A serious boot for rugged terrain, the 10 inch Mountain Extreme 400 is made with a one piece vamp of 2. 8 mm top grain leather on top of stiff nylon midsoles with high traction K-Talon outsoles. Waterproof, breathable Windtex membrane and 400 grams of Thinsulate Insulation keeps you warm and dry.
I bought these boots for trekking rocky, steep terrain and forest trails. The Kenetrek Hardscabbles are extremely supportive. I especially like the very stiff sole support for walking over sharp rocks and tree roots.
I happen to have arthritis in my big toe, right foot. Nomally very painful to walk, even on normal roads. But with the stiff sole, which has a rocker built in, walking/hiking is not a problem. I was amazed by this.
I inserted a pair of Superfeet trekking orthotics, a nice addition, but the insoles that come with the Kenetreks are very good quality and most likely just as good. I trated the leather with Kenetrek wax, which I found preferable to sno-seal or LP wax.
The Kenetrek is primarily a beeswax formula that won’t damage the rubber rand or weaken the stiching, and it works extremely well. Hiked through a very muddy, wet trail, submerged in water and mud up to the tops of the boots and afterwards noted that the insides were perfectly dry as the outersides beaded water.
These boots have a very stiff sole and will require some break in to obtain some flex, but after the break in they are extremely comfortable. The one piece leather tongue is a very nice touch. I bought a half-size larger than what the brannock (foot measurement) device read.
It read 11. 5 and I bought a 12 medium. This provides extra room for thick hiking socks or two pairs in the very coldest winter conditions. Pricey, but no regrets. Sometimes you actually get what you pay for.
Kenetreks are an extraordinarily well made boot that will last. I bought these after comparing them with the Crispi Nevadas, which were also very nice, but had too much flex in the sole for my liking.
It takes 50-100 miles to really break in the Kenetreks properly. Highly recommend these boots if you’re hiking rugged terrain.
I’ll start with a disclaimer: I needed to buy a men’s size because Kennetrek doesn’t make women’s boots in a wide width (which they really should for this particular boot, please Kennetrek just make one boot in a women’s wide, especially this one), so I have to put up with a sloppy fitting heel, which is not the fault of the boot.
These boots are superbly constructed and will last a very long time. I have bad feet and have had surgery on them so I really appreciate a boot that is designed to be as orthopedically comfortable as possible.
I am on my feet working all day and put in at least 8 miles a day walking around and standing on various surfaces. I was hoping for a boot that was comfortable enough to wear all day and to wear on long hikes, but these boots need a little bit of softer under-toe cushioning for that.
Even my regular Asolo hiking boots (also mens) have under-toe cushioning. After about 4 hours the soles of the boots start to feel uncomfortably hard under the ball of my foot and especially under my toes.
Otherwise the footbed has great support and generally reduces fatigue. If my feet can get used to these boots enough to last all day or I can figure out how to give my toes a little more cush, I’ll buy another pair with insulation for winter.
I purchased these boots in 2019 after a few hunts in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountain Range. I didn’t want to post a review until I got a chance to beat the heck out of them. Took about 50 miles to break in, but ohhh was it worth it.
I like to stack a wool sock on top of a dress sock and ratchet these things down using the “Heel Lock” lacing technique. Go find an insole that actually fits the bottom of your foot. Factory insoles are never the right answer no matter what the price tag.
You gotta find something that properly fits the shape of YOUR foot. I used to limit my movement to a couple miles a hunt. Once I ruled my feet out of the equation. 15, 20+ miles a day is pretty easy to do when your feet aren’t sad at you.
I’ve spent days and days moving in rain, creek beds, frost and dew covered meadows, climbing granite faces, shale, loose-dry-sage embankments. stayed perfectly dry, and no foot slop at all. Granted. don’t expect the boots to be a miracle worker for poor planning.
If your pants get wet. your socks get wet and water moves down. Wear gators. be smart. have happy feet. I’ve got roughly 150-175 miles in these and could easily triple that before I need to send them in for a new rand and resole.
Keep the leather waxed and brush off the metal grommets. You’ll never remember the 500$ price tag. Buy these boots and go be awesome.
A rugged, multifunction duty boot for service personnel or for days on the range. Built on our injected DuraPU midsole and PU MONOWRAP frame construction for support and stability, and a LOWA Cross II outsole for reliable traction.
Overall quality: 9/10 Waterproof: 7/10 Comfort:10/10 Style:10/10 Durability:9. 5/10 I purchased the Sage in size 12. I have had these out in all seasons and all terrain and slope types. The tread does chip off every now and then, especially in the beginning.
On and off trail, they provide plenty of traction and great support as I have a weak right ankle. They are useless if hiking on a sheet of ice but that is fixed with yak-trax. I have logged a few hundred miles in 2-ish years and they function great as a hiking boot on green, blue, or black trails.
After around 10 trips in 1’-2’ wet snow on higher elevation hikes, I know I pushed them beyond their design, but I can still trust them even though they are quite broken in. These are great in all seasons and I’ve never had any issue with them feeling too hot or cold with wool/cotton socks.
