Who should buy Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker

The premium priced Kenetrek footwear is ideal for day hikers who require ankle support and protection. Purchase if:

  • You need water protection
  • Width-wise, you need narrow or wide
  • A durable leather boot is preferred

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker logo

Kenetrek's proprietary outsole

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.

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker lugs

Over at its heel and forefoot regions are ridges that offer a level of ascent and descent assistance. 

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker outsole heel

This component also gives the boot a decent toe bumper. 

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker bumper

Chunky midsole

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. 

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker midsole

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker's durable leather upper

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.

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker 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.

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker windtex

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

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker lacing

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 839g / Women 680g
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 run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.