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Unread 02-02-2011, 11:22 AM
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Kemetrek Boots

Wondering if anyone has used them and opinions on them. Thinking about getting a pair and looking for some reviews. Thanks.
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Unread 02-02-2011, 07:26 PM
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Re: Kemetrek Boots

I can tell you that ALOT of folks are using them and all of my friends in my hunting circle are in them. On a personal note, i went on a dall sheep hunt last year in the Brooks range---my two brothers were in Kennetreks and i made the mistake of taking Danners. Absolutely no comparison. Danners are garbage compared to the Kennetreks. Both in durability and waterproofness.
I would highly recommend them.

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Unread 02-03-2011, 12:25 PM
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Re: Kemetrek Boots

Only thing about the Kenetreks I've noticed is that they have a full nylon shank and are very stiff. To back this up, they are set up to accept mountaineering crampons. Two + decades of technical mountaineering has taught me a bit about boots. Walking around in Kenetreks would be about like walking around in my stiff plastic mountaineering boots--that's not much fun for trail or x-country work. On snow/ice w/ or w/o crampons, that stiffness in a boot is great, but not elsewhere. Several pairs of mountaineering boots of varying stiffness and design used in very varied terrain over the years has taught me that.

I'm curious what model of Danner the other poster was referencing. Danner has some mediocre boots made offshore and some really good boots made here in the US. You get what you pay for.

My pick for an all around big game boot is their GoreTex Raptor. I've had the same pair over 8 years (using the Danner waterproofing product exclusively, which is the best waterproofing product I've ever used and I've used a few). I've put many miles on these boots on trail and cross country, often very steep and treacherous, many times with packs in excess of 100 lbs. packing out several elk, deer and bear all killed in designated wilderness. Over that time period, from summer to winter, 70F to 0F, they've been very comfortable.

Now, that being said if you are on a sheep hunt in AK where it is very steep pretty mcuh all the time, you may want a boot that is stiffer, to a point, than the Raptor. Perhaps a well broken in Kenetrek would be the way to go for this particular hunt, that is, if they do break in and become a little less stiff.

There is no perfect boot for everything. Each design is a compromise.

But, AK has a way of destroying boots. A pair of work boots I bought for wildland firefighting that did OK down here, were in sad shape (and so were my feet) after a week in the tundra north of the artic circle fighting a fire we jumped up there in '91 when I was a smokejumper. Got back to the continental US and picked up a pair of White's Smokejumpers and never looked back--my wallet was empty, but my feet happy. Don't buy junk boots if you're actually going to use them. If you road hunt, well...no big deal what you buy, but if you're packing stuff out of designated wilderness areas on your own, usually solo, like I am, get the right boot or boots for the job. Good luck.
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Unread 02-04-2011, 11:33 AM
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Re: Kemetrek Boots

Well I have been a die hard Danner fan but my last pair I bought (USA made ones) a pair of Canadians. They fit great and are comfortable but after only a year of limited use they started to creak. THis also includes my work danners, all USA made ones. It bugs me so bad that I've been thinking about buying a pair of Kenetreks.

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Unread 02-04-2011, 11:58 PM
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Re: Kemetrek Boots

I have a pair of their light weight hikers. Awesome boots. I would not hesitate to buy a taller pair for Alaska. The fit is great and very supportive in the steep country I hunt. I had two pairs of Irish Setter Elk trackers that I really liked but they were really heavy so I tried the Kennetrek.
When I need a taller pair of boots I will definitely go with Kennetrek.
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Unread 02-05-2011, 09:50 AM
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Re: Kemetrek Boots

You simply cannot go wrong with Kenetreks. I wore Danners for years and had to buy a new pair every year or have mine re-soled. I am very hard on boots but have been wearing my mountain extremes for three years now and they are still in great shape. I have wore them all over from grizzly hunting in BC to Antelope hunting in Wyoming and they have proved a perfect fit everywhere I have been.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 12:08 AM
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Re: Kemetrek Boots

I wore danners for over 20 years and still do sometimes, but they are not the boot they use to be, atleast imo.
Now I mostly wear Kennetrek Mtn Ext. and love this boot. They are stiff which I like since I have bad ankles.
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