I use them now as a weekend work boot putting on 15-35 miles a month and to slip on when going outside. Being on my feet 10 hours a day doing tree trimming on the weekends is not a problem with how comfortable these are.
Hiking for a few hours in wet snow like I have is a bad idea unless you have an extra pair of socks with you(which you should anyways). Wet snow can get stuck/caked on near the toe rubber and that very negatively impacts waterproofing.
They are phenomenal when out in the rain, but expect wet feet if you are digging in mud. Otherwise, the water proof or water resistance is certainly acceptable for average conditions. Definitely wise to avoid stepping into even a few inches of water.
Waterproofing is the biggest drawback. Every other category has met and exceeded my expectations.
Highly active PS FTO, very fit with worst possible feet. I’ve tried every brand out there with 37 years of fasciitis, injections, surgeries etc. Lowa gives by far the best stability on top of being higher quality than all other top name boots at even the highest price points.
The Z-6S were almost wide enough to fit my orthotics that are actually made at a university prosthetics lab. I had to “settle” for the new Renegade TF, which actually come in a Wide. They are exceptional but the Z-6S would have been even better for me.
I encourage Lowa to consider many LE and 1st Responders have terrible feet in part due to the job. It’s not that I’m out of shape with fat wide feet, my feet just simply collapse after 50 years of an active lifestyle.
With orthotics made at a prosthetics lab, they are wider and have a higher volume than a basic podiatrist orthotic. Lowa is the best. As long as they make an all black in a Wide, I’ll be buying one of their boots.
I absolutely love these Lowa Zephyr boots. My second pair now (both gore tex and regular) the most comfortable boots I have ever worn, and especially right out of the box. As a retired firefighter/smokejumper, these boots are my go to for everything outdoors.
I even wear them for long endurance mountain trail racing and winter time hiking. The non-gore tex keep my feet warm and dry in winter, extremely durable in all weather elements and fit the contour around all areas of the foot preventing movement / slipping on steep inclines, and side hill.
The best ankle support in all the above conditions. Absolutely no blisters, and they wear nice with any style clothing. My all day everyday best footwear I have worn, and I have worn lots of boots in my job.
The HanWag Alaska GTX is a premium mountain boot handcrafted in Europe. The Alaska GTX features a GORE-TEX membrane that will keep your feet dry while crossing streams and braving the elements. A full rubber rand and one piece nubuck upper provide exceptional durability while trekking in harsh terrain.
The Alaska GTX is compatible with strap-on crampons for travel over snow and slick conditions. The heel shock absorption along with the Vibram Fuora outsole provide excellent grip and a comfortable ride while the Air Pulse circulation keeps the boot well ventilated.
Features: Upper: Nubuck leather (waxed) GORE-TEX : Comfort footwear lining Dual Density EVA Midsole Sole: Vibram Fuora One-piece construction with reduced seams Full rubber rand Heel shock-absorption Side heel clamps Air Pulse circulation Weight: 1640 g.
As an Extreme Outdoor Adventurer/Worker I can without question attest to the quality and durability of these boots. I bought my first pair in May ‘2015 and I’d realistically say I have 45% wear left.
I’ve worn these boots an honest 200 days of the year (10-14 hours/day) in some of the most extreme arctic conditions from -45C snowy winter days to dry/wet summer days with some of the most abrasive rock conditions possible.
My boots have never leaked and the rand/sole(not resoled as yet) and eyelets are ALL intact. I should mention I’m “that guy” who always manages to stress test my gear and if there’s a weakness it will be found.
The boots are surprisingly warm except for the most extreme arctic winter days. It should be noted that these boots are a bit wider than the regular Hanwag Alaska GTX – that’s a HUGE plus for my wider foot.
The only con is the limited supply – I happily just paid full price for a second pair just to have them ready when my first pair are done.
The LOWA Gorgon GTX is an athletic Outdoor Fitness shoe that feels right at home on demanding Speedhiking adventures. The LOWA STG sole construction provides both perfect stability and, at the same time, an outstandingly cushioned ride.
The camouflage-colored 4014 Lynx Mid GTX RR BOA features two principal upgrades over the 1014 Lynx Mid GTX for easier and more durable wear during early-season archery hunts. First is the protective rubber toe rand.
Second, is the BOA lacing system for easy on-off and improved fit. The 4014 Lynx Mid BOA is excellent for early-season backcountry bowhunting where a mid-high, protective, and lightweight boot is required.
Non-marking Vibram soles, shank, length and width of shoe is adequate for wiggle toe room. My left foot was injured in a horse accident. I need to wear shoes with a shank and adequate toe box to keep walking.
The shoes seemed to be sized properly and the E wide width is actually wider than the D width. I replace the laces with 1/16″ rope wound cord from Atwood rope company. I use the wound cord, as the braided cord doesn’t seem to stay tied.
I replace the factory insole with a size 11 Sole insole. The laces need to be “bow string” tight to keep my feet lashed onto the Sole insoles and shank of the Vibram sole. I suspect these could be marketed as medical shoes for people with injured feet.
I have donated a couple hundred pairs of various brands of inexpensive and expensive shoes to the rescue mission. These I keep. I bought some army surplus shoes and unwisely wore them on a short mountain hiking trip.
