Muck Boot Originals Pull On Mid Review
Cons: Heavy, some shin rubbing, mild heel lift
Manufacturer: The Original Muck Boot Company
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Muck Boot Originals Pull On Mid
|Price||$110.00 at Amazon||$102.73 at Amazon||$144.95 at Amazon||Check Price at REI|
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|Pros||Cozy neoprene, decent traction, versatile||Tall flexible shaft, comfortable, adjustable boot circumference||Well made, excellent traction, high comfort||Great foot support, flexible rubber, sufficient traction||Mid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial traction|
|Cons||Heavy, some shin rubbing, mild heel lift||High cost, no insulation||Somewhat bulky, expensive, can easily become too warm||Oily sheen out of the box, rubber changes color when wet, lack of insulation||Basic foot support, no insulation|
|Bottom Line||Fairly straightforward comfort with added style and warmth||Well-made, stylish, and incredible, this pair is the best in our fleet||High comfort, traction, and warmth for winter without the fuss of laces||A techy rain boot made for the hardworking outdoor enthusiast||Very trendy and remarkably practical, this boot is the ultimate deal for most budgets|
|Rating Categories||Muck Boot Originals Pull On...||Original Back Adjustable||Muck Boot Arctic Sport II Mid||Xtratuf Legacy 15" - Women's||Kamik Heidi|
|Weather Protection (30%)|
|Specs||Muck Boot...||Original Back...||Muck Boot Arctic...||Xtratuf Legacy 15"...||Kamik Heidi|
|Weight per Pair (lbs)||3.8 lbs (size 8)||3.6 lbs (size 7)||3.0 lbs (size 8)||3.6 lbs (size 8)||2.7 lbs (size 8)|
|Flood Height (inches from bottom of sole to lowest point at top of shaft)||9.50 in||16 in||11.0 in||15 in||12 in|
|Mouth Circumference (inches)||13 in||14-19 in||13 in||14.75 in||13.75 in|
|Lining/Insulation||Neoprene||Knitted Nylon||Fleece Lined Neoprene||Nylon||Nylon|
|Upper Material||Rubber||Vulcanized Natural Rubber||Rubber, Neoprene||Triple-dipped latex neoprene||Phthalate-free Synthetic Rubber|
|Outsole Material||Rubber||Natural Rubber||Rubber||Non-Marking Chevron Rubber||Synthetic Rubber Blend|
|Insole||Removeable Insole||Multilayered Sponge Insole||Removeable EVA Insole||Breathe-O-Prene Insole||Removeable Kamik(R) Comfort Footbed|
|Unique Features||bioDEWIX dry footbed (plant based anti-odor & antimicrobial), insulated for "subfreezing to 65F"||Adjustable circumference||bioDEWIX dry footbed (plant based anti-odor & antimicrobial), insulated for "-40F to 40F", fleece lined||Chemical resistant upper||Recyclable|
|Sizing info||True to size||Runs large||True to size||Runs small||True to size|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Pull On Mid is one of the heavier boots we've recently tested, despite its shorter height. The rubber is fairly low profile, however, and the laces give it more style despite being strictly accessory. Overall, we enjoy their convenience when running errands in cold weather.
Due to their shorter shaft height, weather protection isn't as expansive for this boot as the taller competitors. We had to be more thoughtful when splashing or wading through snow to avoid breaching the 9.5-inch flood height. Too, the circumference measures to be approximately 13 inches, which is on the wider side for its height. Reaching just beneath the calves, there's a bit more room for stray droplets and snow to sneak in. The insulation of the neoprene helps in both this category and in regards to warmth, as it creates a thicker barrier between the feet and the cold.
The neoprene on the Pull On Mid is soft and has a cushioned feel. The removable insole is also cushioned, which is a nice feature and greatly increases the ability to stand and walk in them throughout the day. However, what detracts from the overall comfort score is the relative stiffness of the shaft in tandem with the shaft height. Because of this particular combination, the front of the shaft hits the shins in an uncomfortable manner. After extended use, our lead tester developed bruises because of this, no matter the sock thickness or whether or not she tucked her pants into the boot to help. Too, because of the weight of the boots, mobility isn't as much of a given. Overall the fit feels a bit larger than what is ideal, creating mild heel lift. These things aside, it wasn't enough to stop us from running errands or even going on walks around the neighborhood.
The rubber sole doesn't have a very pronounced heel, which offers more stability. The tread design is on the shallow side but still technical enough for most settings. We felt confident with the traction during our tests and didn't encounter any unexpected issues in the snow or when wading through a river. While not the best of the best, the traction is more than adequate.
These neoprene booties are rated for subfreezing temperature and have a comfort range (given by the manufacturer) of up to 65 degrees F. We would lower that to about 50-55 degrees, however, especially if there's direct sunlight. Our feet definitely felt warm in them, even while standing in an icy creek — we could barely sense the temperature difference of the water. Walking around town, a general guideline to follow is that if you have to wear long sleeves, then these boots shouldn't get too hot for you. T-shirt temperatures, on the other hand, are a no-go in our opinion.
We appreciate the added accessories on the Pull On Mid, such as the laces and cutouts in the rubber, which lighten up the overall look. The neoprene is waterproof, so the design doesn't compromise the flood height. The laces don't do much, but if you really want to tighten them down, you can. Doing so, however, bunches the neoprene and makes the fit and feel a bit uncomfortable. Overall, we feel fine with activities such as walking around town and going grocery shopping, and the style is versatile enough to feel fun and cute.
Muck boots come in whole sizes from 5 to 11. Our experience with is that if you're a half-size, it's best to size up. With this particular model, the fit isn't as perfect as others, however, and we did experience some mild heel lift. Not enough to give us blisters right away, but walking more than a few miles at a time could change that. The foot box overall feels a little roomier than other Muck models, which can either be great for thick socks or a little baggy feeling otherwise.
Despite the heaviness and mild heel lift, this boot feels well made and durable. The price is a little steep in our opinion for what you're getting, but they are still a fair enough value for their casual convenience.
As long as you get the sizing right, we feel the overall weather protection, comfort, style, and traction of the Muck Pull on Mid are of average or above-average quality. Warmth is where this pair truly shines, which makes them a reliable choice for colder environments.
— Sara Aranda