Verdict from 3 experts and 37 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Despite its massive built, a lot of reviewers consider the Kenetrek Mountain Guide 400 hiking boots the most comfortable boots they've owned.
  • Several pro hikers appreciate the minimal seams along the bottom of the boot which demonstrates superior quality and craftsmanship.
  • A handful of Kenetrek Mountain Guide 400 reviews say that it can be worn in all sorts of terrain conditions.
  • Nearly everyone has praised this rugged leather hiker for its top-notch support.
  • Most users haven't had issues with their feet getting cold or getting wet.
  • Some have also given positive comments on the fit. 

1 reasons not to buy

  • It may take 50 miles or more to break them in, according to an expert review.

Bottom line

Meant for avid hikers and pro hunters - the Kenetrek Mountain Guide 400 is one tough hiker you can take to some of the most challenging and unforgiving terrain imaginable. Whether you're traversing muddy trails, rocky mountains, deep puddles, or snow-packed ground, this boot has all the protection and comfort you need. No wonder why it gets high marks in terms of durability, protection, support, fit, and traction.

While it takes serious breaking-in to achieve precise fit and comfort, this waterproof boot promises solid performance on the trail.

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Good to know

-This boot stands 10 inches high, featuring a  2.8mm thick premium full-grain leather upper with reinforced double and triple stitching. Inside is a 400-gram Thinsulate for extra warmth in freezing temps and the Windtex waterproof breathable flexible membrane for keeping the foot dry in extremely wet conditions.

-It also boasts of the custom K-73™ outsoles that provide superior traction on varying terrain and in all weather conditions.

The Mountain Guide 400 is a high-top boot that offers full coverage for the foot, up to 10 inches high. It features a lace-to-toe construction that allows the wearer to achieve a snug fit. There are lace hooks in the middle part so you can adjust the fit in the forefoot differently from the ankle. Furthermore, the leather upper conforms to the shape of the foot after the break-in period.

Equipped with the K-73 Outsole, this boot has a lot more bite on different surfaces - wet or dry. It's a one-piece vulcanized rubber sole that is very durable and resistant to abrasion. The lugs are deep to ensure traction on varying surfaces.

The Mountain Guide 400 has 7mm nylon midsoles which are really sturdy and designed to keep the foot upright even on the most irregular surfaces. Unlike EVA, nylon midsoles are extra stiff but provide much better support. They are much more common in mountaineering footwear because they offer the right mix of longitudinal flex and total lateral support. 

For added comfort, this boot comes with an OrthoLite insole that molds to the shape of the foot.

Having a really high shaft, this boot is meant to provide full coverage against the elements. The upper is made of thick full-grain leather. Lining the interior is a waterproof membrane developed by Under Armor. In addition to this, there's a 400-gram of ColdGear Reactor - another brand exclusive insulation technology that adapts to the wearer's activity levels. It's made of a double-layer fabric that wicks moisture from the skin and circulates body heat.  

Lining the lower outer part of the upper is a rubber rand that protects the stitching around the sole and the upper. There's also a reinforced toe cap for added protection against abrasion. Completing the upper is a lace-to-toe closure that gives the wearer a secure fit.

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.