Kenetrek Mountain Extreme NI vs. Mountain Guide 400

The non-insulated Mountain Extreme is among Kenetrek’s exemplary hiking boots. That said, so is the Mountain Guide 400. Take a look at their differences below:

Warming tech. Between the two competing Kenetrek kicks, only the Mountain Guide 400 has insulation (at 400 grams as suggested by its name).

Weight. The Mountain Extreme NI is lighter than the competition by about 100 grams.

Price. Kenetrek’s Mountain Guide 400 is more expensive than the featured boot by approximately $30.

Takeaway: Choosing between these two Italian hiking boots is quite simple. If you need a dependable pack companion in the snow, the insulated Mountain Guide 400 is the better choice. Otherwise, enjoy your treks in the Mountain Extreme NI.

Additional info

  • You can send this boot directly to Kenetrek for a repair service, which includes a full re-rand, resole, and leather reconditioning, among others.
  • The Mountain Extreme NI is also widely used as a hunting boot.


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