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Califelkslayer
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Jan-23-14, 
11:00 PM (MST)
"Boots"

I bought a pair of Kenetrek extreme hunters, non-insulated, before last elk season. I loved them. Comfortable, great traction, feet never got cold althought they weren't insulated. During chukar season the bottoms of my feet got sore hunting in lava rock all day. I bought a pair of Miendl inserts and it cured that problem.

After probably 200-225 miles, the soles had worn significantly uneven. The outers were twice as worn as the inners. I sent them to Kenetrek for their $150.00 re-soling.

Since it takes 6 weeks to get them returned, I bought a pair of Cabelas boots by Miendl, not exactly sure what model but they are the light weights, maybe Lightweight hunters? Anyways, I got them with 400 grams insulate since I have the uninsulated Kenetreks. First time i wore them the bottoms of my feet got sore so I placed the severly used Miendl inserts from my Kenetreks in them. I hunted 4 1/2 hours Monday in semi rocky country, 5+ hours Tuesday in rocky country and another 6 hours today in extremely rocky country. I'm thinking I like these better then the Kenetreks but after only 20-25 miles on them, I still have to see how they last. In the past I've had to shut it down for a few days when the bottom of my feet get sore chukar hunting. after 3 hunts in the last four days I'm not sure I can get sore in these boots. I was walking across lava flows !/4 of the day today, and really rocky stuff the rest of the day. And I'm going again tomorrow.

Just my opinion but maybe helpful for the next guy.

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txhunter58
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Jan-26-14, 
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1. "RE: Boots"

if you go to the description on the ultralites, it says "imported". If you stick to the ones that say "made in Germany" (perfekt hikers, denalis, etc) you will have a better quality boot.

It is a shame that Miendl is now putting their name on inferior quailty boots made in the far east

txhunter58

venor, ergo sum (I hunt, therefore I am)

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Califelkslayer
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Jan-26-14, 
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2. "RE: Boots"

Since they were a boot to get me through until I get my Kenetreks back, I'm not too worried but I can see the leather on the uppers is really thin. But they had to give up something to reduce weight. The stitching is suspect too, IMO.

After Friday's hunt, I'd put 20+ hours in them this week and the leather was extremely dry. I spent an hour yesterday oiling them with a Kenetrek recommended product and they look lots better now.

We'll see how they hold up.

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