The Best Ice Fishing Boots | Which Ice Fishing Boots Are Best For You?

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Best Ice Fishing Boots

Why should you care about getting the best ice fishing boots?

Let’s be honest, we’ve all experienced the misery of cold, wet feet at some point in life. It’s miserable.  When you’re out in the elements without the luxury of an ice fishing house, you want to focus on fishing – not dealing with the annoying and even dangerous pain of frozen toes.  One of the first ice fishing tips I was given, which I’m glad I took to heart, was to invest in a great pair of ice fishing boots.  Truth.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to have the best ice fishing boots you can. After reviewing countless options on the market, we present to you some solid boots that you honestly can’t go wrong with.  In addition, not only will these boots serve you well on the ice, but they’re also functional and stylish enough to wear all winter long around town and for other outdoor activities.
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Product Baffin Impact Snow Boots Sorel Caribou II Boots Kamik NationPlus Boots Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Boots
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Pros Warmest pair we reviewed, excellent comfort as well. Reputable brand. Keep your feet dry, very warm, removable liners Phenomenal warmth and comfort for the price Lightest pair reviewed, great waterproofing, economical
Cons Quite bulky; water resistant, not waterproof. Not the lightest pair, bulky Big and heavy, not as waterproof as others, takes some work to get them on Not the warmest ice fishing boots, no removable lining
Verdict The warmest of warm, fit for an ice fishing king. Another piece of ice fishing gear that your friends will be jealous of You'll be smiling all day catching fish knowing what a great deal you got, and your feet will thank you A great option if keeping your feet dry is a priority
Waterproofing [7/10] [9/10] [7/10] [10/10]
Insulation [10/10] [10/10] [8/10] [8/10]
Comfort [10/10] [7/10] [10/10] [8/10]
Weight 2 lb 2.31 lb 3.62 lb 1.45 lb
MSRP $269 $150 $85 $130
Temperature Rating -148 degrees F -40 degrees F -40 degrees F -25 degrees F

Best Ice Fishing Boots Money Can Buy

BAFFIN IMPACT BOOTS

 

 

 

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The Baffin Impact snow boots were our Premium Pick for ice fishing boots because in many respects they exceed expectations when it comes to warmth, fit, quality, and durability.  It comes at a price, but if you ask anyone who has a pair of these, they’re worth it.

The design of the Baffin Impact boots is somewhat different from our Top Pick and others in that the upper is a nylon construction and the boot secures tightly with locking straps as opposed to traditional laces.  Color-wise, they’re available in black, the real-tree camo pictured above, as well as a winter white camo version.  Furthermore, they have a unique removable lining which Baffin is famous for which is made of a multilayer foam insert.  All of these factors combine to produce a boot that, compared to others, is fairly lightweight, well fitting without extreme clunkiness, but without sacrificing any warmth. In fact, they are rated to a ridiculous almost -150 F.  Now, this claim is a bit absurd but we think it speaks to just how strongly Baffin feels about the product they’re putting out there.  Still a Pac boot of sorts, but Baffin definitely delivers a unique and quality product with the Impact boots

All of these factors combine to produce an ice fishing boot that, compared to others, is fairly lightweight, well fitting without extreme clunkiness, but without sacrificing any warmth. In fact, they are rated to a ridiculous almost -150 F.  Now, this claim is a bit absurd but we think it speaks to just how strongly Baffin feels about the product they’re putting out there.Still a Pac boot of sorts, but Baffin definitely delivers a unique and quality product with the Impact boots

Still a Pac boot of sorts, but Baffin definitely delivers a unique and quality product with the Impact boots, and we confidently are naming them our current Premium Pick best ice fishing boots.

Best Ice Fishing Boots For The Money

SOREL CARIBOU BOOTS

 

 

 

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We chose the Sorel Caribou boots as our Top Choice because they ultimately rise to the occasion to perform in a wide range of ice fishing applications.  From conditions with frigid temperatures and snow-covered ice to more mild days with slush and wet weather, they’re just a great all-around ice fishing boot.  The Sorel name has long been synonymous with trusted winter footwear and we think the Sorel Caribou boots proudly continue to carry the flag.

Style-wise, these are Pac boots and they have a removable felt liner.  Paired with a quality pair of wool socks, these boots should be able to handle most any winter temperatures.  Admittedly, we haven’t had a chance (thankfully) to challenge them to their forty below zero rating, but wouldn’t be surprised if they held up.  The excellent seam work on the rubber uppers on these boots, coupled with the Nubuck leather which makes up the rest of the boot, results in phenomenal waterproofing.  These boots laugh at rain, slush, and deep puddles.  The Nubuck is well treated and keeps water out quite well.

Taking a look at the size, they certainly aren’t going to win any awards for aerodynamics, but they are winter boots after all.  Like any boots, sizing is somewhat hard to advise on since this will depend somewhat on whether you prefer a more roomy fit and wear thick/multiple socks vs. a tighter snug fit.  For ice fishing, we don’t mind the overall size and weight of these boots, especially if you aren’t going to be running all over the lake.

Lastly, these ice fishing boots are pretty easy to get on and off.  They lace all the way up, but the laces thread through nice big eyelets and you can snug them up to your preferred tightness without issues.

Again, a classic pair of boots that we highly recommend for ice fishing.  We also recommend the Women’s version as our Top Women’s Ice Fishing Boots Pick.

Best Ice Fishing Boots On A Budget

KAMIK NATIONPLUS BOOTS

 

 

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The Kamik Nationplus boots were our Value Pick for ice fishing boots because they offer almost all of the benefits of the Sorel Caribou boots but at a reduced price.  Another pair of Pac boots, the Kamik NationPlus boots really are similar to our Top Pick in many respects.  However, there are some notable differences to point out.  First, the liner is slightly different being of the Thinsulate variety instead of the Caribou’s felt.  This liner is still just as removable and has excellent insulating abilities to keep your feet nice and warm while ice fishing.  However, in our opinion, they seem to be a little more prone to accumulating moisture if your feet are sweating due to warmer weather or long stretches of hiking.  But, keep in mind that these aren’t necessarily meant to service your feet for warmer winter weather or long treks.

In regards to waterproofing, they don’t stand up to the Caribou boots.  Granted, this is only an issue in deeper water/slush situations as they tend to be more prone to leaks at the leather uppers near the tongue.  On the other hand, the rubber bottom portion does not have any seems to cause leaking issues.

Next, when looking at overall fit and snugness, we really like these boots.  They seem to contour a little bit better to the foot and feel more secure than others.  If you’re someone who prefers a little more wiggle room in an ice fishing boot, take this into consideration and potentially order a size up.  As far as ease of putting them on and taking them off, no big issues or concerns.  Of note, these boots do have a great tread on them that probably edges out the competition; but we don’t think this is ultimately a huge factor since we recommend using ice cleats in some shape or form for optimal safety and stability on the ice.

Overall, you can’t beat these boots for the price, and they will definitely serve you well on many an ice fishing trip.

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