Outdoors Magazine

Gear Closet: Keen Verdi Mid WP Hiking Boots

Posted on the 26 February 2013 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
Gear Closet: Keen Verdi Mid WP Hiking Boots Comfortable, lightweight, durable and affordable. That seems to be the formula that Keen follows when designing their hiking boots, and over the years they've managed to work that formula into a fine art. Their boots have always been the perfect choice for the ultra-light backpacker, weekend warrior or adventure traveler. The company's new Verdi Mid WP doesn't stray far from that winning formula, although they do continue to refine their boots, improving them with every iteration.
Designed from the ground up to be a trail shoe for those who want to remain light on their feet without compromising performance, the Verdi Mid is everything you could ask for in a hiking boot. The tough and sturdy outsole provides good traction on a variety of surfaces while keeping your feet well protected from the rigors of the trail. They feature rugged, yet breathable, fabrics that do a remarkable job of resisting wear and tear, while the ankle support is much appreciated for those long treks. Throw in excellent waterproofing and a tongue designed to keep rocks and dirt out of the interior and you have an excellent shoe that lives up to the Keen reputation for quality.
One of the things that I always appreciate from any shoe from Keen is that they have a relatively short – or even nonexistent – break-in period. That happens to be the case with the Verdi Mids as well, which seemed ready to hit the trail right out of the box. Aside from needing to loosen up a bit around the ankles, my first day out with these boots felt like I had worn them plenty of times before. There is something reassuring about pulling on a new pair of shoes that feel like a comfortable old pair of shoes.
My local trails have proven to be the perfect testing ground early in the year. Living in Texas, we've already had temperatures ranging from cool to surprisingly warm and when you add in some rain here and there, you get a nice mix that will put any boot through its paces. In cooler, wet weather the Verdi Mids kept my feet warm and dry while maintaining perfect footing along the way. In warmer, dustier weather my feet stayed dry, blister free and completely comfortable. The boots get bonus points for having a spacious interior that accommodates thicker hiking socks without any problem.
I was so impressed with their performance that I would recommend these boots for anyone in the market for a new three-season hiking shoe heading into the spring. They definitely subscribe to the Keen formula that I opened this post with, being comfortable, lightweight and quite durable. As for the "affordable" portion of that formula, the Verdi Mids come with a price tag of $120, which makes them a great buy for such a high quality product. Over the years, I've come to learn that you get what you pay for, particularly when it comes to outdoor gear. Keen shoes remain one of the best values on the market however, providing plenty of performance and long life, making them a worth investment for any outdoor enthusiast.
If you have some big plans for spring hikes but need some good footwear to see you through those adventures, then the Keen Verdi Mids are certainly a great choice.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Ryan Navion B

    Ryan Navion

    @ San Carlos, CA May 2018 The Navion four-seat aircraft was originally designed and built by North American Aviation in the 1940s. It was later built by Ryan... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Htam
  • 5 Reasons Most New Venture Creators Need A Co-Founder

    Reasons Most Venture Creators Need Co-Founder

    It seems like every entrepreneur I meet these days is quick to proclaim themselves a visionary, expecting that will give more credibility to their startup... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Martin Zwilling
  • Shakespeare on Tyranny

    Shakespeare Tyranny

    Stephen Greenblatt is a literary critic and historian whose insights into philosophy and the contemporary world are genuinely and consistently profound. Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Dlittle30
  • The Prescient Wisdom of Douglas Adams

    Prescient Wisdom Douglas Adams

    The Hitchhiker's Guide and the other four books of the trilogy ( it's complicated) have been a part of my life for almost forty years now, mostly in recordings... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Vickilane
  • Blueberry, Lime & Coconut Friands

    Blueberry, Lime Coconut Friands

    I fell in love with Friands a few years ago when I discovered a fabulous recipe on What Katie Ate. It is the single recipe which inspired me to want to buy her... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Mariealicerayner
  • 5 Refreshing Summer Drinks for Your Children

    Refreshing Summer Drinks Your Children

    Summers are here and so are the scorching heat rays from the sun as well as dry, hot and sweltering weather conditions. This is causing a great deal of havoc... Read more

    The 22 June 2018 by   Travelrasoi
  • Creative Writers to Avoid - The I Can Only Trust You to House My Valuables Scam.

    A few weeks ago, I was blogging about a famous singer. I wasn't careful and Tweeted to a catfish Twitter account. The next day, I had a private message. Read more

    The 22 June 2018 by   Lizmckeown1955