“I could walk for one hundred days in these hiking boots!” exclaimed Arthur (age 5) as we set off on our weekend hike in the Peak District; all wearing our new Keen walking boots to review.
*All four members of the Lynn Family were gifted Keen walking boots in exchange for this honest review and coverage on my social media. Also, this post contains affiliate links. Should you click to purchase, it is at no additional cost to you, but I relieve a small commission.
As the leaves turn their colour and a chill is felt in the morning air, it’s the best time to get out into the great outdoors as a family. If you’re hoping to get some walking distances from your little ones, wellies or trainers will not do. They need sturdy walking boots that support their feet, are comfortable and waterproof.
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Our boys had outgrown last year’s hiking boots and I’m always on the look out for the best childrens’ hiking boots, that aren’t too expensive as I only expect them to last a year. With a trip to Iceland planned as well as a couple of city breaks, on top of all our weekends hiking in the Peak District, I know that they’re going to get some good use out of them.
So when Keen suggested all the family try out their hiking boots in return for this honest review and coverage on the blog, I happily agreed.
Kids’ Targhee Waterproof Hiking Boots review
Click here to view on the Keen website (sizes UK CHILD 7 to 12)
Click here to view on the Keen website (sizes UK CHILD 13 to 6)
Although they are on the pricier side for kids hiking boots, they are VERY good quality. I particularly love how they are easy to get on and off with strong elastic laces that don’t need to be tied, and the reinforced rubber toe protects from scuffing when climbing.
Both boys seemed very comfortable walking in them straight away. The sole provides excellent grip and they are waterproof for walking through long wet grass (though don’t go wading in streams if you want to keep feet completely dry). There is also Cleansport NXT™ for natural odour control. I have no idea what this is exactly, but with boys’ active feet, this can only be a good thing.
Men’s Venture mid Leather Waterproof hiking boots review
Click here to view on the Keen website.
Jay found these hiking boots to be very comfortable with good support. They didn’t feel like they needed to be worn in at all, and felt lightweight despite being leather. Although he remarked that the laces felt a little short.
This hiking boot comes in half sizes, which is handy, and you can trust the sizing online.
Women’s Karraig Waterproof Hiking Boots review
Click here to view on the Keen website.
This is a very technical and robust boot, and although not really necessary for 10km family walks, it’s a good purchase if you plan to do longer, multi-day treks over rough terrain.
I was relieved to find online that they do half sizes. However, what I didn’t read properly was that this boot is coming up half a size small for some people. I initially ordered a size 6.5, but had to change to a size 7. If you wear thick walking socks, I would definitely order a half size up.
I also found the laces to be rather tight initially and I had to play around with them to get a comfortable fit. But once I had this sorted, I can confirm that they are a VERY comfortable fit. I like how there’s a locking mechanism for the laces around the ankle, so they don’t slip.
I’ve also been hiking in them without the kids, meaning I’ve been able to walk at a normal pace and cover some distance. I do feel they needed a little wearing in, but they provide excellent support on rough terrain and I’m very happy with them.
Final thoughts on our Keen hiking boots
If you’re like us, and do lots of hiking as well as city breaks (yes, I wear hiking boots for our city breaks as we always cover so much ground!) these hiking boots work out to be very good value.
Obviously the kids’ boots are unlikely to last longer than a year due to their little feet growing. But with the reinforced toe, excellent grip, and elastic lacing, they are the best hiking boot I’ve seen on the market for kids.
As for the adult hiking boot, the excellent quality means you can expect them to last for many years of adventuring.
***UPDATE: We’ve just returned from a North Iceland road trip and our Keen hiking boots proved to be perfect for this trip! Kept all our feet comfortable, warm, and dry 🙂
Head to the Keen website to order online.
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