I actually have a pair of boots I got from Sportsman's Guide for $49 that work well in moderate temperatures (like down to about 25 degrees but no colder than that). I have been pleasantly surprised by them. I bought them just for mild upland hunting, but have used them for just about all of my "fair weather" hunting. They are very light. They are waterproof, but I would not count on them for prolonged exposure or for very cold temps. I got the 200 gram version, which doesn't seem available anymore.
Momma told me to pick out a pair of boots for Christmas, and said I had a hundred bucks to spend. I looked at Cabelas, then I found a pair I liked at Bass Pro Shops. Made by Rocky. Ranger, I think was the model. They were $89.95, if I remember correctly.
Cabelas outfitter boots are worth the money my cousin has two pair and wears them all fall and winter. MYSELF well I was sick and tired of blisters and went with the Danner ELk Hunters. Best boot I have ever had. Wear like iron. The ones I have are warm so if the season is early the 200 gram would be better.
I have the 1000 gr Outfitter boots from Cabela's. They are great, but too warm for anything less than a foot of snow and cold temps. They were comfortable from the start and required very little break-in. From what I understand, they are made by Danner for Cabela's.
At temps way below zero, it seems that the Vibram soles freeze and stiffen up, and don't clean themselves out. The snow builds up and it's like you are walking on sleds or skis. The orangish-colored soles on pac-type boots work much better. I found this out while sliding all over the hills in Montana a couple of years ago!
I haven't really heard of that kind of boots. But here's the hunting boots that I would like to get one day...Cabela's Outfitter Series Boots, the 10 in ones in size 6. I even put them on my Christmas list. Here's the bad part though, they are $159.95 without shipping and handling so I don't think I'm going to get them.
Nick W is right on both accounts.... Danner and Schnees, but he is blowing the budget, as they are both more than the original $$$ amount. But, boots are kind of funny. The good ones last 2x as long, and can be rebuilt for 35% of the money. So expensive boots are cheaper....