Originally Posted by jmden
Carefully check out this threads:
Boots for Hunting high / backpacking
The only place I would want a boot as stiff as the Kenetrek some of these other super expensive boots is if I was in snow. That boot feels like an alpine mountaineering boot to me--to back that up, it's set up to accept crampons. There's VERY few hunts where that would be advantageous at all.
JMDen - glad you said what I was already thinking. Some of these threads I've looked through have some people acting like "the stiffer the better", "they feel like a ski boot" - like that's good(?). I hate walking in ski boots from the lift to the car or to the bathroom - let alone for miles in the woods. Yes, you want stiff, good support, but only to a point. If you are using crampons or something seriously technical like the face of the mountain I showed earlier - then get the stiff-as-a-ski-boot ones. Uncomfortable, painful, and at some point dangerous (when using them in the wrong conditions), when you can't get SOME lateral range of motion from your angle on some rocks, slopes, etc. (God gave you that joint for a reason). I want sturdy and tough, but I don't need "ski boots" for elk hunting. They are tough, but I haven't had to rappel for them yet...