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Irish Setter #838 & 894

Close your eyes and picture the quintessential, traditional hunting boot. Chances are you picture the Irish Setter boot shown below, whether you know it or not. This was the hunting boot that first put Irish Setter on the map, and has been often imitated (though in my mind, no one has improved on it).

The Irish Setter Wingshooter Model #894

The Wingshooter model pictured above with the white “Prarie Outsole” is one of several different available variations. It is available in a 6″ model (the #838) and a 9″ (the #894).

In my experience, the Prarie sole provides great traction and doesn’t get clogged with mud the way a lot of heavier, lug-sole type boots will. I’ve tried a number of similar upland boots from other, well-known and highly-regarded manufacturers over the years, and none have surpassed this boot for immediate comfort right out of the box, combined with excellent waterproofness and durability over the long haul. A good cleaning and a treatment with Montana Pitch a few times a year is all they need to keep going.