Next day I had plantar fascia. I gave them to the Rescue Mission. A Rescue Mission client had to have them. Next time I saw him he was wearing a cast, “I fell off the curb and injured my ankle. ” I wish all shoe manufacturers had this sense of fairness in manufacture and quality control.
I opted in on an upcoming November Rocky Mountain elk hunt when my budddies friend had to back out. It’s going to involve back packing in. been a long time since Iv’e done any mountain hiking. I knew I was going to need a really good pair of boots and also I needed to be able to get to use them in hot weather to train I opted for these especially for the BOA lacing system.
This will allow me to wear heavy socks when I need to and adjust the fit accordingly. The system is really great the range of adjustment is spectacular and easy to adjust on the fly if boots get a little loose on the trail.
I LOVE these and they are worth the cost. And as a bonus made in Italy.
My boyfriend and I have been hunting for years and have been let down time after time with boots letting water in, the one thing we can’t stand is wet feet! I bought him the Cameron Hanes under armor boots over the Zamberlans when the UA boots came out because they were all the rage, which was a huge mistake because they let water in (we returned two pairs, and got stuck with the third) also, how does an all rubber boot let water in I’ll never understand.
anyways, the Zamberlan boots have been wonderful! They are 10xs more comfortable and are actually waterproof! We hunt in western WA, so it’s not just showers here and there, it’s a downpour. I did get the waterproofer through the Zamberlan website just to be safe.
So far so good these boots have been great! Thank you Moosejaw for that awesome sale. I will definitely be back to get my Zamberlan boots ASAP!.
This mid cut shoe is well suited for light hikes and city walks. The Monaco GTX upper is constructed with high quality water repellent Nubuk leather and offer a tough stitched on rand providing protection against abrasions.
With Crispi’s Vibram soles and shock-absorbing inserts and Gore-Tex Performance Lining you can rest assured that your feet will stay dry and comfortable day in and day out.
I’m very pleased with these light hiking boots. The size is just about in line with my athletic shoes. The craftsmanship is fantastic. These have become my favorite short hikers. They feel nice and secure for steep downhill or some sidehilling although I’d recommend more ankle support for the latter.
The fit is adjustable enough for me to wear a lightweight sock or heavier sock if it’s chilly. I replaced the insoles as always with every brand of footwear. I also replaced the laces as they were just a bit too short to double knot easily.
I put 63″ Obenauf’s LP dipped laces in and they’re on the money. Speaking of Obenauf’s, I recommend protecting all your leather/nubuk products with their heavy duty LP. It’s amazing stuff and it’ll protect your investment.
It will darken the nubuk up considerably, I’ve attached a photo for reference. Lastly, something that’s become increasingly more important to me over the years. these are handmade in Italy so you know you’re supporting fairly paid workers instead of massive profits made upon the backs of an exploited people whom are very near to slavery.
I feel the boot is made very well so don’t take the three star as a sign of quality. I have a pair of Crispi Briksdals and a pair of Wild Rock boots and love them. I have no doubt these are very well built as well, but my three start rating is to the fact that they are advertised as an urban boot.
What I have found, for me that is, is that they tend to put a lot of pressure in a centralized area where the vibram lugs are in the front third if the boot. I bought them to wear to work, so I am on hard floors all day long.
If you are walking dirt trails they will most likely work well for you. Again, I think Crispi is a Great boot and I will not hesitate to buy the Crispi brand boot again as long as it is for dirt. not if you are on concrete or hard floors all day unless someone has a different Crispi model suggestion that is.
Featuring an 8mm neoprene bootie with fleece lining wrapped in layers of soft rubber so your feet will stay warm and dry in the most extreme conditions. The outsole features Vibram’s all-new Arctic Grip A.
T. with XS Trek Evo for advanced traction on all terrains including wet ice, snow, mixed/loose surfaces and hard pack. Features: 100% Waterproof 8mm Neoprene Bootie for Comfort and Performance Cool Weather Lining: Soft, Insulation, Light-weight, Performance Materials for Warmth and Comfort.
Extended Rubber Coverage: Rugged Spandura Upper for Durability. Lightweight Midsole for All Day Comfort and Support. BioDEWIX Footbed Insert Topcover with NZYM for Odor Control and Moisture Management.
Vibram Arctic Grip A. T for Wet Ice Traction Coupled with XSTrek Evo Adding.
The durability of these boots is unbelievable. I wear a shoe size of 71/2 so I sized down to a 7 as recommended. They fit perfect with room for a thicker sock if I need it. They are insulated nicely , so I will have to see what will work best when winter arrives.
The downfall, for me is that they are heavy. That is a small price to pay for warmth and quality in bad weather. They have a loop in the back to slip on standing. I’m 5’3 and they reach within 3 inches of my knee cap.
I do recess duty at school so it will help with the wind for a shorter jacket. The checkered pattern is classy, but I wanted the pink accent style but they were sold out. Still happy with the pair that I bought.
The traction is hard core and I won’t trip for being 50 and easily swayed by drifts and obstacles. Don’t know about running through drifts but they won’t fall off if I need to run from something HA HA! I’m so glad I bought these and won’t hesitate to walk through mud, slush, hard snow, or ice spots.
