Keen Oregon PCT
Price Paid: $160
I bought these boots to use for backpacking only. After searching high and low for affordable comfort and support I chose the Oregons. The fit is great for my feet, I love the wide toebox. Lacing was nice, once dialed into your comfort spot they hold tight. Virtually no break-in needed they were great right out of the box.
I've seen complaints about their waterproofness so I gave them a good treatment with Nikwax before subjecting them to any water, seems to have worked. Spent a couple miles hiking in heavy rain and wet muddy trails with no problems.
Overall a very comfortable boot that gives good support and traction. So why only 2 stars? One word DURABILITY.
After only a few more than 100 miles the soles are chipping and chunking apart. One full lug came off during my last trip. Everywhere on the sole is chipping out, even on the upper sides of the sole it's just wearing away. I do most of my hiking in the desert, typically very rocky and hard on boots. But that's usually on the uppers and toe area of the boots. I've never had soles chunk out like these before, not even on cheapo boots.
If you're looking for a comfortable supportive boot to use only on well maintained smooth trails these would probably work for you. But if you're wanting a backpacking boot for tougher trails then keep looking cause these ain't them!
Thanks to Altrec's excellent return policy I'm returning these for a full refund.
No I would not recommend these boots!
Price Paid: $250AUD
Overall not a bad boot. They have been very comfy and supportive, with a nice roomy toe box that I thought would have been an issue with feet sliding around, however the nice hold and fit on the ankle means that you don't drive your toes into the ends of the boots when descending downhill.
I have walked big distances in these boots and they have been very comfy. The laces and lacing design makes it very hard to get a good tight fit over the toes and arch of the foot but for some reason this doesn't seem to be a problem.
The downside on these boots have been their waterproofness. I'm surprised others have been happy with the waterproofness of these boots. Right from early days of owning these boots I have got wet feet, and not due to sweating. I'll have wet feet within minutes of walking through wet grass, very disappointing.
Luckily they seem to be warm enough, but the Keen Dry is a joke. I've never had Goretex boots to know if they are any different, but the waterproof advertising of these boots seems misleading to me. "Keen Dry - Guaranteed waterproof" is written all over the inside of the boot, yet it's far from that.
I'm not expecting to walk through creeks but I've done a lot of walking on farmland in wet grass conduction surveys and they just don't stay dry.
But as I've said, they are comfy and nice and supportive. Make your choice.
Price Paid: $150
Very comfortable right out of the box. Stiff sole, but not super stiff, excellent lacing system, good grip and a nice room toe box. They are not as tough as full leather boots but the comfort outweighs that drawback.
But, and it's a big problem to me, they are anything but waterproof. Mine may have been waterproof for a couple of days, but ever since have leaked a lot. Pretty poor in my opinion for a good brand claiming waterproofness.
Use: Rough Trail - 40lb pack.
Break-in Period: NO break in period
Price Paid: $160
Drove from Canada to New Hampshire to hike Mt. Lafayette Oct 23. Forgot my boots at home. Told the gentleman from EMS I needed waterproof boots with good support, and NO break-in period since I'd have 'em on the mountain within 12 hours.
He suggested these, I bought 'em, and wore them for 7.5 hours, up and down 5000 vertical feet, in water and 10 degree weather.
Bottom line: Completely watertight, amazing non-slip sole (Keen proprietary), GREAT support, and most importantly NO break-in time required. Not a single blister....not even a chaffe.
And for $160 - AMAZING value!! Don't know yet how well they'll hold up, but sure am grateful for the quality and fit right out of the box!!!
Materials: Leather, Keen-dry,
Use: Short hikes, long hikes, and messy weather hikes on rough trails
Break-in Period: 5 minutes! haha. No time at all!
Weight: 3 pounds
Price Paid: $160
I recently purchased these boots for hiking and backpacking. Not five minutes after I paid for them, they were on my feet. I went for a stroll around the mall and was amazed at how comfortable they were right out of the box.
They have a roomy toebox which is great for downhill hikes and they are crafted of very solid materials. I have warn them on several outdoor excursions in moderate to snowy, icy weather and they performed better than I ever would have dreamed. I added a few coats of Snow-Seal Beeswax to mine the night I got them (though they probably didn't need it) to keep the leather from getting saturated too much and splashes just bead up and run right off of them. Yet, they breathe well so your feet stay dry and don't stink.
