Best Footwear for Fishing
in Alaska in 2016
Kenetrek Bridger Ridge High
These hiking boots are extremely waterproof, as well as lightweight and comfortable, and they offer ample ankle support and aggressive tread on the outsole. We’d recommend them for a range of activities, like hiking to the upper Russian to fish for trout or salmon, as well as more rigorous climbs such as the one to Crescent Lake to cast to schools of grayling.
Xtratuf Elite 15-inch Insulated Performance Boot
The Elite Collection is designed to provide the protection and durability of a Legacy boot but with an unmatched comfort for long days at sea or long hours on the dock. Using the Honeywell Proprietary RDR oil/chemical resistant compound, this boot is resistant to many organic- and inorganic acids, oils, chemicals, and contaminants. The Elite boot is built with a Spandura covered 5mm neoprene bootie which allows the boot to be comfort-rated to -20°F and come with a slip-resistant Chevron outsole that provides sure-gripping traction on any surface. These boots are well-suited to Alaska’s rather cool climate. They are warmer than the standard Xtratuf Legacy boot.
Vasque Inhaler Low
Long hikes through the Alaska backcountry are a lot less than enjoyable when your footwear isn’t up to the task, but as our tester found out, that’s not the case when sporting a pair of the Vasque Inhaler Lows. Ample ventilation through the mesh uppers pushes heat out and brings the fresh air in, providing a comfortable experience, while the Vibram Pneumatic sole keeps you trekking along.
Keen Men’s The Ace WP
With an oiled leather upper providing clean, classic looks and seam-sealed construction helping to shed rain, snow and Alaska muck, The Ace is a winter boot perfect for Alaskans, whether headed into the woods or simply out around town.
Muck Boots Men’s Pursuit Shadow Ankle
Lightweight and versatile, our field tester said these were some of the most comfortable boots he has ever worn. Features include a fleece lining and scent masking and are 100% waterproof for days hiking in the woods.
This rugged hiking shoe was a Fish Alaska favorite in 2015; of particular note was the rugged outsole, featuring multi-directional lugs, which gave the wearer great stability and traction.
Simms ExStream Wading Sock
These are a great wading sock. The Simms’ ExStream Wading Socks feature a fully-cushioned fit—specifically designed for wading—and set the bar high with a premium Merino wool blend that keeps feet ultra-warm and odor-free. Additional features include an ample 16-inch leg length for over-the-top protection, when cold weather performance counts. These socks are our favorite for wearing inside of waders. Although expensive as far as socks go, they’ve proven to be durable as well as warm and comfortable, making them a good value for avid wading anglers. They’re also well-suited to ice fishing.
Lorpen T3 Midweight Hiker Socks
The Lorpen T3 Midweight Hiker provides great warmth, wicking and drying properties for rugged adventures. It’s constructed in three layers: PrimaLoft Eco Polyester for warmth without bulk and water resistance, Merino wool for warmth and softness, and a layer of Nylon and Ea. Lycra for durability and to ensure that the socks don’t fall down. We tested both the men’s- and women’s versions and thought they were well-suited for hiking to a beautiful vantage of Anchorage or wading for salmon in the waters of the Kenai Peninsula.
Muck Boots Women’s Breezy Tall Rain Boots
Our lady tester walked into some awfully “mucky” weather this past year, and thanks to the new Breezy Tall boots, she stayed comfy, warm and dry through it all. With 3 millimeters of Neoprene insulation and a PK Mesh lining for breathability, these 15-inch-tall boots were the footwear hit of both fall and spring.
Xtratuf 15-inch Legacy Side Gusset Boot
We appreciated the non-slip Chevron outsole, cushioned insoles and side gusset which allows some ability to expand and contract the opening to the boot. We’ve been wearing Xtratufs on saltwater boats for over a decade and they have always been our first choice.
Xtratuf Performance Deck Boot Mid
These 12-inch tall boots are comfortable, waterproof, warm, flexible, neoprene footwear suited for all-day wear. Our tester thought they are great boots, and he appreciated that they are seamless and watertight, offering 100% protection while fishing or working on projects.