When you’re hot on the trail of landing that trophy buck you’ve been waiting all year for, not even a boot full of water on a cold day is going to stop you – but it’s definitely going to slow you down. That old pair of black rubber boots with the red bottoms that we all grew up with just isn’t going to do the job.
There’s an old saying that says you should invest the most money in anything that comes in between yourself and the ground. For example, things like mattresses, tires for your vehicle, and footwear. In this case, we’re talking about rubber hunting boots in particular.
Let’s be real. No serious hunter is going to let a bit of discomfort ruin their trip, but the difference between a perfect pair of boots that will keep you warm and dry and with a solid footing on any terrain, or a pair that’ll have you freezing and sliding all over the place with a boot full of water isn’t a huge amount of money. This is the type of thing where you buy it properly once, the first time, and you’re all set for years to come.
Let’s go over some of the best boots that you should consider for your next trip. First, here’s a few things you want to look out for, which we’ve taken into consideration when making these selections:
These boots are the real deal. LaCrosse makes some of the best boots for hunting, and they come with a variety of camo patterns for both men and for women. These ones in particular, however, just have a simple design. Even this particular pair is available in other patterns, check out the full selection over at Amazon. This pair is for when you’ve got some real thick and muddy territory to cover. They’re knee-high, so if you’re looking for something a bit shorter, we’ve got you covered in just a minute. First, something for the ladies…
Here’s the ladies version of the Alphaburly by LaCrosse, also available with a variety of different camo patterns, depending on what catches your eye. Again, these are a very solid pair of boots – they’re not the highest of the high end, but they’re definitely leaps and bounds above the lower-end of what is out there to choose from. The Alphaburly line of boots are constructed with flexible rubber so that they’re easy to get on and off, but still strong and sturdy and plenty supportive, which you need when you’re walking over unpredictable terrain.
Muck Boots are a very popular brand, and their hunting line is very decent, and also quite affordable. They’re a great value option, but also a great overall option too. They’re a strong contender in the mid-range, which is great for most people, and they also look good enough to wear as regular rubber boots – they’re not just for taking on hunting trips.
These boots are fully water proof, about 15” from the arch to the top, very light weight, and puncture proof because they can help prevent a snake bite or whatever else might be getting in your way as you stomp through the woods.
Some of the complaints that people have had is that they’re not the comfiest pair of boots in the world. Comfort isn’t really at the top of the list with snake boots (The list basically starts and ends with saving you from being bitten by a snake) but for what it is – it does a great job. The thread on the bottom helps you keep your grip if you’re walking through swamps. These boots are relatively light when compared to other snake boots, but still pretty heavy and durable in the grand scheme of things. If you’re in snake territory, give these guys a strong consideration.
This is the least expensive pair of boots that we’re going to be featuring in this guide. They’re quite basic, but they get the job done. You can tighten them up at the top. Many pairs have a zipper on the back for such a purpose, these ones just have a simple lace to tie up on the front. If you’re just looking for a pair to toss in the trunk or the truck just in case, they’ll do you just fine. If you know ahead of time that you’re going to be trekking through some really nasty land, you’ll want to pick something higher end – but in a pinch, these will work. They’re not out top pick, but we wanted to include something for people that are looking to save a bit of cash. Just remember, if you’re going to be in rough territory, you’ll be glad you invested in the best pair of boots that you can afford.
We’ve heard every reason in the book for purchasing a pair of binoculars; ranging from an older gentleman who wanted to save money by being able to buy cheaper seats at baseball games, to a younger lady who wanted to get a better view of the men at the beach down the street from her apartment. Buying a pair of binoculars for bird-watching might not sound quite as exciting, but to the contrary – it can be every bit as exciting when you finally catch a glimpse of a bird you’ve never seen before, but only birdwatchers will understand what it’s like.
These days, everybody is out there trying to catch these imaginary Pokémon, and granted it’s great that it’s getting people outside into nature and being active, but there’s been a real life version of this game that people have been playing for centuries, and you don’t need to worry about your GPS signal or your phone’s battery running out.
