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  1. seattleman1969

    seattleman1969 Well-Known Member

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    I have two pairs I use regularly:

    1. Kenetrek Hardscrabble "Hikers" - Low top that I use for 3 seasons, with gaiters in early season snows. Probably the most comfortable, functional boot out of the box that I have ever purchased. I have 18 months on them now and they have seen a lot of climbing and hiking. After being wiped with a damp cloth they still look new. I am constantly surprised at how tough they are and how well they continue to wear.

    2. Cabela's Iron Ridge all leather 800s - these are my dead of winter boots, they are very waterproof... never had an issue.

    I treat both pairs twice a year with a healthy dose of Obenaufs Boot Oil.
     
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  2. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Kenetreks are the most comfortable boot for MY feet. The only thing is be prepared to resole much sooner than you would expect. I barely got over three seasons before the soles were noticeably worn down. However, I did send them back for the refurbishment option and they returned as good as new.
     
  3. Hoss Smith

    Hoss Smith New Member

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    Just turned 60, probably put more than 100 miles on a pair of Kenetreks this fall. Plus summer hiking and scouting, and that many miles or more the previous 3 seasons, so this was season 4. I have bad feet. I need a good solid mid sole and plenty of toe box. Meindels worked good, I got 5 seasons out of them. Kenetreks are fantastic. Feet hardly hurt on a long day. We hunt and hike in northern New Mexico. In the past I have needed insulated boots when it was below 30. Kenetreks, with waterproof membrane, and a light pair of wool sock and a heavier pair over and my feet are good. I am now using them for the most expensive side work boots ever, but my feet hardly hurt on a long day and Not as tired. If I could just find something like them for horseback....
     
  4. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    I have a pair of Kennetreks uninsulated Mtn Extreme. They're probably 5 years old or so. The heel is very loose and causes severe blisters. Fine for sedate terrain but not the steeps, or at least not for me. Super solid boot otherwise though. Is that an "older model" thing or is it basically the same boot as it always was?

    Also, no love for Lowa's? I tried on a pair at REI today just to see what size I'd wear. They seem nice but they don't stock the more robust models. You gott'a order those online. Also, Crispi... they seem good too but their sizing is a little dinked up. They're about a half to a whole size to small.
     
  5. deerhunt01

    deerhunt01 Well-Known Member

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    I've had good luck with the Salomon Toundra; I'm on my second pair. Warm, and light. super solid boot with all the right features - lightweight, GTX, rugged outsole.
     
  6. Dirtscoots

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    I’ve worn Kenetrek mountain extreme for work and hunting for last few years very happy with them. I just got my first pair of crispi s I will only be using Kenetreks for snow hunts now. I’m very happy with my crispi boots a lot lighter and still water proof
     
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  7. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    So on those Crispi's... do they have lace locks that I'm starting to see on many of the boots lately? Lace locks grab and hold the laces after you tighten over the instep so they don't loosen up when you transition up the ankle. They're usually just a differently designed lacing hook/eyelet.
     
  8. Montana Gene

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    This is what I use from bow season, through rifle season. Kenetrek Mountain Extreme, non-insulated. I wouldn't sit in a stand with them but if you're doing a lot of hiking, with a good pair of merino wool socks, you'll be warm enough. They're very waterproof and fairly light. When you wear the soles out, send them into the factory and they will rebuild them for a lot less than a new pair.
    https://kenetrek.com/products/mount...MInYXy1fKC4QIVYhh9Ch2TCw7MEAQYAiABEgJPB_D_BwE
     
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  9. Dirtscoots

    Dirtscoots Member

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    I think mine are the gtx and they do not have the lace locks. I believe the la sport tivas are the only boots I’ve ever had w lace locks. The crispi do have great support and a stiff insole I climb power poles with them comfortably.
     
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