Updates to Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker

  • A full-grain leather upper gives the Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker that grounded, classic look. It is engineered with a waterproof yet breathable membrane from Windtex.
  • Keeping the hiker’s footing as steady as possible is the boot’s nylon midsole. It tapers towards the forefoot, giving the gear ample drop.
  • Right beneath the Hardscrabble Hiker’s hefty midsole is the K-Talon outsole. This component can be replaced with a new one, making it one of Kenetrek’s resolable boots. 

Size and fit

The Hardscrabble Hiker is a fairly true-to-size boot for male and female adventurers. The men’s version comes in narrow, regular, and wide widths, while the women’s boot is only offered in regular. Both versions are listed in a decent number of half and whole sizes. A secure and custom fit is achievable with the boot’s speed lacing system.


K-Talon, a Kenetrek-exclusive outsole, is what secures the hiker’s footing over various types of terrain. Its ability to provide multi-directional grip is largely linked to its K-shaped lugs. Over at its heel and forefoot regions are ridges that offer a level of ascent and descent assistance. This component also gives the boot a decent toe bumper. 


The Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker has a nylon midsole at 7 mm thick. It is engineered with a chunky heel to absorb shock upon every landing. It also has adequate stiffness to stabilize the user’s bearings when navigating through rocky terrain. 

Offering further underfoot cushioning is the Hardscrabble Hiker’s default insole. Its surface is covered with textured fabric for added in-shoe comfort. 


The Hardscrabble Hiker gets to shield the wearer’s feet from destructive elements with its 2.8-millimeter thick full-grain leather upper with a full-on rubber rand. Its over-the-ankle collar is padded, rendering the boot both supportive and comfortable. Inside is the Windtex liner which allows the boot’s interior to disperse heat and moisture while walling off wet elements. Keeping debris fenced out, on the other hand, is the footwear’s gusseted tongue. 

Metallic eyelets take up the majority of the instep and collar regions, giving this hazel-colored gear a nice glint. Together with the synthetic laces, they complete the closure system of this leather hiking boot

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 29.6oz / Women 24oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: High cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Narrow, Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Kenetrek

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.