**GOHUNT staff recommends ordering this boot true to size. When we say true to size we mean the size of Nike you'd buy off the shelf.
*Please review our GOHUNT staff boot profiles below and our sizing video before ordering.
GOHUNT Staff Boot Profile
|Name||Foot Length||Foot Width||Nike Size||Makra Size|
|Campos||27.7 cm||10.7 cm||10.5||10.5|
|Brady||28.8 cm||10.8 cm||12||12|
|Lorenzo||29.5 cm||11.3 cm||12||12.5|
GOHUNT Stiffness Scale Rating - Flex 4 (see stiffness scale)
The Makra Combi is one of the favorites in the GOHUNT office. With a generous toe box and slightly stiff setup, it's perfect for backcountry hunters on multi-day trips with heavy packs
Campos' favorite all-around boot. From chasing elk in the dark timber to every day in the office
Ghilly lacing system allows you to adjust your lacing tension all the way to your toes
Highly technical and aggressive sole featuring high friction rubber, climbing zone, and self-cleaning tread
Soft cuff with a honeycomb structure for additional comfort
Warranty - 2-year warranty period that starts from the purchase date
The Hanwag Makra Combi is an all-around great boot for the western hunter. Fully waterproof, a 4 on the GOHUNT stiffness scale and a generous toe box make the Makra an easy choice from sheep to desert mule deer hunters. The Ghilly lacing system lets you customize your lacing tension all the way to the toe. Allowing you to tighten your boot down for the descents with a heavy pack or loosen it up a bit when not needed.
Don’t see the size you want? Email boots@GOHUNT.com for any special requests.
|GOHUNT Stiffness Scale||Makra Combi GTX - Flex 4|
|Flex 1||Built for light and fast trekking. Think of your favorite trail running shoes, but capable of rocky demanding terrain.|
|Flex 2||Flexible enough that they offer out of the box comfort but can handle miles of rocky terrain. Perfectly suited for mild to moderate mule deer, elk, and antelope country.|
|Flex 3||Ideally suited for mountain hunts with moderate to steep technical terrain where more rigidity is required. Some break-in time required but will likely become your favorite do everything hunting boots.|
|Flex 4||Best suited for hunts at or above timberline where the terrain gets steep. Flexible enough that it can handle miles of comfortable climbing but stiff enough to offer support and rigidity with a heavy pack.|
The stiffest boot options, best for alpine hunting and mountaineering. Sheep hunting, mountain goat, and the toughest of elk and deer terrain.
HOW TO ACCURATELY MEASURE YOUR FEET TO FIND THE CORRECT BOOT SIZE
Start by collecting a few things from around your house, including a yardstick or ruler, a soft tailor’s tape or paper tape, a piece of cardboard or printer paper, and a pen.
Draw a 90° angle on the cardboard or paper using the yardstick or ruler. The lines should be long enough so that your longest toe touches the horizontal line and the widest point of your foot touches the vertical line.
Ensure that you’re wearing your hunting socks while taking these measurements. Stand on the paper or cardboard with your feet shoulder-width apart and place your full weight on both feet.
Have a second person mark where your heel and the widest part of your foot lands on the cardboard or paper. Ensure that you’re keeping the pen vertical when making your marks. Leaning the pen inward or outward against your foot will skew your measurements.
Place the edge of the tailor’s tape on the straight line and measure the widest and longest point of each foot down to 1/10th of a centimeter.
Add both length measurements together and divide them by two. This is your length measurement.
Add both width measurements together and divide them by two. This is your width measurement.
Record your measurements and refer to the GOHUNT Sizing Guide and Staff Reviews to find the right boot size for your foot profile.
GENERAL TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR NEW BOOTS FIT PROPERLY
Measure your feet with the socks you intend to wear in the field.
Measure your feet later in the day. Your feet tend to swell slightly as the day progresses.
The arch and heel of your foot should feel snug but not tight. Your heel should feel secure in the heel pocket. If your heel lifts up when you step, make sure the lacing is not too loose.
Your toes should not touch the front of the boot. You want just enough room to wiggle your toes. When you kick the toe into the floor, you should know where the front of the boot is without your toes hitting.
