Teton Tested: Irish Setter Boots


Choosing to hunt the mountains of Wyoming in tall rubber boots more associated with turkey and deer hunting may seem crazy. However, I’ve used Irish Setter ExoFlex boots extensively and they’re so comfortable I bet on their performance even in the mountains.

After days of pouring rain, the streams were rushing and difficult to cross. Once you’ve climbed hours into the high country and encounter a torrent, the last thing you want is a U-turn. These boots have always had excellent ankle support, so that they don’t eat socks and wear like any other shoe.

WY Elk 13 170Perhaps the best compliment I can make about the Rutmaster ExoFlex boots is that I forgot I was wearing them. As mountain hunts go, the weather was terrible, with water rising and slick muddy slopes that can load up regular hunting boots. Although I took the Irish Setters as a lark, they proved to be a perfect match for the hunt. Who knew?

Specs: Height: 17 inch | Insulation: non-insulated | Sizes: E 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-12, 13, 14, 15 | MSRP: $184.99 | hunt.irishsetterboots.com/

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.