The lug pattern is self cleaning and has excellent grip even on wet rocks. I have to say the lacing system is a little funky but the lace hooks are solid as a rock and the leather and upper materials are nicely crafted and very brawny. I am a huge fan of the rubber toe guard as that is where most of my leather boots have failed in the past simply by wearing through. This is a great addition for the health of your toes and for the longlasting-ness of the boots. They are great!
After these wear off of my feet I WILL be getting another pair!
Use: rough trails, boulder hopping, snow fields, backpacking with moderate pack weight.
Break-in Period: No break in period required
Price Paid: $159.99
I am a big guy, 245 lbs, who normally requires a stiff boot for backpacking, but was tired of the weight that comes with that type of boot. I bought the Keen Oregon PCT because it looked rugged enough and was fairly light and waterproof.
I did not break them like other boots because they felt really comfortable out of the box. This is a big risk normally, but these boots performed very well on a 3 day, 17 mile trip. I walked through snow fields, shallow streams, mud, and boulder hopped granite fields in these things, and they performed marvelously. I didn't wear my normal hiking socks, but did insert my Soles insoles that helped pick up some of the space in the toe box area.
I don't normally like Keen but these looked pretty tough, and felt like a running shoe right out of the box. However, I rubbed them up next to a piece of granite when I stepped through the snow causing the seem on the right boot to separate, and when I returned them to the store they didn't have anymore in my size so I had to return them for a full refund.
I feel that the boot is a little expensive for being a more light weight boot that is not a Lowa, Asolo, or Kayland, but did pretty well. I did not like the tread pattern though, my feet felt like they might slip while jumping from rock to rock, not as secure on boulder hopping as my Asolo or Vasques.
Lastly, my feet were the only ones that did not get wet on the trip so I was pleased, the Keen Dry which is their version of Gore-tex worked well also.
I am an avid hiker and backpacker in the Southern Rockies - all year long and have been doing so for decades. I've owned just about every brand of boot - Merrell, La Sportiva, Asolo, and the list goes on. This Keen Oregon is my all time favorite boot. I wear it backpacking, for day hikes, and even around town.
A+ in comfort, A+ in traction, A+ in ankle support, A+ in water proofing, A+ in durability (unlike their Targhee model), and A+ in overall quality. No cramped toes in this boot, no blisters ever.
Keen hit the ball out of the park with this one. Many hundreds of miles already racked up on these Oregons. Get 'em!
Materials: waterproof leather uppers
Use: dayhikes, 3-5 miles.
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. each
Price Paid: $160
I was looking for something in between trailwalking shoes and serious climbing boots, and the Keen Oregon PCT looked like what I wanted. I was also looking for a fall-winter-spring walking/hiking boot, waterproof, and suitable for walking in light snow.
I normally wear a 10E shoe, and the PCTs with their slightly wide footbed fit me perfectly in the 10D size. I will be removing the sole inserts and adding in the green SuperFeet I have used in other shoes and boots. I love the laces; they stay securely tied no matter what. Also great stiffness around the heel and achilles area, where I tend to step over cheaper shoes and boots.
These boots are extremely comfortable and need no real break in. When I first slipped them on, I planned on just walking around the block to try them out, and ended up going 3-4 miles without a problem.
I wear light SmartWool socks when I walk with these. I'm on pavement, gravel roads, easy trails, rocky/gravely areas, and sometimes just in the woods on a rut lane or trail. This is the one pair of boots that will work for me from September through May here in northern Michigan.
Use: Rough trail
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $160
Boots have been great, not really "waterproof", but then none really are. I have snowshoes, waded winter streams and climbed Mt. St. Helens 4 times in snow & rock/loose ash. Far better than lighter Keen boots and far better than heavy climbing boots!
Materials: Keen Dry
Use: Hikes, backpacking
Break-in Period: short
Price Paid: $127
Very nice boot. True to size with room in the toebox for thicker socks and foot swelling. Seems to be well made like other Keen shoes and has a nice look for casual wearing too. I would buy them again.
All Oregon PCT versions
In addition to the 10 men's reviews above, there are 2 reviews for other versions of the Oregon PCT.