The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Sport Review (2023)

This impressive boot will keep you toasty when all else fails, though they'll be far too warm for normal conditions

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ProsExtremely warm, grippyGreat traction, adjustable fit, everything we want in a bootAffordable, well-insulated, great tractionHighly waterproof, stiff construction for rough terrain, great tractionStoried history, great crossover performance, stylish, proven durability
ConsToo warm for most uses, too tight to easily slip on and offA bit pricy, cushioning in midsole is slightly lackingNot as comfortable as other modelsLooser fit, lacks insulationExpensive, unremarkable traction
Bottom LineThis impressive boot will keep you toasty when all else fails, though they'll be far too warm for normal conditionsThese boots are just about perfect for most applications and perform excellentlyWhile we love many of the innovative aspects of these boots, we wish they could provide more support underfootThis workhorse boasts a very fair price for such a rugged bootThese durable duckboots are the perfect cross-over, both stylish and capable with excellent durability
Rating CategoriesThe Original Muck B...Bogs WorkmanKamik IcebreakerBaffin EnduroLL Bean 8" Gore-Tex...
Weather Protection (30%)

9.0

7.0

6.0

8.0

4.0

Comfort (25%)

4.0

8.0

6.0

6.0

7.0

Traction (20%)

9.0

8.0

8.0

8.0

4.0

Warmth (15%)

10.0

9.0

7.0

3.0

8.0

Style (10%)

4.0

6.0

7.0

5.0

9.0

SpecsThe Original Muck B...Bogs WorkmanKamik IcebreakerBaffin EnduroLL Bean 8" Gore-Tex...
Weight per Pair (size 13)2.43 kg | 5.35 lbs2.32 kg | 5.11 lbs2.08 kg | 4.58 lbs2.49 kg | 5.49 lbs1.77 kg | 3.91 lbs
Flood Height (inches from bottom of sole to lowest point at top of shaft)44.7 cm | 17.6"37.5 cm | 14.75"36.3 cm | 14.3 in41.4 cm | 16.3"20.3 cm | 8"
Mouth Circumference (inches)38.7 cm | 15.25"40.6 cm | 16"41.9 cm | 16.5"44.5 cm | 17.5"39.4 cm | 15.5"
Lining/InsulationFleece7.5MM Neo-Tech waterproof insulationMoisture wicking removable Zylex linerSyntheticThinsulate
Upper MaterialRubberNeotech/RubberRubber with waterproof adjustable nylon collarRubberFull grain leather
Outsole MaterialMS-1 molded outsoleBioGrip slip resistant outsoleTRACKER synthetic RubberRubberRubber
InsoleEVA molded midsole with contoured footbed and 2mm thermal foam underlayModular Algae-based EVA footbed11mm Zylex insoleGel-Flex shock-absorbing heels and midsolesCushioned footbed
Unique FeaturesNeoprene shaft, thick insulation, and aggressive outsoleSeamless Construction to reduce weight + Heel LockDrawstring, Zylex linerAggressive outsoleSteel shank
Width OptionsRegularRegularRegularRegularNarrow, Medium, Wide
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The Arctic Sport did extremely well in our tests, beating all the other boots in three categories — weather protection, traction, and warmth. As a result, if the weather was unpleasant, we found ourselves reaching for these boots first. However, due to being so stellar in these three categories, there are some downsides: they are clunky, constrictive, and hot for casual use, thus scoring low in comfort and style. Nonetheless, this boot is great when you actually need it, and its fleece-lined neoprene insulation, heavily studded outsole, and cushioned midsole will keep you happy for hours in even the worst conditions.

Performance Comparison


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Weather Protection


The Arctic Sport has the highest shaft in our test and measures in at 17.6" from sole to top. Since the top of the boot slightly constricts in the calf due to some well-designed elastic, this further reduces the chance of splashes getting in. We were never worried about getting wet with these on our feet.


