Price Paid: ~100
I've owned these shoes now for just over a year. In addition to my regular morning trail hike of ~3 miles, I have taken them on 5 major hikes including one where I covered 45 miles in just 3 days.
I am a relatively large 50 year old male at just over 6'3" and ~230 pounds. I have wide feet and wear an 11 shoe size. My feet run hot and moist. I wear either a single wool sock or wool over a thin polyester liner to reduce friction. I travel with a 43 pound pack and use hiking poles the way they were meant to be used, as contributors to support and propulsion.
I am picky about what gets in my shoes and often get teased for wearing gaiters (REI desert style) in even moderate height grass or trails where sand or gravel are present. I favor hiking about 10 miles per day. All of these might be useful as you consider my experience.
Until this pair, I've never found a shoe that lasted more than a single spring-summer-fall hiking season. My two typical problems are either a disintegrating lining or sole wear on the outsides of the shoe. This pair has about 450 miles on it and has held up well. The inside is a bit worn, but still has integrity. The inner laminate of the outer sole has begun to show through, but its worn more evenly than previous pairs.
While it does breathe, my feet still get damp during a 3 hour run. Also, the laces don't hold a knot as well as one might like. These two items prevent it from earning a 5.
Overall, I am very happy.
Price Paid: ~ $100
I wanted to share my experience with the Keen Voyageurs. Previous to purchasing the Keens, i had consistently worn Merrill Moabs - about 5 pairs in about 4 years. I decided to try the Keens because i was experiencing a chronic case of Plantar fasciitis and believed that a change in shoes might be help relieve the pain.
The first pair of Keen Voyageurs were pretty comfortable for my slightly wider feet and provided some relief. As the plantar faciities subsided (another longer story), i really enjoyed the shoes and liked many of the features realtive to the Merrill Moabs but noticed that i needed another pair in May, less than 5 months after purchaing the first pair.
Although the lifetime of the outsoles is not very long, my biggest complaint with these shoes is the fact that the outsoles are delaminating. I purchased a second pair in May and these began to delaminate quickly but continued to wear them until October.
Because of the delamination and again outsole wear, i purchased a third pair hoping that the delamination was 'a one-off manufacturing gliche.' I just returned the third pair less than one month later because of delamination issues.
In contrast to the Merrill Moabs, this is 3 pairs of Keens in less than 1 year due to short outsole wear and delamination of the outsole.
Materials: leather and synthetic
Use: rough trail with stream crossings
Break-in Period: 0
Price Paid: $69
This is a really good shoe. My backpacking trips have been taking me through more and more stream crossings. With that, I was getting quite tired of taking my boots off and suspending them from my neck as I waded to the other side. I was looking for a shoe that would let me do the stream crossing and then drain well enough to dry out during the rest of the hike. At the same time, I wanted a shoe with more stability than the trail runners I've tried. This shoe does it all.
I actually took these on a three day backpacking trip without bothering to break them in. They worked fine with no hot spots or blisters. The terrain varied from waist high stream crossings to narrow rocky ridge lines. The toe covers actually come in handy when crossing rocky streams. I had a few incidents where my feet were swept into or under rocks. Trail runners would have left me with injured or bruised toes. The toe guards prevented either from occurring. The traction is also as good as any hiking boot I've used, and the lasts are stiff enough not to punish your feet on rocky terrain.
Price Paid: $100
I would only recommend these boots to someone who has clapped their old boots together over my head at 3am.
After wearing out my previous boots on the AT, I followed a salesman’s recommendation that these boots were just as good as my previous boots with the added benefit of a wider toe-box. What I found was the following:
Any stone or rock stepped upon will be felt directly by the foot. The footbed is simply insufficient to protect the bottoms of your feet from feeling every pebble.
The tongue of the boot is too short and along with the design of the collar and uppermost hooks for lacing it was very difficult to keep the detritus of the trail from getting down deep in your boots without gaiters.
After a single day of hiking in drizzly conditions, the glue holding the soles started to give way.
These boots were returned to the store where they were purchased after six days of use.
Use: around town
Break-in Period: no break in required
Weight: 225 lbs
Price Paid: $100
I've been a Keen fan for several years now and love their comfort but my Voyagers have let me down as the soles have worn out. In less than 6 months of light duty daily wear the lugs under the ball of the foot have worn through revealing they are actually hollow - not solid rubber.
Also the sole is delaminating along the outside of one. The tops are still pristine looking, laces strong but the soles are shot.
I've never had a pair of shoes wear out this quickly and for the price am left scratching my head. Will look at other brands as replacements.
All Voyageur versions
In addition to the 5 men's reviews above, there is 1 review for another version of the Voyageur.