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8" Hoffman Explorer

The Hoffman’s 8" Explorer is a no nonsense hunting boot built for the most demanding outdoor enthusiast. With over 50 years of boot making experience and technological advancements being used to design the Explorer, the Hoffman 8" Explorer was devolved to be the most comfortable and functional hunting boot on the market. A solid one piece vamp made with the finest 2.8 -3.0 mm leather provides excellent ankle support while a solid nylon mid sole adds plenty of lateral stability on uneven terrain. Lightweight and breathable, the Hoffman Explorer is the perfect balance of comfort and performance. Fitting tips: The Explorer series run just a bit small. If you are teetering between 2 sizes, example, 10 is some things and 10 1/2 in others, order the larger size. Made in Italy
SKU: 8 EXPLORER
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$390.00

Hoffman’s introduces the 8" Explorer; a hiking boot developed for the most demanding outdoorsmen in the most demanding conditions. A solid one piece vamp made with the finest 2.8 mm thick leather provides excellent ankle support while a nylon mid sole adds plenty of lateral stability on uneven terrain. Lightweight and breathable, the Hoffman Explorer is perfect for any season, work or play. Boot highlights:

  • One piece vamp construction eliminates seams that can cause discomfort.
  • Sympatex waterproof liner keeps moisture out while allowing the boot to breath.
  • Vibram 1212 Masai high-traction outsole for excellent traction and heel bite. 
  • 2.8-3.0 mm Amphibious waterproof leather - simply the best quality leather available.
  • Heavy nylon midsole provides the support needed on uneven terrains
  • Heavy duty rubber rand adds protection and support to the upper
  • Non-Insulated designed for mild conditions

Hoffman’s introduces the 8" Explorer; a hiking boot developed for the most demanding outdoorsmen in the most demanding conditions. A solid one piece vamp made with the finest 2.8 mm thick leather provides excellent ankle support while a nylon mid sole adds plenty of lateral stability on uneven terrain. Lightweight and breathable, the Hoffman Explorer is perfect for any season, work or play. Boot highlights:

  • One piece vamp construction eliminates seams that can cause discomfort.
  • Sympatex waterproof liner keeps moisture out while allowing the boot to breath.
  • Vibram 1212 Masai high-traction outsole for excellent traction and heel bite. 
  • 2.8-3.0 mm Amphibious waterproof leather - simply the best quality leather available.
  • Heavy nylon midsole provides the support needed on uneven terrains
  • Heavy duty rubber rand adds protection and support to the upper
  • Non-Insulated designed for mild conditions
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Explorer
After trying Kenetrek, Crispi, Meindl, Lowa, Asolo, and Zamberlin, I found a boot that fits. I am very impressed with the quality of this boot and the excellent service that I've received from Hoffman's. I will be buying more boots from these folks!
Terry
From: Jim | Date: 9/4/2018 12:49 PM
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Explorer boots
These are great boots.  Had some ankle issues 3 weeks before a trip to Mt Katahdin and needed tall boots that were supportive so I purchased the Explorers.   These boots were just excellent.  I have wide feet and sometimes have trouble with wides not being wide enough.  These fit perfect in wide, insoles are great and support is exactly what I needed.  Hiked with practically no break in and my feet felt great!  Won’t be my last pair of these.
From: Ryan | Date: 10/1/2018 9:55 PM
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Great Boot
Hi Jim , I recently purchased your insulated explorer boots from Kalispell Army Navy and have put about 50  plus miles on them and they have been the most comfortable insulated hunting boot 👢 I’ve ever owned ...I’m looking at purchasing your 6” explorer lite for hiking,hunting Mountain Grouse and wanted to know if they were size the same as the insulated explorer? Thanks for your time and quality productsHi Jim , I recently purchased your insulated explorer boots from Kalispell Army Navy and have put about 50  plus miles on them and they have been the most comfortable insulated hunting boot 👢 I’ve ever owned ...I’m looking at purchasing your 6” explorer lite for hiking,hunting Mountain Grouse and wanted to know if they were size the same as the insulated explorer? Thanks for your time and quality products.
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From: Jim | Date: 10/19/2018 1:41 PM
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Great Boot
Hi Jim , I recently purchased your insulated explorer boots from Kalispell Army Navy and have put about 50  plus miles on them and they have been the most comfortable insulated hunting boot 👢 I’ve ever owned ...I’m looking at purchasing your 6” explorer lite for hiking,hunting Mountain Grouse and wanted to know if they were size the same as the insulated explorer? Thanks for your time and quality products
From: Jim | Date: 10/19/2018 1:42 PM
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Alan Carter - Review from Two Bear Outfitters and BVA Pacbags in Hamilton, Mont.
https://greatdaysoutdoors.com/2018/03/hoffman-explorer-boots-review/

