LaCrosse AeroHead Boot Review

Posted by: Steve Flores on Mar 4, 2013
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Rubber boots are typically the best option when it comes to concealing your scent trail while walking to and from your stand site. And when it comes to arrowing a trophy whitetail, nothing will thwart your chances faster than leaving odor on the ground. Rubber boots are also impervious to water; keeping your feet dry no matter how wet the conditions. They also provide added protection and plenty of warmth on those crisp, November mornings during the rut, or those cold, late-season hunts overlooking a food source. However, despite those advantages there are certain downsides that come with wearing rubber boots.

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Rubber boots aren't without their drawbacks. How will the new LaCrosse AeroHead fare?

Historically speaking, rubber boots aren’t the most comfortable choice on the rack, or the lightest, and they also tend to be a bit clumsier to wear than leather or more streamlined models that incorporate a Cordura nylon upper-body. Yet, some bowhunters have learned to live with the negatives in order to reap the previously mentioned positives. Well, LaCrosse Footwear has changed all of that with the revolutionary new AeroHead Boot.

Technical Aspects
Before we get into how this boot actually performed for me, let’s discuss the Aeroform technology that went into it and what makes it function unlike anything previously offered to bowhunters.

First, LaCrosse starts with a neoprene core “sock”; which by nature is highly flexible and has great insulating qualities. The back of the neoprene core sock then goes through a Liquid Rubber Seam Application which seals the neoprene together via a Reinforced Abrasion Protection Process. This particular area of the seam is also highly flexible which allows easy on and off applications. If you’ve ever struggled like a turtle on its back just to get your foot out of a pair of rubber boots then you will appreciate this feature.

Next, a lightweight, polyurethane shell is poured around this neoprene core. This polyurethane shell is more durable, flexible, insulating and lighter than rubber. Underneath all of this is an Injected PU midsole for added cushioning along with an integrated shank that covers the arch of the foot. This provides stable support when climbing on ladder rungs or up a steep, rock-strewn mountainside to a secluded hunting location.

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With the AeroHead you get uncompromising, scent-free, waterproof protection in a boot that is highly comfortable and a pleasure to wear in any whitetail terrain.


Real World Applications
While it is easy to run down a list of company product specs and call that a review, I understand Bowhunting.com readers want more. What you really want is to know how a product performs in the field. Well, in simplest terms, the LaCrosse AeroHead is one of the best boots I’ve had the pleasure of wearing. However, let’s look a little deeper into what brought me to that conclusion.

Fit and Feel
Let’s face it, if a piece of hunting apparel doesn’t feel good, odds is it won’t make it to the treestand with you. And sure, comfort in your living room, or the showroom floor is one thing, comfort two miles into a long hike to an out-of-the-way spot, or an all-day sit in a November treestand is another. So, instead of simply walking around my living room floor or across my lawn a time or two, I decided to take the AeroHead on a scouting trip near my home. The mountain I chose (like all of them) was steep and rugged, with plenty of rocks, blow-downs, and slick footing; the perfect testing ground.

Slipping the boots on I immediately felt the flexibility in the ankle area which made getting into these puppies a walk in the park. No struggling or grunting. Once inside, the plush sole of the AeroHead cradled my feet in comfort. Honestly, this is one of the most relaxing boots I’ve ever tried on.

The Climb
It wasn’t long into my scouting trip before I realized this boot was going to be different (better) than the ordinary rubber boots I had worn over the years. You see, when wearing rubber boots, walking on mostly flat terrain tends to give you a false sense of comfort; as opposed to climbing “vertically” for close to an hour. In a situation like that, it doesn’t take long for your boot of choice to start rubbing and chafing the back of your ankle. For those of you who have been there, you know how painful that can be. The bigger picture is that it essentially will prevent you from getting where you want to be.

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The Aero™ non-loading outsole features a lightweight rubber compound for superior durability and traction in mud. I found it perfect when a little extra traction was needed traversing the step hills near my home.

Surprisingly though, the AeroHead boots felt as comfortable 30 minutes into my climb as they did after I slipped them on before walking out the front door. This was most likely due to the Ankle-Fit™design of the boot which locks the heel in place to prevent excess rubbing and chafing. This comfort level allowed me to concentrate more on the surrounding terrain as I looked for last year’s rubs and scrapes, and less on how bad my ankle was going to feel once I got back home.

