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Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by w8n4rutnmt, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. w8n4rutnmt

    w8n4rutnmt Well-Known Member

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    Just picked up a pair of Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hikers for a screaming deal ($160 brand new). Couldn't pass it up. Just wondering what anyones experiences with them are. pros and cons?? break in period??
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  2. accubonded

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    While I don't have the hardscarbbles I do have the mountain extremes and I tried where them in the evenings walking up and down the stairs trying to break them in for about 2 weeks. It didn't work well, opening day of rifle season I put 12 or so miles on them and my heels were raw. But after that they were like butter for the rest of the year. Give yourself and extended break-in period just to be on the safe side. Your feet will thank you.
     

  3. coyotelite

    coyotelite Well-Known Member

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    you will be pleased! Boots like these take 20 to 50 miles to break in completely. However this can be shortened by wetting your socks before going on a hike. I don't mean soaked, but wet then ringed out. One of the most important things is to keep the leather conditioned with a quality leather conditioner. gun)
     
  4. J300UM

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    That is a screamin deal! My buddy swears by them. I tried some on and they were too narrow for my feet so I got a pair of Asolo hikers of similar design. We both figured out pretty quick that the best thing we could do is rip the factory insoles out and replace them with a good quality insole like those from Superfeet or even better yet the Synergy Footbed from Lathrop and Sons. Your feet will love you for it!!!
     
  5. coyotelite

    coyotelite Well-Known Member

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    great point! The first thing I do with all my shoes and boots is to get superfeet insoles. go to a good performance running shoe store and have them fit you for insoles and get them for your shoes and boots!
     
  6. mackkonigsfeld

    mackkonigsfeld New Member

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    Ya I have the same boots. They really remind me of hockey skates. Skates are a bitch to break in but once you get them going, they support and fit like a dream. It took me 25-30 miles to break them in and I was worried at the start but once you get them broken in its amazing.
    I love the hardscrabbles but they are a little chilly. November in Montana is a little too cold for this boot but they are amazing archery and early rifle season boots. You're gonna love those boots once you break them in. Just keep telling yourself that they will be the best boots you've ever owned.
    Oh and for the break in I just used the Kenetrek boot wax on the leather every 5 miles to keep them softening up. Walking in wet wool socks doesn't sound fun ha ha
     
  7. w8n4rutnmt

    w8n4rutnmt Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the info guys. so far i have about 12 miles on them. they felt stiff and a little tight for the first 7 or 8 miles. it seems like they hit a magic point after that when they started to relax. wish i would have gotten the tip about telling myself they would be great after break in earlier, because the first few miles were tough, haha. paired with kenetrek gaitors i am really starting to enjoy them.

    again, thanks for the input
     
  8. kstrick

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    Where the heck did you get a deal like that!! Do they have anymore "deals"??
     
  9. w8n4rutnmt

    w8n4rutnmt Well-Known Member

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    kstrick,
    where are you located?
    I got them at Bob Wards in Bozeman, MT
    Some kind of winter clearance sale, they were 40% off lowest marked price (which was lower than normal for some reason)
     
  10. kstrick

    kstrick Well-Known Member

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    thanks!!
     
  11. bowhunter42

    bowhunter42 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys, I just wanted to pass on a lil piece of info, If your boots have gore-tex in them and they are a little on the worn side,check and see if they leak, if so you can call 800 gore tex and they will take the boots and check them and if they do leak will replace them for free. I just Got a new pair of LOWAS gtx extreme's from them. my old pair was 4 years old with alot of backcountry miles on them. was planning on replacing them this year when I found out about this. saved myself over 400 bucks. ya gotta love a company that stands behind their productlightbulb
     
  12. Greg Duerr

    Greg Duerr Well-Known Member

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    I have had my Mt Extreams for four years now...................last year I had the second set of soles put on as I wore the others completly out..................

    I hunt in really rocky country in Nevada and I can honesty say that I would not go out with out them ...............they are the BEST boot I have ever worn.................For rocky steep country you cant dind a better boot period!!
     
  13. bhtkevin

    bhtkevin Active Member

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    Sounds like taking advantage of a good system. If you got your use out of them, buy a new pair.