When wearing these boots, it's easy to feel invincible, striding confidently into water, thanks to their tight fit on our calves. We knew we wouldn't get wet wearing these boots in any weather, which is a far cry from our experience in many other models, and especially the more stylish/lower cut boots. We originally were curious about whether the neoprene uppers would be fully waterproof, but despite our twisting and stretching the neoprene underwater, we never got these boots to leak. Impressive!

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Comfort


It's a bit difficult to talk about comfort in the Arctic Sport because the boots are so clearly and specifically designed for cold use. In warm weather, you will have a hard time wearing these for more than an hour due to their absurd warmth. We've tried wearing these in late spring, and our feet get almost immediately sweaty, which isn't exactly "comfortable".


However, in cold weather, these boots are definitely the best in the test, and are remarkably warm. We appreciated their EVA padded footbed (and additional thermal padding), which kept our feet cushioned and comfortable even in some truly cold conditions. Yet since these boots are rated for a very specific temperature range (after our warm-weather experiences, we don't really want to wear these above 45°F), we can't give them the highest comfort score — they're just too warm for a wide temperature range. The boot's weight also factors into its comfort rating — they're pretty heavy at 5.35 lbs. While this means they're great for burlier tasks, the boots are just a little heavy for casual jaunts.

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Traction


The Arctic Sport boots have impressively great traction thanks to their knobby outsoles. No matter what surface you find yourself on, whether you're running up grassy hills, trying to skid in mud, walking along creek beds, or walking on snow, you won't slip. We did skate around a bit on pure ice, but that's hard to avoid, and none of the boots did any better.


The large, separated studs on the outsole are impressively grippy, and we love how secure they make us feel. And thanks to the wide spacing between the studs, we didn't have issues with rocks getting stuck in the outsole (as we did with other boots).

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Warmth


With their neoprene insulation and a fleece lining, as well as a 2mm thermal underlay, the Arctic Sport boots earned a perfect 10 for warmth.


The manufacturer claims that these boots are comfortable down to -40°F, and after our testing regime, we think this just might be possible (as long as we were also wearing nice thick socks). During our bathtub ice water test, we spent over 20 minutes in the Arctic Sport boots, barefoot and without moving, before declaring them the unequivocal winners, as our feet were only just beginning to feel the chill (and we'd cut the other boots when our feet became uncomfortably cold). During blizzards and trips to the snowy Cascades, we make sure to bring these boots along.

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Style


The Arctic Sport rank in the middle of the pack for style. These calf-height boots don't pretend to be anything other than what they are — heavy-duty workboots — and as such, if you're wearing them, it's not going to be subtle. However, we will admit, some of our style consultants like their chunky aesthetic quite a bit.


As such, unless you live in a seriously cold, wet climate, you're probably not going to be casually wearing these out for drinks and a movie, though if you do, your feet will be extremely warm.

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Fit


These size 13 boots fit our size 12 feet well, with a half-inch of forward and back wiggle room, and minimal room left and right (for our D-width forefeet), so they probably come in between a D and an E width. They also have a relatively low volume, so they hold the ankles well and don't flap around. These fit most comfortably with our aftermarket insoles, but the included insoles are still impressively cushioned.

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Value


The Arctic Sport are some of the most expensive rain boots in the test, but more than any other boots, we're certain these will keep you safe and warm. And if you're going to be spending time in the sort of weather that would require these boots, you shouldn't be skimping on footwear. We're sure these boots will last a long time with their reinforced components and high-quality construction. However, if you won't be spending consistent time in horribly cold and wet conditions, we'd recommend you get a more affordable, more comfortable, less hard-core boot.

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Conclusion

While not everyone needs these boots, those who spend their time working outdoors in sub-30 degree temperatures will be glad to have them, with their impressive 17.6" shaft height, reliable traction, and fleece-lined insulation. For the rest of us, these boots may be overkill due to their intense warmth, average style, and general clunkiness. But these are a great option if you want a pair of heavy-duty waterproof winter boots. There is something truly wonderful about how warm and dry we feel in the Arctic Sport; they are an easy choice for wet and cold weather.

