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    Muck Chore boots are just north of $100. Not a bad return as I'm on my 4th year with them, and expect many more.
    Like Dave says; single pair of socks, they're warm, dry and light.
    I pick them all the time over my Sorrells, Timberlands and Irish Setter boots.
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    There's an Amish gentleman selling Muck Chores for $77, no tax in the county on clothes, in Conewango NY. Just bought my bro a pair for his bday 2 wks ago.

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    Take a look at NEOS Explorer Stabilicer. I have used this boot the last five years. Very very light and fits over work boot very well. Goes on and off easy has screw in cleats for the ice if you need them. Cost a little over $100
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    I like mucks and I wear them quite a bit but they don't last. I get a year or a year/half out of them. The tops get ripped up by mainline ties. I have a pair of Merrell hikers that have a rubber bottom like bean boots but are good on shock. They are my goto unless its really muddy good for the sugarhouse too. Not too much insulation so I can just adjust socks to the temp needed. Chainsaw boots are way too heavy to hike through the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haynes Forest Products View Post
    I have two pair I have $300.00 boots from Cabala's and when its cold and wet they atre the best BUT heavy. I like the Muck boots they are light and warm and dry and with a roll of elec tape you can keep you pants on the inside nice and dry. You can also fix them with Shoe Goo when a chunk of barb wire pokes thru the inner side wall.

    I would also get a boot dryer when you get any good boots and spray them down with rubbing alcohol drys them out and keeps them fresh.
    Good tips - my boot dryer is the fire poker rack by the wood stove!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcross View Post
    when it's wet out like right now (it's pouring out) I like my much boots. but when it's cold and snowy, or dry, I use my irish setters or Danners. I've had very good luck with both brands. I own 4 different sets of Irish setter boots and one set of Danners and can't say enough good about them! ALL DAY comfort and warmth!
    THat's multiple votes for Irish Setters - never heard of them until now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnallin View Post
    I wear Muck chore boots in the woods, and set them a boot dryer overnight.
    Regular green muck boots - the short ones- work great in the sugarhouse. Not as hot and light weight.
    Another vote for Muck boots...seeing a trend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MapleMark753 View Post
    How many taps are you going to have this coming season? Only ask because the good boots (see above, I use LL Bean boots) are good for MANY hours, or all day as others have referenced. You're also gonna pay for em, probably 150 is an average.
    But, TSC has cheap waterproof boots that are good for a few hours, and with thick socks or wool socks they're fine. I wear em for our low lying woods that get 8-10 inches of water if I don't constantly clear the drainage channel, which I do in winter a lot. Sure, they're cheap both in price and construction but even two-three pair a year is inexpensive compared to the very good quality ones. They aren't too comfortable but I put up with that. Just thought I'd chime in with an alternative.
    Interesting point — so, I won't be doing any major tap expansion this year (maybe a couple dozen tops with some neighbors) but I spend most of every weekend day outside and I've always purchased things under the adage of "buy quality once." TOtally see a place for junker rain boots but I'm definitely looking for everyone's go to, top of the line boot for all day in the sugar bush. So far, sounds like I wouldn't be far off with Muck Chores.

    I also have a very nice pair of Sorel's that my wife gave me two years ago, a true wool felt liner in those — I think I could stand in an iceberg puddle and not feel a thing but they also are like walking around with two bricks strapped to your feet. SO, looking for a happy medium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnallin View Post
    Muck Chore boots are just north of $100. Not a bad return as I'm on my 4th year with them, and expect many more.
    Like Dave says; single pair of socks, they're warm, dry and light.
    I pick them all the time over my Sorrells, Timberlands and Irish Setter boots.
    Ok, that seals it for me — ordering Muck CHores in a mid length as we speak. Found them for $80 it looks like with free shipping.
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    Huh, I'll check that out - an overboot? I have a really nice pair of Gore TEx hiking boots that are very comfortable and broken in but could use some help in the heavy snow or slush. THese sound like they could be the ticket but would want to not be too heavy.

    I actually just bought a couple sets of Stabilicer strap on boot cleats because with the number of times I walk up and down the hill from our barn / saphouse and nearly go *** over tea kettle on the ice...
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