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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: KEEN Oregon PCT Boot Review

Scramble, bushwhack, and ascend with this all-around solid boot.

by: Michael Lanza

KEEN Oregon PCT (Julia Vandenoever)
KEEN Oregon PCT (Julia Vandenoever)

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All-Purpose Comfort
Testers hammered this leather-and-nylon high-top from Washington's rugged Chelan Summit Trail to Wyoming's Wind River Range and Utah's Capitol Reef. Whether on trail or off, bushwhacking or scrambling, their conclusion was the same: This is a solid, core backpacking boot.

The Oregon is first-hike comfortable, thanks to soft leather uppers, a close fit in the heel and midfoot, and a huge toebox. Solid support and cushioning–enhanced by a full-length plastic midsole plate and cork in the heel–let us carry 40-pound packs without sore feet. Wet snow didn't penetrate the proprietary membrane, which breathed moderately well. Our one minor complaint is that the lacing is rudimentary–locking lacehooks at the midfoot would offer more precise fitting. Best for medium- to high-volume feet. $160; 3 lbs.

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Oct 14, 2012

the only thing i can say about my keen oregon is

May 07, 2011

I bought a pair of these at the local sporting goods shop. These are undoubtedly the most comfortable pair I have every had. I bought them early, and wore them while traveling in Eastern Europe thinking to break them in - that was unnecessary, as they fit great from the get-go. They stay comfortable even on long days - we spent several days in Ukraine traveling by train at night, and on our feet all day (12 to 15 hours each day). We stomped around the city and climbed in the hills as well - never had a pinch or a rub. I may just buy another pair and stick them in the closet, just in case they stop making these!


Jun 21, 2010

I got the pct keen boot as a pro-deal and i'm very happy with them! i send alot of time on the { AT } Appalachian Trail as a RidgeRunner/Trail Crew, maybe 18-24 mile days with a 45 pound pack and my feet " never " hurt me at all...they " never " get wet...i will never buy any other boot again..i hope they keep making this boot for years to come !!!! The RidgeRunner...

Apr 10, 2010

I struggled with what to buy since by last boots finally gave in. There are hundreds of choices but this is the boot I picked after a lot of research for a good all around boot. I went on a 3 mile hike right out of the box and they felt fine. The arch area seems preety stiff for the first mile but then it just molds to your feet. Excellent support and you can feel the full length plate support with every step. Just enough flexibility in the sole to make them comfy. I think I am going to like these :)

Jan 19, 2010

Any comment on their stiffness? I am debating whether to get the Keens or something more heavy duty. I usually pack loads around 50lbs in rocky terrain and am looking for a good boot. Thanks.

Jan 07, 2010

I recently purchased these boots for hiking and backpacking. Not five minutes after I paid for them, they were on my feet. I went for a stroll around the mall and was amazed at how comfortable they were right out of the box. They have a roomy toebox which is great for downhill hikes and they have very solid materials. I have warn them on several outdoor excursions in moderate to snowy, icy weather and they performed better than I ever would have dreamed. The lug pattern is self cleaning and has excellent grip even on wet rocks. I have to agree the lacing system is a little funky but the lace hooks are solid as a rock and the leather and upper materials are nicely crafted and very brawny. I added a few coats of Snow-Seal Beeswax to mine the night I got them (though it probably didn't need it) to keep the leather from getting saturated to much and splashes just bead up and run right off of them. Yet, they breathe well so your feet stay dry and don't stink. I am a huge fan of the rubber toe guard as that is where most of my leather boots have failed in the past simply by wearing through. This is a great addition for the health of your toes and for the longlasting-ness of the boots. They are great!


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