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just wanted to see if you folks could get some interesting feedback. What is the best allaround boot? Mickey Mouse? felt-pacs etc. Lets see!

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When you mentioned Mickey Mouse you made me think twice about what your question was. But I am asuming you ARE talking about boots for your feet smile.gif

I swear by the lacrosse 800 gram thinsulate rubber boots. 100% waterproof for when your drilling all the holes and splashing water all over yourself. I purchased mine for bow hunting, and now use them for everything. I have yet to get cold feet with them.

My second choice is the Rocky Blizard's... with 1000 gram thinsulate. However, not good for movement as they are almost like a cast. I get cold feet in these more than I do the 800 gram lacrosse rubber boots.

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Mickey mouse boots have my vote!

I was issued my first pair in the USAF, wore them out in England and then bought another pair from Cabelas when I got to Wyoming. They get a lot of laughs here, but in the goose pit or on the ice, guys with thinsulate boots, sorels etc... are complaining of cold feet while my MM boots keep my feet nice and warm. The only problem here is that there is not alot of snow to make for good traction and ice cleats don't fit very well.

Hope that helps! Scott

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Screw in some 1/4 raised head sheet metal screws across the lugs and also on the heals of your Mickeys.

I have had mine rigged that way for 15 years, works great. You will get all the traction you will ever need and no worries about slipping or misplaced cleats.

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OK, I guess I learned something new today. I thought "mickey mouse" boots were somehting like a kids moon boot or something smile.gif Now I know what you are talking about smile.gif....A friend of mine has those and never complains. I have never tried them though.

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No complaints here on the mickey mouse boots. I had my for about 6 years now and I love them. I have probably only got cold feet twice in that 6 years and that was b/c it was really cold out and my feet were wet and sweating. (Not a good combo) Only tip is wear the proper socks when wearing these and you will never have cold feet.

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I just got a pair of Rocky IceStalkers that have built in, retractable ice cleats in the soles. They are on hinges and flip out nicely, also teflon coated to prevent ice build up. They are a bit cumbersome, but most warm boots are. Rated to -100 degrees and very comfortable, I usually get cold feet myself but not with these babies, keep me nice and warm. They are also water proof.

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LaCrosse Icemans. Or I like to wear if its slushy or alot of hole drilling is my knee high rubber Rocky bowhunting boots. They keep you dry and there warm to.

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When you guys are talking about the Mickey Mouse boots are you meaning the military issue boots that have an air valve in for flying? I have a pair of ones like that that are white and I've always heard them called bunny boots. I have seen some black ones also. These boots are as warm as any I've come across. Got them at a army surplus store in Alaska but haven't seen them in Minnesota. I actually need a new pair now so where can they be bought?

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Arctic Spurs for your Mickeys work great too. They stay put and don't slip.
Ed - I also have the sheetmetal screws in my Mickeys and they work good too. After last season I lost a few in my heel but the ones that I zipped in the front lugs stayed put..

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Sportsman's Guide has the real extreme cold version White Mickeys in stock. They ran about $80 when I looked 2 days ago.

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I love my Rocky Ice-stalkers as well. The retractable cleats allow my to walk in to stores without messing up the floors with ny cleats, but when I step on to the ice a simple flip allows me to have great traction. These are also the warmest boots I have ever had.

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After hearing how warm they were I bought a pair of the Mickey Mouse boots when I moved to northen MN over 20 years ago . They were warm, but my feet would sweat so much that they were very unconfortable so I junked them and bought LaCross Icemans. I used them for almosts 20 years for fishing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activites. I always thought they provided excellent ware and warmth. I once bought a pair of Ice Kings, and although they were warm, I thought they were very klunky. Last spring I bought a pair of Rocky Boots, (packs with with the ice cleats), so far I've been very happy with them for being warm and comfortable.

Using a boot dryer after each days use will greatly enhance the warmth and comfort or any boot.

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Most surplus stores in minnesota have "mickey mouse" boots. (Or bunny boots or military issue boots, whatever you want to call them.)

I also put sheet metal screws in mine and that was sweet. I never slipped on the ice. I could run towards the tip-up then stop and not slide 10' past it. grin.gif

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The less your foot is able to move, the more insulation you need. In other words, a flexible foot is a warmer foot. I have two pairs of pac boots (LaCrosse and Irish Setter), and they are warm boots.

They also are heavy boots. But I own a pair of mukluks (I'd say who made them, but the brand is famous, so you likely have heard of them, and it's not an approved link).

They are at least as warm as any pac boots I have ever owned, and, since they are flexible and supple (they feet as comfortable as an old pair of slippers), they keep me just as warm as pac boots with far less weight.

However, when I've got to climb rocks and slide down gravel slopes to get to fishing spots, I prefer the heavy tread of pac boots. But that's the only time. grin.gif

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If it says LaCrosse you won't go wrong mouse boots are good too.
Though they are a little heavy ( I wear safety toes) I like to think that they are weights working out my legs all winter for the summer look. lol now if they could only help my belly...

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I have been wearing Mukluks for over ten years. They are the warmest boot compared to the weight of the other boots on the market. Allthough they are not waterproof, but because of the light weight this can be overlooked.

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