Kenetrek Desert Guide

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**GOHUNT staff recommends ordering this boot true to size. When we say true to size we mean the size of Nike you'd buy off the shelf.
*Please review our GOHUNT staff boot profiles below and our sizing video before ordering.
GOHUNT Staff Boot Profile
Name Foot Length Foot Width Nike Size Desert Guide Size
27 cm 11 cm 10 10
Campos 27.7 cm 10.7 cm 10.5 10.5
Neville 26.8 cm 10.6 cm
GOHUNT Highlights
  • GOHUNT Stiffness Scale Rating - Flex 4 (see stiffness tab)
  • An all-leather boot built to meet the demands of desert hunting
  • 7mm nylon midsoles for extra support with heavy pack loads
  • 7” tall 2.8mm thick full-grain leather uppers and a rubber to cap added durability in rocky, thorny desert terrain
Manufacturer Highlights
  • Weighs just 4 lbs 3 oz per pair (size 10)
  • No waterproof membrane for increased breathability in hot climates
  • Custom K-73 outsoles provide exceptional traction and durability

Chasing desert sheep, Coues deer, desert muleys, pronghorn, or even bull elk that roam the southwest requires a comfortable, breathable, and durable boot. The sharp, rock-filled, thorny terrain can destroy boots in a hurry, but the Desert Guide boot will give you season after season of use. Thick 2.8mm premium full-grain leather uppers with one piece vamp construction with minimal seams are extremely durable. The reinforced rubber toe-cap offers added coverage and durability. They also have swivel lacing hardware that gives you the ability to lace them snugly without fear of breaking. The extra padded soft collar is both comfortable and breathable. In addition, this boot is not waterproof and has no waterproof membrane so that it breathes better in hot climates. Crafted for extreme abuse, the Desert Guide boot offers you breathability and all-day comfort no matter how much ground you cover.

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GOHUNT Stiffness Scale Kenetrek Desert Guide - Flex 4
Flex 1 Built for light and fast trekking. Think of your favorite trail running shoes, but capable of rocky demanding terrain.
Flex 2 Flexible enough that they offer out of the box comfort but can handle miles of rocky terrain. Perfectly suited for mild to moderate mule deer, elk, and antelope country.
Flex 3 Ideally suited for mountain hunts with moderate to steep technical terrain where more rigidity is required. Some break-in time required but will likely become your favorite do everything hunting boots.
Flex 4 Best suited for hunts at or above timberline where the terrain gets steep. Flexible enough that it can handle miles of comfortable climbing but stiff enough to offer support and rigidity with a heavy pack.
Flex 5 The stiffest boot options, best for alpine hunting and mountaineering. Sheep hunting, mountain goat, and the toughest of elk and deer terrain.

  • Start by collecting a few things from around your house, including a yardstick or ruler, a soft tailor’s tape or paper tape, a piece of cardboard or printer paper, and a pen.
  • Draw a 90° angle on the cardboard or paper using the yardstick or ruler. The lines should be long enough so that your longest toe touches the horizontal line and the widest point of your foot touches the vertical line.
  • Ensure that you’re wearing your hunting socks while taking these measurements. Stand on the paper or cardboard with your feet shoulder-width apart and place your full weight on both feet.
  • Have a second person mark where your heel and the widest part of your foot lands on the cardboard or paper. Ensure that you’re keeping the pen vertical when making your marks. Leaning the pen inward or outward against your foot will skew your measurements.
  • Place the edge of the tailor’s tape on the straight line and measure the widest and longest point of each foot down to 1/10th of a centimeter.
  • Add both length measurements together and divide them by two. This is your length measurement.
  • Add both width measurements together and divide them by two. This is your width measurement.
  • Record your measurements and refer to the GOHUNT Sizing Guide and Staff Reviews to find the right boot size for your foot profile.
  • Measure your feet with the socks you intend to wear in the field.
  • Measure your feet later in the day. Your feet tend to swell slightly as the day progresses.
  • The arch and heel of your foot should feel snug but not tight. Your heel should feel secure in the heel pocket. If your heel lifts up when you step, make sure the lacing is not too loose.
  • Your toes should not touch the front of the boot. You want just enough room to wiggle your toes. When you kick the toe into the floor, you should know where the front of the boot is without your toes hitting.
  • If you're unable to cinch the boot tight enough to prevent heel slip or it allows your toes to touch the end of the boot, you will have a hard time with a heavy pack on steep downhill descents and you’ll want to size up.
Weight 4 lbs 3 oz (size 10)
Insulated No
Sole Lightweight K-Talon™
Upper Full-Grain Leather
Waterproof No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year

