Classic trails call for classic boots. Blending traditional all-leather construction with modern waterproof/breathable technology, the Pyrenees are built to keep feet dry and comfortable over long days and rough miles. European styling conceals a KEEN.DRY membrane that seals out precipitation while allowing moisture to escape.
- Lining – KEEN.DRY waterproof membrane and leather
- Upper – Waterproof nubuck
- Collar Height – 17.8 cm (7 in)
- Calf Circumference – 25.4 cm (10 in)
- 4mm multi directional lugs
- Dual-density compression molded EVA midsole
- Metal hook and lacing eyelet
- Non-marking rubber outsole
- Patented toe protection
- Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed
- S3 Heel support structure
- Torsion stability ESS shank
- Comes in 3 colors
- Measured size 9.5
- Weight – 565 g (19.9 oz) per boot
- Forefoot width – 105.7 mm (4.2 in)
- Retail – $140
Keen sent me a pair of the Pyrenees Boots for some of my late summer hiking adventures and I am glad they did. I have had success with Keen’s shoes and sandals but have never tried their boots. I chose these because they are a solid all-around boot that I could use for many adventures.
The Keen Pyrenees is a solid boot. It does not have any over the top bells and whistles but has quality features and a bit of old school style. One of the things I liked about the Pyrenees boot is it looked like a classic boot with leather upper and metal lacing eyelets. The upper is made out of supple nubuck leather. The tongue is gusseted and also made out of the nubuck leather. The lacing system is a hook and eyelet system with metal pieces. Keen even includes an extra pair of red laces if you like that look better. The inner lining of the boots is soft to the touch. Between this layer and the outer leather is the waterproof membrane KEEN.DRY. This membrane allows water vapor to pass through but does not allow water in. In the back of the collar there is a loop to help pull the boots on.
The Pyrenees have a removable dual density EVA insole. The midsole is dual density compression molded EVA. These features make up the Metatomical Footbed Design. This internal support mechanism is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot. For extra stability Keen has their S3 Heel Support Structure and a torsion stability ESS shank. S3 is engineered to support the foot on impact, dissipate shock and reduce your odds of twisting an ankle. The outsole is a non-marking rubber outsole with 4 mm multi directional lugs. Of course it would not be a Keen if the boot did not have their patented toe protection and these boots do not disappoint there. The outsole wraps up over the front of the toes to provide more protection from the trail. The Keen Pyrenees are a fusion of European styling and Keen technologies into a solid all-around boot.
The Keen Pyrenees Boots were a bit finicky to get right but once I had it dialed in they were great. First I noticed on the Keen site that they recommend sizing up a ½ size. I normally wear a size 9 but after reading this I opted for the 9.5. I like a little more room in my hiking boots for thicker socks and more toe room. The 9.5 had plenty of room for me and I think the 9 might have felt slightly snug. Since I have not had the opportunity to try on the 9 I will have to assume based on their experience that the 9.5 was the right call. I was able to snug up the 9.5 well and had a god amount of room in the toe area which I find important. Without any break in period I took these on a 3 day trip covering 39 miles. The first day I did have a bit of rubbing on my heel that I think was due to how loose I had the boots. The second day I cinched them up a bit tighter and my heels were great over the 20 mile day, this time though they rubbed my ankles. After learning from this experience I found a happy medium and was great on day 3. I took these on other trip later on with my new found knowledge and had no issues. They just take a bit of time to figure out how they should be best worn and then you are good to go.
I have been really happy with the boots thus far. The Keen Pyrenees have performed well on wet rocks, dry rocks, and loose trails. I have not had any slipping or loss of traction over a variety of surfaces. I have not had the opportunity to put in several straight days of hiking in the rain to fully test the Keen.Dry membrane but they did stay dry in the couple stream crossings I had. As with most waterproof boots they can get a bit warm on days when it is hot out, with wicking socks this was not much of an issue. I am a big fan of the leather upper on these boots. It feels nice and supple and looks good as well. The lacing system works really well and gives the opportunity to tie your boots several ways to improve fit. The cushioning in these boots was also much appreciated, especially on the 20+ mile I had on the Timberline Trail. The only issue I have noticed with these boots is in the collar area. There has been quite a bit of rubbing by the tongue against the collar that it has already worn out a small patch. This by no means affects performance and cannot be seen but it is something to watch out for. I am not sure if something I did caused this but I tied these as I would any other boot so I do not think so. I have pictured what I am talking about so you can get a better idea of what happened. Other than this the boots have been dry, durable and good traction.
The Keen Pyrenees Boots are currently my go to boot. They are not overly stiff so they are a good option for all-around hiking. If you are going to be on the snow a lot or carrying really heavy loads you may want a stiffer boot. Apart from those instances these boots should work for a variety of adventures. The KEEN.DRY so far has worked, the traction is grippy, and the fit about right. It took a bit of time to figure out how tight I needed to tie these but once I figured it out they have been great. I am a big fan of the European look of these boots, they are classic looking with a Keen toe bumper. At $140 these are a bargain compared to other boots in the same class. As always, your mileage may vary.
- Bargain at $140
- Waterproof boots
- Good traction
- Classic looking
- Took a bit to get the tightness right
- Collar rubbed the inside liner a bit