Boots for Hunting high / backpacking

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by Villreinjeger, May 19, 2011.

  1. Villreinjeger

    Villreinjeger Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2011
    Has anyone used the Kayland Apex Rock boots?

    I think of using them for Tahr- Hunting.

    However, I doubt they last long in shingelscrees?

    Very light though at 750grams a pair, and fit step-in crampons.
    Last edited: May 19, 2011
  2. or6523

    or6523 Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    I recently hunted a month in nz with two of the weeks spent hunting tahr. i took a pair of danner pronghorns and they lasted a month. your boots are always wet. if i did it again two pair of comfortable boots and an ice axe. is the hunt guided? and is it public land?

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2007
    Look at KENETREK, great,tough boots.
  4. thewileyone13

    thewileyone13 Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    I have never been hunting in those conditions. I know that a lot of the SCI members are promoting Kenetrek, I know a few guides that are using Kenetrek, Scarpa and HanWag. I believe they fit the crampons also.

    Post pics when you get back!!! Good luck on the hunt.
  5. bigbrother

    bigbrother Well-Known Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    I've had great luck with Vasque in a shorter boot. I wore them in New Zealand this April. I also have a 4 year old pair of Meindl Perfeckt Hunters that I wear religiously hunting around home and have worn them in the Montana high country for 7 days in knee deep snow. I would recommend that boot as well although they are certainly not a "light" boot but as far as rugged, I've not seen their equal.
  6. permaculture

    permaculture Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2011
  7. rcdinaz

    rcdinaz Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2011
    I havne not tried the Kayland's, I bought a pair of Asolo Fugitive GTX this year and they are the best boots I have found yet and seem to be very durable so far. I live in AZ where it is rocks and stickers everywhere and they still look good. I have had Danner's, Cabela's, Irish Setters, Rockies, and others and these are far better. Not saying the others arent good, still like the Danners, these just fit me the best.

    No perfect answer on boots just try on a bunch and find some that fit well and abandon searching for one brand just get the features you want in the one that fits the best and change your socks often and your feet will be happy.
  8. tooele

    tooele Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    look at lathrops and sons if you want a great pair of boots. A little spendy, but really fit well in the end. Insulation is the only issue with the lathrops.
  9. RDM416

    RDM416 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Lowa "Sheephunters". I hunted dalls sheep in Alaska a few years back in a pair of these. We spent a lot of time in "scree" and my boots survived with just a few surface scratches. My guides new pair of Vasq boots looked like they had been run through a shredder. Since then, these boots have survived several years of elk hunting and guiding in some very rough rocky country in NM and are no worse for wear.

    They are lightly insulated, and the only downside is they are fairly heavy. However, if you want a pair of boots that will not let you down in rough country I don't think you have to look any further.
  10. DanMan

    DanMan Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2010
    I got some Kennetreck Mnt Extremes 2 years ago and they are as tuff as all get out with outstanding support for your ankles and legs. My only complaint has been trying to get them broken in so they wont rub blisters on my heels without using moleskin. I just got some new footbed inserts from Lathrop's and hope they do the trick. A recent 3 mile jog on the treadmill looks promising.
    Anyone else had similar experience?
  11. solitude

    solitude Active Member

    Aug 11, 2011
    Check out Schnee's hunting boots, and Lowa Hunter and Tibet series.
  12. Rhino Hunter

    Rhino Hunter Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2010
    I have a pair of Lowa Tibet GTX's and they are incredible. Tons of support and seemingly indestructible. A great boot!
  13. mtbohunter

    mtbohunter Active Member

    Nov 6, 2011
    This year I tried a pair of Crispi Ascent GTX during archery season in High mountain hunting and I have to say they are by far the Best boots I have ever known! So good in fact I purchased a pair of Hunter HTG GTX for rifle season and they were awesome as well! No problem right of of the box with either pair, and they both support crampons.
    The Ascent is a Super light non insulated Mountaineering/Trekking boot that has a somewhat stiff wrap around exterior that protects your foot from rolling on steep terrain, while the Hunter is an all leather insulated full protection boot that weighs a little more but offers more protection.
    I have had several different styles of Meindl's in the past and paid just as much for less. You get what you pay for in boots and Crispi's have my lifelong vote! Hand made in Italy.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  14. Villreinjeger

    Villreinjeger Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2011
    I couldn't find this model - sheephunter. Which model is it?

    I've tried the Kayland Apex Rock and MXD on, and they fit well, but I am worried about durability because of all the seams and exposed softer areas..

    The Kenetrek, preferably the Desert Hunter, would be my choice if they were sold over here and fit me...!

    I'll look into the Lowas and Crispi as they are sold here too.

    When I find a durable boot that fit I'll buy two pairs!!;)