Best ice fishing boots: Keep your feet fully insulated on the ice
Fishing on the ice is a fun and adventurous experience, but with all the ice and the water, one could easily assume that it is designed to freeze your toes.
Many people still find themselves entering this cold domain as part of their everyday life and without the right boots; you will certainly be at the mercy of the conditions.
The ice is certainly not everyone’s friend and cold feet can take a long time to warm up. If you are making your living by fishing on the ice, the best ice fishing boots will certainly keep you warm as well as improve your productivity.
We have looked at multiple top footwear that claim to be some of the best when it comes to ice protection and we have chosen our top 5 that will keep you insulated and warm.
Before we simply just jump into the reviews, you should also know which features are the most important and these features could help you avoid buying bad boots and get the best possible value for your money.
Most important features to consider when buying the top ice fishing footwear:
We have selected a few features that we consider vitally important. These features also formed part of the vetting process used to choose the best boots for ice fishing. If you are on the lookout for a pair of high-quality ice fishing footwear, we recommend that you make a mental note of these features and ensure that your boot does contain at least a few of them:
The temperatures that you will face are arduous and having a decent insulation will keep your feet dry and warm on the inside. The colder the temperature, the more insulation you will need and while materials like fleece are lightweight, they do not offer the comfort and warmth.
Thinsulate technology is one of the oldest, yet reliable methods to keep your feet. It has been studied in numerous environments and it is lightweight.
Ice can be very slippery and ice grippers are not always in everyone’s budget. To ensure that you never stumble and fall, the outer sole needs to provide you with some decent traction.
The sizes of the lugs are a great place to start and they generally have more grip as the size increases. Rubber is also much better for providing you traction when compared to the other synthetic soles.
The inner liners are not only great for keeping you dry and warm but also helps to wick away the moisture that is caused by sweat buildup. Having a removable liner should be great after a long day at work.
You will have the opportunity of taking it out and letting it dry, or you could simply throw it in the washing machine and have it cleaned. Either way, the liner is important for comfort and for keeping you dry.
If you find yourself tiring out or having sore feet at the end of the day, this could all be due to the quality of your midsole.
There are multiple different midsoles to choose from, but for ice fishing, we would definitely recommend the cushioned EVA midsole. This midsole can mold to the shape of your feet and should be perfect for anyone suffering from pronation and supination.
What is the point of softly walking on those volatile glaziers or surfaces if your boots are too heavy? The weight does matter when looking for ice fishing boots and a lightweight boot will not only reduce fatigue but improve the overall movement as well. The heavier boot might sound like it keeps your warmer, but this is not the case with today's new technology.
Since your boot already keeps you from slipping, you might occasionally find yourself in the position where you could twist an ankle. This is where the ankle support comes in. The high-cut design automatically offers this if the boot opening is not too wide, but having something clinch your ankles will be fundamentally important to your safety. Having higher laces will also constrict the ankle and keep it without damage if you do accidentally slip.
Last but certainly not least, you should consider having a decent shank. A steel shank might be a little too heavy, but nylon is softer and offers you adequate protection. The more expensive option will be carbon fiber. It should offer you solid support without adding too much weight to the boot.
Why wading boots are important icy conditions:
At times, you might need to slosh through streams of water to reach your intended destination. This is where wading boots are so effective. The boots need to be 100% waterproof, as the cold water could be harmful to your feet. Having decent wading features could also help you in reducing the risk of hypothermia on the ice.
Top 5 boots for ice fishing reviews in 2017
Now that you are somewhat of an expert when it comes to choosing ice-fishing boots, we have selected a few that we believe you might like. These boots were specifically selected as they do coincide with the features that you should look for when choosing a great pair and from keeping your feet and toes warm on the frozen lakes and snow. Here are the top 5 picks 2017:
Baffin Men's Wolf Snow Boot
The Baffin Men’s Wolf Snow Boot is quite different from any of the others on this list and it features the added benefit of great support.
Designed from leather and rubber, the boot is extremely durable and includes a lining that has been layered seven times. This not only keeps you insulated but adds to the padding as well.
The outer sole has been made from advanced thermoset polymers that will combine to give your warmth and protection.
The larger outer lugs are also ideal for traction and the soft EVA midsole will reduce fatigue, whilst molding to the shape of your feet.
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For all the technology included in the boot, you might expect it to be extremely expensive, but they are actually perfectly priced. There are boots with less technology that might cost you more and the addition of buckles will give you more support.
