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RH300UM

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Anyone have a piece of gear they love?
Used it extensively and realized it’s a must have?
These boots are mine!!!!
12 plus years of using these 2 pairs. I run 2 pair and send them back to get resoled as needed. It’s been like having a new pair of boots every year. Being a highly active outdoors person and a Alaskan hunting guide, finding these boots was a big deal!
I use to go through 1 pair of boots every year.
Then I found Kennetrek and I never had another boot worry or issue again. EVER!!!!!
I’m religious about cleaning and greasing them. 2-3 times a year. More if I think needed. I’ve always used the Kennetrek boot wax. ALWAYS!
The service after the purchase has been top notch.
Thanks Kennetrek for a worry free foot

I wonder how many miles these things have gone with me?

I know one year I was anal about tracking it I got just short it 2k.
 

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Sockeye66

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As a 30+ year commercial fisherman, I often hunt in the same boots as I work in, Xtra-Tuffs. Only place they faulter is steep, rocky terrain, other than that, I absolutely can't do without them.
 

jimss

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Everyone tends to have their favorites that matches their particular style of hunting and fit/comfort on feet. I sent my Kennetrek Mtn Extremes back after the first day I tried them. I used them on rocky sidehills at work and felt like I was on stilts. They were super heavy, stiff, and would be nearly impossible to stalk game quietly. For me they were a nightmare!

My preference is Crispi's. It sounds like you have great luck with Kennetreks but they aren't for me and my style of hunting!
 

Bullmark

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Well I’ve been through some boots in my lifetime....and there are several brands that have worked out fine if I’m on the move or stop and go. But, god help me when I deer hunt and stay on stand for hours and hours. If it’s cold, maybe 25degrees (Fahrenheit) or less, my feet freeze.
When I was young I was doing everything wrong....cotton socks, boots too tight, etc. But over the yrs I’ve tried to follow good advice. I’ll use a liner sock, very light wicking material, and finish off with a fairly thick merino wool. Doesn’t matter, feet still freeze.
I have a pair of heated insoles that help ever so slightly.
Now I’m talking about totally stationary for long periods of time....otherwise my feet are fine.
My best luck has been taking off my boots, and putting my socked feet in a pair of large puffy boot blankets, and dropping in several hand warmers. But this is only possible when I’m using a large shooting house or ground blind, which isn’t that often. Not to mention, I feel like the biggest wuss ever, sitting there with these huge clown boots on.
So what has been the warmest boot for being on stand ? I will say that getting a size larger than actually fits has been warmer than my actual size.....a lot of extra room allows me to move my toes around better. Rubber boots with max insulation seem a touch warmer than a traditional leather upper boot.
Id love to hear from anyone else out there with cold feet.
 

RH300UM

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Well I’ve been through some boots in my lifetime....and there are several brands that have worked out fine if I’m on the move or stop and go. But, god help me when I deer hunt and stay on stand for hours and hours. If it’s cold, maybe 25degrees (Fahrenheit) or less, my feet freeze.
When I was young I was doing everything wrong....cotton socks, boots too tight, etc. But over the yrs I’ve tried to follow good advice. I’ll use a liner sock, very light wicking material, and finish off with a fairly thick merino wool. Doesn’t matter, feet still freeze.
I have a pair of heated insoles that help ever so slightly.
Now I’m talking about totally stationary for long periods of time....otherwise my feet are fine.
My best luck has been taking off my boots, and putting my socked feet in a pair of large puffy boot blankets, and dropping in several hand warmers. But this is only possible when I’m using a large shooting house or ground blind, which isn’t that often. Not to mention, I feel like the biggest wuss ever, sitting there with these huge clown boots on.
So what has been the warmest boot for being on stand ? I will say that getting a size larger than actually fits has been warmer than my actual size.....a lot of extra room allows me to move my toes around better. Rubber boots with max insulation seem a touch warmer than a traditional leather upper boot.
Id love to hear from anyone else out there with cold feet.
Being a Alaska guide my feet have been frozen many times. My worst times are on the float hunts in a raft for hours and hours in bad weather. In Hip boots!! It would take half the night in my sleeping bag to get feeling back in my toes only to go through the same process again the next day. I run Simms G3 guide boots and Choate hippies and Simms G4 chest waders now. Problem then becomes in the 30 degrees or lower times the stocking foot waders are frozen solid. So you start out frozen cold and never get warm all day.
 

nemike81

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There are many great boot manufactures, it would behoove us not to bring up a company like sheepfeet that make custom orthotics. These have made a world of difference for me. I currently run Crispi's in the Dakota and the summit.
 

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