February 25, 2013

Muck Chore Cool Boots - Review

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Right now my backyard looks like a meteor made entirely out of mud smashed into it. Over the past 2 months, I've had big excavators, little excavators, skid steers, concrete trucks, lumber delivery trucks, and everything else heavy and massive come through. To call it muddy is like saying Siberia is cold...it's a correct statement, but it only hints at the extreme nature of things. It's not cute, little splashy mud puddles, but rather the kind of thick muck that can trap a boot and makes walking nearly impossible because you put your foot down in one spot and by the time it's done slooshing down to solid footing, it's about two inches from where you started. It's a total mess.

So I was practically doing cartwheels when I was contacted by Muck Boots and they offered to send on a pair of their new Chore Cool Boots for me to review. Oh man, that was a good day around here. So that was about a month and a half ago and in that time, I've done all sorts of work back there in Degobah and here are my thoughts on the boots.

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If you go online to learn about the boots, you'll find that the main selling points are that they are waterproof and that they are lined with a moisture wicking fabric, making them idea for high summer (as the foot begins to sweat, the fabric rapidly pulls moisture away from skin as the lining absorbs and spreads the moisture back out across the boot). Yes, these two points are true, but they don't really encompass the full extent of these boots.

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What the interweb won't tell you is how all-around kickass these boots are. They're fantastic. Easily one of the best boots I've ever worn. They're as comfortable as any leather boot I've put on and even though they're nice and snug on the feet, they slip on and off very easily (there's even a little nub a the heel to help 'toe' them off). In the cold weather they've kept my feet warm and in the warm weather, they've kept my feet cool. I can definitely vouch for the waterproof aspect as well. I've worn them pouring a foundation, shoveling out after a blizzard, and wading into a pond to get Tool Snob Jr. the perfect skipping stone. Dry toes on all three occasions.

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I can also vouch for the durability of the Mucks. They're made with a Vibram soles, like all fine work boots and didn't even show a dent after a day of stomping a shovel into a semi-frozen pile of dirt.

These boots have made my life exponentially easier over the past few weeks. If these hadn't shown up, I'd have been working in my leather boots and it would have been a bad scene. I probably would have the flu by now, after weeks of cold, wet feet. If you spend time in the muck and grime, do yourself a favor and get a pair of these (or at least go and try them on). they're great for jobsite chaos, trips to the barn, or walks in the woods.

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Recent Comments

Winter = Muck
My Mucks were a recommendation by the store clerk at Theisens in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The guy said that this was the boots they wer issuing to airmen working the flightline during the winter. They were conformatable and warm.
When the floods hit in 2008, my Mucks saw action - a lot of it. I remember walking thru the streets in CR with waters right up to the rim of he boots. My feet only got wet from sweating during a hard days work of cleanup. Almost had this set for six/seven years and they are still almost as good as the day I bought them. Just a little less tread on em.


Posted by: Dave A. at February 25, 2013 8:45 PM
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