User Review: Keen Men's Oregon PCT
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $10!!
A nice lightweight hiking boot for easy to moderate trails. Very comfortable...could stay on my feet all day and nearly sleep in them too! Not cut out for very rugged trails or bushwhacking on rocks or scree.
- Easy to lace up
- Not so durable
- Could be more stiff under foot
I can't complain about my find and purchase at a local flea market. Sold to me for $10!!! (previous owner bought the wrong size and needed to unload them.)
These boots are sized as a mens 10 but fit me perfectly, and I'm normally a size 9.5, so these boots tend to run a bit small. As others have noted, they are nice and roomy in the toe box but that does not translate into a sloppy fit. I have a narrow foot and these fit snugly all the way around, even in the heel with no significant movement to cause blisters.
These were slightly (very) worn when I bought them and I did not need to break them in at all. Because they did not need any breaking in, it leads me to believe that the uppers are quite pliable and possibly not very heavily made...therefore possibly not as durable either. This is speculation because I haven't run them thru the paces yet, but I just have a hunch that they might not be super tough.
As laced up, I could not feel the laces cut into the top of my feet as I have with other similar boots. Even after a full day in these, the laces still went completely unnoticed. As with all my shoes, I put in a pair of SuperFeet and from then on I had HappyFeet!! Lightweight and not clunky at all.
I did note that they were not stiff in the sole at all...something that I would not prefer on a difficult, rocky trail or off trail, but that's not where they will be used.
As another reviewer noted, these are not the most durable of boots out there. I have noted that one of the lugs is already splitting from the sole of the boot. This does not bode well for the long term. To me, a boot is made for using, and using hard. Just judging from the lack of stiff sole and the already splitting lug, these just would not stand up to the rigors of long, sustained difficult hiking. And since the soles are fairly flexible, I don't think they would ultimately be as comfortable as one initially would think, given the super comfortable initial feeling on gentle terrain.
It's the beginning of fall here and I have not had them in any hot weather so I cannot speak to their breathability. Water resistant? Honestly, is any boot going to stay completely dry? I have not had them in the rain or wet weather, so again, I cannot speak to that either.
So....How do I rate them?? For the price that I was lucky enough to get them, they're a 10 outta 5!! But, had I paid normal retail price, I would have to give them an average rating. They are above average in comfort and fit...and for that, they are nearly a 5! But, since they are already coming apart and have not had many miles on them (I can tell from the nearly new condition of the lugs) and that does not give me the most confidence that they will not come apart more than they already are.
So durability comes up rather low on my list. If I'm spending that kind of retail money on a pair of boots, they'd better last quite a while and not come apart at all. Keens have that love or hate 'em look....and I like them. My wife doesn't!
All in all they get an overall rating of 3, or average. Comfortable. Nice looking (to me). A bit pricey (if purchased new). Not overly durable (initial impression and wear).