I just bought these Lacrosse Alpha Burly Pro muck boots after like 3 years of saying I wanted a pair. I found a sweet deal on these at the local LL Bean outlet, stumbling upon the only pair in the store, which happened to be size 9’s, and were on clearance for $69.
Every year, around fall, I’d rant about how I needed a pair of mud, muck, snow, and crud boots. And sure enough, every year I’d try some on, decide the price was too high, the fit wasn’t right, or I didn’t like the design and put them off. As of last year, I officially got sick of having to wear my Asolo Fugitive’s and gaiters just to snowblow the driveway. Or worry about having muck covered boots coming in from running around in the yard with my dog. Or, if I was feeling especially courteous, hose them off with a garden hose before coming back inside, which inevitably led to soaked pant cuffs and socks.
So when I saw this deal, I snatched them up. It just so happens they were actually one of the three boots I was comparing for years. Along with the Lacrosse Alpha Burly, I was also interested in the Muck Wetland, and Irish Setter RutMaster (being a Redwing Boot fan).
This review is going to be pretty short, since most people are probably not as anal retentive about buying something like a pair of shitkickers as I am. The boots are made of high quality scent-free rubber. These make them excellent for scouting and hunting, or just not stinking up your house. Normally, if your boots smell like rubber, it means that they are probably made from a low quality, highly volatile rubber and not hardened, cured, or treated in any way. HIghly volatile means high breakdown, so these boots are going to change in color, durability, or flexibility over time… and usually all three.
The soles of the boot have an aggressive traction pattern, which was designed for mud. It isn’t the standard pattern you might see on a pair of Chippewa’s or Timberlands. The pattern is even gnarlier than my Fugitive GTX’s.
The 800g thinsulate lining is pretty warm, warm enough that these will probably get closeted come spring time. Even in a pair of standard ankle high cotton socks, my feet were toasty during a 35 degree rain storm. Since it’s only November, I haven’t tested these out in the winter, but with a pair of wool socks, I don’t have any reservations on their warmth. Afterall, I was wearing tight fitting hiking boots with woolies for the past 3 winters and never got frost bite.
The tops of the boots have a buckle lock adjustment, the cinches up a small nylon v-patch. Since I have calves that would make a chicken look an Olympic weightlifter, most muck boots don’t fit me unless they have an adjustment. I have these nearly bottomed out, but they fit great. Of course, the fit is a little dependent on what pair of pants you have tucked in them, sweatpants make them fit better, then work pants, then jeans, and then shorts. And yes, I’ve worn these outside in the morning with just gym shorts on to bring the dog out. While they aren’t hugging my calves, they do fit. And yes, they do look stupid. But I keep it real.
All in all, the Lacrosse Alpha Burly’s are a pretty decent muck boot for the price. You can get them for about $100 at most places, which puts them at about the same price as the Muck Wetlands. While I like the low key look of the Wetlands, especially in just standard brown far better, they don’t go up the calf as high and have no adjustment. Moreover, those seem to boots intended for your pant leg to go over them, which in my opinion, defeats the purpose of a high riding muck boot.