The 10 Best Ice Fishing Boots of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Bogs Classic High Boot at Amazon

"Rated to keep you warm in temps down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit."

Best Value: Columbia Bugaboot III at Amazon

"Hiking-style ice fishing boots that provide strength and comfort."

Best Grip: Icebug Torne M RB9 GTX Boot at Amazon

"Gives solid grip on all surfaces — even on ice with a thin layer of moisture."

Best for Women: Sorel Tivoli IV Tall Boot at Amazon

"Its faux-fur lining and contrasting-color lacing delivers a sporty-chic look."

Best Style: Vans Standard Snow Boot at Amazon

"Provides the warmth, traction, and weather protection that the sport demands."

Best for Extreme Cold: Baffin Impact Boot at Amazon

"Uses a multi-layer inner boot system to stand up to the most extreme cold temps."

Best for Rugged Terrain: Cat Excavator XL Boot at Amazon

"Marketed as a work boot, this shoe will perform just as admirably on the ice."

Best for Deep Snow: Muck Arctic Ice Tall Boot at Amazon

"Specifically designed to deliver grip and maneuverability on wet ice."

Best for Comfort: Oboz Bridger 10 Insulated Boots at Amazon

"Boasts one of the most comfortable insoles on the market."

Best for Hunting and Fishing: Kamik Bushman V Boots at Amazon

"Can handle all conditions and activities with aplomb."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Bogs Classic High Boot

Bogs Mens Classic High No Handle Waterproof Insulated Rain and Winter Snow Boot

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This pull-on boot comes 15 inches up your leg to provide 100 percent waterproof protection from the elements thanks to a 7 mm thick Neo-Tech inner bootie that provides insulation, warmth, and comfort. And the four-way stretch makes them easy to don: you can pull one on while standing on one foot, making it easy to transition from your vehicle to the frozen lake. Rated to keep you warm in temps down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, they’ve been contour-fitted to deliver hours of comfort, with a DuraFresh bio-tech that fights unwanted odors endemic of lesser cold-weather boots. But the Classic High from Bogs isn’t just about comfort and warmth. The ice fishing boots also boast network channels that create a non-slip, non-marking, self-cleaning outsole that’s as aggressive as the treads of an Abrams tank. Most agree that they fit true to size in both length and width, and the extreme warmth they provide means you don’t need to size up to accommodate additional layers of socks.

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Best Value: Columbia Bugaboot III

For the last decade, Columbia has excelled at packing loads of tech into their products without increasing the price, and this is apparent in the Bugaboot III. These hiking-style ice fishing boots come with a waterproof leather shell upper that’s injection-mold for strength and comfort, along with waterproof seam-sealed construction to seal out the elements. That protection is bolstered by 200 grams of insulation to keep you toasty in temps that dip down to -25 degrees. Inside, the Tech Lite EVA midsole provides responsive cushioning to absorb impacts and deliver high energy return when walking — or to keep you comfortable for hours on end while standing. Advanced Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber on the outsole provides solid footing on wet ice, and the boot also wins style points with its classic-hiker upgrade. Plus, Columbia also sells a wider version if your feet run big.

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Best Grip: Icebug Torne M RB9 GTX Boot

Swedish-based Icebug understands that gaining traction on slick surfaces isn’t just about building footwear with aggressive treads; it's also about creating friction between the outsole and the ice, and the Torn M RB9 GTX gives solid grip on all surfaces — even on ice with a thin layer of moisture. It’s easily one of the most-grippy ice fishing boots in the market (even in low temps), and its upper composition is equally suited to meet the needs of the ice angler. The wool-insulated high shaft pairs with Gore-Tex Partleana to deliver stability and oven-like warmth down to -30 degrees. Bluesign-certified polyester mesh and gold-rated suede round out the uppers, with a Gore-Tex membrane for 100 percent waterproof/breathable protection. But it’s also the little details that help the Torne rise above the competition, which includes a mudguard that wraps around the entire shoe for added protection and full front lacing for easy on/off and tailored adjustment. All that comfort and warmth are further reinforced thanks to a thick “Wool-power” lining on the insole.

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Best for Women: Sorel Tivoli IV Tall Boot

The Tivoli IV Tall from Sorel proves there are stylish options out there for women looking to fish. A pop of faux fur lines the collar of the boot in all four of the color options, along with contrasting-color lacing to deliver a sporty-chic look. But these ice fishing boots don't rest on its good looks. That sly upper is constructed of waterproof suede along with PUI-coated leather, microfleece lining, 100 grams of insulation, and OutDry construction, which provides waterproof/breathable protection. Underfoot, a molded-rubber outsole grips confidently, while a die-cut EVA footbed (also lined with microfleece) provides hours of comfort. And while Sorel does make this in shorter versions, the tall provides protection up to 10.5 inches up your leg, making it easy to stomp through the snow while heading for the fishing shack.

