Boot Camp

Beat the Elements With Todays Top Deck Boots

Capt. Mike Genoun May 9, 2017

Although Florida’s subtropical climate and temperate weather year-round provide incredible opportunities under comfortable conditions, there are times when foul weather gear is a prerequisite for staying dry and warm. This is especially true out on the high seas where a pair of quality deck boots is an essential tool.

Often overlooked and rarely discussed in detail, non-skid deck boots are an important part of any offshore angler’s arsenal. With slip-resistant soles, deck boots prevent active fishermen from potential injury caused by slipping and falling on a wet deck. Keeping your feet firmly planted is vital when dealing with unpredictable waves on a moving and rocking boat.

With slip-resistant soles, deck boots prevent active fishermen from potential injury caused by slipping and falling on a wet deck.

Thanks to weather resistant materials, fishermen who opt to wear deck boots don’t have to worry about destroying inferior footwear that wasn’t designed for the rigors of saltwater fishing and boating. Don’t think it makes a difference? Go ahead and wear that expensive pair of flashy sneakers tuna fishing in The Bahamas for the weekend and see how well they hold up to the elements.

Additionally, quality deck boots provide adequate orthopedic support, an important step toward preventing lower back pain exasperated by fishing and balancing on an unforgiving deck for hours on end. Non-marking soles that won’t scuff fiberglass are also a must, as are cushioned insoles for all day comfort. Depending on particular preference and application, deck boots extending just above the ankle tend to be a better fit for inshore and backcountry anglers, whereas full-length deck boots are better suited for extreme offshore use where anglers find themselves in the grips of saltwater from overflowing baitwells, inflow from scuppers and heavy seas crashing over the transom.

Seams are weak points in any foul weather jacket and can part under severe stress. Stitched seams result in stronger jackets, but stitches create tiny holes where moisture can penetrate. To seal the holes, manufacturers tape and weld seams to prevent leakage. If you’re serious about staying dry, then purchase a product with reinforced and sealed seams. Zippers are another weak point prone to failure. This is where storm flaps protecting the zippers provide an additional barrier against rain, wind and unrelenting saltwater spray.

When purchasing any outdoor accessory, smart shoppers should do their homework before making a final decision. Choose carefully and enjoy your time on the water under adverse conditions.

Rugged Shark: Great White Professional Deck Boot
MSRP: $79.99
Website: ruggedshark.com
Sizes: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Colors: White (shown), Navy
Weight: 52 oz. (test pair size 9)
Shaft Height: 10.75″
Features:
– Guaranteed Waterproof
– Rubber Construction for Flexible Wear
– Removable Cushioned Interior Footbed
– Shark Grip Slip-Resistant Non-Marking Rubber Sole
– All Day Comfort

 

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Muck Boot Company: Excursion Pro Mid
MSRP: $129.95 – $149.95
Website: muckbootcompany.com
Sizes: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Colors: Bark/Otter (shown)
Weight: 38 oz. (test pair size 9)
Shaft Height: 9.0″
Features:
– 100% Waterproof
– XpressCool Exclusive Evaporative Cooling Liner w/Anti-Microbial Properties
– Supportive EVA Midsole
– Long-Lasting Rubber Pod EVA Outsole
– Resistant to Oils, Mud & Chemicals
– Pull-On Loop

 

Shimano: Evair Boots
MSRP: $74.99
Website: fish.shimano.com
Sizes: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Colors: Gray (shown), Khaki
Weight: 26 oz. (test pair size 11)
Shaft Height: 6.75″
Features:
– One Piece Molded Lightweight EVA Absorbs Heel Shock & Reduces Foot Fatigue
– 100% Waterproof
– Ergonomic Arch
– Non-Marking High Traction Outersole with Water Canal Design for Extra Grip

 

XTRATUF: XT Collection Mid Deck Boot
MSRP: $89.99
Website: xtratufboots.com
Sizes: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Colors: Blue (shown), Black/Gray
Weight: 44 oz. (test pair size 10)
Shaft Height: 12.0″
Features:
– Mid Height Rubber & Neoprene Performance
– 100% Waterproof
– New Highly Flexible Construction
– Comfort Stretch Topline Binding
– 4mm Flex-Foam Bootie
– Airmesh Lining for Balanced Temperature Regulation
– Slip Resistant Chevron Outsole
– Pull-On Loop

 

XTRATUF: Legacy 6-Inch Boot
MSRP: $89.99
Website: xtratufboots.com
Sizes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Colors: Copper/Tan (shown)
Weight: 56 oz. (test pair size 10)
Shaft Height: 6.0″
Features:
– 100% Waterproof
– Seamless Construction
– Flexible Hand-Layered Assembly
– Triple-Dipped Shell
– Chevron Outsole & Heel
– Built-in Cushion Insoles with Arch Support

 

Marlin Trading Co.: Deck Boots
MSRP: $29.95
Website: biminibayoutfitters.com
Sizes: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Colors: White (shown), Navy. Green
Weight: 21 oz. (test pair size 11)
Shaft Height: 12.25″
Features:
– Proprietary Closed Cell DuPont EVA Foam
– 35% Lighter than PVC
– Orthotic Foot-Pad Support
– Ankle Bars & Instep-Guard Bars Provide Additional Comfort & Protection
– Non-Skid, Non-Marking Soles

 

Viking Mariner: Kadett
MSRP: $74.99
Website: vikingwear.com
Sizes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Colors: Navy (shown)
Weight: 52.9 oz. (test pair size 10)
Shaft Height: 10.0″
Features:
– 100% Waterproof
– Oil Resistant
– Handcrafted
– Rubber, Slip-Resistant Razor Cut Sole
– Removable Orthopedic Designed Insole
– Non-Marking
– Polyester Lining

 

Helly Hansen: Women’s Midsund
MSRP: $60.00
Website: hellyhansen.com
Sizes: 5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10
Colors: Pink shake (shown), Off White, Ocra Sand, Arctic Gray, Tech Navy, Black
Weight: 46 oz. (test pair size 7)
Shaft Height: 10.0″
Features:
– 100% Waterproof
– Rubber Upper & Midsole
– Fleece Lining
– Pull-On Loop
– Removable Inner Sole
– Non-Marking

 

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