Muck Boots and Dryshod have the same origin, but after years of perfecting the boots, they are slightly different.
Some hard fans still stick with the Muck products. Does that mean that they are better than their younger counterparts? Fans of Dryshod swear by their superiority over the “old” Mucks.
Which one is a better choice?
Muck has pleased their customers for years with boots of high quality made for unfavorable wet and cold conditions.
I have owned a pair for a long time, and I can’t imagine going out duck hunting without them. Although they are not specially designed for a miles hike, I have done my fair share of walking in them through all sorts of terrains.
Muck Boots have been producing the same quality for years, and they are trying to up their game with a new outsole material.
The same person that developed Muck Boots started Dryshod. One can expect a lot of similarities between those two, and after succeeding with Muck, Dryshod was also bound to be successful.
Dryshod has made some improvements compared with the Muck boots, and some Muck customers have started to convert.
The boots are sturdy, well built, with smaller prices and more outsole options than Muck.
Is Dryshod Better than Muck?
Many people that converted from Muck to Dryshod swear that it was the best decision ever. That is not to say that Muck is no good anymore.
Considering they were delivering their quality for much longer, there still is hope for the hunters and anglers to find what they need. In my opinion, both brands deliver quality products.
I have had my Mucks for a long time now, and they are still going well. However, there are a few things that I noticed happened over time.
Their inside heel wore off, and there were small holes in the mesh where my heel rubbed the material off. However, it never diminished the performance – the boots are still warm and comfortable.
Another thing is the rubber bands starting to poke out from the top. After repeatedly going through some dense bushes during hunting, the material on the top started to snag in the branches and exposed a few strands of rubber.
After cutting them off, there are no more problems, and the boots still hold perfectly.
Dryshods with gussets have a sturdier build. Although the gusset is sometimes annoying, it is an excellent replacement for the rubber band on the top. It also helps with calf adjustments.
The 2mm polar fleece that lines the inside of the boot feels more durable, and so far, there have been fewer complaints about it tearing over time.
The Dryshod boots seem to have more durable outsoles as well. Many people complained that Muck soles come apart, but that was never a problem for Dryshod. However, the steel toe boots seem to have a problem with cracking up behind the steel.
I am perfectly happy with my Muck boots grip unless I hit the wet rocks. Although they seem to perform well in small stones in the river, the big ones are usually a no-go. Muck Boots Woody Max was not designed with wading and mountains in mind, but they are enough for me.
Dryshod seemed to upgrade their game in the outsoles department. Offering eight different types of outsoles prepared for diverse terrain is something Muck appears to lack.
However, Muck’s new Vibram Arctic Grip A.T. outsole is perfect for wet ice conditions. It also holds well on wet rocks and other slippy surfaces.
Fit & Comfort
Although many people consider Dryshod Muck’s younger brother with fixed problems, the fit seems to be the biggest issue still not fixed.
When buying my Mucks, I had a little trouble choosing the size. I ended up buying a smaller size than I usually wear, but they fit perfectly for my narrow feet.
Dryshod’s sizing is as complicated, and the opinions seem to be divided. Some people say they fit precisely the same as Muck, while others claim they are too broad, too tight, and end up hurting their ankles, toes, or heels.
The upper part of Mucks is designed for thicker calf or simply more clothing. I find my skinny calves swinging slightly in the upper boot in warmer months.
Dryshod with gussets can be easier adjusted to calf circumference. Plus, Dryshod has a little something in its sleeves. Their 4-way Airmesh Lining stretches more than any Muck lining, allowing for a slimmer boot fitting better for the wider calf.
Both boots are as comfortable if you manage to find your size. I have worn my Mucks for miles, whether hunting, fishing, or taking dogs for a 2-hour walk in the forest. Dryshod has upped the game for comfort, and their form-fit Sock Liner makes them comparable to wearing sneakers.
Many people that swapped from Muck to Dryshod notice the difference. Dryshod offers more support and lateral stability with the tuck board, which allows the foot’s natural movement.
However, as many prises for comfort, that many complaints they got. Some people claim that fitting Dryshod is a nightmare because their boots only come in every one size (no halves), and it doesn’t always work.
Also, the Dryshod boots seem to fit the universal-shaped feet, but wider or slimmer than average would have more trouble finding proper boots.
Weather and Breathability
In my opinion, Muck boots are perfect for cold conditions. The pair I have, Woody Max, can easily keep my feet warm in 0 F with one pair of winter hunting socks. Since having my Mucks, I have never experienced colder weather, so I can’t say if they will hold in promised -40 F.
The minus is that even though they advertise breathability, Mucks are not that great. My feet don’t sweat that much, but sometimes, my socks feel a little bit damp after a whole day in them. I can’t complain, however, because those are still rubber boots, and breathability can only go so far.
Dryshod advertises their 4-way Airmesh Lining, a step up from their former Muck products. The upgraded lining helps circulate the air while you walk, wicking the moisture upwards and keeping your feet dry on the inside. They seem to also work well in cold weather.
Many people prise Dryshods for their warmth – only one pair of hunting socks for a whole day of stand hunting. Depending on the model, the Dryshod boots can keep your feet warm up to -50F, thanks to Densoprene, a deep water suits material.
Both boots are 100% waterproof. They are both made of genuine rubber and neoprene, giving them a similar look (except the soles) and the same waterproof properties.
Depending on the type of boot you need, on average, Dryshod boots seem to be cheaper than Muck boots. Especially the winter ones.
The most popular model of winter Mucks, the Arctic Pro, in sizes over ten, can cost you over $300. It is, however, a boot worth buying. Many people feel comfortable spending that kind of money on a boot that will keep their feet warm in extreme temperatures.
On the other side, some people say that cheaper boot means lesser quality, but that’s not the case for Dryshod.
Dryshod boots for warmer months have a lot of fans, and they are decidedly cheaper than Muck boots while retaining their high quality.
Conclusion: Dryshod or Muck?
The competition is fierce. Both boots look similar. Both are waterproof and warm. The same person started them. So, how to choose which one is better for you?
I have been happy with my Muck boots for a long time, and I would probably buy another pair. Many people say that Dryshods are a better option because their boots are “fixed Muck.” In the end, it all comes down to individual pairs and preferences.
The rundown of both brands looks similar. Where Dryshod boots are mostly cheaper than Muck, they don’t seem to fit as well as Muck. Although the traction in both cases is good, the Muck boots seem to be the favorite pick for ice and frozen snow in the winter months, while Dryshod boots are preferred for walking in the bush.
Dryshod generally fairs a little better than Muck in case of durability, breathability, and value for money.