I have been wearing Scarpas for the last few years and they have taken a beating. They have been with me hunting in Texas twice, roaming the mountains here in BC, and hunted the dry terrain of Spain. Last season I noticed they were starting to break down, while climbing they were starting to give me hot spots on my heels. I know many people that use and swear by Kenetrek so I thought I’d try something new. So in January 2016 at the Sheep Show in Reno, I visited the Kenetrek booth and picked myself up a pair of their women’s Mountain Extreme 400 boots. I always have cold feet and just before the show I was chasing cats with friends in my big, clunky winter boots and decided an insulated pair would be the better option. I’m famous for always having cold feet. This way I could wear them during early spring for shed hunting and bear hunting, later season elk, deer and cat hunting.
I have had the chance to wear them for a full year now and they are still like new and still waterproof. I wore them shed hunting in the snow as soon as I got them, they were comfortable right out of the box and didn’t require a break in period. I even took them up in the rocks to do some photography and they were nice to climb in. They are a little too warm to wear hiking in the summer, if you have fairly warm feet I don’t suggest wearing the insulated ones between June to the end of September. We had a cold fall so I was able to wear them for the whole hunting season September- November and really put them to the test. For my elk hunt, they kept my feet warm and helped support my ankles when I had 80+ pounds extra on my back hiking up. My mountain goat hunt was a great test in the steep terrain and constant rain. They kept my feet 100% dry and warm, it rained for weeks on end in the area so everything was saturated and continued to rain on my 3 day hunt. Never once did I have to worry about wet or cold feet. I did find that the laces would slip, even when double knotted, and loosen which made hiking extremely difficult and tiring. I would have to stop and re-tie my boots in the middle of climbing. As long as they were tight, they provided excellent support and we’re comfortable to climb in. I didn’t get the chance to go cat hunting this past winter due to a back injury, but I did wear them ice fishing and I was glad I did. Once it started warming up the ice under the snow started to melt and it was 6 inches of slush with 3 inches of snow on top. Even with all that slush and stepping through a 12 inch crack in the ice filled with water, they kept my feet dry and warm.
Kenetrek made these boots with all the great features of the men’s mountain extreme boots but cut for a woman’s foot. They have a narrower heel and a slightly trimmer design. Insulated with 400 grams of Thinsulate insulation and weigh 3.2 lbs per pair. They are made with a one piece vamp of 2.8mm top grain leather on top of stiff nylon midsole with high traction k – talon outer sole. They have a waterproof, breathable windtex membrane and the tongue is attached as one piece to help keep it in place, help with waterproofing and comfort. They are available in women’s whole and half sizes with a medium width from a 6-10. They are made in Italy.
The Kenetrek mountain extreme 400 boots start at $440 and can be purchased at http://www.kenetrek.com/WOMENS-MOUNTAIN-EXTREME-400/productinfo/KE-L416-4/
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