- Fully insulated
- Large outer sole lugs for traction
- Offers great support
- Comfortable EVA midsole
- Extremely durable
- Rated -40° Fahrenheit
- The design is quite small and narrow(order larger size than usual)
Kamik Men's Greenbay 4 Cold-Weather Boot
The Kamik Men’s Greenbay 4 Cold-Weather Boot is designed from textile and synthetic materials. The boot is also extremely lightweight and features a unique Pulse rubber HE outsole that should keep you from sliding around on the ice.
These boots certainly excel in terms of providing you with insulation and they have been rated ideal for temperatures of up to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.
This footwear includes a Thermal Guard liner that can wick away moisture and should keep your feet dry at all times. The outer shell is made from nylon and while this does give up some durability, it will give you some added flexibility.
They are reasonably priced and we would certainly recommend it for your Arctic expeditions. Workers might find the boot comfortable, but the lack of durability should play a huge part in the long term.
- Offers good insulation
- Really affordable
- Keeps you warm for up to -40° Fahrenheit
- Lacks some durability
- No insole is found inside, only felt inserts
The Original MuckBoots Adult Arctic Sport Boot
MuckBoots are known for all of their winter and rain boots. The Adult Arctic Sports Boot offers the perfect combination of sports flexibility and cold weather insulation.
Designed from CR flex-foam with 4-way stretch nylon. This gives the boot the added flexibility needed for tough terrains. The high-cut design should offer you decent ankle protection, whilst also keeping your legs warm. They are also 100% waterproof from the top to the bottom.
An added toe bumper has been placed at the front for your protection and the rubber outer sole should ensure that you have all the needed traction.
If you check the price you'll see they are quite expensive, but they certainly offer you long term use. The boot features a wide temperature range, which should be ideal for temperatures anywhere between -40 and -60 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Fully waterproof and insulated
- Flexible design
- Comfortable midsole
- Offers great traction
- Quite expensive
- The sole often times does wear out after prolonged use
Kamik Men's Canuck Cold Weather Boot
The Kamik Men’s Canuck Cold Weather Boot is good for ice fishing situations and you might find yourself on extremely slippery and sharp icicles.
The are designed from 1000 Denier nylon and this will give you a lot of durability when wearing them often.
Another feature that is include is a drawstring in the collar and this is designed to give you more versatility. As the sun comes out, you can loosen it, while tightening it for the cold. The rubber shell also lends to the durability and it is also fully waterproof.
These boots are really affordable and they would make the perfect fishing boots for freezing conditions. The design should keep you warm, while the added spikes on the outer sole ensure that you have maximum traction in every situation. We should also mention that the D-ring laces are much easier to lace up.
- Waterproof and durable
- Really affordable
- Includes a drawstring for adjustability
- Good moisture wicking properties
- Very heavy design
- The sizes run quite big
- Extremely bulky
LaCrosse Hunt Pac Extreme 10'' Boot 2000gm Leather
The LaCrosse Hunt Pac Extreme is a well designed and extremely durable for cold icy conditions. The slip on lace up design is constructed from premium full grain leather and it features a nylon shank to give you that much-needed support.
They also includes 2000mg of Thinsulate in the inner lining. This will keep you warm, whilst it wicks away moisture caused by sweat. The reinforced heel and toe cap not only give you protection but will reduce the possibilities of abrasions setting in.
While these boots are quite expensive, it includes a specially designed outsole with uniquely patterned lugs. These will keep you from slipping in any conditions. It is important that they don't let water in and being 100% waterproof they will allow you to wade through streams if needed.
- Good durability
- Offers added support
- 100% waterproof
- Uniquely patterned outer sole lugs for traction
- Includes a Thinsulate lining
- Quite expensive
- Quite a Heavy design
And our top pick is...
Choosing the best boots for ice fishing is not the easiest task and with so many top boots, it is quite hard to say one is better than the other. We have made our choice based on which ones have the most features and offers you the most versatility.
For this edition, we would recommend the Baffin Men's, Wolf Snow Boot. This footwear is designed to be really durable and while there might not be any shank, the additional clips can be used for tightening and support. With their easy slip on design and adjustable clips you can loosen them in warmer conditions, so you have decent ventilation.
We would like to thank you for reading this ice fishing boots review edition and we do hope that you manage to find the best ice fishing boots that meets your needs. We would also like you to drop a comment in the section below and let us know if we might have missed any of your favorites.