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Sloppy weather, think Dura-Trax™ – a field-test review at Cabela's

Sloppy weather, think Dura-Trax™ – a field-test review

Author: Mark Boardman

Day one of my "do-it-yourself" spring black bear hunt in southeast Alaska found me sitting with my back against a stump, glassing a clear-cut full of newly sprouted grass and wildflowers.

Mark Boardman scans the woods for bears on a rainy day, comfortable in his Dura-Trax boots.
Already my Cabela's Dura-Trax Boots had begun to prove themselves: I had climbed into and out of our skiff, scaled a rock slide and walked a couple of miles on the logging road system we had discovered. And of course, it was raining.

Glancing up the road to my right, I was greeted with the sight of what looked to be a medium-sized bear making his way down the road.

It was almost surreal. Just the day before, I was in Sidney, Neb. Now here I was with my dad and good friend Tod, dropped off in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness with a bear ambling toward us.

I quickly got the attention of my hunting partners, and we readied ourselves for what might happen next. "Probably won't take the first bear I see unless he's big and well-furred, but we're off to a good start," I thought to myself.

This young brown bear came in for a closer look.
As the bear got a bit closer, it soon became apparent that none of us would be taking it. It wasn't that the bear was too small or was rubbed, and there weren't any cubs with it – it was simply a brown bear, and what we thought was a fluke. There weren't "supposed" to be brown bears on the island we were on. Not exactly what we were looking for, but a good photo op just the same, so my dad and I began snapping pictures of the juvenile boar. Wanting to take some photos of his own, Tod opened the Velcro® closure of the dry bag that contained his camera. Apparently that must sound like something delicious, because the bear instantly dropped into a trot right at us. We all stood up and started yelling, but he just kept coming. Finally, he slowed to a stop at about 20 yards. We continued to yell but he just stood his ground, visibly contemplating a situation he had obviously never encountered before. He definitely wasn't intimidated, but he finally moved on around the corner and out of sight.

For the rest of the week, we hunted hard, morning and evening. We spotted multiple bears every day – all brown bears, and some were real dandies at that. Throughout the hunt, my Cabela's Dura-Trax boots performed flawlessly. Jagged beach rocks covered with razor-sharp barnacles, rough terrain and the ever-wet southeast Alaska environment were no match for the Dura-Trax's super-tough tread and reliable construction. And they're comfortable enough to wear on longer hikes as well, making them the most versatile rubber boots I've ever worn.

Boardman's successful deer hunt was made possible with Dura-Trax boots.
Since that trip, I've worn my Dura-Trax boots on several hunts, including many for whitetails and turkeys in the river bottoms of Nebraska. They have always exceeded my every expectation.

The Dura-Trax boots that I've used are uninsulated and perfect for hunts in milder temperatures, but it should be mentioned that they are also available with 800- or 1,200-gram Thinsulate™ Ultra Insulation to keep your feet warm and comfortable on even the coldest hunts. Other notable features of these boots include a running-shoe platform for incredibly lightweight comfort; a flexible, yet supportive design; and 100% waterproof, scent-free uppers with a nonglare finish.

A good pair of rubber boots is an essential piece of gear for nearly any outdoorsman. Cabela's has taken rubber boot technology and comfort to a whole new level with its Dura-Trax series. Try them for yourself – you won't be disappointed.

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