Today, I am very excited to review these Irish Setter Vaprtrek hunting boots. This is my first hunting boots review and I was very impressed when I saw these Irish Setter boots. After I was done with all my testing it was clear that these boots deserve to be somewhere in the top 10 on my Ultimate Survival Boots list. So, if you are in a rush and considering to buy these boots… Buy them, you will not regret it!
If you are not in a rush, well then, let’s get on with the review!
Irish Setter Men’s 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof 8″ Hunting Boot – https://amzn.to/2ZBPKB5 – $149.95
- 100% Synthetic
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 7″ from arch
- Light weight ankle-high hunting boot with extreme durability, ideal for early-season
- ScentBan scent control
- UltraDry waterproofing system
- Realtree Xtra Camouflage
- RPM composite technology reduces wieght without sacrificing comfort or durability
- Weight per boot (approx.): 19 oz.;
So, let’s start with the comfort level! The test that I have done with these boots is a 5 mile walk and a 3 mile run. Total wear time was about 6-7 hours. While looking and feeling quite a bit bulky, these boots are actually surprisingly light at about 19 oz per boot. This of course helped with the running. However, I do have to mention here that the bottom sole (outsole) is pretty stiff. Because of the lack of flexibility in the outsole, it is a little bit hard to run properly in these boots… After a mile of run you start to definitely feel unnecessary strain on your knees. So, keep in mind, if you are planning to do some running in these boots… they might not be your best choice.
Of course, hunters do not buy Irish Setter Vaprtrek to run in them, but I do have to mention this since this is an Ultimate Survival Boots review.
By the way, the sizing of Irish Setter Vaprtrek is spot on, so yes, they are definitely true to size.
Built and Material Quality
Here is the area where I have a bit of an issue with Irish Setter Vaprtrek boots. While the built quality looks and feels very nice, they do tend to develop cracks on the side at the flex point overtime… Now that overtime period is about three months, which is pretty disappointing. After doing some research I have found similar complaints within Amazon reviews.
I suspect that it might be manufacturer’s defect, so if you are experiencing similar problems, just make sure to contact Red Wing Shoes, they are a good company and definitely do stand behind their products.
Are Irish Setter Vaprtrek boots waterproof?
Yes they are! Irish Setter Vaprtrek features Ultra Dry construction for moisture management and waterproofing.
The outsole of Irish Setter Vaprtrek is very specific to the hunting situations. And while it will be perfect on surfaces that you would typically find in the woods, like wet grass, dry leaves, etc., these boots might not perform that well on more slippery surfaces like ice.
Of course, these boots are not designed for it, but since it is an Ultimate Survival Boot review, I do have to mention that. Here, we are looking for more of a versatile bottom sole that can perform well on ANY kind of surface.
So, again, if you are considering these boots specifically for hunting, you will not be disappointed, but if this is your Ultimate Survival Boot, well, you might want to consider a few other options before you make your decision.
Too Hot or Too Cold?
The tests that I have performed, as described above, we performed in Florida heat of about 95 degrees. Surprisingly, Irish Setter Vaprtrek did not feel too hot. it would probably be good to mention here that Irish Setter Vaprtrek have a ScentBan feature that kills bacteria to eliminate odors… Nice feature!
Design Features and the Looks
Before we move to the features, let me mention the looks, because these boots look awesome!
So, a few awesome features that I wanted to mention here, besides the ScentBan and UltraDry is the RPM technology, which helps to reduce the weight of the boot. Also, it is important to mention all the reinforcement and protection that this boot provides, like for example the ankle reinforcement.
Of course, the looks of these boots is very specific. It is not really the type of boots that you might wear on a daily basis, ride a motorcycle in, go to the bar or a grocery store… You get the point!
These boots have a purpose of being hunting boots, which is a plus for someone who wants to buy these boots for hunting, BUT, a bit of a minus for those who are looking for an Ultimate Survival Boot.
Whenever it comes to an Ultimate Survival Boot, you want something that you can always wear… because your typical survival situation is usually unexpected.
Competition and Similar Options
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
So, with all of the features and the excellent comfort level, I think Irish Setter Vaprtrek are definitely a great pair of boots! If you are looking to buy them for your hunting situations, you will definitely enjoy them for their comfort, their light weight, all of the features, waterproofing and extra protection.
Whenever it comes to the Ultimate Survival Boots category, Irish Setter Vaprtrek can definitely be in the top 10, but somewhere in the lower part, because of their narrow application.
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Vaprtrek is great! For hunters, probably won't find anything better.