Keen Oregon PCT 2009

There are a lot of boots around this price, but the Keen Oregon PCT is of particular interest, so it just makes it into the finalists’ section. The boot is based very much on the Keen Targhee and so it benefits from that low ride height. Also it has the Keen wrap-around toe bumper for added durability. The outsole is reasonably aggressive and there is a good deep heel breast too. Add in the wide forefoot area, and this boot feels great when hacking up muddy slopes. There is good stiffness in the sole as well. The upper has a Keen Dry waterproof lining behind the leather and synthetic materials. The ankle cuff is higher than a Keen Targhee and the boot is stiffer generally too, but essentially it feels like a beefed-up Targhee. All that for £120 makes this a very interesting option.  But some people find the broad fit of boots such as the Keen Targhee too wide, which could lead to lots of foot movement when traversing slopes. The toe box of the Keen Oregon PCT is not as stiff as some others, and boots with a less complex upper may be more durable in the long term, so this is best kept to moorland and paths rather than rockier terrain.

 

Upper leather, synthetic fabric, Keen Dry waterproof lining
Sole carbon rubber 4mm multi-directional lugs
Sizes 8-13 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 1664g (pair, size 11)
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK 10

Verdict: If you like the Keen Targhee but want something a little more supportive then this is perfect for you when hill-walking.