Every hunter must have a good pair of boots. They’re a necessity no matter where you hunt. Whether you’re hunting in the southern woods of Georgia or the unforgiving backcountry of Wyoming, you’ll need boots that aren’t just comfortable and waterproof but also durable, warm, and have excellent traction.
I’ve found that the Charged Raider Boots from Under Armour have all these traits. During my initial testing of the boots, I found no issues at all. I’ve been impressed while using them for the last month in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions. Of course, time will be the true test for long-term results, but so far, they’ve made a great first impression.
Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty, shall we?
The technical side of things and key features:
• Lightweight synthetic/leather uppers
• Abrasion-resistant scratch rubber forefoot overlay
• Under Armour StormProof waterproof and breathable membrane
• 600g PrimaLoft insulation
• Vibram LiteBase Megagrip outsole with new Traction Lug Technology
• Under Armour Charged cushioning midsole
• Molded OrthoLite antimicrobial footbed
• Hardened foam plate
Fit and Feel:
As soon as I put these boots on, I had a feeling they were going to be very comfortable with little-to-no break-in time. My assumption was correct—these boots fit true to size and were pain-free from the start.
In fact, they felt like I was wearing a pair of tennis shoes, not boots. Due to their lightweight and comfortable soles, my feet were very happy. There’s nothing worse than having a pair of boots that rub your ankles raw or pinch your toes when out in the field. You won’t experience those issues at all with these boots.
Warmth and waterproofing:
Besides being comfortable, these boots keep your feet nice and warm without making your feet sweat. I think the 600g was the perfect balance for my comfort level in a mix of hunting temperatures. I hunted in temperatures ranging from 25 to 65°F, and my feet were never cold or overheated.
I was even able to hunt during a few wet spells, walking through tall wet grass, mud, and creek bottoms which put the waterproofing to the test. I’m happy to say that my feet were dry as a bone when the hunts were over.
The true test for the waterproofing will be after years of continued use, however. I’m curious to see if they’ll lose any of their protective ability in the future, but honestly, I don’t think I’ll need to worry about that.
The last thing you want to worry about while hunting is busting your ass walking up a side hill or crossing a creek because your boots’ traction is crap. Fortunately, the Charged Raider boots have great traction. Not once did I lose my step. They held a strong grip on the ground, even on muddy side hills with wet grass. Another well-designed feature of these boots is their ankle support. They provide very sturdy ankle support that isn’t too stiff. The support allows you to move freely but still provides enough strength to avoid the dreaded rolled ankle.
If I found any negatives to these boots, I would voice them, but that’s simply not the case. I do have to admit that when I first unboxed the boots, I didn’t think I was going to like the lacing eyes on the side of the boots because they looked like plastic. I thought their sharp curve would make them a pain in the ass to lace. But after trying them out, the lacing wasn’t an issue at all, and the eyes have been sturdy so far. Overall, these boots have offered everything I expected and then some.
My favorite parts are their weight and comfort level. I have no doubt that I could use these boots in a backcountry hunt, hiking 5 to 10 miles a day and my feet would stay comfortable and warm. I’m confident I wouldn’t have that extra fatigue in my legs that comes with walking around in heavy boots.
If you’re in the market for a new pair of boots, I highly encourage you to give these Under Armour Charged Raiders a try. Under Armour also offers an uninsulated version, so these boots can really cater to just about anyone.
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Thank you for reading!