If your ideal hiking boot checklist features something that is mid-length, comfortable, eco anti-odour, and protective, then I think I might have the perfect hiking boot option. Introducing the Keen Karraig boots, the ultimate contender in hiking boot perfection.
I already own a pair of Keen Terradora boots which have been my go-to boots whenever I go on any hikes and long dog walks. They are still in perfectly good condition after using them for years and I would highly recommend that style of Keen boot, however for me, the Keen Karraig boots offer something much better.
With the Keen Karriag boots contoured heel lock and adjustable lace hooks, you can definitely feel snug and secure for your next big walk. I tested these boots out on a regular hiking route for me where I knew the terrain would be mixed. I even managed to time the walk straight after a big surge of rain, meaning surfaces were slightly unpredictable. These boots were in for a test!
The fit of the Keen Karraig boots
I’d say getting the Keen Karriag boots on after essentially just having simple lace-up walking boots like the Keen Terradora, I took a minute to loosen the boots off with their adjustable speed hooks. That might be a super swift adjustment for someone who knows how to use them, but for this first-timer, it took me a second or two. Once adjusted feet slid into a cushioned haven. I immediately felt supported and that the inner sole was automatically contouring around my foot. I have quite high arches and have had a bad stint of plantar fascitis, so supported feet is imperative for any footwear I use.
I must admit I wasn’t so keen on the idea of having mid-length boots, but I was swayed by how much support I gained from it. My feet were happily cushioned and my Bambi ankles were protected – what more could I want? I have had boots that have gone too far on the scale of support with padding within the boot, leaving your legs and feet feeling like they could suffocate. These boots had wiggle room but as mentioned many times above, were supportive. Keen has recommended on their site that shoppers have had to go for 1/2 a size bigger, I didn’t, in fact, I found the boots to be true to size.
Comfort and protection
I always know if your footwear is comfortable if you don’t notice them. If you’re feeling something then chances are they aren’t right, these didn’t cause me any issues at all. My feet are rather picky on footwear and I had no problems.
Keen has clearly crafted the perfect boot for hiking, walking, and backpacking. These boots kept my feet comfortable and protected in muddy terrains, over wet grass, through rugged pathways and climbing over slippery rocks, all without skimping on comfort and security. I literally had no issues or worries like I might have done with other boots, especially when I got to the top of Beacon Hill.
Are they worth the retail price of £159.99? Now, what I will say is that if you’re looking for a walking boot that is more advanced then these are a great option, they clearly are not an entry-level boot. Keen dubs this as their, most technical boot yet. I completely agree. They are without a doubt ready for a challenging hike and I’ll be 100% using these for my 3 Peaks Challenge next year because I know they’re ready for whatever Mother Nature might throw at me.
What Keen say
Reach those lesser-seen views with our most technical backpacking boot yet. With a heel brake to dig in on descents and enhanced lugs for dependable grip, it takes KEEN comfort and fit deeper into the rugged outdoors.Keen Karraig Mid WP
The Keen Karriag features
- Speed hooks for easy lace adjustment
- 5mm multi-directional lugs for traction
- Full-length nylon board-lasted construction for added stability
- Contoured heel lock for a more secure fit
- European made: assembled with pride in Europe
- KEEN.Dry waterproof, breathable membrane
- Integrated dynamic ankle support
- High-abrasion rubber tip for added durability and protection
The conclusion of the Keen Karraig boots
If you’re a keen (no pun intended), hiker then 100% these Keen Karriag boots will take you that extra mile, with the amazing support, comfort and forward-thinking technology, you’re in safe hands. If you’re looking for your first boots, I’d probably suggest the Keen Terradora range, then look to upgrade, that being said investment now for something you’re looking to do a lot could be a good move. This has been an amazing eye-opener for me, and I’m excited to be taking these boots on my 3 Peaks Challenge next year because I know even if I’m not fully prepared for it, I know the Keen Karriag boots will be!
*Post in collaboration with Keen