Over the last couple of years I’ve become a big fan of Schnees Boots. It’s a small but vibrant company out of Bozeman, Montana, where I used to live. What I like about these boots is that the guys who design them are familiar with the kind of country I hunt in: rugged, steep, and with a variety of climates ranging from hot and dry to cold and wet. My favorite product of theirs is the Schnees Hunter II, an amazingly durable 13″ rubber bottomed pac boot that wears and grips like an all-weather sheep hunting boot. This boot is not designed for negative zero temperatures, but it’s ideal for the common low-teens to mid-40s weather that you encounter in late season Western hunts.
My second most favorite product of theirs is the Schnees Granite, a leather hiking and hunting boot made for the high county. These badboys are expensive but worth every penny, as you’ll get several hard seasons out of them. They are truly a must for anyone who wears a heavy pack on nasty terrain.