Keen Erickson PCT
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $145
A good all-around boot for hiking and light backpacking.
- Good fit on wide feet
- Fast break-in
- Thin, soft sole
This is my third different boot from Keen. I started with the Ketchum, then moved to the Oregon PCT, and now the Erickson PCT. I switched from Asolo, which I consider a true backpacking boot, to Keen as a result of foot injuries which have forced me to find a wider fitting boot.
The Keen boots fall short of the durability of Asolo, but have been good boots. The main complaints I have about the boot is that the sole is not a Vibram sole. It does not have the depth of tread, nor the durability of sole life, of Vibram. It is softer and thinner, so if you're looking for a boot with bulletproof soles, this is not the one.
That said, this boot seems superior to the other Keen boots in that there are no seams on the toe boxing to split out. My Oregon PCT boot developed an unsewn section in a toe seam after two years of vigorous backpacking use. I never had that problem with Asolo, and I suspect that the new Erickson PCT from Keen will be more durable without that seam on the toe. The sole is the same Keen product, so I imaging that the first thing to wear out will be the sole.
I give this boot a 4-star rating based on comfort, fast break-in, waterproof performance, and what appears to be a dependable lace loop attachment design. The boot fits wide feet really well, but if you don't need the extra toe room, I recommend going with a more highly technical hiking boot for a little more money.
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: Prodeal
Great comfort, no good fit.
- Wide Keen toe box
- Rivets on ankle bones
I was so excited to get these boots, I love Keens and I was in desperate need of a new pair of hiking boots. Sadly though the minute I slid them on I could feel the side rivet rubbing right on top of my ankle bone. No matter how I laced the boots, tight or loose, skipping the problem rivet, etc. I was unable to make these boots work.
They are however so comfy! The "key-tech" technology makes the boot feel really good on the ground, and the dual density heel is really great. I wish I could have made them work! I really wish they would make a taller version also, and just take that lower eyelet completely out.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150
The looks are a little odd, but well structured.
I can neither favor nor state otherwise. I just got them from the retailer. Initial thoughts are OK. Toe guard is a little strange looking but you get used to it.
These boots are comparatively cheaper than those of the competitor brands because the important features such as the outsole and the waterproof membrane are of their own so they are pricing the boots affordable. I read in another review that a guy experienced with another Keen model that the outsole started losing chunks of it after a few hundred miles of not so arduous trek. I hope I will not experience the same thing with these boots.
They are rather light as for backpacking boots, we'll see how they'll hold up to the elements. They are comfortable; the arch support is aggressive, which is something I like. The ankle support is great; my ankle is firmly locked in.
That’s all so far; this review will definitely be updated before the winter season.