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Gear Review

4 5

Great yet not perfect

I was preparing for a trip to Belize, which I knew would include some hiking. After looking at a lot of different options, I decided to go with the Keens because of their great reputation. Everyone I spoke to that had a pair LOVED them. I was very excited to receive them, and I agree with the other reviewers that they were true to size and ready-to-wear right out of the box. They handled a local 7 mile hike without issue, and I was very eager to use them in Belize. While in Belize, we went to the ATM, which includes a 45 minute hike through a nature preserve (crossing over 3 different streams, one of which is chest high) and ultimately walking and climbing in a cave for 4 hours. The streams had rocks that ranged in size from pebbles to more formidable boulders. I could feel every sharp edge of those rocks under my boots. Walking out of the stream, I could see the water streaming out of the vented areas of the boots. They didn't dry out on the hike, which wasn't surprising given the amount of time we were in the water while in the cave. After sitting out for 2 days without the insoles, they did completely dry, and they look great! Overall, I think they're just short of awesome. If they handled the rocks a bit better, I'd buy pair after pair.