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15 Comments on "LaCrosse AeroHead Boot Review"

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I've had the LaCrosse 1000 grain Alpha for ten years, and they are great. They now have holes at the flex points,but are still in great shape. Is there a patch system for them? I am still going to try the new Aerohead soon.
Posted by vin devriendt on 3/6/2013 6:42:16 AM
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"However, if a boot of this nature can perform in my hunting environment, just imagine what it can do for the average, mid-western whitetail bowhunter who mainly hunts food plots and the occasional strip of hardwoods." Thankfully we have above-average bowhunters like yourself to condescendingly point out at every corner that you feel you have tougher hunting ground than others. This article reeks of passive aggressive narcissism -- Get over yourself Mr. Flores.
Posted by Another-Average-Midwesterner on 3/6/2013 7:36:08 AM
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Another-Average-Midwesterner...so sorry you feel this way. In my own defense, I will say that bowhunting mature whitetails isn't easy.....no matter where you hunt. However, when it comes to eastern mountains and mid-western farm land, there is no comparrison to the terrain and the physical difficulties that come with hunting in my environment. As I said, any product that can stand out in mountain conditions would naturally be a great product when used under less "physically" demanding conditions such as those found in mid-western farmland. Am I an above average bowhunter? Of course not. Im just like everyone else who works hard to tip the odds in their favor. However, I rarely sugercoat things and I do my best to be honest in evaluations of products that will either benifit our readers or simply empty their wallets. In addition, I am proud of where I come from and the obstacles I must overcome in order to fill my tags....just like anyone else. If I can help a fellow bowhunter (
Posted by Steve Flores on 3/6/2013 11:41:39 AM
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No matter where they hunt) by sharing my experiences, thoughts and feelings here on Bowhunting.com, then that is all that matters in my book. Contrary to your statement, I am not big on myself or tearing down fellow bowhunters. I just enjoy sharing my way of bowhunting "Mountain" whitetails.
Posted by Steve Flores on 3/6/2013 12:01:01 PM
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Steve I live in Illinois its flat lol. I like your reviews. Good info and I like that you actually use the equipment that you review. Ill be looking for a pair of these boots before turkey season. Some people evidently are a little jealous of you and your hunting terrain. I'm kinda glad I have it easy hunting around here nice flat ground and food plots. Keep up the good work bud.
Posted by Tyler rector on 3/6/2013 8:08:24 PM
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Thanks for a great review! I hunt in Maine in similar terrain as you do, I find your review very informative. The part where you stood in the stream in 25 degrees leads me to believe these boots will work well in colder weather like we have here. I personally enjoy your articles, they are great for anyone who hunts the big woods in mountain terrain. We are all hunters on the same team, even though we hunt very different terrain from coast to coast. I personally am glad to hunt the big woods here in Maine. I just wish we had more deer!
Posted by MaineBowhunter on 3/6/2013 8:22:24 PM
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Thanks for responding! I appreciate you taking the time to do so!! :D
Posted by Another-Average-Midwesterner on 3/7/2013 8:27:57 PM
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Now for the big question everyone wants to know. How much are they ??
Posted by Brandon on 3/7/2013 8:53:19 PM
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The insulated model I tested has an msrp of $140.
Posted by Steve Flores on 3/8/2013 5:12:05 AM
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Good review. What about the "new boot smell"? It seems that all new boots have an odor that needs to be dealt with. I wash mine and now treat them with O3 unit.
Posted by Paul on 3/10/2013 9:32:33 AM
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Paul, Yes the new boot smell is there. I suspect it will fade away just like all of the other boots I have owned. Glad you liked the review!
Posted by Steve Flores on 3/11/2013 4:59:55 AM
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Thanks for the review. I've been looking at getting some new boots. I have had some
Posted by Jess on 3/12/2013 4:37:52 PM
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Just ordered mine today. I got the 3.5mm ones. Says its comfort rated down to -30 so that's plenty warm for Arkansas. Can't wait to get them. And about the guy who dissed u and ur terrain? He needs to grow up. Keep up the good work bro
Posted by Nate on 3/21/2013 4:09:40 PM
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Wow. thats all i can say. wow. absolut best boots i have ever bought. period. light and mobile. breathable. didnt make my feet sweat. amazing job. also very comfortable to walk in. no blisters and felt like basketball shoes from the padding on the sole. amazing boot
Posted by Nate on 3/27/2013 5:43:21 PM
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I have these boots and never been more satisfied with a pair of hunting boots. These boots are ready for the woods right out of the box ... no break-in period necessary. The minute I put my feet into these boots, I felt like I was walking around in a pair of expensive new running shoes. The fit is perfect and durability is top-notch. After 2 weeks of turkey and mushroom hunting, my feet stayed dry and comfortable the entire time. I'm really looking forward to bow season in them this year.
Posted by Podgie on 5/16/2013 10:11:49 AM

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