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  • The Durand Polar Waterproof is a Keen hiking cleat 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 cleat, 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.

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 cleat 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 cleat 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 cleat 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 cleat’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.