LaCrosse AeroHead Boot Reviewon Mar 4, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.