User Review: Keen Men's Oregon PCT
Source: bought it new
Comfortable, but weak soles.
- Wide toe box
- Soft sole
I have had three different pairs of Keen boots, and these are my newest. If you have a foot that needs a wide toe box, these are the ones. They require little or no break in, and fit fairly true to size.
My biggest complaint about Keen boots, including these, is the sole. It is their own product, meaning their design and materials, and it is the weak point of these boots. Like other reviewers, the lugs began to chip and break off on my first trip.
I'm only 165 pounds and my backpack is typically 33-38 pounds, so I don't overload these boots. Terrain goes from desert rocks to granite peaks, but soles should be of a compound to withstand harsh rocky conditions.
I have had other brands that use the Vibram soles, and the upper always wears out before the soles. Not so with Keen. The sole is so soft that on one trip I stepped on a cactus spine and it penetrated completely through the sole into the bottom of my foot. That means that the boot has a cardboard shank (the main support under the arch) instead of a steel shank which most backpack boots possess.
I would recommend these boots for day hikes on dirt or forest terrain, but not for backpacking on rock surfaces.