Hiking is a sport that is done in the outdoors with the use of different types of equipment that helps maximize the trip as well as keeps the hiker safe. There are easier day hikes that can be done that require less equipment than less intensive ones. Equipment is usually some sort of backpack or hiking stick, but the most important type of equipment required in order to hike effectively and safely is a proper pair of hiking shoes. Hiking shoes different from hiking boots in that they are much lower on the foot. A hiking boot will often cover the ankle while a hiking shoe will fall just below the ankle. Hiking boots are better if more support and stability are required around the ankle while a hiking shoe is better for lighter hikes that require a lighter shoe. A lighter shoe will slow down fatigue on longer hikes which is beneficial. Hiking boots also tend to be a little strong on top in order to protect the hiker from falling trees or objects. Regardless of the need, a hike alone requires some sort of supportive and protective footwear in order to get the most of your hike.
This article focuses more on hiking shoes, specifically the Keen Oakridge. This very popular hiking shoe is supportive and protective in nature. We wanted to find out more about what others thought of the shoe so we did some research on consumers likes and dislikes regarding the shoe. This included durability, breathability, and waterproofing. We also looked at the shoe’s construction, as well as the materials used in order to make the shoe. Finally, we looked at the shoe’s features to get an idea of how the shoe should and can be used. This is our comprehensive review of the Keen Oakridge. We hope that this review assists you with your next hiking shoe purchase.
- Great for hikers with wide feet
- Regularly reviewed as being quite comfortable
- Quite breathable
- Quite light (decreasing early foot and leg fatigue)
- The toe box appears to be quite narrow
- Requires time to break in
- Quite firm