Jerry Harbottle is on a roll again!

September 14, 2012 by  
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Jerry Harbottle downs a great Colorado Muzzy buck!


Jerry Harbottle is once again in the spotlight!  He continues to harvest monsters deer ever year! I asked him what his secret was to killing some of the countries largest mulies every year and he stated ” It’s my watch.  I flash them with the watch and they can’t stand it.  It drives them crazy and they have to come and check it out”.  Well I don’t don’t know what to believe….He keeps smacking the big ones so he is doing something right.  Watch or not…He shot this one at 25 yards.  I think I’m going to get me one of those big fancy watches one day!  Keep up the great work Jerry.  I’m looking forward to a story here in the near future.  Congrats big guy!

Short G2’s  I don’t know if I would have shot it.  Should have let it grow another year…

 Love the mass and the eye guards. 204 inch gross mulie with the smoke pole.


Kenetrek Safari

August 11, 2010 by  
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Kenetrek Safari Boots

by Steve Alderman

The new Kenetrek Mountain Safari is the perfect boot for use in the desert mountains, whether located in Arizona’s Kofa Mountain Range or the Zambezi Escarpent in Africa.  They are specially designed for support and comfort in warm temperatures.   The non-insulated Mountain Safari is lined with perforated calf skin to enhance breathability and wicking of perspiration.  It is also an ideal boot for the warm, early seasons in the West.   For a boot with this kind of support, the Mountain Safari is incredibly light weight weighing only 3.7 pounds per pair.  They are made in Italy.  Suggested retail is $305.00

Update 7-24-09

The new Safari by Kenetrek should arrive today or tomorrow (7-24-09) in the mail.  I’m very excited to try these new boots out.   Review should be completed in the next couple of weeks.  Thanks for your patience.

Updated  8-11-2010

I’ve  received a few e-mails wondering where the review was for Kenetreks Safari boot that I promised last year.  Yes, I wanted to try these boots out before writing the review.  I just didn’t think it would be a years worth of wear.

The Safari is the summer boot in Kenetreks line of great footweaar.  The Safari is an awesome light weight boot that was built for the riggers of warm weather.  Over the last year I have used this boot for scouting, hunting and even some work here on the property.   Kenetrek has cut out the water proofing and used perforated calf skin for the liner. which is lightweight and built to breathe.  Like I said in the last Kenetrek review my feet sweat in socks, so I was a little hesitant that these boots would keep my feet dry.  I was right, my feet did sweat, but it took a lot longer for my feet to start sweating compared to other boots I have used in the past 20 years.

I wore the crud out of these boots last year. We filmed 6 deer hunts and I had the opportunity to stick a great 8×8 bull with my Hoyt wearing these boots. All in all, I have put over 100 days of rocks, dirt, brush, and even the occasional creek crossing to work in these boots.  The Kenetrek Safari’s have pulled through it all with flying colors.  With 2 coats of Kwik wax the boots kept my feet dry from any water entering the boot.  The one down fall to the wax is that is hinders the boot from breathing as well as it was designed to.  If I was to get another pair of the Safaris (which I will really soon) I would choose not to put the wax on the boot to see how well they breathe without it.

One of he great bucks we field being harvested in September 2009 using the Kenetrek Safari.

These boots fit a little differently from the other boots by Kenetrek. They still fit perfectly in length but are a touch wider than the Hard Scrabble and Mountain Extreme.  The lack of WindTex (Gortex like liner) and the thinner calf skin liner, built on the same platform as the Scrabble and Mountain Extreme leave a little extra room on the sides of the boots.  At first I thought this would be an issue, however, these boots quickly became my favorite despite my reservations.

The soles of these boots are in great shape,  By now my Danners would be missing over half of their Bobs

I use the Safaris two to three days a week.  On the farm or in the hills, these boots flat out perform.  If you are looking for a light weight boot with the spectacular Kenetrek sole, the phenomenal support of the steel shank and the unparalleled comfort on rocks and all terrain, you much get a pair of these boots.  Trust me when I say to you “YOU WILL THANK ME LATER”.

These boots look great for having over 100 days in the field logged on them

  • PRODUCT:  Highest Rating…Great boot….. One of the best boots that I have owned.  I would only say they come in second to my Kenetrek Mountain Extremes.
  • PROS:  Very breathable boot.  The coolest boot of this caliber that I have owned. The best of materials and craftsmanship is put into Kenetreks.
  • CONS:   These boots are not as snug as the other Kenetreks.  They took some getting used t as I was expecting the tight snug fit like that of the other Kenetreks. In spite of that, they quickly became my favorite boots
  • COMPANY:   Good Rating…..Great people to work with….. The only down fall to this company is they are always out of stock on boots.  You need to order them early if you want them by hunting season.


April 22, 2009 by  
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Mountain Extreme non-insulated hunting boot

45 day hunt, Idaho, "Kenetrek Boots Rock"

45 day hunt, Idaho, "Kenetrek Boots Rock"

This review took a while due to the fact that I wanted to try  Kenetrek’s boots for an extended period of time.  Not that it was needed because as soon as I put them on I knew they were different then the Danners I have been using for the past ten years.

I put these boots(Kenetrek light hikers) through the extremes that the desert in Idaho has to offer.  I purchased these boots on July 15th and started scouting with them. Right away I knew these boots were different.  They felt great, right out of the box.  No stiff leather to break in, nor were they uncomfortable to use, no break in period needed. Right out of the box, a six mile hike with a 60 pound pack and my feet were in great shape the next day.  I wish I could say the same for the rest of my body.  Getting old sucks!

