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Hunter Original Adjustable Review

Price:   $160 List | $127.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  More stylish, Tall for extra weather protection
Cons:  Poor traction, Not very comfortable, Expensive
Bottom line:  It's a steep price for a pair of boots, but if you're attracted to the style, it also provides great weather protection.
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Manufacturer:   Hunter

Our Verdict

A classic unisex rain boot, the Hunter Original Adjustable is a tall, fully waterproof boot. In our style polls, it earned a few mixed reviews, but generally high praise. We liked its molded details and its sleek look; however, we didn't love the way that the rubber tends to "crease" when you lean one way or another. At $160, the Hunter Original Adjustable is somewhat of an investment, but if you like the tall, lean look and don't mind some shortcomings in traction and comfort, then we say go for it.

The Kamik Jennifer is similar in style and performance to the Hunter, but is less than half the price. If you want the Hunter look for less, be sure to check out the $70 Jennifer.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Amanda Fenn
Senior Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

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May 11, 2014

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Comprised primarily of rubber, the Hunter Original Adjustable rain boot came up to just below the knee on many of our testers. It doesn't come in half sizes, and it tends to run a little large. Although a little expensive, this is overall a good rain boot that scored in the middle of the pack.

Performance Comparison



These Hunters came in handy at the farm - who can resist a trip into the goat pen? This tall boot provides a lot of weather protection and style.
These Hunters came in handy at the farm - who can resist a trip into the goat pen? This tall boot provides a lot of weather protection and style.

Weather Protection


As the tallest product that we reviewed, the Hunter Original Adjustable automatically earned a few extra points in our weather protection metric. Since most of the models we tested were fully waterproof, the added height of this piece really made it stand out. From the ground to the top of the shaft, this model measures 17.25 inches, which is almost double the height of shortest boot tested, the Sperry Top-Sider Falcon. Additionally, the manufacturer designed this boot with a somewhat modest calf circumference, which leaves very little space at the top for any sly rain or snow to sneak in. Because this product is so tall, it may not be a great choice for shorter women.

Traction and waterproof testing on a warm sunny day! This product earned one of our highest scores in weather protection.
Traction and waterproof testing on a warm sunny day! This product earned one of our highest scores in weather protection.

Comfort


We were surprised that this piece was not a little bit more comfortable. The interior of this product is fairly minimalist - there's no soft inner lining and the insole doesn't offer much support or cushion. It's also pretty heavy, which makes it feel a little clunky. Since this unisex boot tends to run a little large there's plenty of space for a cozy after-market insole. We thought the Kamik Jennifer was a bit more comfortable thanks to its cushier insole and lighter weight.

This unlined unisex boot does not provide a lot of comfort. We'd probably buy an after market insole if we were going to keep it long-term.
This unlined unisex boot does not provide a lot of comfort. We'd probably buy an after market insole if we were going to keep it long-term.

Style


Our testers really liked the tall, sleek styling of the Hunter Original Adjustable. Although it's technically a unisex boot, we think that the molded detailing on the outside gives it a decidedly feminine appeal. Overall, boots with a little more shape earned higher scores in our style metric and the faux molded toe box and ankle strap give it a little "rain boot class." The detailing around the rim and the gusseted buckle both add interest while the subtle heel contributes a little more pizzazz. Our one complaint about this boot is that it's so tall, but the shaft doesn't move very well with the leg. When you walk, or even sit with your knees at a less than 90 degree angle the rubber tends to crease up giving the boot a slightly awkward look.

Our testers really liked the molded detailing and side buckle on this product  but we didn't love the way that the rubber shaft creases oddly when the knee isn't at a 90-degree angle.
Our testers really liked the molded detailing and side buckle on this product, but we didn't love the way that the rubber shaft creases oddly when the knee isn't at a 90-degree angle.

Traction


The Hunter Original Adjustable has big, deep treads and we expected it to really perform in our traction test. Unfortunately, we were quite wrong in our initial hypothesis. As we skipped and hopped from one wet stone to another and tried to gain traction going up slippery rocks, this rain boot just didn't feel stable or secure. In fact, like the The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Sport II, it had the poorest traction performance of any piece in the review. Fortunately, its deep treads did redeem themselves a bit on muddier terrain, but this isn't exactly a shoe that you would want to go hiking in.

This product earned some of the lowest scores in our traction metric. Although we have to mention that for style purposes  we did like the slight heel.
This product earned some of the lowest scores in our traction metric. Although we have to mention that for style purposes, we did like the slight heel.

Warmth


As we've mentioned before, not everyone is looking for a rain boot that also provides a little warmth. The Hunter model is comprised of natural rubber and doesn't have any type of lining or insulation to speak of. It does have a thicker rubber outsole that provides a bit of insulation, but overall, this boot is not meant to keep you warm. It scored on par with other thin, tall boots like the Tretorn Kelly.

L: The shaft looks a little bit weird with the buckle really tightened down; however  it is a good option for those with more muscular legs to loosen the rim as seen on the right.
L: The shaft looks a little bit weird with the buckle really tightened down; however, it is a good option for those with more muscular legs to loosen the rim as seen on the right.

Fit


This unisex shoe tends to run slightly large, so both we (and Hunter) recommend sizing down, especially if you are a half size. If you plan to wear thick socks and/or purchase an insole, then it would run true-to-size. If you're shorter, be sure to measure your shin height and make sure that the top of the boot will fall below your knee.

Best Applications


Like most rain boots, these are best for general around-town use. They earned good scores in style, so if you need a more attractive boot, this may be a good bet. Note that since they are the tallest and heaviest in the review, they are also somewhat bulky, especially if you're hoping to travel with them. If you need a model that is easier to transport, consider the Bogs Women's Summit. The Kamik Jennifer is a full lighter than the Hunter as well.

Value


At $160, these were on the more expensive end of the price spectrum, especially given that they are not ultra warm like the Muck Boots Arctic Sport. However, if you love their tall look and molded detailing, and aren't concerned about traction, these are a good option that seem like they will last for several years.

Although it's expensive  if you like the long  lean look of this Hunter model  go for it! You'll probably get more use out of something that you love than something less expensive that is only so-so.
Although it's expensive, if you like the long, lean look of this Hunter model, go for it! You'll probably get more use out of something that you love than something less expensive that is only so-so.

Conclusion


A product with a classic rain boot look, the Hunter Adjustable Original offers style and weather resistance, but not much comfort, traction, or warmth. It was the tallest piece in our review, but also one of the most expensive.

Other Versions


Hunter Original Short
  • Men's
  • A rain boot with a sleek, classic look
  • Ideal for rainy days from mid-spring through mid-autumn
  • $145

Original Short- Women's
Hunter Womens Original Short Rain Boot
  • Women's version of the product above
  • Classic style and function
  • $145
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