There’s just something so satisfying about a good pair of boots. A pair that you don’t have to think twice about when you’re heading out the door on a given adventure, because you know they will serve you well in the field. So, where does one find such a pair of kicks? Gumleaf USA is a great place to start, and especially, a pair of boots I have been wearing since the hurricane – Gumleaf USA Saxon boots.
Gumleaf designs and handcrafts their boots with heavy wear in mind, knowing that outdoorsmen and women need the right combination of sturdy, yet comfortable. Rugged, yet easy. I tend to be pretty tough on any and all of my outdoor gear, so I was excited to put a pair of Gumleaf boots to the test.
I was originally going to review their Norse boot, which is designed specifically for women. Unfortunately, my size was not in stock (which tells you how popular they are), so I was sent the Saxon boot as a replacement. Although I know would have loved the Norse boots, the Saxons are also an excellent choice.
With a welly-style design and a nice thick neoprene lining, venturing into our soon-to-be chilly Lowcountry waters will be a breeze. If you know anything about South Carolina weather, you know that we can feel summer temperatures well into fall, so the Saxon boots were a little toasty the first time I took them for a spin. But, I am excited to wear them as the weather cools, knowing I won’t have to layer several pairs of socks to keep my toes warm in the deer stand.
I also like that these boots are flexible, while still maintaining their structure. I’ve had several pairs that were quite comfortable to stand or walk in, but they were too rigid if I needed to crouch down in an awkward position (like when I came to the edge of a cutover and spotted a nice gobbler 100 yards away).
Plus, since Gumleaf boots are made from natural rubber instead of a synthetic fabric or fiber, you don’t have to worry about them cracking over time. They might come with a higher price tag than other rubber boots on the market, but the quality clearly shows. I can tell I’ll be wearing these boots for many seasons to come. Any time now, South Carolina!
Again, the Saxon boot was a little warm for this time of year in my area, but I have no doubt those neoprene layers will feel fantastic once we actually experience some sentiment of fall weather. According to Jack Butler, of Gumleaf USA, “We have another boot called the Field which has a fabric/textile lining rather than neoprene and is optimal in cool-to-warm weather conditions. Both the Saxon and Norse boots have neoprene lining designed for cool-to-cold conditions.”
Saxon boots MSRP: $250
Hollis Lumpkin writes that she is a "simple girl living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, but I happen to have a great love for the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing." She is a duck-hunting freak. Hollis pens an exclusive version of "The Bright Side of the Road," for The WON. View all posts by Hollis Lumpkin