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Awesome daily wear & hiking shoe! Tough & comfortable.
on August 6, 2013
Been wearing these shoes regularly for over 18 months now and very happy (I updated this review). The fit is true to size, and very comfortable. Good value for money. I already have 3/4 and tall hiking boots. Wanted something lighter for daily wear, with good support and comfort, but tougher than sneakers or trainers.
I use them as everyday walkers, jogging on soft turf and concrete, regular hiking, paintball, and dry and wet weather. Have performed great! They broke in quickly, and use both thick hiking socks in winter, and thin business socks in summer.
Have used them often in dry bushland, and rocky mountains. Also while travelling in Vietnam and Philippines, I went hiking in the jungle in both countries. I'm quite surprised they have held up from all this use and abuse.
The overall quality is tough and well made:
The grip is excellent, proved themselves on steep loose gravel, rock climbing, and wet jungles;
Rubber toe and reinforced design offers great protection from scuffs, bumps, and outdoor activities;
The support is excellent, thick heel style and mid-sole shank support;
The nubuck leather is good quality, tough wearing, and I condition it with neutral shoe polish;
Inside the moisture wicking lining, and upper padding is executed very well, so comfy;
They do breath well, but naturally a little warm in summer.
I prefer a well supported shoe so I don't get sore feet, ankles, and knees. This is why I chose this style, and very pleased with it.
I'm surprised more manufacturers have not figured this stuff out. I've spent hundreds on shoes and boots that are not comfortable and don't last under hard use.
The only thing that could be improved are the Keen removable insoles (footbed), and the soft compound out-soles tread. The insoles are simple, thin, and flimsy. Not much foot padding, so not much shock absorption when jogging, hiking, or training. I removed the stock insoles after 1 month. I have flat feet so replaced them with generic diabetic insoles, a dense polyurethane style padding. Also the out-sole grip and general performance was good. But after hard use and regular hiking they wore out much quicker than my boots with Vibram or harder compound out-soles. 'Keen' if you see this review: improve your insoles with a "diabetic" style dense padding, and use a tougher out-sole. They will be perfect after that.
Overall I am very pleased and surprised. Exceeded my expectations of a great hiking shoe at an affordable price. My budget was around $100. I'll have to retire them eventually from all the use and abuse. They better stay affordable or I'll have to find another shoe style to torture.