Updated June 2017
It might be summer, but we're still keeping tabs on wet weather wear. We've got a new Top Pick for Weather Resistance: The Muck Boot. We also reformatted the review to make it easier to find which model performs best in the metrics you care about. We currently don't have a best buy award winner because our Editor's Choice is the highest performing AND one of the least expensive products.
The Icebreaker is an exceptional boot, appropriate for use in a variety of environments and conditions. Not only for rainy days, we also love this boot on cold-weather camping and climbing trips, too. It received high scores across our board of metrics, especially in comfort and warmth. It keeps your feet plenty warm on those wet, nasty days and its inner removable liner will add some plush cushioning all around your feet. This does, though, make it inappropriate to wear when temperatures rise. The Icebreaker's tread is also versatile, with a mixture of deep lugs for traction in soft ground and some larger lugs for high surface contact when you're back on concrete and pavement. Compared to the other heavy duty, insulated models in this review, this pair is the lightest of its type. Additionally, it features a drawstring around the top of the shaft so you can cinch down the top of the boot to prevent debris from entering and keep heat from escaping. Plus, our Editors' Choice Award winner is the second least expensive model of them all, costing only $65! This product would have ALSO won Best Buy Award, had it not taken top honors.
Superb value and traction
Warm liner that wicks moisture
Low style score,
too warm for mild weather
Read Full Review: Kamik Icebreaker
Top Pick for Mild Weather
The Hampton performed best in temperate climates. It doesn't have excessive insulation, which makes it ideal across many temperatures. Its short shaft helps make it one of the most comfortable products we tested. It fits snugly and the EVA foam midsole offers enough cushioning that you won't even want to take them off. The tread is also one of the smoothest of all the products we tested, ideal for use around town or camp, but it lacks enough traction to be used in heavy-duty off-road situations. The Hampton is lightweight, too, and slides on and off like butter. Lastly, it's sleek yet discreet style keeps your footwear from standing out on rainy days in the city. If you need a comfy, easy to use, and stylish rain boot to wear around town on days when the skies look foreboding, the Hampton is an excellent choice.
Comfortable, supportive, relatively stylish
No protection above shin
Read Full Review: LaCrosse Hampton
Top Pick for Water Resistance
The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Sport
If water resistance is your top priority, get the Muck Boot. While it's a bit of a pain to get on and off, once on, it offers unparalleled water and errr, muck, protection. It's also incredibly warm. We didn't think it was that stylish but then again, if you are putting these to the test, style probably isn't a priority. You've got work to do, and these will help get it done.
One of the warmest boots tested
Highest water resistance score
Heavy and hard to get on and off
Not very stylish
Read Full Review: The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Sport