Boots - Kenetrek vs...

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by Hoss Smith, Jul 8, 2019.


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  1. Hoss Smith

    Hoss Smith Member

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    I have bad feet. I’m old. And I’m a big guy. Kenetreks are great for me and I’m about done experimenting. For mountain hunts, and rough terrain, for me there is nothing better. I even work cattle in them - not horseback.. I would like something a bit lighter for more every day type wear, scouting, atv rides, short hikes, upland hunting, that sort of stuff. I hear Crispi are made in the same factory as Kenetrek. Can anyone confirm? Anyone know if they are built on the same last? The toe box and high arch of the Kenetrek are what allow me to go all day in them.
     
  2. Rick Richard

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    I use Kenetreks also and would not trade. So, I ask why go in another direction if they work for you? Just an opinion.
     
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  3. Hoss Smith

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    Actually that is why I have not gone in another direction. Just tossing this out there
     
  4. Kcco

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    Im a kene man, my cousin who introduced me to them recently switched to lathrop and sons due to his cronic feet problems and said he'll vever go back. he did the foam food mold deal with them and loves those boots. i say stick with the kenetreks unless you have a change
     
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  5. Kcco

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    have you ever tried wesco or whites?
     
  6. Hoss Smith

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    Ordered a pair of whites, wore them around the house for a week. Sent them back.,
     
  7. zr600

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    What did you not like about the whites? I have a pair of nicks which is a another knock off of whites. They take way more then a week to break in the break in is brutal but once mine were broke in they are great. They are heavy though mine are steel toe work boots. I wear them pretty much every day. With my job I was replacing regular work boots like keens dr martins ariat every year to 6 months. I ha e had these for two years now holding up great no need for a new boot anytime soon will have to resole them though. I love these. I have been thinking about Kennetreks or Crispis for hunting though.
     
  8. Rick Richard

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    Keep in mind, if Kenetreks fit than they are extremely comfortable. However, their soles will wear rather quickly if worn on a daily basis. I had to replace mine after about three or four hunting seasons if I remember correctly and they were only worn about two or so weeks a year not counting the initial few weeks I used for breakin.
     
  9. SilverbulletMAG

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    No idea if they're made in the same factory or not but wouldn't think so. Either way though, the Crispi line of boots are hands down the most comfortable I've tried personally with very little (if any) break in time needed.
     
  10. loneranger916

    loneranger916 Previously Andre Doroshuk

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    I've been looking for boots as well.. Came across Irish Setters.. theyre made by Red Wing.. I hear both positive things, and negative, so not if its worth the commitment. Has anyone worn these out in the backcountry and can confirm? Maybe thats something you might consider..
     
  11. Mark L

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    I have the same problem. 6' 3", 265lbs, size 13. I bought some Lowa's after being referred to them by a friend. I LOVE them!! I wear them every day. They're the only boot that the sole hasn't fell apart after 6 months.

    They are like wearing a pair of slippers, but yet have support. My back doesn't hurt and they are waterproof. They do run a little small. I usually wear a 13, but got a 14 in these and they're perfect.

    I have these: https://www.lowaboots.com/mens/task-force-tactical-hunting/zephyr-gtx-hi-tf-desert
     
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  12. Braunschweiger

    Braunschweiger Well-Known Member

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    I had purchased the Crispi Titan GTX's from Midway's sale last year. They are incredible boots. Here's the thing... everyone's feet are different so it's hard to say what will work for you vs other options.
     
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  13. WanderingGoatie

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    I'm only 5'10" 175 but I wore my Salomon GTX boots for elk, antelope, and daily use for about 2 years straight. I loved the boots originally, and they were waterproof for at least the first few months. At about 8 or nine months they started getting wear spots on the uppers/fabric portion where they were a hinge point. Stayed comfortable but any chance of water repellency was gone.

    I just picked up some Asolos. I've only worn them five or six times on one hour long morning hikes, but so far so good. They're waterproof/goretex and extremely light weight.
     
  14. Quicksilver338

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    Not necessarily lighter, but I have ran the Scarpa grand dru gtx for the past 2 seasons and have logged well over 100 miles on them. Other hunting partners all wear kenetreks and not sure if it's just me or their limitations...but in the same terrain it seems that mine hold up a bit better as far as stiffness and traction. Mine required not break in period and plan on buying another pair after these wear out.