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Keen Voyageur - Women's Review

   

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Overall avg rating 3.8 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: November 24, 2012
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Pros:  Meshy and breathable, lightweight, comfortable toe box.
Cons:  Sole won't last long.
Best Uses:  Dayhikes, light backpacking in hot and dry conditions.
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Manufacturer:   Keen
Review by: McKenzie Long ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ November 12, 2012  
Overview
Due to its mostly mesh upper, the Keen Voyageur is a highly breathable shoe, and is most ideal for hiking in hot weather or a desert landscape. They also weigh on the lighter side and have a particularly comfortable and protective toe-box. The primary downside of them is that the exposed EVA foam on the sole does not last over multiple hiking seasons. For an equally comfortable boot, which has the same sole and toe-box but with the addition of waterproof protection, try out the Keen Targhee II Mid - Women's. for another similar shoe with a slightly more durable sole, check out the Keen Alamosa.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Weight
At 1.66 lbs per pair, the Voyageurs fall right in the middle for weight. They are lighter than the high cut shoes like the Adidas Terrex Fast X, but are heavier than the Salomon X-Over.

Comfort
With Keen's proprietary roomy toe-box, the Voyageur is a very comfortable light hiker. At 1.66 lbs per pair, these are one of the lighter shoes we reviewed, not putting extra weight or stress on your legs, and making hiking feel easy.

Support
Available in a mid and low-cut version, this shoe can offer more ankle range of motion or more ankle support, whichever is preferable to your endeavor. The toe protection on the front makes them more durable and feel more supportive around the front of the foot.

Traction
The multi-directional lugs on the sole provide good traction on moderately technical terrain, however if you plan on carrying a lot of weight or plan to hike through extremely technical terrain, you may want something a little beefier.

Durability
Overall, the Keen shoes seem sturdy and durable. The extra rubber on the toe holds up to as much toe-stubbing as the sloppiest hiker can manage. However, the first thing to wear out would be the exposed EVA foam on the sole, which is fragile compared to rubber. We polled other outdoorsy women to see is they have opinions of the boots in this review, and one female Forest Service employee showed us her pair of Keens that she wore in the back country for one season. The sole was deteriorating, having been banged up by rough terrain. The EVA makes them light and cushy, but the sole will not last as long as the burlier shoes with Vibram soles, like the Patagonia Drifter.

Water Resistance/Breathability
The Voyageur does not comes with the option of a waterproof lining, instead it is lined with a moisture-wicking textile and mesh on the exterior to make it more breathable. The moisture-wicking textile is fantastic at repelling water without being waterproof. When completely submerged in a water-resistance test, it took a couple full minutes before water penetrated to reach the socks. If you are hiking a trail with a couple shallow stream crossings, or through dew coated tall grass, these boots would stand up quite well to a moderate dousing while being more breathable than a waterproof shoe the rest of the time.

Style
We find the look of Keens to be a bit funky. However, the looks are dictated by function, providing an especially comfortable and protective toe-box, so it makes the unusual looks excusable. If you like the Keen performance and fit, but hate the looks, try the Keen Alamosa - Women's, which has a slimmed down and more stylish toe-bumper.

Best Application/Versatility
Due to its breathable, meshy construction, this is ideal for day-hiking or light backpacking in hot, dry conditions. The gusseted tongue keeps sand and pebbles out from under the laces, and the toe bumper protects the foot in uneven and variable terrain.

Value
In the low-cut version, these are on the lower end of the price spectrum. For a breathable and especially comfortable offering, these are well worth $110.

Other Versions
Keen Voyageur Mid Women's ($120) - we low version because it is lighter and breathes better. But the Mid version offers a little more ankle support for an extra $15.
Keen Voyageur Men's Version
Keen Voyageur Mid - Men's

McKenzie Long

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Most recent review: November 24, 2012
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   Nov 24, 2012 - 01:42am
silveriec · Mountain Biker · VT
I think the reviews are great on the footwear, but for this shoe, for me personally, it fits much different than the Keen Targhee. It has a smaller volume heel pocket where if I try to put in an insole it feels like my heel is not going to stay in the heel pocket of the shoe. The heel pocket feels more rigid than the Targhee (which I know you didn't try in this round). Everyone's feet/bone structure is different, so it maybe just me that has this issue…

In general I've found Keens to be too unsupportive in the metatarsal arch area. Some people don't even notice it. That part of the foot starts fatiguing on a day hike without my own insole in there. The Downunders fit perfectly in the Targhee, but still a slight height of the heel pocket difference with the Voyager. I know this shoe is comfortable for some, because it isn't so hot compared to the Drifter, but I like the fit of the Drifter best if I had to choose a non-goretex beefier day hiker out of this review group.

I think the rest of the shoes you reviewed have more volume to fit a Superfeet or low volume insole or custom orthotic in case anyone is wondering. On the plus side, I like the tread on the Voyager, as it is very grippy in wet conditions. Happy Trails!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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