which is a cause of consideration.

Recommended Level

This is a great camera for people of all levels and skills, but it’s especially user-friendly for someone who is new to trail cameras. Browning provides a beginner friendly manual which has some really good starter tips and tricks. A plethora of features and above average specifications is more than enough to keep intermediate and advance users happy. Users in the beginner to intermediate range would be more interested in purchasing this trail camera.

Durability

Although the case looks strong, in reality it’s only average when it comes to durability. This camera is not weatherproof or waterproof, so it won’t endure a lot of heavy hitting activities. But since being of average durability is infinitely better than poor durability, it gets by on that alone.

Pictures and Video

The 10 MP resolution of the Browning Trail Camera – Dark Ops is one of its best features, although it goes largely unnoticed by many. This is a full HD trail camera that can take sharp images and record HD videos with sound featuring 5 seconds to 2 minutes in length. The output looks extremely crisp on a HD television, even if it’s a recent model. The quality of the night time pictures is good but the quality of the day time pictures is where this camera stands out.

Battery Usage

Battery life and the power saving feature is another area where this camera stands out. Even if you use generic 8AA batteries of good quality, you can expect positive results in the field. You can get up to a full year of use on a single charge, if you have quality batteries.

Pros

Going by today’s standards, the specifications and features and battery saving design are some of the best for a camera this size. It has one of the fastest trigger speeds, capturing its target in just 0.67 seconds. This trail camera is fully HD, clicking stunning images and videos even in varying conditions. Its range is up to 70 feet all the while covering a wide area. The Browning Buck Watch time-lapse viewer software included within the package is great for getting a feel of all the available customization options. The camouflage used for the case is designed very well and blends naturally within the surroundings which make it really hard to be detected.

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Cons

The casing is of average durability and will not survive extreme conditions. Day time viewing is crisp and sharp while the night time viewing appears grainy. In reality, this trail camera wasn’t meant for taking great night time images and videos. In spite of the many features, there isn’t anything truly innovative and groundbreaking in this trail camera.

How Do People View It?

Reviews are on the positive side, with many people mentioning how brilliant the day time viewing is with the 10 megapixel resolution of the camera. Another feature that is garnering much praise is its battery efficiency and how compatible it is with several different brands. Night time viewing is varying in quality as reported by many people. The lightning fast trigger speed of the camera is another feature user’s talk about the most. Customers also love the separate displays for battery and memory, as it keeps them up to date with what is important.

Value

The price point of this camera is quite low and reasonable. And since this camera can be used by just about anyone from novices to advance users, it can turn out to be a good first-time purchase. The only drawback when it comes to value v/s price is that the night time quality isn’t really that great. On top of that, the average casing can make it a tricky purchase for someone looking to buy multiple cameras.

Lasting Appeal

Depending on maintenance, users should get a solid 3 to 5 years of usage out of the camera. Being of average durability, this camera may be less appealing to those looking for something long term. And also since the night time quality really suffers, the appeal of this camera may fall down further for some buyers who wish to use it during the night as well.

Rarity

This camera is definitely not rare as there are quite a lot of these to be found. The Browning Dark Ops Trail Camera is a reputable brand, so expect this product to be on sale at many places until they create a collector’s edition.

Personal Opinion

Browning has put a lot of work into the Dark Ops brand and it shows. In our opinion, this particular camera has a lot of features and potential but is limited in important aspects like durability and night mode. Since Browning honors their warranty, you can look past durability issues but the sub-par night vision is hard to neglect. If this product is available for cheap or for sale, only then should you buy it. Otherwise, we would advise you to look at Browning’s other cameras.

Summary

Summary

Browning boasts of a lot of great trail cameras in their series, and the Dark Ops trail camera may be one of them depending on what you need in a trail camera. With only a couple of limitations, the Dark Ops camera has the potential to compete with other cameras in the market. When the price drops a bit, this can turn out to be a great deal.

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