When you think of a good waterproof boot, what company comes to your mind?
Perhaps such companies as Muck Boots and Xtratuf. And for good reason, these brands offer some of the best waterproof footwear on the market.
However, this can make things difficult when it comes down to choosing the best one for your needs. You might be thinking what are the differences between the two? Which one is the best option for me?
In this post, we are going take an in-depth look at Muck Boots vs Xtratuf to give you a clearer picture on which one is best for you.
Muck Boots vs Xtratuf Boots – A Head to Head challenge
To begin this faceoff, let’s take a look at two boots that are very similar and then we will talk about what to take into consideration when making your decision.
Xtratuf Legacy Series
- Latex Neoprene
- Slip Resistant
- Breathable insole
- Chemical Resistant
- 15 inches
- Also, available in 12-inch, 6-inch and steel toe options
- Available in one color – Copper
What do you think is the biggest complaint about rubber boots? Isn’t it that they are heavy, bulky and cumbersome. However, Xtratuf set out to change that with their Legacy Series. Since its creation, it has quickly become one of the most popular fishing boots.
One of the main reasons why they have become so popular is because they are made from latex neoprene which makes them much lighter than the traditional rubber. In addition, latex neoprene is softer than rubber adding to the overall comfort level.
Let’s take a look at some other great features.
On a fishing boat dock, there are plenty of slip hazards. In order for these to become so popular amongst anglers, they really had to offer a good boot with a slip resistant sole. That is exactly what is equipped with. Additionally, they are waterproof and chemical resistant, ensuring that your feet stay dry and are protected.
Another common complaint among people who wear rubber boots on a regular basis is the fit. It almost feels like you foot is flipping and flopping around.
However, what is unique about these boots is that they have a heel support. As little and insignificant as that might seem, it actually helps to lock in your heel and thus making your feet feel more secure.
Lastly, this boot is equipped with heel and toe guards along the side to ensure that it can protect your boots from any scraps or bumps along the way. And the 15-inch height will surely be enough to protect your shins as well.
The bottom line is that there is a reason these have become so popular among fishermen who are on the water all day long in slippery conditions. They work! They are designed to keep your feet dry and help you stay on your feet.
Now that we have taken a look at the Xtratuf Legacy Series, let’s now compare them with the Original Muck Boots.
Original Muck Boots Chore Boot
- Rubber and Nylon Upper
- Rubber Sole
- Measuring 15.5 inches from the sole
- Boot Opening: 17.5 inches
- Breathable Lining
- Available in 12 inch and steel toe options
Mucks have also created a popular boot the Hi-Cut Chore Boot. This boot also has become very popular amongst people looking for a boot that will keep their feet dry, but also something that is durable enough to be used in demanding work conditions.
Let’s take a look at why the Muck Boots Chore has become so popular.
When you think about it, these situations call for a boot that is going to be waterproof, but durable. That is exactly what muck boots set out to provide with this boot.
Made from the perfect combination of Rubber and Nylon help to make it a durable option. It measures 15.5 inches from the arch helping to protect your shins. It has a rather large opening of 17.5 making it easy to slip on and off.
They are also equipped with a breathable lining helping to make them comfortable even in warm months. In fact, according to the website they can be comfortably worn in cold weather conditions all the way up to 85-degree weather.
Lastly, it handles well in slippery conditions with its slip-resistant sole.
(You might also enjoy reading: Muckmaster vs Chore, Which one is better?)
My Thoughts On Choosing Between Mucks Boots or Xtratuf Boots
Quality: Both of these boots are made from a high-quality material designed to last a long time.
However, there is a little difference between the two. I would say muck boots are designed for rugged use, why Xtratuf boots are made with a latex material designed to be lightweight.
With that being said, I would recommend muck boots when you need something that is going to take a beating but will protect your feet.
Variety: Another big difference between these two brands are the variety of different boots. Take for example Muck Boots. They have produced a variety of different boots each designed for a specific person/task. They have Chore boots, snow boots, chemical resistant boots, work boots, and the list goes on.
However, Xtratuf doesn’t have that many varities, they mainly catered to one type of boot. However, they have taken that one boot and been able to do amazing things with it.
Warmth: A common question many people have about Xtratuf boots is, will they keep my feet warm? And that is another difference between the two.
While Xtratuf does have an insulated boot (found here) which can perform well in below freezing temperatures, they don’t have the variety that Muck Boots brings to the table with its Arctic Pro or its Arctic Sport.
If you are looking for a warm boot, muck boots might take the cake in this category.
Learn more about these boots specifically designed for cold weather here.
Style: Xtratuf boots can be found in two different colors copper and while. They did choose to change thing up a little bit by offering an ocean print lining that can be shown when it is folded down. These are mainly available in their women’s boots. However, as far as stylish goes that is all the choices they have available.
On the other hand Muck Boots has a large variety of different styles to choose from. If this is important to you, then this might be your best option.
Xtratuf boots were designed with a specific customer in mind and they do a great job in offering a quality product to meet their needs. They offer a comfortable boot that is not only lightweight but durable.
On the other hand, Muck Boots has offered a specific boot for a specific job. Like we mentioned earlier, they have a snow boot, a chemical resistant boot etc.
With that being said, when it comes down to deciding which one is the best choice for you, it really comes down to your personal preference and where you will be working
What are your thoughts on Muck boots vs Xtratuf?