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Muck Boot Originals Pull On Mid Review

A convenient, cute, and somewhat low-key boot with classic neoprene comfort and warmth
Muck Boot Originals Pull On Mid
Photo: The Original Muck Boot Company
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Price:  $120 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Cozy neoprene, decent traction, versatile
Cons:  Heavy, some shin rubbing, mild heel lift
Manufacturer:   The Original Muck Boot Company
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 14, 2021
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#6 of 15
  • Weather Protection - 30% 6
  • Comfort - 25% 6
  • Traction - 20% 7
  • Warmth - 15% 9
  • Style - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Muck Originals Pull On Mid is on the shorter side of the spectrum but with enough weather protection to accommodate the average wearer's needs. Traction and warmth are this pair's greatest attributes, with comfort and style not too far behind. Weighing in at around 3.8 pounds for the size 8 we tested, they aren't notably lightweight, but easy enough to wield and walk around in. The 5mm neoprene bootie is cozy and provides extra warmth when temperatures drop just below freezing. Best for casual activities and short distances, this model is nonetheless versatile across the seasons and throughout town.

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Pros Cozy neoprene, decent traction, versatileGreat foot support, flexible rubber, sufficient tractionMid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial tractionTrendy, comfortable, extra warmDurable, trendy, lightweight
Cons Heavy, some shin rubbing, mild heel liftOily sheen out of the box, rubber changes color when wet, lack of insulationBasic foot support, no insulationShorter flood height than shaft height, not as affordableLow weather protection, narrow footbed
Bottom Line A convenient, cute, and somewhat low-key boot with classic neoprene comfort and warmthIdeal for those working outside, this Alaskan boot was made to keep feet comfortable and dryA very straightforward, elegant boot that is highly affordable and good looking enough to go from the garden to the coffee shopA cute hybrid boot that offers extra warmth and style in addition to rain protectionThis ankle-height boot is trendy and practical despite its short shaft
Rating Categories Muck Boot Originals... Xtratuf Legacy 15"... Kamik Heidi Bogs Amanda Plush I... Bogs SweetPea
Weather Protection (30%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Comfort (25%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Traction (20%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Warmth (15%)
9.0
5.0
5.0
7.0
5.0
Style (10%)
6.0
4.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
Specs Muck Boot Originals... Xtratuf Legacy 15"... Kamik Heidi Bogs Amanda Plush I... Bogs SweetPea
Weight per Pair 3.8 lbs (size 8) 3.6 lbs (size 8) 2.7 lbs (size 8) 3.0 lbs (size 8) 1.6 lbs (size 8)
Flood Height (inches from bottom of sole to lowest point of shaft) 9.50 in 15 in 12 in 7.50 in 4.75 in
Mouth Circumference 13 in 14.75 in 13.75 in 12-14 in 10 in
Lining/Insulation Neoprene Nylon Nylon Plush Textile
Upper Material Rubber Triple-dipped latex neoprene Phthalate-free Synthetic Rubber Rubber Textured rubber
Outsole Material Rubber Non-Marking Chevron Rubber Synthetic Rubber Blend Rubber Rubber
Insole Removeable Insole Breathe-O-Prene Insole Removeable Kamik(R) Comfort Footbed Max-Wick insole Max-Wick insole
Unique Features bioDEWIX dry footbed (plant based anti-odor & antimicrobial), insulated for "subfreezing to 65F" Chemical resistant upper Recyclable BLOOM algae-based EVA footbed, DuraFresh odor control, comfort rating of "-13F" Anti-odor lining
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Sizing info True to size Runs small True to size True to size 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.

Performance Comparison


A semi-hybrid boot that is warm and easy to clean.
A semi-hybrid boot that is warm and easy to clean.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Weather Protection


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.

Due to the shorter shaft, it's easier to breach the flood height if...
Due to the shorter shaft, it's easier to breach the flood height if you're not paying attention.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Comfort


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.

With a cushioned insole and soft neoprene, general comfort is high...
With a cushioned insole and soft neoprene, general comfort is high, but all-day wear is a little stiff when it comes to how the shaft rubs the shins.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Traction


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.

The tread is sufficient for stability in the snow and on wet rocks.
The tread is sufficient for stability in the snow and on wet rocks.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Warmth


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.

A closer look at the neoprene bootie that not only lines the rubber...
A closer look at the neoprene bootie that not only lines the rubber but also insulates against the cold.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Style


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.

We like the laces look, but they do come untied easily. Learning to...
We like the laces look, but they do come untied easily. Learning to tie square knots helps!
Photo: Sara Aranda

Fit


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.

Value


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.

Versatile across seasons, they are a decent value.
Versatile across seasons, they are a decent value.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Conclusion


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.

Best for casual use, this is a heavy but cute rain boot.
Best for casual use, this is a heavy but cute rain boot.
Photo: Sara Aranda

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