As autumn inevitably transitions into winter, and temps begin to plummet, we took to the trails of Snowdonia to test out the Keen Venture mid- an all-season leather hiking boot packed with tech.
From the lightweight, waterproof leather upper all the way down to the all-terrain sole, this boot has a lot going on. Yet, it doesn’t come across as too flash, maintaining an understated look.
The sleek, black leather upper combined with Keen Dry membrane offers waterproof protection from the elements. This waterproof membrane is similar to Gore-tex in the sense that it’s waterproof and breathable, allowing your feet to breathe whilst staying dry.
In terms of support, the Venture Mid uses Keen’s Konnectfit heel-capture system which integrates into the lacing system to really hold the heel in place. By tightening the laces, it pulls a metal wiring system around the back of the shoe through one of the upper lace eyelets. It really works to stop any heel lift that may occur making the boot really comfortable on short or long hikes over different terrain.
Unlike a lot of other hiking boots. the Keen Venture doesn’t use Vibram on the sole. Instead, it uses 4mm multi-directional lugs to offer grip on all surfaces. Personally, I’ve come to trust Vibram above all others but it seems to work pretty well.
As well as the soft rubber sole, the Venture has a high-abrasion rubber toe cap for durability and protection
At first, I wasn’t sure about the Venture Mid Leather. Typically it’s not the kind of boot I would choose to buy off the shelf but after a couple of outings, it really started to grow on me. The weight saving it offers over a clunkier boot makes it feel super agile, and the Konnectfit support around the heel and the ankle is a brilliant feature.
Find out more about the Keen Venture Mid Leather here.
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