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Huk Rogue Wave Boots

I’ve navigated various terrains, weather and other challenges during my fishing expeditions. I’ve had all manner of clothing to protect me against the elements but the thing I was missing was a great pair of boat boots. About five years ago I noticed almost all American salt and freshwater anglers wearing these cool-looking boots that looked like a rubber Blundstone. My cousin and I both thought they looked great and seemed like they would be comfortable. It was at a stage in my life where I was well over wearing sneakers on a boat and the longer-style Bogs boots I wore in winter were just too bulky.  The brand was Huk and we tried unsuccessfully to buy them and have them shipped over here, but we couldn’t even do it on Amazon. They were an American product we didn’t have access to.

Then about a year ago the guys at JM Gillies let me know they had just taken over distribution of Huk here in Australia. I was stoked, I was finally going to get the boots I’d been wanting so long. Six months has passed, and I’ve put in a lot of steps with my Huk boots. They lived up to my expectations and have been little short of exceptional.

Comfort

One of the first things that struck me about the Huk boots was the comfort. Designed with the angler in mind, these boots provide a snug fit without sacrificing flexibility. Thanks to the two reinforced pull loops, they are easy and quick to get on and a reinforced heel tab allows you to kick them off in seconds without damaging the boot.  The neoprene material ensures a soft and cushioned feel, making long hours on the water a breeze. They feature a dual inner sole, which can be removed and another stitched in underneath it, which provides a soft cushioning effect that greatly reduces fatigue at the end of the day. I used to own and need helm pads to reduce fatigue but they’re no longer necessary, even on my new boat which has a hard fibreglass floor. Equally importantly is they keep your feet dry and warm. I wore them through all the cold mornings through snapper season and then all through summer as well. Your feet don’t get hot in them, and they don’t get cold.  The anti-slip and non-marking outsole have excellent traction on slippery surfaces, enhancing stability and preventing accidents on wet decks or riverbanks. I often solo launch and that means I need to move across the front deck of my boat after standing at a slippery ramp, so grip is important.

Durability

Durability is a crucial factor when evaluating fishing gear, and the Huk boots have proven to be a reliable companion in challenging conditions. The reinforced rubber toe and heel areas protect against abrasions and impacts, ensuring the boots withstand the rigours of various fishing environments. After months of use, there’s no noticeable wear and tear, attesting to the durability of these boots.

Waterproof Performance

Fishing involves exposure to water, whether it’s the spray from a boat ride, working the deck wash and then washing the boat and gear when you get home. Any good angler would know that feeling of kicking off wet shoes after you’ve finished packing up – that’s no longer an issue. The Huk boots boast exceptional waterproofing, keeping my feet dry even in the wettest conditions. The waterproof neoprene upper combined with sealed seams effectively repels water, allowing me to focus on fishing without worrying about soggy feet. The boots have held up admirably against rain, splashes, standing in shallow water and even accidental slips into the water, making them a reliable choice for anglers who frequently encounter wet environments. Despite their impressive waterproofing, they maintain a commendable level of breathability. The neoprene material allows air circulation, preventing excessive sweating and discomfort during warmer weather. This balance of waterproofing and breathability is a crucial feature for anglers who face varying weather conditions, ensuring the boots remain comfortable across different seasons.

Cleaning

Maintaining fishing gear can be a chore, but the Huk boots simplify the process with their easy-to-clean design. Mud, dirt and fish slime are easily rinsed off, and the boots regain their pristine appearance with minimal effort. The quick-drying nature of the materials is an added bonus, allowing for a speedy turnaround between fishing trips.

In Closing

After six months of rigorous use, the Huk fishing boots have exceeded my expectations in terms of comfort, durability, waterproof performance, breathability and ease of maintenance. These boots have become an integral part of my fishing gear, and I won’t go fishing without them. They are far better than anything on the market and even at $219, which isn’t cheap, they offer excellent value for money. They will dramatically change your comfort level while fishing and are a far better option than commercial boat boots, the cheap copies of commercial boots that are getting around – and don’t get me started on sneakers or UGG Boots in a boat.  Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a weekend warrior, investing in Huk boots is a decision you won’t regret.

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