Under Armour Speed Freek Early Season Boot Review

Editor: Brian Swienton

Basic Description of Item:

Lightweight stalking boots made for use in warm weather environments.

Just the Facts:

Gore-Tex lined boots made for fast moving. Boots height is 7 inches to slightly above the ankle fit. Available in RealTree Ap, Mossy Oak Break-up Infinity, and Multi-Cam patterns. Great for warm weather but not much insulation for colder temperatures.


I live in Southern California, which means if you deer hunt – you climb mountains and stalk. No tree stands here, strictly spot and chase. Most of the hunting is day trips. As such, you need boots that can handle some weight, but are comfortable and not too hot. I had an old pair of military desert boots, but after a long day of hunting I had blisters the size of half-dollars. I went to Bass Pro and tried almost every boot they had (Rocky, Danner, Irish Setter, etc.). The sales person suggested I tried the UA speed Freaks. After trying them on I picked up a pair despite my reluctance of buying shoes from a company most known for football cleats. Every now and then I don’t let my ignorance get in the way of common sense! These are very comfortable, solid boots. Every weekend a group of guys hike the neighboring mountains, usually with packs. I carry at least 40 lbs. With these boots, I may get worked, but my feet feel great. I have crossed a few shallow streams without noticing any leaks, but too much water is not a real problem ever in SoCal.

What they could do better:

The laces are pretty scrawny.

Under Armour Speed Freek Early Season Boot Review
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