Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot Review
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It is winter and for the cold weather enthusiast, a quality pair of hiking boots like the Keen Durand Mid WP hiking boots are a necessity. I’ve had the chance to field test Keen’s Mid-Height WP Hiking Boot in the mountains of Colorado in field situations ranging from strolling around town to being submerged in icy water.
Initial Thoughts of the Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot
My first impressions the Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot is that the boot is aesthetically pleasing and looks durable enough to perform well in the outdoors, yet nice enough to wear out on the town. I found the sizing of the Durand to be true to size, although according to the Keen website, the Durand Mid-Height WP Hiking boot does run slightly small. The boot fit is very comfortable with ample room in the toes and a snug fit in the heel. Having the necessary space in the front of the boot is important as cramped toes get cold easily and make for an uncomfortable day when playing in the snow. Not only were my toes comfortable, but I did not experience any heel slip which is usually a problem for me in many brands of hiking boots. The great fit and comfort of the boot may be due in part to the many advancements that Keen has come out within their footwear such as the Removable Metatomical Dual Density EVA Footbed and the PU heel cushion.
Features of the Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot
The speed lacing system of the Durand boot is another feature that allows for a snug fit with a pull of the laces. The top two eyelets of the lacing system are nicely designed made of solid aluminum construction and hold the knot well. I have found other pairs of hikers cumbersome to lace up because of the laces slipping off the eyelets when cinching down the boots. I have not had this problem with the Keen Durand Hiking Boot which makes lacing up the boots easy.
The sole of the Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot has deep tread made for off-road use and is constructed with dual compound rubber outsole. Much of my field testing experiences wearing them has been on ice and snow-covered trails, and I had no traction issues. I venture to guess that these boots would perform equally as well when hiking in muddy and slick conditions.
Field Testing the Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot
The most strenuous test I put the Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking Boots through was during ice fishing outings in which the temperature was near zero degrees. The Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking Boots have a KEEN DRY waterproof membrane with a leather exterior that claims to eliminate water seepage into the boot. Although marked as waterproof, I was curious to see how the hiking boots would perform on excursions that would saturate most any type of footwear. During the days of fishing, my feet were either submerged in water or on slush-covered ice and the boots managed to keep my feet dry and warm and allowed me to focus on fishing.
Although not nearly as strenuous but equally as important to me is the wearability of the Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking boot. The Keen Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot is a heavy-weight boot that wears like a much like a lighter shoe due to the comfort and it’s relatively small overall size. I have spent quite a few 8-hour-days wearing the Durand Hiking boot and never felt the need to take them off due to a lack of comfort. This hiking boot is great to wear around town and is easy to drive a car in. Bulky footwear and particularly large boots can be a pain to drive a car with a manual transmission in, yet the small profile of boots make this task easy and safe.
For more info on the Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot and other Keen footwear, visit www.keenfootwear.com
Weight: 20 oz/569 g
Type: Hiking, Waterproof
Weather: Wet – waterproof
Lining: KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable membrane
Rubber: Direct-attach Construction