Under Armour made one of the largest splashes at this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas when the company unveiled a line of outdoor footwear for 2011. The technologically advanced products are the company’s first offerings in the hunting boot category and will include twelve initial styles.
The first model to catch my at eye at SHOT was The H.A.W. There are several companies offering boots with a neoprene upper fused to a rubber lower, and this style has quickly become my favorite all-around hunting boots. So, when I saw Under Armour was promising a lighter and more durable version, I quickly got my name on the list to try a pair. My H.A.W.s in Mossy Oak Bottomland arrived last week, just in time for my final week of turkey hunting.
Here are my impressions from two days of getting thoroughly whipped by Wisconsin gobblers:
Overall, they are exactly what I expected — some of the best full-length neoprene-and-rubber boots I have ever used. The most striking advantage is the lightweight, a feature promised across Under Armour’s new line. The weight saving is achieved with Ortholite foam and a lightweight compression molded EVA midsole. The internal Heel Lock memory foam provided a nice, snug fit. It’s hard to describe, but these boots feel different on your foot than other brands. I like it. Also, the Air-Mesh lining performed as promised, increasing airflow. After two days of hard hunting, no noticeable wear could be found on neoprene upper or durable rubber lower. As for the promised anti-microbial properties, there’s no stink yet. We’ll see if the trend continues through September’s early bow season.
Overall, these are exactly what I expected when I saw Under Armour was introducing them: High quality and great functionality. And, the price (MSRP $130) is not over the top.
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