Before Roald Amundsen set out to conquer the South Pole in 1911, he chose to learn from the best possible sources and went to live with the Inuits to study their knowledge on cold weather survival. Amundsen learned to dog sled, hunt for seals, kayak, fish, and even wear the clothes of the Inuit. This knowledge made Roald Amundsen succeed were others had failed.

The foot and leg coverings of the Inuit manifest their outstanding technology, total comprehension of the animals used and conscious acknowledgement to their environment. Relentless winter conditions or unreliable spring ice make strict requirements on the Inuit seamstress. Footwear must suit the occasion – the inland animal hunt, the linger by the seal hole, time spent around camp as well as travelling and dancing. To meet the challenge of weather, season and terrain, versatility is key.

Inuit footwear, as with the rest of their clothing, admirably shows their expertise, advanced over thousands of years, of humidity and temperature control. The human body, notably the feet, transmits water vapour and if overheated becomes perspiration. At a certain point, depending on the temperature both inside and outside the clothing, the perspiration condenses and becomes hoarfrost.

Inuits have therefore developed their footwear with several layers depending on conditions. They use natural materials that breathe and crafting techniques such as attaching the upper with the waterproof stitch – ilujjiniq.

In October 2018, we launched the Ilujjiniq Mountain Mucks together with 2 different inner boots a standard version and a wool felt version. The concept is that you choose the inner boot most suited for your attended use. So for the coldest winter days, you would switch to the Wool inner boots and so on….

The Ilujjiniq Mountain Mucks are only the first boot in a brand new footwear system.With the layering concept inspired by the Inuits, we are working on several different outer and inner boots to complete the system.


So if you already own the Hunting Muck, you can simply purchase the upcoming Rubber outer boot and use any of your current inner boots inside them…. same goes for the upcoming desert boot for the warmer summer hikes – just to mention a few of the styles currently on the drawing board.

Likewise, should you rather want to add to your system with more inner boots, you simply add the upcoming waterproof inner to your Muck System. This way you build your own boot system custom for your use, climate and needs.

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To be continued…..


True to size.
Only full sizes.
If in between sizes go up.

Slightly small in size when delivered. However, leather will expand when the boots are being used.

Delivered with inner boot. Slightly small in size when delivered. However, leather will expand when the boots are being used. 

Integrated gaiters
Inner boots
Crampon Fix
Nanga Litebase Sole from Vibram
Norwegian Welt

Weight; 1500 grams per pair

Full grain vegetable tanned leather from Italy
Gaiter fabric in hunting green wool loden.

Remember to care for your Hunting Mucks with quality leather wax such as Huberd’s Shoe Grease or other products containing beeswax which is superior to waterproofing and preserving the leather. Read more here...

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam Clark (verified owner)

    These boots are to die for.
    The muck system is such a brilliant concept, based on Inuit history but brought right up to date.
    The integrated gaiters make so much sense and the soft inner boots make great slippers.

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  2. Rated 5 out of 5
    Excellent allround hiking shoe

    Haakon Magne Kværn (verified owner)

    Even though I assume these are meant for spring, summer and fall, I use mine in all conditions.

    I wore them on my 3 day (60ish km) hike from Oslo to Hadeland in late October. Conditions were soaking wet and muddy the entire way, with the trails often being small rivers, but the mucks kept me dry.

    They performed a similar role when grouse hunting in the mountains in November.

    A big plus with the removable inner sole, outside of easily being able to dry them, is that you can remove them and put them in your sleeping bag at night to avoid having to put on ice cold shoes in the morning. This is something people camping outside in cold conditions should be able to relate to.

    I have also used mine mountain hiking in semi-snow and whilst ice fishing with the woolen inner shoe. I was a bit skeptical of the built-in gaiter, but these have pleasantly surprised me with being comfortable to wear and keeping snow and dirt out.

    For static use in winter (i.e whilst ice fishing), I would recommend buying a thicker insulating sole in addition to the woolen inner sole.

    Could not recommend these enough.

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