What is the difference between your boots and others?
We make two distinctly different styles of boots. The Kenetrek Pac Boots are built with the finest materials available. From the quality rubber bottoms, the heavy duty oil tanned leather uppers to the quilted liners, all of the materials are the best. Even the boot laces and the thread the boots are sewn with are of superior quality. The other major difference is the fit of the Kenetrek Pac Boots. When compared to other brands of traditional pac boots, our pacs are designed with a supportive fit to allow all day walking comfort. The Kenetrek Mountain Boots are a very supportive, yet lightweight boot that is designed for travel in rugged terrain. These Mountain Boots are standard wear for wilderness sheep hunts whether the adventure is in Alaska or Kyrgystan. It is amazing how light in weight the Kenetrek Mountain Boots are, but what will really surprise you is how incredibly comfortable they are!
Where are they manufactured?
The Kenetrek Pac Boots are currently assembled in Thailand and the Kenetrek Mountain Boots are made in Italy.
How long will they last?
There are too many factors to define how long our boots will last for each customer bu rest assured we warantee the boots to be free from defects until the bottoms are worn out. At that time, you can send the boots in to be rebuilt at around half of the cost of a new pair.
Are they waterproof?
The Pac Boots have rubber bottoms are completely waterproof. The leather uppers are highly water resistant. With a waterproofing treatment like Montana Pitch Blend, the water resistance of the leather uppers increase dramatically. In extremely wet conditions a seam sealer like Freesole can be used to seal all of the seams and the junction between the leather and the rubber bottom. The Mountain Boots have a Wind-tex waterproof and breathable membrane so they are waterproof.
Do I need to treat the leather uppers?
By treating the Pac Boot leather uppers with Montana Pitch Blend regularly, you not only increase the water repellency of your boots, but you extend the life of the leather uppers dramatically. For the Kenetrek Mountain Boots, we recommend dressing the leather uppers with a wax based dressing to keep the leather from picking up moisture. It is important that you avoid any dressing with oils on the Mountain Boots as it will delaminate the glue bond that secures the rubber sole guard.
How warm are the boots?
So many factors come into play here. Things like activity, type of socks, smoking, drinking alcohol, circulation, and what you are wearing on your head. We have found that the number one factor in cold feet is a boot that fits too tight. Even though a snug fit is ideal for walking, you should loosen the boot laces or wear a lighter sock for maximum warmth. At Kenetrek, we are trying to be honest with our ratings. If we comfort rate a boot to be warm to 0 degrees, that means we have used the boot and find the rated temperature to be on the lower end of the comfort zone with mild activity.
If you would like to compare insulation ratings to other boot manufacturers, subtract 40 degrees.
How do I know what size to order?
Kenetrek Pac Boots are available in whole sizes only and are sized to incorporate a good quality boot sock. If you wear a half size, round up to the next whole size. The Kenetrek Mountain Boots run very true to size with the Brannock device. Many customers choose to go up a half size from their street shoe size to allow for a little extra toe room - vital for going downhill with a pack on in the mountains.
Are the boots available in Womens sizes?
The Pac Boots are available in unisex sizes 5-15. Women should order one to one and half sizes down from their normal shoe size. We now offer the Mountain Boots in women's sizes made on a women's last with a narrow heel that is necessary to properly fit the majority of women.
What is the best height to buy?
The height of the boot comes down to personal preference. We sell both 10" and 13" heights equally well.
The 10" boot is the standard boot height offering complete support. The taller boot gives more protection to your legs for horseback riding. The 13" height boots also provide higher water protection.
Will these boots fit into stirrups?
Yes, but as with any rubber bottom boot, caution must be used. Do not slide your foot all the way in to the stirrups. The extra insulated Northern
boot should only be used with oversized stirrups. The new Cowboy Pac is specifically designed for riding in colder weather and features a stirrup rail to slip in and out of a standard stirrup with ease.
What kind of socks are best?
We recommend a two sock system. A quality, fitted liner sock with a good quality wool blend fitted boot sock over the top. The weight (thickness) of the boot sock can be adjusted
to customize the fit of your boots. ie. Narrow foot = extra heavy weight sock, wide foot = lightweight sock.
Are the liners removable?
Yes, this is a key feature of our boots. Removable liners allow much easier and faster drying. Many customers actually purchase an extra set of liners and rotate them daily.