Anyone who has spent significant time in harsh terrain is familiar with the reputation of Kenetrek Boots; either because you have worn them or because you wished you had worn them.
Kenetrek uses some of the most durable materials, configured in a way to provide supreme comfort and reduce the risk of injury on rugged terrain.
Mountain Extreme 400 The Mountain Extreme 400 from Kenetrek provides full coverage of the ankle with a 10-inch leather upper. Aggressive K-Talon multi-directional tread gives you supreme traction in hard, sharp rocks or loose scree. The K-Talon outsole not only provides exceptional grip, but is tough enough to resist cutting and tearing.
One piece leather vamps without seams, wrap your toe and ankle. Inside, the midsole is constructed of nylon and runs the full length of the foot bed to give tremendous support and protection to the entire foot.
The soft microfiber shell is filled with 400 grams of Thinsulate to allow moisture to quickly wick away, while providing ample insulation without bulk. Seam taped, Wind-Tex booties, made with a microporous waterproof and breathable membrane, keep you dry and allow sweat vapor to escape. These boots aren’t designed for summer hiking. They are created for serious backcountry mountain hunters going into serious environs, so they are built tough. They weigh in at 4.2 pounds a pair, which is actually very light for boots designed to do what the Mountain Extreme 400 does.
Bridger Ridge Light Hikers For those looking for a lighter quality boot that will provide ample protection in warmer environments, the Bridger Ridge Light Hiker from Kenetrek provides support and protection with a lightweight, breathable hiking boot in hiking boot height. When things get wet, the eVent Membrane technology will keep your feet dry and still allows sweat to escape from the inside. A rugged and super aggressive tread eats up the hiking trail and the stitched-in, K-strap laces distribute support from the sole upwards, wrapping your feet in reinforcement. I have personally worn the Bridger Ridge for over two years of hard hiking and search and rescue operations and can attest to not only their comfort, but how many sprains they have saved me from. They are cool and breathable, even on long hot days on the trail or going cross country.
Hunting Gaiters With deep snow, comes snow creep up your pant legs. To prevent snow creep, Kenetrek has created their Hunting Gaiters, with the same quality and attention to details as their boots. Made of a quite camo tricot fabric so you can sneak up on an animal, they are also reinforced with 1,000 Denier Nylon for exceptional ruggedness. The breathable StormBlocker membrane lets moisture escape, but keeps your pant legs and boots dry underneath. Replaceable Hypalon boot straps will not collect snow and ice like other materials. For deep snow or even wet grass, the Kenetrek Hunting Gaiters are an indispensable aid to slog through even the slushiest snow or rain to stay warm and dry.
Check out the full line of Kenetrek products in your local Sportsman’s Warehouse footwear department and see why top hunters insist on Kenetrek.
My name is Lisa Deming. I'm the editorial assistant for Sportsman's News Magazine. I have three kids and we live an active outdoor lifestyle.