I could go on and on and will purchase a shorter pair when I can.
I don’t know what the cold rating is for these but they’re serious boots for serious cold. I have HORRIBLE circulation in my feet and I’ve always struggled with cold toes. This is my second Canadian winter with these and so far the toes are excellent.
Full disclosure: the factory insoles are “meh” so I removed them and inserted thick shearling insoles, and I always use substantial wool socks (usually a heavyweight Darn Tough over-the-calf). Make no mistake — these are substantial boots for seriously cold temps.
Strolling around the mall is not what these were made for. I wear mine walking the dog on the wooded trails behind our house. My size 13s weigh just a hair less than 3 lbs per boot and they’re 17” tall; they fall about 3” below my kneecap.
Having only ever spent maximum of £50 on a single pair of wellies, to spend £125 was a big deal for me. However, so fed up with leaky, uncomfortable and fast-wearing boots has meant trying these. I’d been having more and more problems with my feet (hard, dry skin, corns, foot-cramp when putting on and taking off).
I dog-walk 6-8 miles a day in woods and fields and on hard/soft tracks. Initially noticeable are that the fit is excellent, even though I went with size 10’s, usually i’, 9 – 9. 5. These boots somehow manage to grip your calves, feet and ankles whilst providing sufficient support and padding to feel like i’m actually wearing walking boots, as their is no bottom-heavy weighting to encourage dragging.
I went for the Arctic version and the warmth is noticeable, over and above anything else I’ve tried. A massive bonus is the grip – having previously slithered and slipped around on thick mud, once disastrously, the Muckboots give stability and importantly the treads don’t clog up and cause problems on sloping surfaces.
With all previous boots, I’ve had to use a metal boot-heel jack to exert enough leverage to get them off. For such “grippy’” boots, the Muckboots just slide off, no vacuum effect or big, cramp-inducing effort needed – possibly due to the fact that the tops are self-supported, which also makes them easier to store.
So, are they worth this massive amount of money ? I would say yes – they are a pleasure to wear, warm, no additional gel padding needed, grippy and waterproof (so far) – if they last me a year (twice as long as others have done, less comfortably) then definitely worth it !.
The 4XAlpha Hunting Snake Boots offer all the functionality needed for snake bite protection, comfort and durability while hunting. With a waterproof Jersey liner, the 4xAlpha Hunting Snake Boots are also insulated with 3.
5mm neoprene. LaCrosse 4x – Burly outsole is made of premium high-grade rubber with angled lugs to shed mud and a 90 degree heel. LaCrosse’ Quad-Core Technology gives four layers of cushioning and support built for all-day comfort.
Sizes offered: Men’s Medium Width 8-13La – Crosse 4XAlpha Snake Boots Materials and PatternLaCrosse 4XAlpha Snake Boots are built with hand-laid premium, natural rubber over insulating neoprene for durability, flexibility and complete waterproof protection.
A quick drying and moisture wicking jersey knit liner will keep your feet dry and comfortable. The popular Mossy Oak NWTF Obsession pattern features an enhanced background of mottled tree bark inspired by the original Mossy Oak Bottomland pattern, true-to-nature elements of limbs, pine and oak foliage, and spring color tones to match the turkey woods in spring and early fall.
LaCrosse 4XAlpha Snake Boots FitLaCrosse 4XAlpha Snake Boots are easy on/off with LaCrosse’ Active Fit which also provides for a secure fit to keep your foot in place while you’re moving around and a durable full rubber gusset adjusts to different calf size.
LaCrosse 4XAlpha Snake Boots Snake Bite Protection – Outfitted with a flexible snake bite protection fabric, between the liner and the exterior of the snake boots, 4XAlpha Snake Boots offer complete snake protection in a lightweight snake boot.
LaCrosse 4XAlpha Snake Boots Specifications:La – Crosse Part Number: 376121Snake Boots Height 16″Insulated with 3. 5mm Neoprene – Snake Boots Color: RealTree Xtra, Green – Camo Pattern RealTree Xtra, Green – Boot Footbed: PU – Polyurethane – Shank: Nylon – Boot Lining: Waterproof – Boot Liner: Jersey – Materials Rubber/PUIdeal Climate for Use: Mild, 0 to 70F | LaCrosse 376121-M-08.
Though I’ve only spent 3 full days in these boots, here are my initial impressions: Wow. Sigh of relief. Highly recommend for women who want a boot that stays comfortable throughout the day. Disclaimer: I swapped out the footbed for a Timberland Pro Fatigue footbed to provide myself a little arch support as the day went on.
Pros: Traction on the sole is excellent–I was able to navigate through sloppy spring mud on a hillside (carefully, of course). Quality of construction is high–materials feel durable and seams are bonded securely.
Calf-adjustment strap:I LOVE it. I have normal/wide calves and this criteria is what led me to this Alpha Range 12″. Comfortable yet secure–very thoughtfully designed. Warmth: They have a moderate amount of insulation to keep my foot warm in soggy, cool spring conditions.
