User Review: Keen Men's Voyageur Mid
Use: long desert hikes with medium pack
Break-in Period: almost none
This boot is not for those hiking in wet terrain nor on rainy days. It is VERY well ventilated and water pours in. The grip in wet conditions is poor. Given that, for dry areas in hot weather it is great. It required almost no breaking in for a 26.2 mile march through desert, up rocky slopes and through moderately deep sand near Las Cruces, NM.
The ventilation is great and the wide toe box fits my 'duck' feet perfectly. In other stiffer boots the bottoms of my feet feel beaten up after 10 or 12 miles in the mountains - not in the Keen's - but I don't take them to the mountains - only in the low deserts.
I might consider adding a thin gel insole for a bit of extra cushion over rocks - there is not a lot of protection except for the toe protector which is great. A hiking partner had Keens as well but her sole was starting to separate from the uppers. A good dose of Gorilla Glue fixed them fine though ugly.
Do not take them into wet areas - you'll be sorry. Do take them into hot, dry areas - you'll be happy.
A note to the manufacturer - the top 'snap' device for the shoelaces is annoying and a friend had one break the first week he had them. The laces require a bit of tugging to get them unsnapped and, when you're tired, hot and sweaty and want to get the boots off it becomes really annoying - better to have a hole or a roller there - not a plastic clip.