FOR EDIT: Keen Humboldt FR Lynne Durham
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by Lynne Durham
July 30, 2006
Name Lynne Durham
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight 157 lb (69 kg)
Email lynnedurham AT yahoo DOT com
Location Benton Harbor, Michigan USA
I have hiked and car camped all of my life, mostly in the relative
flatlands of the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan, but also in
areas east of the Continental Divide, such as South Dakota, New
England, Kentucky, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and more. I have been
backpacking since 2002. I keep my pack weight to 25% of bodyweight.
However, I am always trying to lighten my load further to enhance my
comfort and enjoyment as I like to hike big mileage.
I usually do all of my trail work -- including backpacking, dayhiking,
trail-adoption chores and trail running -- in a pair of trail runners.
I usually replace the manufacturer's insole with an over-the-counter
(OTC) insole of my choice. Some shoes, however, offer plenty of arch
support for my needs. I virtually always wear socks with shoes which
helps me prevent blisters.
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Reviewer Bio Backpacking Experience Product Information
Field Conditions Field Activities Impressions
This Is Cool This Could Be Improved
Item name Humboldt
Manufacturer's Web site http://www.keenfootwear.com
MSRP None given on Web site
Claimed Weight 10.5 oz (298 g) NOTE: no reference size is given for
this weight on the Web site. Additionally, the site does not make it
clear that weight is per shoe, not for a pair (although weights given
are obviously per shoe).
Actual Weight 25.5 oz (720 g) per pair: left, 12.8 oz (363 g); right,
12.7 oz (360 g) for a women's size 10.5
Size As tested, women's US10.5, available in women's US5-11 (half
sizes available through 11)
Color As tested, dark grey/light green; also available in grey/mango
Care instructions Machine washable. Treated with Aegis Microbe
Shield(r) "that helps prevent odor." Air dry after machine washing
with a small amount of detergent.
Country of Manufacture Made in China
Materials Synthetic, webbing, mesh, rubber outsole
More information about the product may be found in my initial report.
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During this phase of testing, these shoes were subjected to a variety
of activities, including:
* Trail running on well-worn, rooty, rocky trails at my local
nature preserve and on the North Country Trail
* Trail running and dayhiking on sandy, dune trails
* Backpacking with a packweight of approximately 32 lb (14.5 kg)
on the Manistee River Pathway and the North Country Trail
* Trail maintenance in a heavy growth area with briars and wild
roses dominant on the North Country Trail
* Walking on suburban streets
* Mountain bicycling on forested trails in southwest Michigan
* Spinning classes
* Treadmill running and walking
Overall, the shoes have seen approximately 100 miles of outdoor trail
usage above and beyond all other usages to which they have been
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During this phase of testing, the shoes have encountered a variety of
weather conditions, typical to the areas in which I hike, run, ride
* Cool (50+ F [10+ C]), rainy conditions, including one full day
of light, persistent rain and other bouts of short, torrential
* Hot (85+ F [29+ C]), humid conditions
* Warm (< 80 F[< 27 C]), relatively dry conditions
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Overall I've very much enjoyed the comfort and performance of the Keen
Humboldt. In all cases I have worn the shoe with socks. During the
testing period, I had a variety of questions I was attempting to
answer. Here are some of my discoveries.
* How do the shoes work with my OTC insole?
o I have not yet tested this question, as I have been quite
pleased with the Humboldt's original insole thus far. This question
will be tested during the long-term phase of testing.
* Would I want to wear these with the manufacturer's insole? Do
these shoes provide adequate arch support for backpacking? Dayhiking?
o During this phase of testing, I have used the
manufacturer's insole exclusively and have been pleasantly surprised
at the comfort. I found the insole to be supportive enough for all of
the uses I have outlined in the Field Activities section of this
* Do the shoes cause any hot spots?
o The only hot spots and blistering I experienced during
this phase of testing occurred while hiking through heavily sanded
areas. My feet are very susceptible to blisters when in sand, so I
wouldn't consider this to be the fault of the shoes.
* Are they comfortable enough to run in for hours at a time?
o Circumstances have cut back my running time tremendously.
The longest period of time these shoes were run in during the testing
period about an hour and a half. The shoes remained comfortable during
that entire run. I hope to further test this question during the
long-term phase of testing.
* Is the cushioning adequate for my needs?
o The Humboldt's cushioning is relatively light, but seemed
to be adequate for my needs.