I DID get warm while hiking around in them but my foot didn’t get sweaty. I think the neoprene cuff is designed to help with preventing swampy foot. I’ve read other people roll the cuff down to vent heat as well–I will try that next time.
Weight: lightweight feel with heavy duty construction. Light enough to trod up and down hill all day with landscaping chores. I have a slightly wide foot and this doesn’t add any discomfort or pressure.
Overall I highly recommend for someone with a slightly wider foot and calf looking for all-day comfort and traction in sloppy muddy conditions (spring and fall–primarily).
I got mine mid summer 2022, I had the brown pair last year and they where both very comfortable. I got these cause I tripped on barbed wire in the dark and it poked a hole in last years pair. These seemed to have a slightly slimmer fit than the brown ones or maybe they are just newer and not quite as broken in.
But I’d rather have a slimmer fit to match my slim feet. I tryed the arrow head sport last year and I didn’t buy them cause they felt too loose on the heel. They felt like a pair of sliders gripping tighter around the top of foot but loose on the heel.
They seemed better suited for colder weather wearing bigger socks n such. They also have a much wider profile which looks huge like “spaceboots”. Seems like they would be more noisy if stealth is necessary.
These alpha agility’s fit way better in my opinion for me. I wear 14 in my tennis shoes but I wear 13 in these and they fit great. I’ve walked probably 6 miles so far in these this summer and zero issues.
I also wear 13 in the alpha burly as well but they don’t come in a snake proof design. I use these deer hunting in NC until late October- mid November. But if this is your only pair they will probably work year round with the proper socks.
Also getting in and out of these is no problem like the rest of lacrosse styles just use heel to toe and they kick off fairly easily.
I was trudging multiple kilometers each day for 9 days straight on the North Slope of Alaska. These boots kept my feet dry, warm, and stable over the soggy tundra with tussocks to twist ankles and dwarf birch to scratch at the neoprene upper.
I also had to walk through some small streams and along the edges of a rocky river. The results: some minor scratches on the rubber, the neoprene looks good, and no leaks despite creasing the boots considerably at times and the questionable-looking glue between the layers.
I’m hoping these will last me the rest of the summer for work in streams in the Berkshires. I never had to dry them, but I also never over-topped. The sole was appropriate for the tundra and mud (as is advertised), but slipped a bit on slimy rocks and loose gravel.
My other chief complaints: I wish they went higher, so I could walk across/into deeper streams (they only go 2/3 up my lower legs, though I am 6′ 5″); they are a little large–my left foot is size 13 and my right is a centimeter smaller, but the size 13s I ordered required at least a pair of thick mountaineering wool socks to fit comfortably; and they are a bit more than I would be willing to pay under normal circumstances at $120.
Overall, I recommend them for people doing similar work to me.
The story of the Nevada GTX goes back over 40 years ago when Alessandro Marcolin started hand-constructing Crispi boots. The Nevada has been a staple in Crispis lineup ever since. No wonder why the Nevada has withstood the test of time and continues to conquer every mountain it faces.
Brought in by popular demand for 2017, the Nevada GTX is now offered in a non-insulated version.
I purchased these boots last fall and after last season and heading in to the last half of this season chasing deer and elk along the watch front her in Utah in steep rocky conditions, these boots held up perfectly and overly exceeded my expectations as this is the first Crispi boot I have ever owned.
The leather on the boots proved some amazing toughness, durability, stiffness and water protection. Not only that after putting them on for the first time, I did a 15 mile trail out and back setting trail cameras with no issues of sore feet or blisters.
One of the most comfortable boots I have tried to date right out of the box. I have battered these boots over miles and miles through whatever I threw at them, even last winter during a late hunt of 3 days straight in snow up to my knees.
One thing I would mention is to preserve and care for these boots as you would any valuable leather product. The Gore-Tex waterproofing will keep your feet dry and also breathable. I purchased some Crispi waterproofing cream that can keep your boots looking just like new.
The boots provide superb ankle support and are very stiff while still allowing you to walk/hike up and down steep hills and what I call side-hilling. Virtually no break in time, although I did just wear them around the yard one weekend doing yardwork just to try to break in a little.
I know there is no ‘perfect boot’ out there as everyone’s opinion is subjective depending on how they utilize the boots. A couple shortcomings, if you could call them that are 1) I found the boots price tag at $420 a little hard to swallow as that is a huge investment and an intimidating purchase for anyone, but most good boots out there are going to run you a few Benjamin’s but the pros well outweigh the cons in the boot so that definitely justifies the price tag and 2) is the insulation element.
Now keep in mind, I hunted in some deep deep snow last year and near 0 degree temperatures, so while sitting and glassing my feet did tend to get a little cold as anyone’s might unless you had more insulation, I did find that the 200gr insulation was sufficient though for hiking around in the snow and cold and my feet were comfortable and warm while walking and the blood moved around in my feet.
I intended these boots to be my late September through late November hunting boots and they for sure have not disappointed me. I am thrilled to say that I will continue to use these boots in the high country where I hunt and would recommend them to anyone even as a use from August into the winter months.
