Thanks for the reply. The answer is: A person needs to be able to carry significant amounts of gear and be out on RECCE for 5-7 days without being able to start a fire or potentially get out of the rain. But one also needs to be able to be quiet. Easily accessible pouches, etc.
I, too, am a hunter. But sitting in a stand, or even stalking game, is not nearly as particular as...tactical recce.
I have some really great leather boots and can layer for hunting. But none of that has the Gucci'ed out molle and carrying pouches for tactical combat. Also, I don't have to hunt when the weather sucks so I have more options.
Will check out the boots. What other options do you have? Would love to see all suggestions.