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Califelkslayer
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Jul-17-11, 
11:48 PM (MST)
"Kenetreks"

I'd like to here from some with experience with these boots. A lot of my hunting is pure walking, no stopping. i was thinking of going with a non-insulated boot. A friend says his beet never get cold. I hunt chukar, late season in snow. usually a 200-440 gram insulate boot is plenty. At $400.00 a copy I don't want to buy 2 pair until I wear them for a while. Any suggestions?

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Kenetreks  Shummy      Jul-18-11   1 
  RE: Kenetreks  bowhunt      Jul-19-11   2 
 RE: Kenetreks  rick      Aug-05-11   3 
  RE: Kenetreks  littlejoe      Aug-05-11   4 
   RE: Kenetreks  WVHUNTER      Aug-07-11   5 
    RE: Kenetreks  monstermule...      Aug-07-11   6 
     RE: Kenetreks  idig4au      Aug-13-11   7 

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Shummy
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Jul-18-11, 
06:39 PM (MST)
1. "RE: Kenetreks"

I'm interested in this too!

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bowhunt
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Jul-19-11, 
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2. "RE: Kenetreks"

Great question, and concern.

I only use non / lightly insulated boots, and then wear good socks to make up the difference.

I have hunted deep snow, in sub zero weather and been fine.

So I would go with not much insulation and wear good socks.

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rick
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Aug-05-11, 
08:29 PM (MST)
3. "RE: Kenetreks"

I have the Kenetreks that are noninsulated that work great for elk hunting that I do in New Mexico. I have used these boots also for Mule deer hunts in New Mexico. Have used them for 4 hunts in 2 years. Feet never got cold.
Bought these boots in Dallas when Rocky Mount Elk show was here 2 years ago.
I talked with the sales person there after try on boots about which boot was best for hunting when you are moving. His suggestion was to use the noninsulated boot for most all hunts in the lower 48 states. Suggested the insulated boots for Canada & Alaska where it is colder.
Boots are not cheap but are very well made. Don't think you will be dissatisfied with Kenetreks.

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littlejoe
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Aug-05-11, 
09:40 PM (MST)
4. "RE: Kenetreks"

I have both the uninsulated and insulated Kenetreks. I love both of them. My feet get cold when I sit and glass and so it is all about the temperature. If not to cold I will always go uninsulated but it is going to be freezing or colder no question I want that insulation. All of their products are good. I highly recommend.

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WVHUNTER
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Aug-07-11, 
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5. "RE: Kenetreks"

I have the Kenetrek Mountain Extreme 400. Went on an Alaska sheep hunt last year and waded streams a lot and had wet moss and grass to walk through every day. My feet were wet by the end of the first day and were wet for eight days.

These aren't Gortex, they are the Kenetrek brand waterproof menbrane.

These boots are very comfortable in dry weather but I wouldn't buy them to hunt in the snow. Worst pair of waterproof boots I ever owned.

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monstermuleyman
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Aug-07-11, 
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6. "RE: Kenetreks"

LAST EDITED ON Aug-07-11 AT 04:44 PM (MST)

Alright boys here is my experience with my Mountian Extreme Non-Insulated keneys...

I got a pair last summer (2010). I DID put one coat of the Kenetrek boot protectant to help repel water, and I did take very good care of them. I used them on 6 hikes, 6 shed hunting trips, 7 days of fieldwork, and 3-4 days of hunting muleys on the extended Wasatch (snow and cold). In my opionion, they were extremely comfortable and I loved the stiff soles for the rocky terrain.

During this time, there were several days when I was hiking in snow all day, as well as wading in creeks (ankle deep)soaking the boots and my feet never felt a drop of moisture...until I did it for consecutive days. I started to notice a small amount of moister and it only got worse from there. (I would let them dry out between use)it finally got to the point that my feet would be soaked within an hour of even walking in tall dew covered grass.

I was so pissed that they were leaking after that kind of an investment I called the customer support line and they had me send them back for testing. I received an email letting me know that they had done a leak test on them and sure enough... they were leaking.

One week later, I received a brand new 2011 pair of with no cost to me. I can say that they have great customer service and stand behind their products. But, i do think they need more testing on the membrane material, or they need to work with the Gortex brand material. If they could get this issue worked out, i would say they are the best possible boots.

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Aug-13-11, 
09:26 AM (MST)
7. "RE: Kenetreks"

I have both the Mountain Extreme 1000g and the Alaska Guide Boots with the 400 g insulation. I originally purchased the Alaska guide model for backpack sheep hunting due to their extra stiffness. They pretty much save my life on my last sheep hunt due to the steepness and extreme country. Their soles were the only thing keeping me attached to the mountain. They will be my full time boot for hunting....I like them that much.

My mountain extreme boots are great as well, but only use them for really cold hunts. I used them in a -40 F hunt this past feb and my feet never got cold. Their 400 g model would be a great boot as well for all around hunting.

I highly recommend them. I do the same type of hunting as you do...lots of back pack and hiking. Haven't had any foot problems with them and they are great with a load on the back. They do take a few miles to break in so be prepared. Just put on the moleskin on the key areas on the foot when you first get them and you'll be good when breaking them in.

Prior to the Kenetreks, I used to only wear Danner's. I thought they were the end all to be all boots until I tried the Kenetreks. You'll be happy with the investment and you get what you pay for!

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