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Best Style: Vans Standard Snow Boot

Break the mold of the black and natural leather color schemes that dominate most ice fishing boots by hopping on the Vans trend. Their standard snow boot isn’t specifically designed for ice fishing, but it still provides the warmth, traction, and weather protection that the sport demands, with an MTE 2.0 outsole for added grip and the plush comfort you’d find in a skateboard sneaker. It climbs 15 inches up your leg, with a touch of exposed insulation at the collar along with a vulcanized rubber upper that banks on the classic style of the brand. The felt liner can be removed to air out if things get steamy, and the seams have been sealed to keep out the wet.

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Best for Extreme Cold: Baffin Impact Boot

With a warmth rating that drops to -100 degrees, the Baffin Impact can stand up to the most extreme cold temps you’re likely to encounter. This monster of a boot uses the company’s multi-layer inner boot system, which can be removed to clean or dry out in the very likely event you sweat inside. These ice fishing boots also use double B-Tek insulation, a Diamond-Lite waterproof insulating nylon upper, and a waterproof nylon snow collar to deliver furnace-level warmth and protection from winds, snow, and other cold-weather elements that would otherwise spoil a day on the ice. The deep treads are constructed of Polar Rubber, which grips without being impacted by the cold, with an Arctic rubber shell and two big, burly clip buckles to secure the boot. An EVA midsole partnered with a double-aluminum insole keeps your feet comfortable during long days, but they do run a bit small, so Baffin recommends ordering a size up.

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Best for Rugged Terrain: Cat Excavator XL Boot

Marketed as a work boot, Cat's Excavator XL will perform just as admirably on the ice as it might in the cold environs of a winter construction site. The eight-inch-tall boot comes with Thinsulate insulation to keep you warm, while waterproof leathers and sealed seams lock out the cold, damp, and wet. But there are other details that make the Excavator XL more like a pair of armored boots, including a tough rubber toe guard as well as TecTuff material at the toe and heel to increase abrasion resistance. The siping and squeegee tread has also been molded to disperse liquid underfoot for max traction, with a biomechanical outsole lug that mirrors the natural gait. But, thanks to a contoured last and a heavy-duty footbed, they wear far more comfortably than you might expect — providing almost-athletic maneuverability. For the casual angler, these ice fishing boots may prove overkill. But if you travel through frozen terrain on a regular basis, this boot is the pick for you.

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Best for Deep Snow: Muck Arctic Ice Tall Boot

With a collar height of 16.13 inches, the Muck Arctic Ice Tall is the boot you need when stomping through really deep snow. The streamlined pull-on boot also boasts the most advanced Vibram outsole tech to date, specifically designed to deliver grip and maneuverability on wet ice, with multi-directional lugs to assure sure footing in a variety of surfaces. The grip is further enhanced thanks to a base layer of Vibram Icetrek for assured footing on dry ice. These ice fishing boots are also plenty warm, with a soft fleece lining, an extended rubber shaft, layers of Spandura, and 5 mm CR Flex-Foam neoprene that retains heat, blocks out moisture, and flexes like a dream.

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Best for Comfort: Oboz Bridger 10 Insulated Boots

If you’re the type of cold-weather angler who doesn’t often encounter deep snow and sub-arctic temps, consider a boot that delivers grip, warmth, and sneaker-like comfort rather than something big and clunky. Largely marketed as a winter hiking boot, the Obox Bridger boasts a 10-inch collar to keep out snow and full waterproofing to keep your feet dry. It also rides on the brand’s priced insole, easily one of the most comfortable insoles on the market. Warmth comes from 400 grams of Thinsulate, while a waterproof B-DRY lining and DWR-treated nubuck leather uppers provide weather protection. And that award-winning insole comes with an insulated top sheet for added warmth and a mylar bottom sheet to bounce the heat back into the boot. The mid-sole provides comfort designed for multi-day backpacking trips and armors you against stone bruising without reducing flex or comfort, while the winterized Granite Peak outsole employs cold-weather rubbers to grip in a host of slippery, unpredictable conditions.

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Best for Hunting and Fishing: Kamik Bushman V Boots

If winter means ice fishing, as well as hiking and hunting, your best bet is to find a boot that’ll handle all conditions and activities with aplomb. Made in the U.S. with domestic and imported materials, the Bushman V from Kamik rises 16 inches up your leg for serious protection in deep snow, along with a 7 mm, four-way stretch neoprene upper that makes them easy to pull on and even easier to maneuver. That agility is further assured thanks to Kamik’s RubberHe tech, a proprietary rubber that provides superior traction and flex and is 50 percent lighter than traditional rubbers, reducing foot fatigue for days-long comfort. Inside, the boot’s LockFit construction cradles and supports your ankle so you don’t feel like your feet are swimming in some oversized bootie. Cold temp rating goes down to -40 degrees, with a fleece lining and a moisture-wicking air mesh layer to help regulate temps, while the EVA insole can be removed to dry it out. The outsole, meanwhile, is wrapped in more of the RubberHe for lightweight waterproof protection.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching and testing the most popular ice fishing boots on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 12 different boots overall, screened options from 10 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 33 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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