Read my review of the Hoffman Explorer - a boot worthy of a look.
From: Jim | Date: 2/25/2019 11:16 PM
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Miles of Service
I've ran the hell out of Hoffman explorers! I've worn them hunting fishing shed hunting and work 40 hours a week in them. Keep em treated and they don't disappoint! One is freshly treated the other isn't. But that's after a year of hard use! I lost track around 1200 miles on them. In 2019 I've already put on 236 miles on them so at a minimum I've got 1436 miles on them total! Jim Hoffman is a killer dude as well. Im not sponsored or endorsed in anyway! Just an avid sportsman that don't like to waste money on BS! I have nothing but good to say about Hoffman boots! I know Troy Pottenger and his boys run em as well! He might have some input.  
Thomas Hargett
From: Jim | Date: 5/5/2019 11:35 PM
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Explorer
Evan Sayre: Loving mine, comfortable and great support. Really got to put them to the test yesterday helping haul some heavy loads out off two bull elk. Wet and miserable day and my feet were 100% dry at the end of the day. Highly recommend these boots folks!
From: Jim | Date: 9/19/2019 2:20 PM
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East pick
I’ve got the 8” had them since June. I’ll take them over my Kenetrek Mountain Extremes all day!
From: Jim | Date: 9/19/2019 2:21 PM
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Amazing
Love your boots, first time buyer and was very satisfied with them. My last pair of boots had over 500 miles on them and they were still way too rigid and were not comfortable...I changed to Hoffman and the difference was amazing. Almost no break in time and I put the boots through the wringer with work and also hunting the high country during elk and deer season. Thanks so much for making a bomber, comfortable boot. These things are seriously amazing. My hunting buddy will be buying  a pair soon.
Brian O'Neill
From: Jim | Date: 1/8/2020 10:27 AM
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SUPERIOR PRODUCT
When it comes down to a market that is saturated with options the insulated explorers are top of the line.  I made the decision to go with Hoffman's purely on the basis of positive reviews.  The support, traction and warmth are excellent.  As an avid big game hunter, the product and customer support are superior to any other manufacturer in this market.  Take the chance and never look back!
From: Aaron | Date: 2/14/2020 2:34 PM
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Great Boots
I work in the forestry industry in northeast Washington, I have been using the explorers for a couple seasons now with no issues. I have sold a couple of my coworkers on getting a pair and they both love them as well. My search for the “unicorn” of boots is over, thanks Hoffman’s keep it up!
From: Jim | Date: 3/17/2020 5:05 PM
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Alex Martin
I broke my new pair of Explorers in turkey hunting this weekend. Miles of snow, mud, brush, rocks, and creek crossings. My feet were still happy at the end of the weekend.
From: Jim | Date: 5/24/2020 10:31 PM
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Birddog1 Review
Birddog1 said:


