User Review: Keen Men's Oregon PCT
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.