Kenetrek Mountain Extreme Series
As a creature of habit, I don’t typically change the type of boots I wear. As western hunters can attest, few things will take you out of a hunt as quickly as foot problems, so I usually just stick with what works for me. Usually I like to bring at least two pairs of boots on a hunt, just in case! Since I’ve made the switch to Kenetrek Mountain Extremes I haven’t touched touched a back-up pair in months!
The break-in period is on par with other boots we have tested in the past. It usually takes about 20 miles before the boot starts to form fit with the unique curvature of each individuals feet. The Kenetrek boots were no different, although when all was said and done, they fit very well, are free of rubbing, plus they will keep your feet protected from anything Mother Nature throws your way!
In comparison to other boots we have tested (Hanwag, Zambelan, Lowa, and Danner), the Kenetrek Mountain Extremes, once broke in, may be the most comfortable. The have a nice stiff trekking sole is not to overbearing, flexible enough to navigate with confidence, although not nearly as stiff as ski boots. The flexibility is right at that “happy medium” the industry has been trying to attain for years!
It is hard to speak to the longevity of these boots, but I would say if anything is going to wear out first it would be the K-Talon outsoles. While these boots have great traction they do seem to slightly wear faster than some others we have tested.
At the end of the day, these boots are hard to beat and will most likely be with me for many hunts to come!