Russ Carlson, Jr.

Russ Carlson, Jr.

Beartooth Mountains/Montana.

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A strong cup of french-pressed coffee,and the cool, fresh mountain air after a relaxing night's rest in 8,000 ft elevation...

Russ Carlson, Jr.

Russ Carlson, Jr. wrote a review of on September 5, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The positives: the overall size (M/L with 2300 cu in) is very desireable. The overall fit was good. Adjustable torso a plus.
The negatives: the hip belt is too flimsy and doesn't transfer the weight to hips. A 2 L water bladder pushed against my back, and not being a suspended-style, was uncomfortable and hot. No side access to main compartment.

I did exchange for the Osprey Stratos 36L (L) which I think is a far better choice for me. I am 6 ft tall, 214 lbs, 36 waist, 19.5 in torso.

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Russ Carlson, Jr.

Russ Carlson, Jr. wrote a review of on October 9, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having wore my Voyageurs for only 10 months during work day, usually walking on soft or uneven soil (construction sites), the lower rubber in separating. I imagine its the glue.

KEEN needs to resolve the glue issue; especially for $110 shoes!

I hope my replacement KEEN Austin Casuals can hold up to every day use as I love the comfort of KEEN shoes.

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Russ Carlson, Jr.

Russ Carlson, Jr. wrote a review of on December 29, 2011

2 5

I wear 11 1/2 shoes and these felt true to size. I have low arches and thinner, medium width feet. These boots accomodated my feet well, yet the uppers dug into my ankles giving me great discomfort.

Further, I wish KEEN would supply better insoles. It felt like walking on a hard concrete surface barefoot!

I greatly appreciate Backcountry's exchange policy...just got my KEEN Voyageur hiking shoes today a lot better match for my feet. Thank you Backcountry.

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Russ Carlson, Jr.

Russ Carlson, Jr. wrote a review of on December 29, 2011

4 5

I exchanged the Voyageur mid hiking boots for these...good choice. The boots dug into my ankles.

I wear 11 1/2 shoes and these feel true to size. I have low arches and thinner feet (opposed to thick feet) and narrow ankles. If you have feet like mine, replace the insoles with thicker ones as the footbeds are very stiff.

The overall exchange experience and free 2-day shipping Backcountry offers will keep me coming back.

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