***One other thing I recommend is using sheep feet insoles with the boots. Money!!.
I Bought these boots after a friend recommended them over Kenetreks. I’ve tried the Kene’s and these feet me much better. Ill start by saying they are the best boots I’ve ever used. I was so impressed ordered a couple other pairs of Crispi’s for light hiking and just every day wear- all are awesome.
I Live in Kodiak, Alaska and hunt/hike terrain from gentle grassy slopes to steep grades and rocky scree. Weather from 70s fair and sunny but more often Cold windy and wet. These boots handle it all with flying colors.
While not a true mountaineering boot, these are stiff enough for scrambling after Goat and yet they’re designed in such a way that they are still comfortable walking on flat level ground. The 200g insulation is great for my use from 70s down to below freezing temps.
Tread is grippy and grabs whatever you’re trekking across. The Nubuck upper is great quality and takes a leather treatment fantastically. I recommend using Obenauf’s Heavy Duty LP to protect your leather boots No matter the brand.
Obenauf’s works fantastically in Nubuck and treating them will help further protect them and keep them moisturized and further extend their life. Speaking of Life- these boots are resole-able despite some claims that they are not.
I checked with Crispi directly and was informed that they have a cobbler in Utah that they use for resoling boots. Better than sending them back to Italy if you’re in the States. Which brings up the point that these boots are made in Italy, by quality craftsmen so you know you’re supporting Fair wages paid to working people as opposed to Massive corporate profits realized off the backs of people exploited for cheap labor.
If you’re a sasquatch, you know it… if you’re not it’s a big guy, someone who XL hasn’t been seen since public school. Sasquatches are forced to live in the edge of the retail market with limited to no choices and very poor fitting gear.
Have you ever seen a sasquatch with a gut? NO! but manufacturers assume big means you look like Homer Simpson! As a sasquatch I have 13 wide feet! Trying to find boots that fit is hard enough, ones that are comfortable is a whole other quest.
To find a quality mountain boot that meets all of this? Well my friends that is a unicorn! I’ve tried a few other brands and had mixed success. Enter Crispii. I’m not going to lie I was skeptical, they seemed to rush on the scene a few years back in a flurry with all the social media superstars toting their awesomeness at the beginning of the season? How does that work? They can’t be that great right? Along comes the father’s day sale and this sasquatch decide to take the leap….
Oh wait, I forgot to mention I live in BC, shipping and return is an option, but a very expensive one even without the exchange rate. Nonetheless, I needed some new boots and they make a 13 Wide, and well I could be giving away $100 but no risk, no reward.
Boots arrive and like magic they fit! Hold off, lets give them some time… now way these are going to be okay! Skepticism runs very high in sasqutches. I get 25km on them and am very happy… I may have even submitted a review then.
Fast forward to November and I have well over 250km on them include 50-60 solid mountain miles with packs including the Juan De Fuca trail with my wife. I’m a very happy, and humble pie eating Sasquatch that is actively contemplating buying a second pair as finding a unicorn twice is beyond lucky.
With a 10” tall boot there is no need to worry about busted up ankles during long, heavy packouts or in steep broken terrain. The Briksdal Pro also uses an asymmetrical lacing system that allows you to customize the lacing to fit the shape of your foot with a glove like fit & performance.
This mountain worthy boot is comparatively lightweight and is constructed with the highest-quality Nubuck leather on the market. The full surround rubber rand helps to keep the leather from being cut when you find yourself sidehilling in shale or steep rocky terrain.
Overall this is a great boot. I guess I expected perfection from a $370 boot, but they are close. I was looking for one boot to do it all. It’s a little hot during midday in the early season. With a thick pair of wool socks my feet were warm at temps in the 20s.
Haven’t been able to get them out in temps sub 20 yet. So far using the right pair of socks my feet are comfortable at 20 degrees and up. I really like the stiff soul of this boot, the asymmetrical lacing system and ABSS.
Really locks your foot in place and provides lots of support. I loosen the laces for mild hiking but tighten them for side stepping and more technical terrain. Experienced some hot spot issues on my heel of my left foot and in the metatarsal of both feet.
Replaced the insoles with Sole cork insoles. That took care of the issues. The boot leather does get a slight squeak that comes up after four or five days of good hard use. I clean them and reapply Crispi’s boot conditioner and they go silent again.
Just helps remind me to take care of my boots;) My biggest issue with these boots is that the fabric under the toe section of the lace system can bunch up and puts pressure on the top of my toes. This has caused hot spots.
I have to put my hand in the boot and massage the fabric back into place. Then they are fine again for a while. I tried on all of the Crispi Boots and this one fit my foot perfect. They are close to perfect for me.
Just a couple small issues that can be managed. Otherwise they are great and if they can’t perform with thick socks at cold temps I’ll be getting a pair of the insulated Briksdals.
Seems like lots of people who review this boot haven’t worn boots that are actually stiff. I also feel like too many reviews are trying to upsell the idea that you need to have specific boots for specific things.
If that is true for you then by all means go for it, for me I wear a stiff boot for everything and it just feels normal. I’m coming from a la sportiva trango cube, so these boots actually feel really quite flexible to me.
