The Voyageur has a very roomy, true to size fit that is ready to go right out of the box with no break-in time. A snug heel fit & a roomy toe box makes this a great boot for all day hiking as your feet swell. The ankle collar is a bit abrasive and I found it to be uncomfortable after hours of hiking. The mesh vent uppers let the boot breathe well all day and kept my feet dry from sweat.
The ankle support lacks in stability due to its flexible and soft build. I found that the ankle support wasn’t enough under a heavy pack load and Traction was sub-par when gripping to rocks and mud.
The leather and mesh upper held up against tough terrain, yet the sole came unglued in a few spots after only a couple hikes. The lace lock system was great in keeping the boots tied all day long and had a snug fit around the top of the boot.
The overall protection of the Voyageur was great with Keen’s signature thick rubber large toe bumper and rugged heal counter.
The Voyageur was not great off trail when climbing rocks due to being very soft and flexible in the midsole. The Torsion ESS Shank in the arch of the boot did provide side-to-side stability when on loose technical terrain.
Overall, I found the Keen Voyageur to be a lightweight, roomy, well venting mid hiking boot that is good for fast, lightweight day hiking on easy, dry terrain. However I would not pick it for any long distance hiking due to the poor construction.
Price:Usually around $125
Weight: 2lbs 5oz
Check Them Out Here: Keen Voyageur Mid
How I Tested Them
These boots were tested over a series of long day hikes in the Sandia & Manzano Mountains of New Mexico and a section of the CDT. They were tested on a variety of trail conditions including muddy, rocky, sandy, & hard pack trails.