FAQs

How warm are Arctic Sport Muck Boots? ›

With their neoprene insulation and a fleece lining, as well as a 2mm thermal underlay, the Arctic Sport boots earned a perfect 10 for warmth.

Which muck boot is the warmest? ›

If you are looking for the warmest winter boot, our ARCTIC ICE boots would also provide you with grip on icy surfaces.

Do Muck Boots have a lifetime guarantee? ›

US Footwear Holdings LLC, wholly owned by Rocky Brands warrants (the “Limited Warranty”) to the original end customer that its footwear (the “Footwear”) will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase by the original end customer.

Are Arctic muck boots waterproof? ›

Sporting a tailored fit and stylish look, these Muck Arctic Outpost Series Mid-Height: Pull on Leather & Rubber Men's Winter Boots are ideal for almost any cold weather activity. The rich full-grain leather upper combines with 4 mm Flex-Foam neoprene for 100% waterproof protection.

What is the comfort range of muck Arctic Sport? ›

Made to withstand extremely cold temperatures, the 5mm neoprene bootie is lined with fleece and is rated to be comfortable between -40 and 40 degrees F.

How much insulation is in muck Arctic Sport? ›

As well as an EVA molded sole for supreme comfort, these high-performance sport boots feature an added 2mm thermal foam underlay for extra warmth.

What is the difference between Muckmaster and Arctic Sport? ›

So both boots are identical in all specs and materials except the Arctic has a "slightly" thicker sole than the Muckmaster, hence the 20* difference in climate rating.

Which Muck boots are best? ›

The Original Muck Boot Company Chore Hi is the elite version of the classic muck work boot. The Chore Series is always among the best-sellers, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable in a variety of conditions. A 5mm Neoprene bootie adds comfort, flexibility, and is 100% waterproof.

Can you wear Arctic muck boots in summer? ›

Muck Boots are the Original and they are far superior. They also offer boots for summer use and in various heights if you don't need one quite so warm and burly.

Should you wear socks with Muck Boots? ›

Muck Boots are made from flexible and breathable material so you're less prone to blisters and sore toes. We recommend wearing a pair of medium-weight athletic socks to give you the best fit. You don't need to wear thick socks unless you're planning on exploring in extreme, cold conditions.

Do Muck Boots crack? ›

Avoid storing your boots in direct sunlight, near to any artificial heat or in sub-zero temperatures, as this can cause the rubber to become brittle, deteriorate and crack. Preferably store your boots upright to avoid creasing or folding – some crumpled newspaper will help.

How long do Muck Boots last? ›

Think of your Muck Boots (or any other boot for that matter) like you do tires. Eventually, they will wear out. It varies from one person to the next and depends on the level of daily use. Most people get over a year, and they can last three to five years for some people.

Who owns The Original Muck Boot Company? ›

Rocky Brands is beefing up its work and outdoor performance portfolio with the acquisition of Honeywell International's performance and lifestyle division of footwear brands that include The Original Muck Boot Company, XTRATUF, Servus, NEOs and Ranger brands for $230 million.

Can snakes bite through muck boots? ›

Yes. Yes, they can. The good news is that not all snakes have fangs strong enough to go through rubber boots. When snakes strike and the fangs sink into their target, they don't necessarily know whether they've broken skin or pierced a boot.

Should you size up or down in muck boots? ›

Measure the distance between lines in inches or centimeters. Find your measurement on the Muck Boot size guide to figure out the best. Round up if your size falls in between.

Are Arctic Sport Muck boots insulated? ›

Insulation consists of warm fleece linings and thermal foam to add protection between the soles of the feet and the boot's molded outsole. Rubber overlays on these insulated work boots rise above the ankle for excellent moisture protection when walking in deeper snow and slush.

