A huge shout-out to Kim from Firefly Publicity for always including me in her campaigns and graciously providing samples whenever I’m interested in doing a product review. For this review, Kim provided me with a pair of Irish Setter’s 7″ Pinnacles, and they did not disappoint!
From Irish Setter’s Press Release:
Irish Setter® Pinnacle boots feature advanced technology for greater stability and comfort for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Pinnacle’s patented ATC outsole with Ground Sensing technology allows the sole to shape and contour to rocks and uneven surfaces to enhance underfoot stability. Irish Setter Field Camo Leather, in Earth and Desert patterns, offers superior concealment and coordinates with other popular camo patterns to match a variety of terrain types. This proprietary camo-dyed Troutbrook® leather is made in Red Wing, MN.
TempSens technology helps regulate the temperature within the boot to maintain constant foot comfort. In hot conditions, the system reacts so moisture is hyper-wicked away from the foot, facilitating evaporative cooling. This helps keep feet cooler, drier and more comfortable. In colder conditions, the system also pulls moisture from the skin, but traps it to create a thermal barrier that helps maintain a constant, comfortable temperature inside the boot.
The contoured last mirrors foot shape for excellent fit and superior comfort. Lace-to-toe eyelets and locking ankle hooks help customize a secure fit. The upper provides other comfort and performance features like UltraDry™ waterproofing for long-lasting protection and a memory foam collar for instant comfort. The Cushin™ Comfort Tongue provides comfort in the shin area while impact foam protects from objects striking the ankle. ScentBan™ scent control eliminates odors within the boot. A full leather gusset keeps debris out and Armatec™ technology adds durability and abrasion resistance in high-wear areas of the heel and toe. A D-ring at the toe facilitates gator attachment.
EnerG material underfoot provides comfort and sustained support through an energy-returning core sandwiched between midsole and outsole. A resilient EVA/memory foam footbed adds another layer of comfort. The Anti-Torsion TPU Chassis extends from heel to forefoot, providing underfoot support on uneven or rocky ground. A rubber outsole with multi-tiered lugs provides superior traction on uneven terrain and self-cleaning lugs shed debris with every step.
I was excited to give them a try but I endured a tagless 2022 fall here in Arizona, and my friends did too so I couldn’t even help on someone else’s hunt! Anyway, December and January in Arizona offers Over the Counter Archery Deer tags in most units, so I managed to sneak away from work for a few days looking for some desert mulies. I was unsuccessful, but managed to put some miles on the boots.
As with all of the Irish Setters I have tested over the years, these boots were comfortable right out of the box. No break-in needed, I put them on and headed for the desert. I hiked ridges and small canyons, creosote flats, 2-tracks, sandy washes and gravel roads. The boots felt great! I was a little concerned because I usually take a 10 Wide and these were not Wides but they worked out just fine. For those of you who haven’t hunted or hiked the Sonoran Desert, it is beautiful but everything stabs you, pricks you, stings you or bites you. These boots were tough enough to keep out the various cactus needles I encountered but were still flexible enough to allow comfortable walking. The soles are incredibly tough and well-designed; I expect them to last a long time. They provided great traction no matter where I went. At my age, and my less-than-ideal physical condition, I’m often suffering after a day of tramping the hunting grounds. I can tell you that my days in these warranted no discomfort at all. I didn’t test the Waterproof feature, but otherwise these boots perform exactly as advertised. Temps ranged from 40’s to 60’s, I wore regular-weight “hunting” socks and I can say that my feet were never hot, never cold. They were just right the whole time.
These boots retail for $229 and I can say that’s a great value. These 7″ Waterproof Pinnacles get the “Desert Rat Seal of Approval” for sure.
You can check out Irish Setter’s great line of hunting boots HERE.