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Bob Freeman

Bob Freeman

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Bob Freeman

Bob Freemanwrote a review of on December 17, 2012

4 5

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.