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KEEN Men's Erickson PCT Backpacking Boot provides all the stability you need for everything but the nastiest backpacking trips. A full waterproof upper, shock-absorbing EVA midsole, and full-length torsion plate combine to provide a boatload of comfort, stability, and protection.

  • Waterproof full-grain leather upper with KEEN.Dry waterproof breathable membrane for all-weather protection
  • Metal speed hook lacing system for easy on-and-off
  • Removable dual-density EVA footbed for shock absorption
  • Full-length TPU interlocking torsion plate for added stability and protection
  • Non-marking rubber outsole
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Another good boot from Keen

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

This is my third different boot from Keen. I started with the Ketchum, then moved to the Oregon PCT, and now the Erickson PCT. I switched from Osolo, which I consider a true backpacking boot, to Keen as a result of foot injuries which have forced me to find a wider fitting boot. The Keen boots fall short of the durability of Asolo, but have been good boots. The main complaints I have about the boot is that the sole is not a Vibram sole. It does not have the depth of tread, nor the durability of sole life, of Vibram. It is softer and thinner, so if you're looking for a boot with bulletproof soles, this is not the one. That said, this boot seems superior to the other Keen boots in that there are no seams on the toe boxing to split out. My Oregon PCT boot developed an unsewn section in a toe seam after two years of vigorous backpacking use. I never had that problem with Asolo, and I suspect that the new Erickson PCT from Keen will be more durable without that seam on the toe. The sole is the same Keen product, so I imaging that the first thing to wear out will be the sole. I give this boot a 4-star rating based on comfort, fast break-in, waterproof performance, and what appears to be a dependable lace loop attachment design. The boot fits wide feet really well, but if you don't need the extra toe room, I recommend going with a more highly technical hiking boot for a little more money.

water test

    I just got my pct's in today and right out of the box, I was floored by the comfort of such a rigid boot. So I headed for the water and shot my bow for an hour in 100° weather in water up to the tongue and my feet were screaming thank you! After the practice round, I went to the water hose to pour it to them and got water immediately from the tongue, so naturally I was worried so I tried to fill them up with anticipation on sending them back. After stepping in water over 3/4 the way up the boots for ten minutes or so, I got water true enough but the tops and toes of my feet never got wet...after ten minutes! I will gladly sacrifice that type of water test for the comfort these boots have right out of the box! Im impressed!

    Nice... For the money

      I picked up these boots with a sweet discount and wear them hiking, camping, and as everyday boots. They really are awesome boots, they fit well, kick ass hiking, and are comfortable for everyday use. There are two reasons why these aren't 5 stars. First, they love to tear up shoe laces and second is their quality is well... lacking. Let me first say that I wear these A LOT so most boots would have wear and tear, however the stitching seems to be pulling out and the rubber on the side is slightly separating from the leather. Both of those problems are not affecting the boot in any way, simply cosmetic. Great boot, it won't disappoint!

      Wont dissappoint

        After using the Keen Targee for the last couple of years, I needed to get something new because they were breaking down. I made the mistake of first getting another brand of boot. They killed my feet. Decided to go back to Keens and try the Erickson's. These are GREAT boots. I was pleasantly surprised with how light they were for all leather. Once on, they were pure comfort. Right from the box they felt broke in already. Stable, flexible and comfortable. You wont regret these boots

        is keen.dry as good as gore-tex?

        is keen.dry as good as gore-tex?

        Best Answer

        Hey vfep421906,

        Interesting question. When it comes to how KEEN.dry and GORE Tex works, they both have similar builds as a waterproof and breatheable membrane is sewn into the upper of the footwear.

        Who's is better? I'd say that GORE's system is more seasoned as they've been doing waterproofing forever, but both should do the job to a point where if one IS better then it will be by a negligable amount.

        The KEEN website says these boots run 1/2...

        The KEEN website says these boots run 1/2 size small... Has anybody noticed this??