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  1. #1
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    Default Why I choose Meindl over Kennetrek/Schnees/Others

    I have been on a search for the past year for new boots. I have struggled with this because I have been going through a pair about every other year or so. I hunt 60+ (at least) days each year from Lions/Wolves in Jan/Feb, bears turkeys in the spring, archery starting in August and elk and whatever else through the end of the year. I usually hunt a few states. I also believe in the Buy Once, Cry Once philosophy. I wanted to write a short post for guys looking for boots but having a hard time in finding good ones.

    I really wanted to go with Kennetrek because they are a MT company, but the foot fit was just not compatible. The placement of the arch, with 3 different insoles hurt my feet just a few steps into them. After wearing about 6 different sizes around the store for about 10 minutes each, they just would not work. I also tried Schnees, Rocky, Danners, and Irish setters.

    The simple reason I went with Cabela's Denalis, was the fit. The memory foam really does just wrap around the foot and feels incredible. I used to think my Irish Setters were the best feeling boots, not anymore. I will say I have yet to put many miles on them, and will update this when I get them broken in and have some time on them. Secondary, was the Cabelas in store replacement warranty. That is a huge feature to me, especially considering the cost to get boots repaired with other companies.

    If you are looking for new boots, it is worth the time to try many brands, styles, and sizes. I put in many, many hours at the stores, just walking around in borrowed boots. Don't get locked into a brand, just get locked into quality.
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    I am also in love with my Meindl Denalis. I've recommended them to family and friends, suggesting they try them on at a store before purchasing. So far nobody else I know liked them. For my feet, they are absolutely perfect.

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    I purchased some new boots last fall and got uninsulated Whites Outdoorsman boots with the Claw sole on them. So far they have been outstanding! They make these by hand over in Spokane Washington and I'm impressed. Their Linemen boots are all my father wore when he was working for the power company many years ago.

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    I have the Denali's as well and like them. Just not as much as the Meindl Island Pro's I had back in the day. IMO, the Cabelas Meindls are not as well built as the Meindl Meindls.

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    I went with the Denali's due to the fact I have irregular feet and ordering boots online would likely end up with them being sent back for a different size and it's nearly impossible to find Kennetreks, Lowa's, etc here in the east. Plus the warranty on the Cabela's boots is hard to beat. I have about 75 miles on mine over the last year and have been very pleased to this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6mm Remington View Post
    I purchased some new boots last fall and got uninsulated Whites Outdoorsman boots with the Claw sole on them. So far they have been outstanding! They make these by hand over in Spokane Washington and I'm impressed. Their Linemen boots are all my father wore when he was working for the power company many years ago.
    Did you break in the White's or did the White's break you? I've heard its quit the chore to get them broken in.

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    I have had Meindl, Kenetreks, and Hanwag. 6 foot 2" and 205 to 245 depending 13 wide and flat feet. I really like the general comfort of the Meindl. I think the Hangwag is a little more supportive. Kenetreks always seemed tight but Its a toss up on which boot I choose to wear. I really think the hanwag is my serious nasty stuff boot> kenetrek gets most use hunting use> Meindl gets the whitetail and around the house use.

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    FWIW, WHICH Meindl makes a huge difference. The Meindl Ultralights are an entirely different fit than the Perfekts. I like both of them for fit, but the latter will do much better in uneven ground. The former, is comfy around the barn and the timber out back and has a large toe box which is nice for staying warm and wearing thick socks, but it lacks traction and most specifically lacks durability. The Perfekts fit much closer and narrower in the toe and thus have much greater stability. The Denalis, I think are closer to the Perfekts but I haven't tried them yet. They do look like a great boot however.

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    i too own a pair of the Denali's and they are by far the best boot i've ever worn. for me there was very little break in time before my Wyoming back country hunt. i put maybe 50 or 60 miles on them hunting and not once did i have an issue. greta comfort and stability.

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    They look like the Meindl Burma, my first pair lasted almost 10 years before they leaked, the 2nd pair 18 months, but Meindl replaced them FOC as the Goretex had failed, this pair have lasted 3 years with no problems, a really comfortable boot, worn in the UK and in Montana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 406LIFE View Post
    I really wanted to go with Kennetrek because they are a MT company...

    The simple reason...was the Cabelas in store replacement warranty.... Don't get locked into a brand, just get locked into quality.
    Thanks for your review! I've also wanted to go with them to support a local company, but I'm unsure how much I like the fit (and price tag). It's a good reminder to get what works.

    I recently had a TREMENDOUS experience with Cabelas warranty. Someone gave me an older Cabelas pack, and I used it for every hunt for 3 years. Last year, one of the shoulder straps just tore sheered off while I was way out on a mountain. I decided to bring it in to see if they really would cover it. Because it is older, they had no record of what kind of bag it was. But their name was on it. So they found the most similar functioning pack in the store and gave me the option of taking it or a gift card for the same value. No questions asked. I was amazed. I really like packs by another brand, but I decided to go with another Cabela's pack just because they were so great about backing up their own product. (That, and I happen to live 1/4 mile away from the Kalispell store, haha.)

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    Another shout out for the Denalis. I have hard feet to fit and neuromas in both feet. I put a SOLE insole in mine and they are incredibly comfortable over any terrain. I have only had them a few months but quite a few miles and they seem to be lasting well. Also another shout out to Cabelas return policy. My last boots were Cabelas Instinct brand and after a year they started falling apart. I was in the store looking at boots and the salesman saw mine and told me they shouldn't do that and he suggested I bring them back. I went home and got the receipt and they gave me full credit toward the Denalis. I also had a pack issue after 3 tears and the same thing, they gave me full credit toward another. Do save receipts though. While they will give you credit without one, it's at the lowest ever sale price which can be pretty low at times.

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    Thanks 406. I'm in the market for a new pair. Was going to pass on them, but now I'll take a test drive

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    Bought a pair in the bargain cave for $100. Felt like I stole 'em at the check out. Lol

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