* How comfortable is the shoe when wet? Does dampness increase the
possibility of hot spots?
o The shoes drains water quickly. The only time I
experienced blistering in the shoe, both sand and water were involved.
However, dampness alone did not cause discomfort while hiking in the
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* Can the mesh design adequately protect the foot during extended travel?
o The mesh design let in a bit more trail grit than I would
prefer. Additionally, I could easily feel thorns poking through the
mesh when I worked in thorny areas.
* Does the mesh lining really keep grit and trail debris away from my foot?
o The mesh lining did not, in my opinion, adequately keep
trail debris and grit from my shoe. I even tried wearing the shoes
with shortie gaiters, assuming that grit was entering over the top of
the shoe. However, small pieces of trail debris and grit still entered
the shoe. I would not say the mesh lining was any more or less
protective than other shoes.
* How does the shoe perform in sand dunes? It seems like the open
design would allow the sand to sift out easily...does this help me
avoid the black toenails I inevitably experience when hiking or
running in sand? Does the mesh bootie keep the sand away from my feet?
o The mesh bootie did not keep sand away from my feet. It
was easily shaken out, however, and the mesh did not "hold onto" the
sand the way that some shoe fabric does.
* Does the outsole adequately grip a variety of surfaces? Does it
offer better performance on one terrain versus another?
o I found the outsole to be good and sticky -- it offered
plenty of grip for my needs.
* Is the rubber outsole really non-marking? I have a pair of
mid-top trail runners by a different company that I can't even wear in
my house because of how they mark up the floors.
o I have worn the Humboldts on floors made of wood, ceramic
tile, vinyl tile and linoleum. The outsoles did not mark up any of the
* How does the shoe handle perspiration? Is the airflow such that
perspiration dries very quickly? Or will it feel like a slimy mess?
o In my opinion, the mesh bootie is extremely efficient for
handling perspiration. Airflow is excellent and my feet never felt wet
for long -- even in rain or after water crossings.
* How is the overall durability of the shoes?
o Thus far, the shoes are holding up well. There is some
light wear of the outsole that reflects my gait. No compression of the
cushioning is evident. There are no frayed or worn areas.
* How does the shoe handle bushwhack situations? Is it better
suited for maintained trails?
o For my needs, the Humboldt seems better suited to
maintained trails. I could feel thorns invade the body of the shoe
when off-trail in some bramble-filled areas.
* How do my feet feel after using the shoes for long distances?
o The longest distance covered at one time in the shoes thus
far was approximately 21 miles. My feet did not feel any more or less
fatigued than they usually do when covering that type of distance.
* Does the Aegis Microbe Shield prevent smelly shoes?
o These shoes have been used for miles and have been
subjected to scummy pools of water, mud, heat and sweat. I've taken no
special precautions with them other than to let them dry after each
use. They have not been laundered at all. I am unable to detect any
odor whatsoever! It may sound disgusting, but I actually sniffed the
shoe. All I smell is shoe rubber. I find that pretty impressive!
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THIS IS COOL
* I love the reflective stitching
* The color is great
* This is a very lightweight shoe compared to some of my trail runners
* The lack of offensive odor is a major bonus!
THIS COULD BE IMPROVED
* Customer service should be easy to reach via the Web site
* It would be great if product information was included with the product
Thank you to Keen and BackpackGearTest.org for the chance to test the
Humboldt trail runners.
Benton Harbor, Michigan USA
- EDIT: Keen Humboldt FR Lynne Durham
Edited by Coy Starnes
Great job, manufacture link works and no edits. I only have one
comment and it is just a FWIW. You switch back and fort between
do/are the shoes and does/is the shoe (not in the same sentence
though). I kinda likes the ones which called them shoes
myself...kinda like I wear jeans or pants and not jean or pant.
- Got it, Coy. Thanks for the great point.
I'll pick one, edit and upload.
On 8/1/06, Coy <starnescr@...> wrote:
> EDIT: Keen Humboldt FR Lynne Durham
> Edited by Coy Starnes
> Hi Lynne,
> Great job, manufacture link works and no edits. I only have one
> comment and it is just a FWIW. You switch back and fort between
> do/are the shoes and does/is the shoe (not in the same sentence
> though). I kinda likes the ones which called them shoes
> myself...kinda like I wear jeans or pants and not jean or pant.
> Coy Boy
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Benton Harbor, Michigan USA