User Review: Keen Erickson PCT
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $135
Seriously waterproof, no rub points, and a decent price. They look a little duck-bill-y and I sweat in them, but they're full leather with a toe cap....and I sweat heavily in boots anyway. Sole is a little soft, though supportive enough to stand on knife-edge rocks easily.
- Flexible upper
- Short break-in period
- Finicky lace hooks — durable, but not a speed-lace system
- Flexible sole
Fit: I have size 9.5, with short toes and an average width ball area. The boots fit me very nicely. My toes can touch all parts of the toe box if I stretch them, which is nice. There's enough wiggle room that I'm not cramped, but the top of the foot and ankle are supported so my toes don't jam forward on descents.
Comfort: I broke these in on a 2-mile, flat sidewalk and proceeded down-trail without a wimper from my feet or the footwear. Especially considered these boots are all leather, they conformed very quickly and were flexible from the start. There's no rub points, and after a few days of continuous hiking my feet are tired (whose aren't?) but do not have perpetual sore spots. I've gotten no sand, pebbles, sticks or otherwise to drop into the boot, which was surprising to me. I nearly always end up with a small planet's worth of rocks in my other boots.
Support: I have a sensitive ankle that easily rolls, and the boots supported it nicely over rough terrain. Mile-long descents did not jam my toes into the front of the boot, and going back up the same route was also painless. After several uphill miles, however, my Achilles was a little taut. It didn't hurt, but it made its presence known.
Water resistance: Excellent. Superb. The main reason I bought the boot. I believe that cloth, in a boot, will not be waterproof and went with all-leather for that reason. I can confidently step in running, cold water up to the top of the boot without any fear of wet feet. I do wear thick wool hiking socks so that my help seal the top a little bit.
Traction: No complaints here. The sole conforms to odd shapes, and also has enough oomph to actually grab when you step off.
Temp: Warm. I haven't snow-hiked in them yet but any walking makes me sweaty in them. As a caveat, I fully expect any closed footwear to make my feet wet. These suckers don't vent a lick, though, so if that's important to you maybe a mesh paneled boot would be a better choice.
Ease: The laces need double-knotted. I don't really care for that, but it is what it is.
Features: I'm not sure they have any.
Construction: Rocks haven't worn through the upper yet, and the laces haven't broken. I have 30+ miles on them so far and they look nearly knew- except for the trail dust.
Conditions: Desert and Eastern U.S. forests. I'll be in forest for the foreseeable future and don't have any worries about bringing these boots along.