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I am currently using Keen Voyageur shoes which were a new test on my last trip to the Bend and were up to the terrain and the loads. Good supportive foot bed/sole, leather uppers but with ventilation holes and no Gore-tex.I haven't used high top boots in many years now and have never noticed I wanted them.
Quote from: mule ears on August 13, 2009, 04:13:05 PMI am currently using Keen Voyageur shoes which were a new test on my last trip to the Bend and were up to the terrain and the loads. Good supportive foot bed/sole, leather uppers but with ventilation holes and no Gore-tex.I haven't used high top boots in many years now and have never noticed I wanted them.How did the leather hold up? I've been using a Montrail Mid height boot for the last 3 years but they are on their last leg, and Montrail discontinued them. So I in the market for a new mid height boot.
I was also looking into a pair of teva boots. I'm a creature of habit and I find something that fits and keep buying it. I found an independent review of them and want to get a pair. Those keens look pretty nice too. I'm going to have to research some more. I have to wear a mid to high top boot. I broke my ankle and have to have the extra support on it. Otherwise I'd get a pair of trail runners. The teva sandals are light and pack small for around camp or in water if needed. Thick enough soles that thorns don't go through. Really hate when that happens. Do it all the time when I wear flip flops around out here at my house!
I'm a big fan of full leather uppers on my boots. Especially while while hiking in Big Bend as my brother and I do a lot of off-trail in the deserts and canyons. Those Keens do look very nice, but I'd be a little worried about those 4 mesh vents on each side. I know they'd help cool your feet down, but I think I'd prefer the extra protection of more leather. I think I'd still like to try them, based on the recommendations on this thread.
I second Sanjuro. I like to hike off trail and have tried light weight boots and flirted with disaster. Full leather here. Which is not to say when hiking on one of the well developed (superhighway) trails lightweight shoes won't work great. I also like the ankle support of high top boots when carrying a pack. Moccasins for camp.Al
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