For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 25.6ozWomen: 19.9oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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While they are lightweight, they have 400 grams of insulation, making them good for all day adventures in cold temperatures.
Overall, the Keen Durand provides excellent weather protection if you plan on hiking on your favorite trails throughout the winter.
[A] good, solid walking boot suitable for winter conditions and ski resorts that will double up as an après ski shoe.
But for the vast majority of people recreating in the outdoors, the Keen Durand Polar WP offers the perfect blend of features.
Updates to Keen Durand Polar Waterproof
- The Durand Polar Waterproof is a Keen hiking boot designed to help wearers withstand the biting cold in their daily adventures. It is built with two brand-exclusive technologies: Keen.Dry and Keen.Warm. The former is responsible for preventing wet elements from entering the boot, while the latter provides insulation.
- When it comes to underfoot protection and footing security, users have the shoe’s sole unit to thank. It is made up of a non-marking outsole, a shanked midsole, and a footbed that insulates heat. It has a rockered toe which allows winter hikers to traverse flatter surfaces with enhanced strides.
Keen Durand Polar Waterproof size and fit
The Durand Polar Waterproof is a high-cut winter hiking gear for men and women. It is offered in whole and half sizes in regular width. Its lace-up closure provides a secure and personalized lockdown. Keen advises purchasers to get this boot a half size larger to achieve a consistent fit.
Giving winter adventurers ample grip on snowy trails is the Keen Durand Polar Waterproof’s Dual Climate non-marking outsole. It is made using a type of rubber that hardens in cold temperatures, increasing its adhering power over packed snow. The multi-shaped protrusions (or lugs) scattered across it double down on surface traction, while the horizontal treads at its heel and forefoot provide additional slip resistance on ascents and descents.
This footgear is capable of giving wearers enough stability and underfoot comfort over rugged terrain all thanks to its polyurethane (PU) midsole. It comes integrated with a heel cushion which adds a spring to the hiker’s step. It is also embedded with a TPU stability shank—an extra component placed in the midsole’s midfoot region for improved arch support.
Contributing to the cushioning provided by the Durand Polar Waterproof’s midsole is the thermal heat shield footbed. Aside from extra comfort, this removable insole also offers thermal insulation. This added feature is made possible by encasing a heat-harnessing foil barrier within its cushy frame.
Wearing this Keen winter hiking gear means having one’s foot wrapped in its part leather, part textile high-top upper. A company-owned technology called Keen.Dry serves as its liner, making the boot amply breathable on the inside while sufficiently waterproof on the outside. Its ability to keep the foot toasty in the cold, on the other hand, is thanks to 400 grams of Keen.Warm insulation.
The Keen men’s Durand Polar hiking boot differs from its female counterpart in a noticeable way. The women’s version is engineered with a furry ankle cuff which the men’s variant clearly lacks.
A flat lace and combination eyelets form this boot’s closure system. The lace is synthetic while the eyelets (except the pair of loops at the flex point) are metallic. To make in-and-out more convenient for the user, Keen engineers gave the hiker not one but two pull tabs.
- This product, according to Keen, is not compatible with aftermarket orthotics or third-party footbeds.