Born out of the same lightweight mountaineering design used for our Mountain Extremes, we built our Wildland Fire Boots for a singular purpose: To keep firefighters on their feet through brutal conditions, without having to worry about boot failure. We started with the heat and flame tested K-73 Fire, high traction, deep lug outsoles, utilizing Kevlar Hot Zone stitching and laces, on fire resistant 10" full grain leather uppers that mold to your feet. The result is unwavering support, Kenetrek's renowned durability and all day comfort. Meets all NFPA 1977 Standard Requirements on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting 2016 edition. Made in Italy.
Fire Resistant Full Grain 10" Leather Uppers - 2.8 mm one-piece vamp construction and seamless tongue increases durability and precision molds to each foot.
Lightweight Mountaineering Design with true lace-to-toe construction provides maximum support, durability and all-day comfort.
Hot Zone Kevlar Stitching and Laces ensure fireproof performance.
Extra padded Soft Collars and flex notch design results in bolstered support and lasting comfort.
Full-length 7mm tapered nylon midsoles keep you upright, anywhere.
High density moldable foam and supportive footbeds stabilize your arch and heel.
High traction and deep lugged K-73 Fire outsoles are fire resistant and have increased toe and heel taper for easy walking on any terrain.
Meets NFPA 1977 Standard Requirements - Independent Laboratory tested for compliance with NFPA 1977, Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting 2016 Edition.
I needed a boot that was lite weight for my sciatica. I don’t like the Danner style. My other boots are Wesco’s, they do great, but I needed something liter. Been on a few fires. Replaced the laces with Kevlar. Stock laces look like they’ll break after awhile. Great boot, minor break-in.
I love the comfort and stability of these boots. easy break in period, no blisters on my feet to date and thats very import in the wildland business. my only complaint is that the boots delaminate. If you guys could glue and stitch the souls to the boots you would have the best wildland fire boot out there.
Wore these around the office/home for the few days as a break-in period, not needed. These boots are incredibly comfortable from day one. I have had them for about a month and I can't wait to get them on the line.
Two reasons the review gets 4/5 stars. There is a spot that rubs one of my toes while I am driving. Fabric on inside of boots does seem a little saggy, not totally glued/stitched to shell of boot.
Based off of the short time I have had them I would/will be buying these boots again.
Quick background: I've been a wildland firefighter for 18 years now, doing just about everything and I currently run a small fire crew performing a lot of work in the Frank Church Wilderness. We will often end up doing: back haul work (retrieving and packaging used supplies), scouting, or various point-protection odd-jobs that lead to 20 mile long days carrying stuff around and covering a lot of pretty rocky ground. I've gone through a lot of different boots trying to find something I like, including the traditional logger style and the other hiker style hybrids and these boots are amazing so far. I've put in a decent amount of miles on them on some pretty steep stuff and right now, the durability seems great. They are for sure the most comfortable ones I have had and took very little break in for me.
After wearing these for a few weeks, I finally got to wear them on a fire. Fifteen hours of IA putting in hot line in timber slash at night. My feet weren’t the least bit sore, and the boots performed well. Probably the most comfortable boot I’ve ever worn. Prior to this, I had been running on them on the beach with a weight vest every day. I’ll update with the durability as the season progresses. And yeah, nobody is gonna check your NFPA tag.
Not sure which boot police chase you down, have never had anyone ask me to see my boots. I've been running non fire Kenny's for years on a type 2 IA handcrew, most recently the Mountain Guides... Not one person has asked me about tags in my boots my boots. I'm looking forward to the Fire boots.
I have recently purchase and started wearing the wildfire from Kenetrek. 28 years in the fire service wearing all types of wild land boots. The boots are amazing. The fit, the break in period , the light weight and amazing ankle support. I’m sold. Here is the down side. The main reason for the purchase of these boots was to have an NFPA rated boot. I have had three weeks in the boot. The NFPA tag is worn off after 3 fires and 55 miles of hiking. I’m super disappointed. The function of the boot is still great. The problem is that any time we have safety gear in the fire service and the NFPA tag on the equipment fails the equipment is out of service. So with that said the boot in less then 3 weeks old and they would be out of service. Super bummed that the NFPA tag did not hold up. I don’t like the feel of the Kevlar laces or the eye lets on the boots. Those have not failed I just like the eye lets on the mountain books better. Please understand these items haven’t fail just my opinion. Hope the see a better NFPA tag in the boot soon. This new wildfire by Kenetrek is overall awesome. I just fell Chiefs are going to make us replace boots just like safety gear with no NFPA tag still in the boot. Thanks Captain review.