If you're unable to cinch the boot tight enough to prevent heel slip or it allows your toes to touch the end of the boot, you will have a hard time with a heavy pack on steep downhill descents and you’ll want to size up.
|Weight||3 lbs 0.6 oz - pair (size 10)|
|Crampon Compatible||Step-In Crampon Compatible|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 Years|
GOHUNT Return Policy
If you should need to return a boot, they may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. Boots should be returned in brand new condition with no wear marks. All boots should be returned in the original packaging with the original tags. Boots must not be worn outside to be considered for a refund. We do not allow direct boot exchanges. If you return a product in brand new condition with all original packaging and tags, we will process your refund. You can order another product that best fits your needs or wait until your refund is processed. With all the backcountry hunters we have on staff at GOHUNT, we understand the need and know how hard it is to find a boot that fits your foot. GOHUNT has spent countless hours and measured many feet to make sure you get the right size boot the first time. If you watch our sizing video and review our staff foot profiles, we are extremely confident you'll find the right size boot for you the first time. In the rare case you don't, the GOHUNT staff is on call to make sure you find the right boot for your next hunt.
*We're so confident in our extensive sizing research that if you fully review it, and correctly measure your foot, we know you'll find the boots that fit.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY BOOTS?
Proper boot care can significantly extend the lifespan of your boots. Leather boots, in particular, need to be cared for after heavy use. If your boots are wet and covered in dirt, we recommend cleaning them. If you’re not going to clean your boots, you should still allow your boots to air dry after each use.
Remove your insoles and laces after each use. This will open up your boots and allow them to air out. Even if your boots don’t get wet, they will naturally absorb moisture from your feet, especially on multi-day trips. Insoles and laces can be hand-washed in cold water and set out to air dry.
Using a boot brush and warm water, remove the dirt from your boots. The warm water will open up the pores of the boot and allow you to thoroughly clean them.
For leather boots, you’ll want to recondition the leather after cleaning them with warm water in order for them to remain water-repellant. Applying a waterproofing agent to the damp leather will reclose the pores that were opened up during cleaning. Once you’ve reconditioned your boots, water should bead up when gently poured over the leather.
Allow your boots to air dry. Do not use a heat source to dry your boots. The heat could cause the leather to shrink or become brittle, increasing the chances of irreparable rips or creases.
Store your boots in a cool and dry place to prevent mildew. We recommend packing a newspaper in the toe box of wet boots to help absorb the moisture and maintain the boots’ shape during the drying process.
Take your boots to a knowledgeable cobbler for repairs.
WHAT SHOULD I USE TO TREAT MY NEW BOOTS?
For a general-purpose waterproofing product, the GOHUNT staff has found that Granger or Nikwax Waterproofing performs the best.
Re-apply this product as necessary or after every use in severe conditions.
Please refrain from using beeswax, animal fats, or petroleum-based products on your boots, as these products will void some manufacturer warranties.
*Please note that these products may darken the color of any leather.
WHAT IF MY BOOTS ARE GORE-TEX®?
We recommend treating the leather on your Gore-Tex® boots the same as you would on any other leather boot.
The Gore-Tex® lining creates a waterproof/breathable membrane on the inside of the boot, but leather uppers still need to be cared for.
The durable waterproofness of the Gore-Tex® membrane is not affected by leather conditioners, silicone, oil, or shoe polish.
I have worn a pile of boots over the years and generally most live up to there stated builds from the manufacture. The Hanwag's however while being nice well built boots fall short on there "GTX" rating. I give these boots easy use around my ranch with no hard rocky hiking and my feet are soaked in some tall grass walks. Afraid to do any creek crossings. I wanted to like these but they fall short in a major category. Say no to Soggy feet!
This is probably one of the best pairs of boots I own. They are definitely on the stiff side but that helps in mountainous terrain. I would definitely recommend changing the insoles though as they’re not very good. That is my only complaint.
goHunt allowed me to test out both the Hanwag Alverstone II's and the Makra Combi's (in home so as not to scuff and\or get dirty) for about 30 days. I ended up choosing the Makra's because while they both fit great (make sure to follow their fitting instructions), the Alverstone's seemed to dig into my leg at the top of the boot after wearing them for a while. The Makra's have a stiffness rating of 4 while the Alverstone's are 3, but honestly not sure I noticed much of a difference. While the fit and feel of the boot are good, the insole seems to lack some cushion. So after further testing I may find it necessary to put in some custom insoles. (the staff at goHunt had warned me that may be something I would want to try). So for now I'm giving them 4 stars for maybe lacking in the insole department, and the fact that I haven't really been able to put them to the test. I'm looking forward to trying them in mountain terrain and doing just that! I was able to buy the boots on a good black Friday sale and the staff were quick to help, and I would give them 5 stars! Thanks goHunt!
The boots fit as expected and feel good. I have an issue with the left boot and the tongue putting pressure on the inside ankle. I have tried adjusting the tongue but it continues to put pressure and rub in the same spot. In inspecting the boot design the edge of the tongue is rigid and when tightened wants to rub. It doesn't do this on the right foot.
Hanwag Makra Combi GTX