Gear Review: KEEN Liberty Ridge Hiking Boots

For a few years there, an all leather hiking boot was hard to find. Then Keen listened and gave their hikers what they wanted - an all leather backpacking boot - and the Keen Liberty Ridge hiking boot was born!

I got these boots in my usual size 39 and as expected, they fit true to size. I did notice right away how hard they were to put on though…the inside is leather plus the tongue doesn’t open wide enough for my foot and there is no heel loop to help, so until they stretched out, it was a battle to get them on. 

Keen’s new heel cushion is very comfy and I love the foot beds! My feet are so comfy in these boots. 

The leather is seamless so there are no seams to rub or cause hot spots. The smooth leather also makes it easy to waterproof and moisturize them regularly. The metal loops and hooks are super durable and the hooks even lock the laces in place, so they haven’t come untied on me yet!

The sole has great lugs and a half shank for added stability both features are super important for me as I tend to hike over rough, uneven terrain and in muddy conditions a lot. For my feet, solid support is really important otherwise I end up with painful feet. 

The Keen Liberty Ridge hiking boot was lighter than I expected a leather boot should be but are holding up as far as durability goes. They have now been on their first international trip - Laugavegur in Iceland (where the waterproofness was thoroughly tested in sideways, torrential Icelandic rain!) Being light means they don’t account for as much weight in my luggage when I travel too which is a huge perk. 

These boots are my go to boots. I love the Keen fit, the stability and the durability. 

Watch my review on the Get Out There Magazine Gear Channel!

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