Not sure if that’s just the leather or the sole itself. I wanted a stiff pair of boots that fit a little tighter because that’s what I like. But also wanted something with a more forgiving sole for long days in the boots.
These are that boot for me. I have a wide fore foot and these don’t give me any issues. Highly recommend, only downside is they are a bit warm compared to a full synthetic boot but that was expected.
I bought these as an upgrade to previous hiking boots for the purpose of Elk and Sheep hunting in SE British Columbia. Going to a significantly stiffer boot I was a little worried but these were very comfortable straight out of the gate.
Hunts were straight up into the mountains and not a lot of flat walking. Boots performed great for the first 9 days of archery hunting, and made it through a couple rainy days while keeping my feet dry! Very impressed as I had minimal time for break-in and have no issues to date with blisters, even packed out a couple hind quarters and have been very impressed by these boots so far.
Looking forward to chasing sheep a little higher in the mountains next.
Whether rocky terrain or rooty trails, the Ancash II promotes good stability and balance on demanding tours with a backpack. Its the sturdy upper that makes this possible. Thanks to its GORE-TEX lining, it keeps your feet dry even in mud and rain.
Trekking fans with broader feet will appreciate the wide forefoot area. Underfoot, the sure-grip Vibram sole with its wide, stabilising heel and high rubber rand round things off nicely. Specs: Membrane: GORE-TEX Upper material: Nubuck leather Outer sole: Vibram Trekking SF Lining: GORE-TEX Weight: 3.
Inspired by our best selling hunting boot, the Black Nevada takes it up a few notches in the tactical world. The Nevada has been a staple in Crispi’s lineup for over 40 years. With 200 grams of Gore-Tex insulation, there is nowhere this boot won’t take you.
The Black Nevada GTX is a perfect boot for those in uniform who work in cold, wet environments and at times need to head out off the pavement and into the rugged terrain the Nevada GTX is known to handle.
The Crispi Valdres Gore-Tex is a lightweight, mid cut boot that is solid and reliable. These uninsulated GORE-TEX hunting boots set a new standard for their light weight and comfort thanks to the TWT (Thermo Wire Technology) developed by Crispi and unique to the market.
TWT gives extra support to the upper and further structure to the shoe and support to the foot. The Anatomic Fit System offers better foot control while walking as well as a firm and stable heel. This precise and well-structured boot was conceived to obtain maximum performance while keeping the weight low.
The Crispi Wild Rock GTX insulated hunting boot will take the wearer comfortably down to minus 20 degrees. This is an updated version of the Crispi Legend boot with a mid-height profile and many of the innovative Crispi technologies.
Designed for all types of rugged hunting, trekking and winter activities. Temperature comfort will vary depending on the user. Designed in Italy and tested in the Alps and Rocky Mountains.
The Crispi Wild Rock Plus GTX have exceeded my expectations. Right out of the box the fit was accurate and true to size. I immediately tried them on and hiked 4. 2 miles and did not even feel the slightest bit of discomfort, chaffing or cramping.
The Vibram sole provided excellent grip on the trail with plenty of toe wiggle room. The leather upper provided a snug fit for amazing ankle support. Using a pair of Crispi merino wool socks, there was no sweating and my feet felt comfortable.
All this in spring sub-tropical weather. My normal everyday shoe is a pair of Nike Air Max running shoes in size 10 and these Crispi’s fit perfectly and darn near identical in size. I also have a pair of Danner Vital 1200G and Wolverine 1000G.
The Crispi’s are far better in quality and workmanship and less bulky and seemed built to last. The fall and winter hunting season will be the true test when I put them through the paces in Colorado and Wyoming.
These boots are pretty great. They are comfortable right out of the box. I wore them for one day at work and then did an eight mile, 2500′ vertical elk hunt in them the next day. I was impressed with the sole, the tread and rubber composition kept me upright even on hillsides with light snow and wet beargrass.
They are fairly warm, but I did notice the cold start to creep in during extended glassing sessions with temps in the teens and 20s. The sizing feels consistent with the Scarpa and Salomon boots I have, while these are a size larger than my Lowa Baffins.
My only complaint is the insole, it feels cheap and not especially pleasant after putting the miles on. I put some Superfeet Green insoles in and won’t look back.
This low cut hunting boot is extremely comfortable and is still built with every single feature as well as still maintaining that legendary “Crispi Quality”. The Dual Density EVA Midsole keeps this boot extremely lightweight so you don’t essentially get that boot feel, making the Monaco great for day to day activities or hiking adventures.
For a lifestyle Italian shoe, the price might look a little intimidating but when you compare the the quality and materials that this boot is made out of compared to other competitors you’re getting way more for the price!.
The Women’s Skarven EVO is our highest insulated women’s boot designed for late season hunts or women whose feet run colder. The Skarven EVO was designed to handle anything thrown at it while providing comfort, stability, and warmth.
The durable full leather upper is built of water-repellent Nubuck, ensuring a long lasting boot. The dual density polyurathane sole provides all day comfort, while the vibram outsole gives top-of-the-line traction in all conditions.
