|Logging out pine from the Lone Pilot Trail, Soda Mtn Wilderness|
But the real test came in August, when I took my Portland PRs for a trial in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area, known for its rocky, rugged and steep terrain, many stream crossings, hot weather, and sheer abuse on hikers, volunteers, and the shoes they choose to wear.
I spent eighteen days down there with two crews. The first trial came when fording the Chetco River, with a heavy pack on my back and awkwardly balanced tools in my hand.
Each time the Portland PR held up, keeping my feet dry and friction and blister free. I wasn't shy with the boots, and eagerly employed the steel toe for kicking rocks off the trail. I aggressively dug my heels and toes into rocky slopes for stability while working.
Other than some tearing to the sole, the Keen Portland PRs held up over about 30 days working in the field. Their claim to being waterproof is true, even after months of use. And they're tough, just what a Siskiyou Hiker needs.
Find more pictures of volunteers wearing Keen boots by clicking here.
Gabe Howe, SMC Field Coordinator