User Review: Keen Men's Pyrenees
Use: Day hikes, rough trails w/ medium weight pack
Break-in Period: Two half-days
Weight: 2 lb, 6 oz., Size 9.5 US
Price Paid: $140
I purchased these boot to replace a very worn out pair of Merrell low top hikers. I was looking for something a bit tougher, though it didn’t need to be a high top boot. The one thing that was a must have, though, was a full-leather boot or shoe. My primary outdoor activity is geocaching, though I do a lot of backpacking and hiking, too.
The reason for the need of a 100% leather boot is that most of my geocaching is done in the deserts of California. I’ve found that non-leather boots and shoes let in an exorbitant amount of dust and dirt, either over the top of through mesh that is so popular on shoes these days. Also, here in SoCal, there are fields of foxtails and a full-leather boot is the only thing that will keep them at bay.
When I was shopping for new boots I tried on several pairs and brands. I love the way Merrell boots fit my feet, but just couldn’t find anything in their line that I was happy with (and willing to pay for). When the salesman suggested the Keen Pyrenees, I was a bit turned off by the styling. They have a bit of a funky look about them. But the second I put these boots on my feet, I was sold!
Breaking in the boots took a couple of days. I had a bit of a pressure point along the tongue, on the top of my foot. By the end of the second day, that disappeared completely. A few more days wearing the boots, I knew I had a real winner on my hands...er feet.
The big test for these boots was a recent backpacking trip in the Tetons. We hiked 20 miles in two days, up and over Paintbrush Canyon Divide and out via Cascade Canyon to the truck, completing a loop. Our packs weighted close to 30 pounds. At about the 10,000 foot level, we started hitting snow. The last section of the divide was a steep headwall, approximately 70 degrees, and snow covered. We had to kick steps across this for about 100 feet to the safety of the rocks on the other side. The boots worked great in the snow.
Later that day it started to rain, which continued all the way back to the truck. The trail was a muddy mess, our packs were soaked, our pants wet, but my feet were nice and dry in the Pyrenees boots.
For me, this boot is a 100% perfect fit for both my feet and the type of terrain I travel in. They are comfortable, offer plenty of support, are completely waterproof, and stylish (yes, I’ve grown to like their funky look). If I had to make one complaint, it’d be that they are a warm boot (especially for the desert), but that’s just the nature of the beast. You can’t get a leather boot that is waterproof without having it be warm, too.