Weighing in at only 10 ounces, Keen's newest addition to its hiking boot line-up is called the VersaTrail Light Hiking Boot. Whether climbing, hiking or walking about town, these well-designed shoes are perfect for spring and summer in most areas.
With a rather large collection of personal hiking boots to choose from, I found myself reaching for my new Keen light hiking boots several times in the past month over previous "favorites". Keen VersaTrails feel more like a walking shoe with superior traction for walking around town and taking local hikes in the Santa Monica mountains.
There are four things I truly appreciate about this boot, which made them my Spring 2016 go-to hiking boot:
1) Excellent traction and support without heavy weight. In drought conditions, the trails have gotten quite gravelly and I was concerned the traction may be insufficient. And that I may lack adequate support for uneven terrain. Not so. I felt supported despite the boots having less material than my "normal" ankle-high hiking boots. That said, no matter the hiking boot, I always use hiking poles (Leki) for added support and to protect my knees, particularly on descents.
2) These VersaTrails easily go from city casual to the hiking trail without missing a beat. That's why they're Versatrail for versatile. No need to change into another pair of shoes, lugging unnecessary extras around.
3) No shoe laces! The beauty goes beyond simple lines to an added safety feature. While not common, shoe laces can come undone and be a nusance.
4) Keen VersaTrails are attractive in more ways than one. Not only do my boots look great in teal/gray, but travel well, too - compact and light!
I am a long time fan of the Keen brand, and now have the pleasure of wearing lightweight hiking boots, perfect for our local mountains and travel.
Until next time breathe easy and make life an adventure!
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