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Contributors to this thread:
Bowhunter555 03-Jan-20
Dutchd 03-Jan-20
Hawkarcher 03-Jan-20
maxracx 03-Jan-20
hdaman 03-Jan-20
leftee 03-Jan-20
bill v 03-Jan-20
SBH 03-Jan-20
Bowhunter555 03-Jan-20
Bowhunter555 03-Jan-20
St52v 03-Jan-20
goyt 04-Jan-20
standswittaknife 04-Jan-20
standswittaknife 04-Jan-20
Bowhunter555 04-Jan-20
Scar Finga 04-Jan-20
Old School 04-Jan-20
woodguy65 04-Jan-20
Bowboy 04-Jan-20
RTJ1980 04-Jan-20
SBH 04-Jan-20
Hessticles 04-Jan-20
SmokedTrout 04-Jan-20
BOWNBIRDHNTR 06-Jan-20
Bowhunter555 06-Jan-20
From: Bowhunter555
03-Jan-20
Thinking about using Kenetrek boots Extreme 400 for whitetail hunting. I need extra ankle and foot support due to surgery that stopped me from hunting this year. Could anyone with any experience with these boots tell me if they should give me enough support.

From: Dutchd
03-Jan-20
I have been very pleased with mine. I have one leg and a prosthetic and these boots have been a godsend. good luck

From: Hawkarcher
03-Jan-20
Been very pleased with my mountain extremes. Plenty of support in ankle and arch.

From: maxracx
03-Jan-20
Been extremely happy with mine!!!

From: hdaman
03-Jan-20
I love mine!

From: leftee
03-Jan-20
^^^ Ditto.

From: bill v
03-Jan-20
They are solid Randy. Bought them for out west but use them some here in pa. Will definitely sturdy you up.

Now Randy, if your using this thread to convince your wife you NEED them, we’re glad to help! :)

From: SBH
03-Jan-20
Are you tree stand hunting in cold temps?

From: Bowhunter555
03-Jan-20
Couldn't hurt to have some helping the convincing Dept. Thanks for the replies.

From: Bowhunter555
03-Jan-20
Couldn't hurt to have some helping the convincing Dept. Thanks for the replies.

From: St52v
03-Jan-20
Look at Euro Optics, good prices!!

From: goyt
04-Jan-20
They are my sheep hunting boot. Should give you great support>

04-Jan-20
Love my 400 extremes but not a big fan of the hard scrabbles. Not sure why but they kill my feet.

04-Jan-20
Love my 400 extremes but not a big fan of the hard scrabbles. Not sure why but they kill my feet.

From: Bowhunter555
04-Jan-20
Yes, I tree stand hunt. In cold weather I plan on using boot blankets over the boots.

From: Scar Finga
04-Jan-20
A great solid boot, they don't fit me right, but that doesn't mean they aren't a great boot!

Have you tried them on? is there a store close by that sells them? Try before you buy, I had a lot of heal slippage when I tried them on, I went with Lowa Tibets…

Good Luck!

From: Old School
04-Jan-20
Lowa Caminos and Kennetrek Hardscrabbles for me. As stated above - find someplace that carries them and try them on. Getting boot advice is good, but everyone’s feet are different and what some people rave about will not work for your feet and vice versa. If you’re going to tree stand hunt and worry about warmth - pack along a pair of the Artic Shield boot blankets and you’ll be all set.

-Mitch

From: woodguy65
04-Jan-20
Great boots, if you get them I would also get their waterproofing boot wax and apply liberally at least twice a year, Ive never had any issues. Everybody feet are different - some guys absolutely hate them. For me they are the most comfortable "shoe" I own.

From: Bowboy
04-Jan-20
There great boots. I have the insulated and uninsulated Extremes. They fit my feet like a glove. They're a little stiff at first until you get them broke in. Go to your local dealer and try them. Like stated some folks don't like them. Shoes fit people's feet differently.

From: RTJ1980
04-Jan-20
I love mine. As stated there is a little break in time, but once broken in they are awesome. Just about ready to order another pair myself. I have 7-seasons worth of elk hunts on them with multiple pack-outs along with countless training hikes.

From: SBH
04-Jan-20
Love my Kennetreks. I have the uninsulated and use them for elk, bear, spot and stalk deer etc. I don't think you need to spend that much money on a pair of boots to just sit in a tree? They are worth their weight in gold for mountain hunting but seem like a waste of money for tree stand. I'd get something warmer.

From: Hessticles
04-Jan-20
Mine killed my feet, I bought the 400s but should have went uninsulated as I use them mostly for archery elk, I think my feet sweat too much and would give me blisters! When it's really cold they seem alot better and dont bother my feet! Crispis are my go to boot for elk now! Love them

From: SmokedTrout
04-Jan-20
I liked my Mountain Extremes when I first got them. But I pretty much wore them out with 3 months hunting mountain goats. They started squeaking, and I actually wore a hole in one of the uppers. I ended up using moleskin under the lacing to reduce the squeaking.

Granted they got tough use. Lots of rubbing against granite then a month and a half attached to snowshoes or crampons. And I must say my feet were comfortable on rough terrain.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
06-Jan-20
I'm not looking to endorse one brand or sound like a fan boy but just felt I could give a few valid opinions for you 555. I have a plate and 8 screws in my ankle due to a very dangerous hunt....stepped on ice while shed hunting and broke my leg with my a$$....lol. After surgery I knew I needed to look into some quality boot with great support as I wear boots EVERY day.

I started with Meindl Denali's and another model, maybe Alaskans but not sure. Both were comfortable for me but did not seem to hold up as long as I'd hoped.

Now I currently have 4 pairs. Three of which are mentioned above. Here' my take: 1. Kennetrek Mountain Extremes 400g. I can wait for cold weather to wear these boots. Extremely comfortable for me. I wear them deer and pheasant hunting and doing snow removal. 2. Lowa Camino's. These took the longest for me to break in but I have a screw that was causing most of the issues. These are now my everyday work boot. Also worn on a coues/muley hunt in Arizona. Very comfortable for me. Have been worn the most (everyday at work when it's warm) and still in great shape. 3. Kennetrek Hardscrabble's. I don't like the fit as well as the others but still has great support. These have become my boots I wear to go out and occasionally to go hiking in warm weather. 4. Lowa Tibets. Pretty comfortable but a bit heavy and warm in the summer and no insulation for winter. I wear these mostly for early season pheasants as I do prefer a taller boot most of the time.

Best advice of all those is to try on as many pairs as possible. Get something that feels like it has the support you are needing and then give them plenty of time to break in and feel comfortable.

Good luck, Jeff

From: Bowhunter555
06-Jan-20
Thanks for all the good info. I will be trying on a few different kinds in the weeks ahead. I am still healing and soon to get out of boot so just walking normally will be a great start. Thanks again.

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