What is the best muck boot for ice fishing? ›

Muck Boot's Arctic Pro Snow Boots are our favorite overall ice fishing boots. They're fully waterproof, have a fleece lining, and feature a comfort rating down to -60 degrees F. For a budget option, we like the ArcticShield Insulated Tall Winter Boots.

Are Muck boots good for walking in? ›

They provide excellent protection for the lower foot and ankle, and in terms of comfort they are light years ahead of traditional wellies. The trade-off is that as a result they feel slightly clompy, and some may find them heavy on long walks.

Are Muck boots warm enough for winter? ›

They aren't warm enough for most winter days on their own, so if you work outdoors all day long, you'll want to layer them with thick warm socks. The loose fit feels better with thick socks anyway. If you work outside or just want convenient footwear to slip on and off, this is a great choice.

Are Muck boots actually warm? ›

ALL MUCK® BOOTS ARE 100% WATERPROOF KEEPING FEET WARM, DRY, AND PROTECTED IN HARSH WEATHER AND MESSY WORKING CONDITIONS.

Is 200g insulation good for snow? ›

200g Insulation

Works best for cool temperatures and little to no activity, or for high activity levels in cold weather.

Are Arctic Sport muck boots insulated? ›

Insulation consists of warm fleece linings and thermal foam to add protection between the soles of the feet and the boot's molded outsole. Rubber overlays on these insulated work boots rise above the ankle for excellent moisture protection when walking in deeper snow and slush.

Are muck boots warm enough for winter? ›

They aren't warm enough for most winter days on their own, so if you work outdoors all day long, you'll want to layer them with thick warm socks. The loose fit feels better with thick socks anyway. If you work outside or just want convenient footwear to slip on and off, this is a great choice.

What temperature are muck boots rated for? ›

A: The Muck Chore™ All Conditions provides a comfort range of 85°F to sub-freezing.

Are muck boots actually warm? ›

ALL MUCK® BOOTS ARE 100% WATERPROOF KEEPING FEET WARM, DRY, AND PROTECTED IN HARSH WEATHER AND MESSY WORKING CONDITIONS.

How much does a muck Arctic Sport boot weigh? ›

Arctic Muck Boots are extraordinarily lightweight, only 2 to 2.5 lbs per boot. This is half the weight of comparable boots and is not only comfortable while walking but they help you stay below total gear weight limits.

Should you wear socks with muck boots? ›

Muck Boots are made from flexible and breathable material so you're less prone to blisters and sore toes. We recommend wearing a pair of medium-weight athletic socks to give you the best fit. You don't need to wear thick socks unless you're planning on exploring in extreme, cold conditions.

How long do muck boots last? ›

Think of your Muck Boots (or any other boot for that matter) like you do tires. Eventually, they will wear out. It varies from one person to the next and depends on the level of daily use. Most people get over a year, and they can last three to five years for some people.

Do muck boots crack? ›

Avoid storing your boots in direct sunlight, near to any artificial heat or in sub-zero temperatures, as this can cause the rubber to become brittle, deteriorate and crack. Preferably store your boots upright to avoid creasing or folding – some crumpled newspaper will help.

What's better than muck boots? ›

Bogs are reviewed as being a little comfier than Mucks because they are a touch more flexible. Partly that is due to the higher rubber on some of the Mucks, but also a little in the way they are made. So, if you want more comfort instead of stiffness, Bogs are the way to go.

What temperature is muck Arctic ice rated for? ›

According to Muck Boots, the Arctic Ice is rated for temperatures right down to -40°F/-40°C, so if you like really, really, really cold weather hiking they could be an option.

Do Muck boots have good arch support? ›

Chore Muck Boots help keep your feet clean, dry, and comfortable, even in the messiest of situations. With extra arch support, puncture protection, and durable, non-slip tread, these 100% waterproof boots are always up to the challenge. So, what about finding your boot size? It's more important than you might think.

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