When you think about boots, you think about the price, and then what you are getting for the price. Are they comfortable? Can they handle various terrain? Are they durable?
From turkey hunting in Kansas to putting in some work in the woods, these boots kept my feet happy, which in turn, kept me happy.
I found the Windrose to be slightly snug, but true to size. I wore them for a few hours around the house to break them in before their first major use. I did order them in my normal size due to my needs for this particular boot.
This boot is not insulated, so I knew I would not be using them for the negative degree November deer hunts in Wisconsin. Lacrosse does offer an insulated version, and, as with any boot designed for cold weather, I recommend ordering a size up. That allows you a thicker sock, but also allows air to circulate through the boot which keeps your feet warmer. I learned that little tip a few hundred dollars too late, unfortunately.
I packed my new pair of Windrose’s for a turkey hunting adventure in Kansas. The chilly Kansas morning was no match for the Windrose, even without insulation. From the moment my feet hit the ground, I was good to go.
They kept my feet dry from the dewy walk to the blind and they stayed warm during the three-and-a-half-hour sit. They took the different terrain in stride with their superb traction. I didn’t feel like I was getting pulled every which way while walking through the sandy ground. Nor did I feel like I was going to roll an ankle, thanks to their great stability.
Their next trial put them to the test as a general work boot. A few miles in August in Wisconsin heat putting in some serious sweat equity. The constant walking was a breeze as these boots are extremely lightweight. My heels stayed put and didn’t slide up and down in the boot thanks to their Durafit Heel Cup, which meant no blisters!
I did experience some slight dampness inside at the end of the day, which was expected due to the heat and my poor choice of socks. This was nothing near what I’ve experienced with other boots I’ve put to the test.
Lastly I put them through a few miles of general hiking while scouting out new hunting property. I had no issues gripping terrain in the hills and again had great stability while doing so. I experienced a little mishap checking a stream for signs of trout and happened to slip in. Thanks to their Dry-Core lining, my socks and feet stayed 100% dry and I kept trudging along without the squishy feet.
After heading to the truck and removing my muddy boots, my feet still felt great. These boots have superior cushioning and shock absorption, which allowed me to put on the miles without the sore feet at the end of the day.
No matter your use for these boots, they’re definitely worth having in your closet. Whether it’s the early season hunt, a general hiking boot, or around the home, the Windrose has your feet covered.