|The author with her best hiking buddy, Toby.|
Four-Wheel Drive for Your Feet
When climbing Colorado's 14ers (peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation), it is easy to spot the rookies. These are the hikers in flip-flops (no-wheel drive) who are heading back down the trail with painful blisters and major regrets.
The difference between an exhilarating day on the mountain and a day that will go down in infamy is, for me, the difference that is made in wearing what Keen refers to as "four-wheel drive for your feet."
Let's Get Real
First, let me confess that I have the world's most sensitive feet. Before discovering Keen hiking boots, I experienced the most epic blisters and endured heel pain that can make a grown woman cry. When you add weak ankles to the mix, I wasn't exactly extreme hiker material.
|Why I Need Keen Boots in the Rocky Mountains|
The Nitty-Gritty Details
These Keen boots work for me in several critical ways:
- They are comfortable from day one. Unlike other hiking boots, there is no extended break-in period.
- The mid height of the boots provides my ankles with much-needed support.
- Waterproof leather uppers and breathable mesh lining make blisters a thing of the past. Dry feet are happy feet.
- Lug soles offer up confidence-inspiring traction in even the most challenging terrain.
- Given that every ounce matters while hiking and backpacking, I find the weight of these boots to be just perfect (significant enough to protect my feet, while light enough to keep my legs fresh all day).
- Have I mentioned that the price is right? Many hiking boots will set you back a few hundred dollars. With the Keen Targhee II Mid hikers, you are getting a quality boot for far less.
|Crossing a slippery log bridge over rapids in my Keen boots.|
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