Hunting boots have come a long way from when I started hunting back in the early 2000’s. Back then, hunting boots were very stiff, and didn’t have a whole lot of comfort. You would normally buy the boot, and then immediately replace the insole with a better one to provide any support. They would also feel stuffy because of the Gore-Tex waterproof lining, and of course I probably wasn’t wearing the right socks to boot. Lastly, they weren’t too expensive, from what I could remember paying, maybe anywhere from $100 to $200 max. Nowadays, that’s more of a down payment on some of the new boots that have hit the market. Now, for the real question, “Are they worth it?” Well, let’s break it down.
Like I said previously, the technology, and comfort of hunting boots has come extraordinary lengths from just 10 years ago. Companies like Kenetrek came on to the scene and made a big splash in the hunting boot industry. I used to work in Cabela’s footwear about 10 years ago, and I still remember the first day we received a pair of Kenetrek boots in our freight. I was talking with other outfitters about them, and could not believe the price. $350 for a pair of boots?! That sounded outrageous to me at the time (and looking back, I probably should’ve bought a pair when I still had my discount). Now, the Kenetrek Mountain Extreme Non-Insulated Boot cost $465. So what makes this boot so expensive? A lot actually. This boot comes with one of the best warranties I have ever seen from a boot manufacturer. On their website it states, “Our products are warrantied to be free of manufacturing defects. If any Kenetrek product fails due to defective materials or poor workmanship within 12 months from the date of purchase and before the soles are worn 75%, they will be repaired or replaced by Kenetrek. Damages caused by improper care, alterations, accidents, or natural wear and tear are not covered. Send your defective or damaged products to Kenetrek for evaluation. If Kenetrek deems your product defective, we will repair or replace it at our expense.” This boot is also made from some of the highest quality of materials which also factors into the price. I remember trying on the boots, and realized that the sole had zero give, however the sole also made a U shape that propelled you forward as you walked. It almost felt like if your foot was in a big black foot cast you got from the doctor’s office. The boot was designed to keep your foot in place, which in turn would cause less foot stress, and wouldn’t hurt your feet. I wasn’t quite sold on them, and ended up purchasing a pair of Danner Pronghorns that I still have to this day. I bought my Danner’s on sale for less than $200, and I still really like them. My boots would need to seriously break down before I consider spending $500 on a pair.
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