Parent Category: Product Reviews
Category: Clothing, Footwear & Accessories
Written by Alyssa Haukom
To be warm, dry and comfortable: that’s what we want when we hunt. (Well, that and a nice buck to wander by our bow stands at 20 yards!) But comfort is a priority. It helps us execute a good shot if we can maintain our warmth and flexibility while on stand and while moving through the woods. Keeping our feet warm can be problematic. Wolverine has a great solution: Wolverine Ridgeline High and Lo Hikers. I got mine last year and have worn them exclusively for two hunting seasons and can’t say I’ve ever worn a more comfortable, versatile boot in over 20 plus years of hunting, and I’ve worn quite a few in that time.
My first pair of women’s hunting boots was the classic L.L.Bean boots; others included varying styles in brands like Cabelas, Rocky, Danner, LaCrosse and Columbia. I’d never tried Wolverine before, but when I slipped on the Ridgeline High boots, they felt like a slipper; extremely lightweight and immediately comfortable. I liked the styling…brown nubuck leather with brown Cordura nylon and reinforced rubber toe and heel for long wearability in a variety of terrain and weather. Still, I needed to put some miles on these boots before I could judge them. I had some hiking to do, some tree climbing, ATVing, dragging, hauling, and cutting; stalking…you get the picture. I used them for a variety of hunting in Wisconsin: bowhunting, pheasant hunting (primarily in winter) gun deer season in November, spring turkey season, hiking & scouting jaunts in spring and early fall and shed hunting late winter, along with a little snow shoeing. These boots have been submerged many times, sloshed thru muddy swamps, trudged among snow drifts and walked atop dried oak leaves. It’s the first time I’ve worn a rugged hunting boot that boasts of the strength and technology that I’m looking for, along with comfort, and delivered. I honestly never experienced a sore spot, rubbing or stiffness that I found in other brands. I never had to go through a “breaking-them-in” period with the Wolverine Ridgeline. These boots quickly became my “Go-To” boots. I grabbed them for everything. I like the versatility they offer and the fact they can accommodate my different types of hunting in varying temps. I like that in a boot…well I like that in any gear I use! And when you get lucky and find those features in your gear, I find you keep that gear for a long time. And purchase it again.
The only time I found them too hot was during a late spring hunt in May. The afternoon warmed up and I reluctantly switched to a lower-profile lightweight, uninsulated, (summer) boot which was more appropriate for the 70 degree temps!
The Wolverine Ridgeline features double and triple-stitched seams…good; because I know they’ll last through many years of rugged adventures.
Rubber lug outsoles feature great traction and shock absorption. You get the “warmth without the bulk” with the Thinsulate 600 gram insulation and of course the Gore-Tex membrane keeps them waterproof and breathable. I loved the toe box in these boots.
It’s noticeably roomier than some of my other boots—a feature I like not only for the comfort, but for accommodating thicker wool socks and sock liners. This “wiggle room” is essential for creating a warm air pocket to keep toes cozy during cold winter hunts in Wisconsin.
You’ll find the Ridgeline High for about $160.00 a pair and the Ridgeline Lo (6” high) retailing for about $140.00 and available in sizes 7-14 and Medium (M) or Extra-Wide (EW) widths. Give them a try—you’ll like them.
Fore more information or to order your boots, Visit: www.wolverine.com
Wolverine Boots & Shoes
123 North Main St
Rockford, MI 49351