It’s KEEN hiking boots Women review time!
You are here to determine the types of boots that are best for hiking.
I’m here to deliver based on my long test experience.
I think I’ve found a great pair of hiking shoes for women, probably the best lightweight hiking shoe on the market.
And I can’t wait to tell you all about keen hiking boots women!
What you should know:
After wearing thick-soled leather hiking boots for four decades (yes, you read that right), I switched to lightweight, waterproof, and breathable KEEN hiking boots women.
And I just had to tell you why!
How I did keen hiking boots women, review:
Keen hiking boots women reviews should be honest and balanced: like it, don’t like it, with lots of detail, and that’s what you’ll find here.
I always like to start on my right foot (Ooh, hiking pun!), so let me list the reasons why I love these mid-sized KEEN Targhee III women’s hiking boots.
NOTE: I am not forcing KEEN hiking boots women on you.
I just know that they will do good things for your feet.
Nobody asked me to write this keen hiking boots women review; I just want to tell you what works for me so you can make a wise choice of hiking boots with your hard-earned money.
That’s why I only work with the best outdoor gear brands.
KEEN hiking boots women review: the good stuff
Lightweight and breathable
So light and breathable compared to my full leather boots with Vibram soles!!!
This makes a noticeable difference in the weight of my equipment.
It also causes less calf fatigue, although I’m probably forgoing toning and prepping my muscles as I get lighter.
Size is important to consider in hiking boots review
I bought them half a size up to accommodate my high arch, wide foot, and prone to swelling and pain in my toes.
- They feel great on my feet, even after 10-mile on a 14-mile hike.
However, the larger size created balance problems when climbing or moving over rocky terrain.
My feet didn’t slide exactly in the boots (thanks to 2 pairs of socks, thin lining covered with thick hiking socks) but I had to be very careful with my foot placement.
However, I don’t think this is an inherent problem with boots, so I won’t list it as a ‘’con’’.
- However, this is something to keep in mind if you like to wear spacious boots for the reasons I mentioned.
For hikers with narrow heels, these boots run a half size too small. If you’re looking for the perfect fit, don’t go half a size up, but you may need to experiment with the thickness of the sock.
They dry quickly when wet.
In fact, after crossing the damp tundra and stopping for a breather, I literally saw them dry in the wind.
And overnight drying in your tent is possible in all but the most humid and saturated climates.
And they were waterproof. Really, really waterproof (and not repellant).
Although I don’t know how long it will last. I’ll tell.
UPDATE: I wore these boots during a wet week of hiking in the Canadian Rockies. By the end of the day my feet were still wet, but wearing 2 pairs of socks (thin pads + thick absorbent socks) kept my skin from peeling or worse, from blistering.
It’s unrealistic to expect hiking boots to be a waterproof day in and day out.
And you should expect to replace waterproofing with a NikWak product like this one.
Advantage of these boots: see #3 above! They were dry and ready to go the next morning.
The ankle support is reasonable for such a lightweight boot. I felt good when driving over bumps and swampy areas.
They also gave me confidence on rocky slopes.
But to be honest, not as confident as in my hard high leather boots.
So, if you have so-called “weak” ankles and plan to navigate loose rock, these boots may not be right for you.
Quick lacing system – nothing pulls or tangles, so expect it to be easy to put on and take off.
There is a secure top pull tab to keep the laces in place and pull tabs to help with lacing, for example pulling them where they need to go.
KEEN hiking boots women offer quality at a reasonable price.
And there are differences in their price ranges, so you can choose what is most comfortable for you.
Don’t forget to check out the REI Outlet for the best deals on boots, and remember that timing is everything: the end of the season is your best bet.
To be balanced in these keen hiking boots women
And now for the things I don’t like, to give you a balanced overview of hiking boots, my dear reader.
I found only one big “hatred”, which is quite shocking.
A little nostalgic break……and the toe of leather hiking boots
I loved my heavy leather boots and did not dare to part with these well-built beauties.
But they are getting harder to find.
Not to mention very expensive: investments and long-term commitments in hiking boots.
My aging feet were getting wider and wider, making my current leather boots feel too tight.
And why lift the extra weight with every step?
To be honest, there are several good reasons for all leather boots:
- If you walk on rocky, shaky surfaces for several days
- If you need complete ankle support and protection
- If you like the durability of a heavy Vibram outsole
- If you are transporting a heavy load over long distances, such as on a long hike without the possibility of restocking
- Interested in a good pair of women’s leather hiking boots?
So where have I been?
I love my KEEN hiking boots women!
But with that said, here’s what’s important to consider.
The traction of these boots is not entirely reliable on rocky slopes.
I’m not talking about large stones, on which you have to overcome the scree slope.
This boot doesn’t do well with small pebbles that behave like balls underfoot.
I had much better (i.e. more secure) footing on Vibram soles (heavy-duty rubber).
However, if you stick to dirt trails, don’t worry – the carbon rubber soles of these shoes should work.
Another drawback related to the soles: I walk hard in my boots, so I’m wondering how long these soles will follow me.
Time will tell, and then I’ll tell you 🙂