The Skarven EVO consists of 800 grams of Gore’s Duratherm XL Kelvin insulation. Like all of our hunting boots, the Skarven EVO has our full Gortex liner ensuring your feet stay dry throughout the duration of your hunt.
First, I called Crispi for boot style recommendations and Lars was extremely pleasant and helpful. When the style he recommended was out of stock on their website he recommended me to order from Black Ovis.
When it arrived I realized it was too big and needed to switch sizes. So I called Black Ovis. The guy that answered at Black Ovis (I’m sorry I forget his name) was just as helpful and pleasant as the Crispi guy.
He handled everything for me on the phone for the return and reorder so quickly and easily I couldn’t believe that was all I had to do. In an age where all the other companies either make you chat with someone online or wait on the phone in a queue for an hour, I’m sooo grateful for two companies who just pick up the phone when you call and have genuinely nice people on the other end.
Now for the boots…I love them! They are a classic look, high quality, and comfortable. I highly recommend them.
I was so excited to get these boots delivered sooner than originally expected. 2 thumbs up to BlackOvis for that. On to the boot review. I was nervous about ordering online without trying them on first.
I saw a lot of reviews on other sites about Crispis not being true to size. I took a chance and ordered my normal size and they fit perfect. They are by far the most comfortable boots I’ve ever worn.
I told my husband when I tried them on, my foot slipped right in and I thought I heard angels singing. Lol. Highly recommend!!!.
2nd pair of Crispi’s. They fit my feet really well and I needed a more insulated boot(other pair is 200gr). just like my first pair they didn’t require a break in period. I’ve been out 2 weekends now with cold temps and snow on the ground these flat out rock! My feet were warm and dry and I just love the tread on Crispi boots, they grip all the slick, steep and rocky terrain I encounter here in UT.
The Women’s Skarven II GTX is designed for maximum durability and lightness. The outstanding upper is built with water-repellent Nubuck and a Gore-Tex lining to ensure maximum waterproof action and comfort.
The Skarven II is designed as being a great all around option being a non insulated full leather boot. With the Women’s Skarven II on your feet, you can expect improved braking and comfort, even on the most difficult terrain.
The insole has a differentiated structure and a Crispi Air Mesh Removable Footbed. The EVA midsole and Vibram outsole on this boot help lighten the over all weight and absorb shock to help provide absolute comfort.
A rubber rand border protection finishes off the features on this remarkable Women’s boot.
There’s the boots you wear on the mountain and then there’s the Monaco GTX Lifestyle Boot. This low cut hunting boot is extremely comfortable and is still built with every single feature as well as still maintaining that legendary “Crispi Quality”.
The Dual Density EVA Midsole keeps this boot extremely lightweight so you don’t essentially get that boot feel, making the Monaco great for day to day activities or hiking adventures. For a lifestyle Italian shoe, the price might look a little intimidating but when you compare the the quality and materials that this boot is made out of compared to other competitors you’re getting way more for the price!.
The CRISPI Thor II GTX was designed exclusively for the North American Market and was tested in the rugged mountains of the West. This boot has a minimalistic feel but is capable of conquering any mountain.
The Thor II GTX is the perfect option for those looking for an early season, ultra lightweight boot with a stiffer flex, worthy of climbing any grade of terrain. The exclusive Crispi sole is designed to handle any type of grade thrown at it.
The new Thor ll utilizes an upper material called PUtek which is a cordura material woven with threads of Polyurathane. This allows the boots to remain lightweight and breathable while drastically increasing its durability.
The Thor II GTX is a non-insulated, super-breathable boot but is still waterproof thanks to the Gore-Tex lining.
I recently purchased the Crispi Thor II (Olive color) boots in size 11, they fit very true to size. The boots look really cool and were comfortable out of the box. The first few times I wore around the house to make sure the size was good, then I tried them as an everyday boot for a few short days.
Also good there, I did a New Year’s day hunt in Wisconsin, temps were roughly 20*, my feet plenty warm while on the move with only a mid-weight sock. I put on about 2-1/2 or 3 miles, no discomfort was noticed while climbing and descending the steep hills.
Blackovis has great products and services, I look forward to building my gear closet through them in the future. Happy Hunting!.
The Thor II is an interesting boot. I replaced the factory insoles with Tread Labs Pace high arch insoles before my first hike. Comparing it to my Crispi Wyoming II boots – it is definitely lighter, has a slightly narrower toe box, has less ankle support, and has a noticeably stiffer sole.
I have a slightly wide foot, but have never needed a wide sized boot. This boot works fine for me, but I have slightly less toe wiggle room than the Wyoming’s. The stiff sole and minimal ankle support is an “interesting” combination.
I tend to roll my ankle occasionally on rocky trails. I would prefer this boot have a slightly more flexible sole, since I use it for my training hikes, upland bird hunting, and less aggressive hiking.
I would not use this boot when carrying heavy loads or when traversing extremely rocky and steep slopes when I hunt Chukar. I wear the Wyoming’s for those endeavors. Overall, I do like this boot. It is a good compliment to my other high end boots.
In conclusion, the Crispi boot is an excellent choice for elk hunting. It is comfortable, supportive, and provides good traction. It is also a good choice for other types of hunting and outdoor activities.