GOHUNT Return Policy
If you should need to return a boot, they may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. Boots should be returned in brand new condition with no wear marks. All boots should be returned in the original packaging with the original tags. Boots must not be worn outside to be considered for a refund. We do not allow direct boot exchanges. If you return a product in brand new condition with all original packaging and tags, we will process your refund. You can order another product that best fits your needs or wait until your refund is processed. With all the backcountry hunters we have on staff at GOHUNT, we understand the need and know how hard it is to find a boot that fits your foot. GOHUNT has spent countless hours and measured many feet to make sure you get the right size boot the first time. If you watch our sizing video and review our staff foot profiles, we are extremely confident you'll find the right size boot for you the first time. In the rare case you don't, the GOHUNT staff is on call to make sure you find the right boot for your next hunt.
*We're so confident in our extensive sizing research that if you fully review it, and correctly measure your foot, we know you'll find the boots that fit.
  • Proper boot care can significantly extend the lifespan of your boots. Leather boots, in particular, need to be cared for after heavy use. If your boots are wet and covered in dirt, we recommend cleaning them. If you’re not going to clean your boots, you should still allow your boots to air dry after each use.
  • Remove your insoles and laces after each use. This will open up your boots and allow them to air out. Even if your boots don’t get wet, they will naturally absorb moisture from your feet, especially on multi-day trips. Insoles and laces can be hand-washed in cold water and set out to air dry.
  • Using a boot brush and warm water, remove the dirt from your boots. The warm water will open up the pores of the boot and allow you to thoroughly clean them.
  • For leather boots, you’ll want to recondition the leather after cleaning them with warm water in order for them to remain water-repellant. Applying a waterproofing agent to the damp leather will reclose the pores that were opened up during cleaning. Once you’ve reconditioned your boots, water should bead up when gently poured over the leather.
  • Allow your boots to air dry. Do not use a heat source to dry your boots. The heat could cause the leather to shrink or become brittle, increasing the chances of irreparable rips or creases.
  • Store your boots in a cool and dry place to prevent mildew. We recommend packing a newspaper in the toe box of wet boots to help absorb the moisture and maintain the boots’ shape during the drying process.
  • Take your boots to a knowledgeable cobbler for repairs.
  • For a general-purpose waterproofing product, the GOHUNT staff has found that Granger or Nikwax Waterproofing performs the best.
  • Re-apply this product as necessary or after every use in severe conditions.
  • Please refrain from using beeswax, animal fats, or petroleum-based products on your boots, as these products will void some manufacturer warranties.
  • *Please note that these products may darken the color of any leather.
  • We recommend treating the leather on your Gore-Tex® boots the same as you would on any other leather boot.
  • The Gore-Tex® lining creates a waterproof/breathable membrane on the inside of the boot, but leather uppers still need to be cared for.
  • The durable waterproofness of the Gore-Tex® membrane is not affected by leather conditioners, silicone, oil, or shoe polish.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Matthew Cree
Desert Guide Boots

Absolutely comfy in climbers hitting the wood for extended periods of time. Light, not bulky, and comfortable when hooking.

If you’re not required to wear steel toe, I highly recommend these boots while on the job building powerlines. On the ground, in the air. Exceptional boot in non wet and cold conditions.

Wish I found them sooner

Zak Jansen
Amazing boot

Truly amazing quality. I thought they'd be American made but they are italian and they quality is superb.

The arch support is incredible and they are wonderfully breathable in the hellacious CA early season heat

David Hubert
Kenetrek Desert Guide boots

The boots are great. I have recommended Go Hunt to a friend to purchase Kenetrek boots and he received his within a few days. Great boots, great service.

mike. t.

Lifelong hiker and hunter, 2 yrs ago started having some capsulitis in my second toe on my right foot which is cuased by hyperextension of the affected research led me to either surgery or stiffer footwear, after a few false starts with various brands that had a series of flaws either not rigid enough, had weird toe rub or a gortex liner or all of the above, im currently operating in the mojave desert so breathability is very important, i narrowed my 2 primary choices to either hanwag yukons or kenetrek desert guides ie stiff rebuildable leather lined boots, tried the kenetreks on in a local box store reviewed their website where they claim that regardless of model all their boots fit the same, so i ordered a set in 10.5M, they arrived in a timely manner, following kenetreks instructions i i heavily waxed them with kenetrek boot wax, and wore them for 2 weekends and a couple of 2 or 3 mile be honest at 1st they were so stiff and miserable that i regretted my purchase but each day that i wore them they were a little better, i also put a set of sole performance thick insoles in and on the 3rd weekend in spite of the fact that i had not achieved the 50 "easy miles" of break in period i put them to the 1st of many tests, my route was across a mile of approach to a series of steep ridges, with 35 lbs and a rifle in the kifaru i found a ravine that led to the top and after a pretty good scramble through the rotten granite and sandstone i crested the ridge......and my feet felt great, i then proceed to lose and gain a 1000+ plus feet of very vertical 2 trekking pole if you fall you die terrain for the next 6 hours before descending down another rock chute to the desert floor and returning to my feet felt amazing better than when i started, the all to familiar sensation of my 2nd toe being bent backwards and alternating between numbness and FML pain was notably absent, i did manage to get one small blister under my left big toe due to a sock wrinkle that i didnt stop to fix.....i do not blame that on the boots but myself, i knew better but kept pressing on just felt so good to want to keep going !!!!....also i will state that in my conditions dry gritty rock i experienced amazing traction...a pair of soles is supposedly good for about a 1000 miles all i have to say is i hope my christmas present is to need to resole...and to have a new pair of kenetreks to wear while my desert guides are gettin new tires put on........these may not be perfect for everyone but for me they have been a gamechanger, after 18 yrs on active duty and the abuse of constant rucking at a 15 min mile plus my own recreational activities which usually involve a heavy pack and some rough country these have brought the joy back to hiking and next purchase will be a pair of these in their 670-1 compliant model so that i can keep my feet happy all the time.

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