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Red Wing Irish Setter Black Bear

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Red Wing Irish Setter Black Bear backpacking boot
Version reviewed: 12-inch

They are a solid, well made boot that is comfortable out of the box.


  • Lightweight considering what you get
  • Waterproof
  • Insulated


  • My one boot squeaks on hard surfaces

12-inch high version:

I have had these boots one year and have put them to the test, hunting, four-season hiking, snowshoeing, doing heavy yard work, crossed streams, etc. They passed easily. And they'd make a good work boot, but they do not have a steel toe. Also, whenever I'm in the woods I carry a pack so between that weight and my own these are well made boots.

They were comfortable out of the box and only got better. They feel lighter than any other 400gr Thinsulated and waterproof boot I've ever had.

I didn't at first like the lacing system but have grown to appreciate it. They are much like an 'Elk Hunter' in that respect.

They have great ankle support, Excellent anti-scree collar that is big and padded and a pull loop one can actually get a glove into.

Traction? All you need except on ice.

I've also worn them most of our hot dry summer and only a couple of times did I wish they weren't insulated.

No problems with any repairs, etc...but as stated above one boot does squeak on a hard flat floor.

I'd buy another pair no question about it.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Under $100

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