Who should buy the Kenetrek Desert Guide

The Kenetrek Desert Guide is a rugged leather boot appropriate for some of the toughest terrains. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers protection against rocky and thorny terrain.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers strong traction and durability.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that provides support and comfort during hikes.

Kenetrek Desert Guide notable features

  • The Kenetrek Desert Guide men’s hiking boots are made with a 2.8mm-thick full-grain leather upper that offers superior protection against rock-filled and thorny terrain.
  • They come with the Custom K-73™ outsoles that offer strong traction and durability.

Size and fit

This hunting boot from Kenetreck is a high-top model measuring 7” in height. It has a lace-to-toe construction with grommets that lets you adjust the tightness in the forefoot separately from the ankle. The padded collar and tongue offer support and comfort. The thick leather in the upper conforms nicely to the foot but requires some breaking-in to achieve a precise fit.

Solid grip and traction on varying terrain

The Desert Guide has an outsole made of vulcanized rubber which has some important characteristics. These include increased elasticity, resistance, and durability. Its lugs are deep and wide, creating a solid grip and traction on varying terrain. 

Highly supportive and shock-absorbing cushioning

Like other premium hiking boots, the Kenetrek Desert Guide features a nylon midsole that offers a high level of support and cushioning. Just like the sole, the midsole is thick which results in better shock absorption. 

Perfect for thorny and rocky terrain

Since this boot is ideal for thorny, rocky terrain, the Kenetrek Desert Guide provides ample cushioning so you don’t feel a lot of pressure when stepping on sharp objects or navigating uneven ground.

Excellent ankle support and protection

This boot is made of premium full-grain leather, with reinforced double and triple stitching in high-wear areas. The shaft extends above the ankle, enabling maximum support and protection. There is also extra padding in the collar and the tongue. 

Provides toe protection from sharp objects and accidental impact

It features a flex notch upper design which makes the boot swivel during movements, offering incredible support and comfort. The reinforced toe cap protects the toes from sharp objects and accidental impact. 

Breathable in hot climates

The Desert Guide doesn’t have a waterproof membrane for increased breathability in hot climates. Nevertheless, the full-grain upper protects the foot from external moisture when there’s moderate rain or when stepping on shallow puddles.

Robust lacing hardware

Completing the shoe upper is robust lacing hardware that extends towards the toes for a custom fit whenever needed.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 32oz
Use: Desert
Cut: High cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Heel brake
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Kenetrek
Construction: Lace-to-toe

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