**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
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
BreakdownThe 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.
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.
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.
Just got back from my first hunting trip with these boots. I hunt & hike in a wide variety of environments and it’s very hard on boots. I’ve haven’t had a pair of boots last more than 2 years. I hunt coyotes throughout the winter snow of the high desert, Oregon mountains that are often wet & muddy in the spring, alpine hiking in the summer, and whatever tags I draw in the fall (even if it’s the dusty desert antelope at 90+ degrees). I’m really not as cool as that may sound... I just put a lot of miles on boots in a punishing variety of terrains and often under a 50lb pack. I have tried out Keens, Salomons, Danners, several versions of Merrills all resulting in leaking, or breaking within a year to 18mos. A few exceptions made it two years. I spend about $100/year out of my hunting budget on boots and I am often limping them along until I can buy another pair. I bought the Hanwags because I wanted to level up the quality of a pair of boots to see if I could get some past the 3yr mark and they offer a two year warranty.
I received the boots about 2 weeks before I left for a High Cascade Elk hunt. They appear to be of utmost quality in their construction. When I put them on, I got nervous. The foot bed is very firm (think wooden clog firm). I expected more break in with #4 Flex rating but wasn’t expecting them to have so little cushion in the footbed. I worked in the medical field and wore Dansko Professional Clogs for over a decade. They too have a firm footbed and take a bit to break in but became some of the best shoes for my feet that I’ve worn. So... I wore the Hanwag boots everyday for the next couple of weeks. Mostly standing or short walks on a short pile carpeted concrete floor. I also took a couple of short (2-3 mile) walks through my neighborhood. After a couple of weeks they felt a little better but my feet would still be pretty sore at the end of the day. I began to wonder if I wasn’t tough enough for this tough boot. But, I’d already worn them outside, so I decided to commit to hunt in them.
I put about 35mi in 6 days on the western slope of the Oregon High Cascades. We packed in heavy and hunted from camps that we moved every 1-2 days. The terrain is steep. The under brush is thick and often thorny. The ground under the brush may be rock in one step and marsh in the next. The temperatures ranged from 20deg F to 60deg F. The boots performed as good or better than any boot I’ve ever had. The traction, support, waterproofing, breathability were ridiculously good. My hunting partners often commented at the end of the day, how great my boots were handling the trip. I would easily give these boots a 5 star rating on that performance if not for the firmness of that footbed. I wore a medium weight merino sock and on day two I had to add a second pair of socks to prevent the soles of my feet from getting too sore to hunt as hard as I planned to. (My feet are a 12.5 so I have to buy a size 13. It gives me a little more room for an extra sock.) With the cushion of the second sock, I absolutely loved the boots as long as I took them off in camp at night to rest my feet.
At the end of the trip, the boots were much better as far as break in is concerned but I’m a little concerned with what summer hiking will be like when two socks is an overheating issue. A slight note on that... the breathability of these boots is better than any other water proof boot I’ve ever worn. We were often drying my buddies’ boots out around a fire at night because of sweating feet climbing those mountains in the warmest part of the day. Even with two socks, my feet never had more than the mildest damp feeling. Overall, they are extraordinarily tough and functional all terrain boots. I just have to figure out how to toughen up enough to wear them.
Where the toe meets the sole, the sole has already lifted and peeled back over an inch and I've owned the boots about 2 months. They been on an elk hunt in Utah and Idaho.
Aside from the poor quality- if you're looking at these boots don't get them if you do a lot of Side hill'ing. They are super comfortable when you try them on, but if you need ankle support keep looking. If you're going to be in rolling hills or wearing them day to day and nothing to crazy then I would consider them. If you're going to be any rough terrain keep looking.
I bought them 1/2 size big and purchased a pair of Sheep Feet insoles - I wore the boots for 2 weekends before the insoles arrived from sheep feet. The new insoles made a world of difference. The insoles that come with the boots are basically just a sheet of stiff felt that are junk.
I wore them on a week hunt in Utah and we got dumped with snow, boots did stay dry the whole time. (I also wore gators)
So after 2 weekend elk hunts, a week in Utah and a week in Idaho chasing elk in steep country, the toe is separating and the rubber that protects the bottom 1/4 of the shoe already has several cracks. It's a comfortable shoe around camp and on the flats but get in anything steep or side hill and you have no ankle support regardless of the "stiffness" of the sole.
I wouldn't purchase these boots again. I've had boots last longer that were 1/2 the price of these. They were also no where the support I needed for the sidehiling and steep terrain I'm in.
Great boots with minimal break-in period. As with any boots, aftermarket soles are worth it. Boots fit great and lace down to the toes if needed. Fit true to Nike size as well. And GoHunt guys take good care of their customers. Had to exchange them and they were at my door in two days with free returns. They won my business 👍👍
Overall it's great boot! One of my favorite so far. The only issues I had with this pair of boots are with the insole. They is minimal padding on the insole. Light weight socks caused hot spots on the balls of my feet. Wearing a liner sock and medium weight sock took care of the issue for me. The second issue was the insole would slide when my feet would sweat and heat up mid-day. Would suggest considering new insoles from the beginning.
-70 miles where put in on this hunt
Tight, light and no heel slip. Plus a cool name. I likey
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