KEEN DURAND MID WP HIKING BOOTS

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They Say - Amazing comfort and unsurpassed durability from the first step to the millionth! The KEEN Durand Mid WP hiking boots for men are crafted of KEEN PU and dual compound rubber outsole. They deliver durable, dependable longevity for the long haul. PU resists breakdown and compression, while preserving its shock-absorbing qualities no matter how many miles you put on them, keeping you comfortable while hiking. Feet stay dry thanks to the KEEN.Dry waterproof, breathable membrane. This hiker is American Built in KEEN’s Portland, Oregon, factory.

  • Weight: 20 oz/569 g
  • Collections: Outdoor
  • Type: Hiking Boots, Waterproof
  • Activities: Hiking
  • Weather: Wet – water resistant
  • American Built: Hiking
  • Fit Tip: This style is running a 1/2 small. We suggest ordering a 1/2 size larger than your usual size!
  • Lining: KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane
  • Upper: Nubuck and textile upper
  • Rubber: Direct-attach Construction

To discover more, please visit http://www.keenfootwear.com/en-gb/product/shoes/men/durand-mid-wp#

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We Say – These boots are brilliant, no doubt about it. I’ve just worn them on a 3 week backpacking tour of the Scottish Highlands and Islands and they’ve kept me comfortable, dry and nearly blister free throughout that period. Bearing in mind the first time I put them on was as I was leaving my house for the train station to begin the tour, so in effect they got zero breaking in time at all, and that our tour took in all sorts of terrain, much of it sopping wet, and that’s pretty amazing.

Here’s a brief look at the sort of terrain we took on during our tour. The first photo shows me hiking along the beach at the Knoydart peninsula, which is known as one of the most remote places in Europe. My pack weighed 26kg and it was tough to keep balance on this particular section of the hike, which lasted about half hour between pieces of boggy ground. If my boot grip had failed me in such rocky terrain, or if the boot’s ankle protection hadn’t of done it’s job when the odd rock rolled away and turned my ankle sideways, then we would’ve been in big trouble. There are no roads into Knoydart, and no phone signal either. Your kit lets you down here and you’re well and truly stuffed. Lucky then, that these Keen boots were completely up to the job…

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We also had to wade countless rivers on our tour. I tried to boulder hop (another activity when the boots great grip helps out) and did manage that yet still, as you can see, the outer boots did get wet. Not inside though, the waterproofing is top class.

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Here’s me at camp on Knoydart. Our campspot was one of the few places where the ground wasn’t boggy.

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And here’s another image of hiking on Knoydart; the terrain is full of bogs and hillocks that you can’t see at all, hidden as they are among the long grass. I only turned an ankle once in 4 days of hiking here (and that wasn’t so serious that I couldn’t carry on) so that’s testament to the stability the boots offer, and even though the boots got filthy and soaked outside they didn’t let my socks or feet get wet at all.

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Our route also took in the West Highland Way, an 8 day hike from just north of Glasgow through some really tough and scenic terrain as far as Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak.

Here’s me above and beside Loch Lomond. It was alongside the loch that I got my one and only blister, on the ball of my right foot. Experienced walkers say that the Loch Lomond section of the hike, a 28 mile stretch that takes at least 2 days and is all up and down with much scrambling to be done, is the hardest section of the whole walk, so to only get one blister during this time was pretty good I thought.

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Finally, here’s a photo taken at the end of the hike. I was relaxing in the tent at the base of Ben Nevis and this bird came and sat by my boot for a good 10 minutes. I guess that means they weren’t too stinky. Nice memories :)

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There’s not much more you need in a boot, in my opinion, than for it to be comfortable, waterproof and built to last. These Keen boots fit the bill, plus they’re lightweight and easy to clean (I’ve used an old t-shirt, dampened, and that seems to do the job nicely), and I advise you to check them out. Whatever the terrain they’ll keep you dry, fit and safe on the trail (and it’s also nice to know they’re made in a country, the USA, where the workers get a decent wage and are old enough to be at work!).

To discover more, please visit http://www.keenfootwear.com/en-gb/product/shoes/men/durand-mid-wp#

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