Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 21 to 27 of 27
  1. #21
    Administrator robby denning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    SE Idaho
    Posts
    5,835
    Post Thanks / Like

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnjack View Post
    I've been lingering for years, but this review inspired me to create an account. I have simply never been more disappointed in a piece of footwear. I got mine a little over two years ago and the waterproofing didn't last until archery elk season. I did a number of alpine lake backpacking trips, and I do hike a lot, but I figure I got less than 100 miles out of these boots before complete failure. The sides blew out and the wind-tex sock wore out. They we're in the garbage 18 months after I bought them.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Thanks for sharing. I got 17 months and 80 miles to go, stay tuned. They'd have to seriously take a turn for the worst in the next 80 miles to match your experience.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  2. Thanks 1 Member(s) thanked for this post
  3. #22
    Administrator robby denning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    SE Idaho
    Posts
    5,835
    Post Thanks / Like
    Don't let that three week absence fool you, I've been in the hills most all of that. I'm losing track but I should have about 30 days on these boots now. Not all day use, but when they're on, it's one to four miles. I'd estimate 30 miles or so.

    They were a little tougher to break in, but once they were, I've had no problems. Remember I have a big fat foot so their wides fit, but no room to spare and when I sidehill, I can feel it but not enough to blister me or get me sore.


    What they are excellent at is support to weight ratio. When I archery hunt in hot weather, I use very light hikers. Once the weather cooled and I put the Hardscrabbles on, I realized just how much support they have but they are not too stiff (earlier they were, but now you only feel the support.) I've carried a 50lb pack with them and they handle well.

    The country I've been hunting is very rocky and nasty.



    Here are some wear & tear pics:





    they're doing well. What I haven't hunted in is rain and wet, but that's coming so stay tuned.

  4. Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post
  5. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    931
    Post Thanks / Like
    Robby,

    I'm enjoying your review, cause I've been thinking about getting a pair of these. I've been using their Mountain Extreme NI boots. I've found them to be very waterproof, so I would expect the same out of the ones you're wearing.

    Good luck on your hunts and with your boots.

    I'll be "retesting" mine the first week of October in WY. Lol

  6. #24
    Senior Member Gumbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    SW Montana
    Posts
    466
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by mtnjack View Post
    I've been lingering for years, but this review inspired me to create an account. I have simply never been more disappointed in a piece of footwear. I got mine a little over two years ago and the waterproofing didn't last until archery elk season. I did a number of alpine lake backpacking trips, and I do hike a lot, but I figure I got less than 100 miles out of these boots before complete failure. The sides blew out and the wind-tex sock wore out. They we're in the garbage 18 months after I bought them.
    I'm sorry, but this is absolute garbage. How can a side blow out on a hardscrabble? Kennetreks are incredibly burly boots, except for the Bridgers, but no one with experience would buy those expecting anything more than what they are. I have 3 pairs of Kennetreks and my wife has one. I have Hardscrabbles on right now. The only issue I have had is some minimal stitching separation on the inside heel cup of my UI Mountain Extremes, which took 5 years and countless hard miles to happen. In spite of this they are still fully waterproof and will last another year at least. I will replace them with another pair. I know some folks get wicked blisters in these, but I am fortunate enough to never get blisters in any boot that fits properly. You can't buy a better boot than Kennetrek provided they work for your foot type.

  7. Thanks 1 Member(s) thanked for this post
  8. #25
    Administrator robby denning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    SE Idaho
    Posts
    5,835
    Post Thanks / Like

    Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker review

    Gumbo and N2Turkeys, thanks for chiming in. I'm sure these boots are plenty waterproof, and I'm certainly not gonna find out in one season of use, just want to let people now I am going to get them wet. Good to hear I can look down the road a few years and expect them to be performing well. Mtnjacks post perplexed me too, but if that's truly his experience, this is the place to post it. I just can't see these boots falling apart that fast based on how I've use them so far. No I'm not a hard-core backpacker, but I do put some miles in and I hunt a lot.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  9. #26
    Administrator robby denning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    SE Idaho
    Posts
    5,835
    Post Thanks / Like

    Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker review

    Quote Originally Posted by N2TRKYS View Post

    I'll be "retesting" mine the first week of October in WY. Lol
    We'd love some pics of your "retesting". Honestly that's the one thing that we Rokstaff really can't comment on in our reviews, we typically get a boot, use it for a season and then write about it. It's you guys that have three or four years of use on a boot that we need to hear from.

    Good luck on your hunts too

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  10. Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post
  11. #27
    Administrator robby denning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    SE Idaho
    Posts
    5,835
    Post Thanks / Like
    Here is my final update as I'm putting the boots away till spring. I wore them from 90+ degrees all the way down to the twenties (I'd only recommend them for temps around freezing and below for active hunts as they are uninsulated,) and from dry to raining to snowing conditions.



    I realize boots are the most subjective piece of gear we use, but I had great experiences with these; "comfortably stable" is the best way I can describe them.



    This is them after about 45 days use and probably 50-100 miles (very hard to estimate that one). No rand separation, no excessive wear, broke in well before the 50 mile mark. No leakage either. I can't imagine not getting 3-5 seasons of use out of these for me.


    I packed out a front quarter and cape, skull, antlers on a buck (prolly 50#?) 1.5 miles of down and up terrain, and they did very well with no blisters or hotspots.

    I have a very hard time believing it when people say they're wearing holes in these in less than 100 miles! I'm not as hardcore as some, but I do hunt a lot and most mule deer terrain is as unforgiving as any. Ultimately everyone has their own experiences and we can only hope that people are being truthful and not have a hidden agenda.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •