If you’re hunting big mountains, Schnee’s Beartooth Women’s Mountain Boots offer the warmth and support you need. Read on to find out more about this top choice in large mountain hunting boots.
When you walk into a room with 10 hunters and ask them what the best hunting boot is, You will likely get 10 different answers.
One that will likely always be preferred – at least on the back of my neck – is that of snow. In my search for the perfect hunting boot last fall, I took the plunge and decided to put the women’s Beartooth 200g Mountain Boot to the test.
Primarily I hunt big game in eastern Montana. In summer 2020 I called call take off my hiking boots and invest in a solid pair made specifically for the hunt.
Up until that point, my main complaint with my boots was just not warm enough. In the late season of a bitter winter in Montana, my excruciatingly cold feet were the most common reason to retire from a day of hunting.
When researching boots for fit, function, and warmth, the Beartooth was one of the few that made sense. I made the purchase in early August, which was later than I had hoped. A stiff pair of boots on a long hike can be harmful. What I found was that there wasn’t much of a break-in period. To date I haven’t found a hot spot.
Let’s break it down by looking at the specs and then checking the effectiveness of the boots during the 2020 hunting season.
Schnee’s Beartooth Hunting Boot Review
Dismantle the boot
The Schnee’s Beartooth line is handcrafted in Italy and is available in both Men’s and Offers for women. It’s often difficult to find a women’s boot with the same features as a men’s boot, but the women’s Beartooth is there. At 9 inches tall and 200 grams of insulation, they’re a great pair of mid to late season boots.
Snow has a chassis system that rates boot flexibility from 0 to 4, with 4 being the stiffest. The Beartooth sits on a versatile Flex-2 that offers enough stiffness for solid support and durability in rough terrain, while also providing some flex for a comfortable hike.
The upper material is made of 2.3 mm grain leather with a 100% waterproof membrane called Sympatex. A bespoke Vibram Tsavo outsole makes for a sturdy and stable platform.
Note that this boot is very expensive. For all it can do, it does it at a cost of $ 449. Ouch. But depending on your hunting needs, this could still be the right one best boat to you.
Early Season: A sultry moose hunt in Montana
Author’s 2020 Montana Archery Elk.
My first official hunt in them was on the opening day of the Elk Archery Season in Montana.
What I learned about my new boots on the first day was that the 200g insulation was warm. Very warm. Almost inappropriately warm – through no fault of your own! In the morning we sat at temperatures of over 100 degrees.
A pair of sandals would have been too warm.
My bull presented himself to me 20 minutes before the last light shot, after I had almost given up hope, sweaty and exhausted. To be completely honest, I had already started peeling off as many layers as possible while crouching and waiting.
After running out of water several hours earlier, exhausted and overheated, I arrowed my first bull elk in 106 degrees weather with nothing on my feet except a pair of Darn Tough socks.
Unfortunately, my new boots were found on the bench for the action. However, I put them back on for the rest of the work.
Mid Season: A Hunt for Montana Mule Deer
As the season progressed and temperatures dropped, I came to appreciate this insulation.
The Deer Camp found us with warm, comfortable days, but a severe cold both mornings and evenings. I can honestly say that my boots never really crossed my mind. Comfort, warmth and, above all, a rough environment made sure that I didn’t have to think about my feet.
They just worked through dusty, rocky trails or relatively steep climbs. If something is a sign of a working device, forgetting about it is top of the list.
I stood on a hill over a beautiful buck of the mule without even thinking about the condition of my feet.
Late Season: A rifle antelope hunt in Eastern Montana
The author with her 2020 Montana fork bracket.
Gun antelope hunting in the harsh winter of eastern Montana can be brutal, even with the best of gear. One day you may encounter freezing rain; the next, a foot of snow.
One thing that will always be constant is a bitter cold wind, fields full of hidden cacti and Montana gumbo clay in every aggregate state on roads and hills. A frozen top layer of gumbo with a still soft clay mass underneath is more slippery than any ice surface would have dreamed of. This, coupled with more cacti than grass, creates terrain apt to destroy any boot in one trip.
The Schnee’s Beartooth Boot was not only up to the task, but the boots also mastered the task unscathed. I walked easily through cacti, water, smooth clay or up a hill.
My feet stayed warm, dry, and comfortable even when my fingers were frozen to the point of uselessness.
Final Thoughts: The Schnee’s Beartooth 200g Hunting Boot for Women
Photo: Rachelle Schrute
Suffice it to say that I am a huge fan of these boots. They have become my favorite boot when I’m unsure of the conditions, when warmth is important, or when I just need a sturdy boot to get through difficult terrain.
I am confident that they will get me through many more tough winter hunts in the years to come. As a first purchase in snow, I had incredibly high expectations and I have to say they were all fully met.
In all fairness, finding the downside of those boots is a reach. The biggest problem I found was that they were too warm for hunting in the early season. Because of this, I’m going to be looking for a warm weather hunting boot for my closet.
Another point to look out for is fit. Over time, the insulation thickens.
In my experience, the boot felt tight in the store, which made me nervous. The fit was perfect after a few wearings. Don’t let an initial tight fit put you off.
Pre-season hunters may find the boot just too warm. However, mid- and late-season western hunters will find this an incredibly versatile boot in a variety of landscapes and conditions.
Although not tested for it, I think this would make a useful boot for highland hunting in spring and late autumn due to its warmth, sturdy flexibility and waterproof outer shell.
With snow’s iron guarantee, you can be sure that your investment will have lasting value, which means you probably won’t be replacing your boots anytime soon.
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