Verdict from 2 experts and 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Enduring: Quite a lot of adventurers find the Mountain Extreme NI monstrously tough. “It survived 10 days of side-hilling,” one of them said.
  • Comfy: Dozens of trail-goers are impressed with the boot’s high level of comfort.
  • Worth it: Its steep asking price is justified by its fantastic construction and base mountain performance.
  • Grippy: Experts say that this backpacking boot delivers phenomenal surface traction, particularly on rocky surfaces.
  • Protective: Professional gear bloggers adore the Kenetrek Mountain Extreme NI for its excellent ability to shield the foot from sharp rocks and similar hazards.
  • Waterproof: Reviews from critics speak of the shoe’s incredible water protection.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Soft midsole: A small number of hikers would like the footgear’s midsole to be a bit more rigid.

Bottom line

Reassuring both inside and out—this is a spot-on description for the Mountain Extreme NI (Non-Insulated). A strong tower of a hiker, this Kenetrek piece will take your off-trail adventures to the next level come rain or shine. While it is factually more expensive than most backpacking boots, the Mountain Extreme NI’s greatness will leave you beyond satisfied.

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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.

How Mountain Extreme NI compares

This shoe: 85
All shoes average: 83
60 96
This shoe: $465
All shoes average: $206
$45 $495
This shoe: 31.2oz
All shoes average: 21oz
8.3oz 43oz
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.