Ive got a background in Trapping, Mountaineering, Skiing, Ice climbing, high Mtn and river bottom / canyon hunting. I used many different boots, Skis, snowshoes, crampons and Baers feet and fat socks over boots in sneaking situations in lower country when warm. Ive used Cabelas lately for light and warm weather boots in easy mtn areas. In steep country I have worn out most hunting boot brands, seen friends with Kenetreks that gave them up. Ive used and use Scarpa, Koflach, La Sportiva, and as for pacs, Ive given up on most, I only Use Hoffmans, Tougher by far than any Schnees made which I wore out fast for a few years, Better quality than Whites by far, and a selection of types like no where else. They cater to Loggers, Miners, Foresters, Hunters and really pay attention to many users needs. They are made in North Idaho. They have better bottoms and soles, better fit and supported tops and You can get them corked with removable corks and a tool for removal. They are really great in slick conditions. Like for snow over small logs fallen down on steep slopes, that make you go sliding on your tail are way less of a problem with corks in the North Idaho and Western MT regions that I hunt and have hunted, climbed for goats and high country mule deer in snow. Everyone has their own preferences, in my opinion, you get what you pay for in great boots in better hard core performance and durability. Use what works for you, but look at better quality when heading for high rough country. That's my 2 cents worth.
I can only say most boots today are junk. I personally wore out a pair of boots in 9 Days hunting Pheasants. I was told it was because I was walking through Grass, give me a break. I blame it on China & Quality of Materials. I can only say buy the best you can.
I just ordered a new pair of Scarpa Fuego's Firefighters use them. Mountaineering guides also. These boots, and most mountaineering type boots by the best makers are tougher than anyone's hunting boots with better attention to real foot needs in tough steep country. You get what you pay for generally, but way too much hype in hunting boots. Mountaineering is way tougher on boots than hunting. But to each their own.
I wear the Meindl Alaska Hunters. I think they are awesome boots, and fit my foot better than some of the other high end brands. I'm sure you've noticed most people swear one brand is better than another, but if I could offer one piece of advice about choosing the right boot, is go with what boot fits your foot the best. Not all size 10s are the same. Nothing will screw up a hunt faster than boots that don't fit correctly. I don't think you are going to be disappointed in your choice going with a boot like Scarpas, Lowa, Kennetrek, Meindl or any of the other boots mentioned, as long as you take the time to try them all out. On a side note, I hunted AK a few weeks back, and got caught in a rain storm coming out of the alpine. Going through that Muskeg once you get into the tree line is a mess, and my boots were drenched. My buddy was wearing a pair of Scarpa's, and he stayed dry...Might have been because he was also wearing rain pants, but I was impressed with a boot that stayed dry when every step you took, you were sinking 5" down in mud over 6 miles.
Good points, I have used Meindl, La-Sportivas also in the past, just prefer Scarpa's as tougher overall and fit "for Me".
I have a buddy that just returned from a great Alaska archery Moose hunt. He and all the guides were wearing Scarpa's. My last pair lasted almost 8 years, that's a record for me. I tear up most normal boots in 2 to 3 seasons, and Scarpa's are bombproof, very waterproof, and if you need tougher and lighter, for snow and steep rock, ice and snow, their Koflach plastic line is unbelievably tough, warm, light and comfortable. I have an old pair that is still going after 20 years and one resoling. I use Berghaus rubber rand gaiters on them also in snow and wet conditions/ stream crossings. they are waterproof to the height of the gaiters that way, if you fit tight on your upper calf below the knee and waterproof pants, you can go fast even up to your knees and stay dry. Its an old Mountaineering method that works great in hunting applications.
Does anyone know anything about Lowa Civetta Extreme Mountaineering Boot, I've come across a pair for a really good price, I had intended on a pair of kenetreks, after reading some posts mountaineering boots might be a better idea. Tried to attach a pic for reference but not having much luck