I just wanted to add my two cents to this. I just got a pair of the 8 inch uninsulated boots on Friday. One thing that stood out, the 8 inch Explorers are just about the same height as the Crispi Idaho‘s (10”) I have. So far just wearing them around the house, in the yard and even to the office today. The comfort was great right from day one, extremely comfortable and much better than Crispi for me. I do like the insole that it comes with. I emailed Jim today and told him how much I like them, even considering an insulated pair now. He said they have a new insulated version coming out soon.
From: Jim | Date: 7/21/2020 9:49 AM
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2000 Miles...
2000 miles might not be a long ways for a car but it is an amazing amount of miles for a pair of boots. I have finally reached the end of life for the soles of this pair of boots and have been nothing but impressed. With two hunting seasons and 3 shed seasons plus all the scouting and winter activities in between they have been awesome. I am fully confident that if you are looking for an amazing back county boots you have found it here!
From: Chris | Date: 8/6/2020 9:33 PM
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Thank you
Just got home from out of town and was able to try my new boots out.  I gotta say, out of the box they are the most comfortable mountain boots that I have ever tried (and I have way to many).  Really looking forward to putting some serious miles on them.
From: Jim | Date: 5/27/2021 3:25 PM
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Good Boots, Poor Quality Laces but Good Customer Service.
Boots are great.  Great craftsmanship and the fit was right on for me.  Laces weren't so great.  Laces failed early, in less than one year, with light, occasional use.  To my surprise, the president of the Company contacted me directly about the laces, and sent me a new pair of industrial laces.  I'm a happy customer and highly recommend these boots and this company.
From: Jeremy | Date: 6/12/2021 2:14 PM
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Thumbs up
Bought the explorer boots about 3 years ago for hunting only and these things have been good to my feet. This past summer I stepped on a toy, while wearing tennis shoes, and twisted my left ankle and have had issues with that foot since. Recently, it's gotten worse so I thought I'd try my Hoffman's to see if they would help. I've been able to work all day without pain in my foot. I have an appointment with a podiatrist to figure out the issue but the Hoffman's will be my new work boot from here on out. My employer gives us $200 towards boots each year so that will go towards another pair this fall. Thank you Hoffman.
From: Jim | Date: 10/11/2021 10:54 PM
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Hoffman Explorer
I just wanted to add my two cents to this. I just got a pair of the 8 inch uninsulated boots on Friday. One thing that stood out, the 8 inch Explorers are just about the same height as the Crispi Idaho‘s (10”) I have. So far just wearing them around the house, in the yard and even to the office today. The comfort was great right from day one, extremely comfortable and much better than Crispi for me. I do like the insole that it comes with.  Great boot!
From: Jim | Date: 10/11/2021 11:04 PM
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Awesome boots!
Bought a pair of these about 6 months ago, very pleased with their comfort and performance.  I'm a forester in the northeast and need top notch boots for everyday use and these fit the bill perfectly, not cheap but I'm a firm believer in that you get what you pay for.  I've worn Meindl's for years, good boots, but these are better.  

BTW:  SAVE YOURSELF A HASSLE AND ORDER 1/2 SIZE LARGER THAN YOU NORMALLY WEAR, LIKE THEY RECOMMEND, HAD TO SEND FIRST PAIR BACK, USUALLY WEAR AN 11 BUT THEY WERE A BIT SHORT, 11.5 FIT PERFECT.
From: Andrew | Date: 12/6/2021 9:08 PM
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The Best
I’m a bit of a gear head and I appreciate in depth detailed focused reviews so sorry in advance if this is a bit long winded. I’m a forester, avid outdoorsman, and hunter which equates to me wearing these boots nearly everyday all year. I bought my original pair of explorers off a friend of mine and have used them for the past 4 years of work and play. These boots have held up great. I’ve had them resoled once and as far as wear goes they are doing great. Now they definitely don’t look new, the rubber rand has peeled in places but easily fixed with shoe goo, and the leather around the flex has cracked a tad due to improper care before I owned them. Since owning them and conditioning them the cracking has not advanced and I’ve never had water leak in them, due to the thick quality leather. I’ve beat these boots something fierce between hunting steep, rocky, blow down choked, hell holes, hiking miles each day for work, hours or chain saw work, and three seasons of prescribed fire these boots are still going strong. I wear these most of the year handling hot summer months to the cold of winter, if the weather is in the thirties I will switch to wearing my Hoffman pac boots as I do get cold feet. Because of the abuse these boots have taken, the way they fit, and the broad scope of seasons I can use them in I’ve ordered another pair. I plan to still use my originals, but it will be nice to have another pair to rotate between and a “nice looking” pair to look professional around the office or when working with landowners. These boots are built with premium craftsmanship and it’s the little details that make these boots shine. When ordering my new pair I bought a medium wide as my first pair was a wide and I’ve noticed my foot slipping a tad when I really steep country. That being said Jim offered a great deal of help and my customer service experience was beyond what most companies offer. Thanks again Jim for all the help. Between the quality of the boots, the quality of the customer service, and length of service I’ve been able to get out of my first pair I’m a Hoffman customer for life. If you are thinking about these boots think no further especially if you are wearing these day in and day out for work and play your feet will thank you.
From: Nick | Date: 6/5/2022 11:28 AM
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