I put these boot through the riggers of a 45 day Idaho hunt.  Not to mention all the days scouting and filming before the season.  The lava of the Idaho desert didn’t even show its effect on the soles of these boots.   From the snow to the heat these boots preformed flawlessly.  Water proof with windtex liner, my feet only got wet from the perspiration of working hard trying to find that big buck…

  • Pros… Most comfortable boot out of the box that I have ever put on. Light and water proof.  The soles showed the least amount of wear of any boot I’ve owned.
  • Cons… None really.  I’m looking forward to their new boot without the windtex. It’s not water proof but, I’m hoping it’s a little more breathable as my feet sweat in socks.
  • Company – very good….  Small company need to be patient when working with them.  Sometimes it takes a while for them to get back to you.
  • Products – Highest Rating….  Haven’t found a problem with any of their boots. I own several pair and even wear them for everyday activities.

Update 4-22-09

I thought I would share a little perspective with you about my boots.  I usually go through one to two pair of Danners in a hunting season.  When I say Danner I mean the tried and true American made Danners, not those fakes from China.

Let me show you some photos to compare the two products Kenetrek Mountain Extremes to the Danner Grouse. Both of these boots were used for a similar amount of time and in similar places i.e.. the desert here in Idaho.  Lava and more lava is where I spend much of my time pursuing monster mule deer.  The Danners did not hold up to the abuse that I can dish out to my boots.  Granted, I’m not boot friendly. I don’t oil or take pride in taking care of my boots.  I use them and use them hard.  I know that oiling and taking care of my boots will make them last longer, I just haven’t figure out what and how to do it.  Here are the pictures of my boot comparison.  The first picture is of the soles of both pairs of boots.  The Danner with their tried and true Danner bob sole completely fell apart compared to the Kenetrek on the right.


The next photo is of the uppers of the two boots;  Kenetrek on the left and the Danner on the right.  I know that if I would have taken better care of the Danners the stitching may not have come apart.  However, I did not oil the Kenetrek either and they held up much better.


Kenetrek Hardscrabble


I bought my first pair of Kenetrek boots and couldn’t get enough of them.  I loved the boots so I went out and bought another pair.  This time it was their low top hiker called the Hardscrabble. I wore these boots during the archery elk season of 2008.  My thoughts were that they were a low top boot so they should not cause my feet to perspire as much. I was wrong, my feet perspired,  just not the bottom part of my calf.   They are three ounces lighter than the Mountain Extremes. They are not insulated, but are water proof and breathable.

MSRP is around 305.00 dollars and worth every penny.

kenetrek-hard-scrabble-usedI spent over 100 days in the field last year and my Kenetrek boots never let me down.  They are the toughest boot that I have ever owned.   They tip the scale at an unbelievably light 3.6 pounds.

I suggest you wear the best socks you can afford.  This well help your feet tremendously.  Like I said earlier, my feet sweat in socks alone so add boots and look out Niagara.  I wear the Genius socks from Cabelas.  They are silver lined for sent prevention and are very breathable.  I need all the help I can get.

I have heard that Kenetrek just released a new boot called the Mountain Safari. It is uninsulated and does not have the windtex water proof membrane in it.  This boot should allow your (and my) feet to breath better.  They are not water proof but are water resistant.  They retail for around $305.00 and weigh about 3.7 pounds.

Kenetrek Mountain Light Hiker


I’ve recently bought a few more pair of the Kenetrek boots.  I bought the Mountain Light Hiker for the simple reason kenetrek-lite-hikerthat I love their boots and my buddy was opening an account with Kenetrek and needed to order ten pairs of boots to get started .

I wanted to try some of their other great styles in my quest for a boot that wouldn’t make my feet sweat so badly.  I though the cordura might breath a little better than the leather.  Boy was I wrong!  They are even hotter than the leather of the scrabble.  I have yet to try these boots extensively in the hills at this point.  One trip is all they have had but so far I like the boot.  The upper feels more ridgid with less flexibility than the Kentrek boots with leather uppers.  It has the signature steel shank which provide more support through the sole.  They weight about 2.9 pounds and the SMRP (suggest manufactures retail price) is about $295.00.

kenetrek-fan1Do you think that I am a fan of Kenetrek?  They have done a great job with their boots and their other line of products.  These quality boots are manufactured in Italy and distributed out of  Bozeman, Montana.


Kenetrek Mountain Safari

Review to come……kenetrek-logo-mt

The new Mountain Safari is the perfect boot for use in the desert mountains wheather located in Arizona’s Kofa Mountain Range or the Zambezi Escarpent in Africa.  Specially designed for the support and comfort in warm tempatures, the non-insulated Mountain Safari is lined with perforated calf skin to enhance breathability and wicking of persperation.  Also an ideal boot for the warm, early seasons of the west.   For a boot with this kind of support, the Mountain Safari is incredibly light weight at only 3.7 pounds per pair.  They are made in Italy.  Suggested retail is $305.00

Update 7-24-09

The new Safari by Kenetrek should arrive today or tomorrow (7-24-09) in the mail.  I’m very excited to try these new boots out.   Review should be completed in the next couple of weeks.  Thanks for your patients.

Steve, Founder of  Mule Deer Country