After about 100+ miles or so on my four month old Kenetrek Mountain Extreme
400s I decided to brush them off and treat them with the Kenetrek
leather wax today. I put them out in sun to soak in the wax for about 2-3 hours. Temps were 100-105 or so.
When I went back out to brush off the excess boot wax, I noticed the soles were delaminating around the edges.
Frankly I don't think this is normal.
Worse of all I've got them super comfy and broken in at this point and the thought of new boots before my Oct 1 elk hunt in NM is just plain stupid! Hopefully they can reglue the same soles on or new soles so I don't have to break-in new uppers.
Anyone else in a hot climate have any thoughts on this?
I just spoke to Kenetrek and I'm NOT VERY HAPPY. The lady was very professional and said of course to send them in for evaluation and in 4-6 weeks they'll get to them and let me know if I have to pay $150 for the resole. She did offer to let me continue on wearing them through hunting season but I can't take a chance on a elk hunt to have a boot go bad in the wilderness. She claims they are not warrantied for heat damage. I can understand a fire or stove heat but the sun? Really?
They may ultimately warranty them and I love the boots but a big sturdy hunting boot ought to be good in just about any temp a human can hunt in.