It’s called birding. All you need is some patience, and a pair of binoculars. In today’s digital world, it’s easy to constantly check our phones any time we become bored for even a split second, but that prevents us from ever truly being relaxed.
One of the greatest aspects of bird watching is the meditative state that it can put you in, but also the sudden rush you feel when you’ve finally spotted a bird you’ve been looking for.
We’re going to be taking a look at some of the best binoculars for birding, but first let’s go over some of the criteria:
Alright, with all of that preamble out of the way, let’s take a look at our top choices.
These are going to be the most expensive pair on our list. There are some other models out there that top the $2000 price range, but that’s really getting into the highest of the high end, and you reach a point of diminishing returns.
The Conquest HD model by Zeiss is made in Germany, has a water-shedding coating making it acceptable to use in any weather conditions, they’re very lightweight, and are suitable for people who wear eye-glasses as well as those who do not.
Now, if you’re more of a casual bird watcher and you don’t want to sell the farm to afford a pair, let’s look at some more reasonably priced binoculars next.
These bad boys are available in a variety of sizes, are very highly reviewed, and come in at just over $100. They’re not the cheapest pair of binoculars out there, and they’re not even the cheapest ones we’ll be featuring on this list, but if you aren’t on too tight of a budget but still aren’t looking to spend hundreds, they’re going to be your best bet in terms of quality, optics, and overall value.
If you’re looking to spend under $100, here’s your best option coming up next.
Bushnell has a long standing reputation as a maker of binoculars, and this Legacy model is a great place to start for a beginner birdwatcher. Are they are absolute best binoculars for birdwatching in the entire world? No, but at literally a fraction of the cost of some of the other choices out there, they’re really not a bad place to start if you don’t have more money to spend on your binoculars. They’re the best binoculars under $100, quite likely, and have hundreds of positive reviews over at Amazon to prove it.
Here’s another budget-pair that won’t break the bank but will give you some great sights.
Just over $100, these still fall well within the “budget” range. Now, we know there are binoculars out there for $20, $30, $40… but we would classify those as below-budget. That doesn’t mean they’re absolute trash or anything, but we’re assuming that anyone who is taking the time to go birding, especially if it represents a few special moments on a camping trip, is looking for something that will do at least a solid job, if not absolute perfection. When you spot that rare bird, “good enough” isn’t really good enough, so that’s why we’re skipping the very bottom of the barrel, so that you can rest assured that everything on here is nothing but pure quality.
We’ve recommended some cheaper options in the past, but one of the biggest concerns is quality control. You just can’t make a GREAT pair of birding binoculars at those prices, and we’re here to recommend the sure-things, not to take a shot in the dark on something that “may or may not be good enough”.
That’s the end of my little rant… we’ve seen too many people miss out on great views because they were tricked into buying a sub-par product, and that’s just not going to happen on our watch (no pun intended.)
Anyways, with that out of the way, there’s just one more pair to look at. They’re on the pricier side relative to this list, but compared to some of the most expensive models out there, they’re still an absolute bargain.
These binoculars are absolutely incredible. You know the old saying “you get what you pay for”? Sometimes, you get a lot more. You get the peace of mind that they’re going to be ready to go when you need them the most, lightweight and easy to carry along, super-high quality glass for incredible visuals, high-grade anti-reflective coatings so you aren’t stuck staring at a glare, and those camping memories that will last a lifetime.
Normally, we might not recommend something at this price point to take with you on a camping trip, but they’re so durable and resistant that you’ll be just fine, and you’ll be glad that you have such a high-quality pair to get the best views that nature has to offer.
So there you have it, five great choices to fit most budgets. Bird watching can be a great addition to any camping trip, you don’t even have to leave your camp site in many cases. Lots of people like to keep a pair of binoculars at their lake, and a checklist of all the local species of birds that they’re seen and the ones that they’re still looking for. With that, we wish you good luck wherever your journey takes you!