After spending the majority of this summer wearing the innovative and utterly fantastic Keen Uneek, it should come as no surprise that another Keen product is gracing the pages of the column. The Keen Liberty Ridge, though as different from the Uneek as could be, looks very, very promising as a hardcore hiking boot.
As soon as the box was opened, it was pretty obvious that the Liberty Ridge was designed to be a serious hiker. The majority of this boot is leather, especially where it counts. Keen claims that this full-grain leather upper is waterproof, and I have no reason to not believe this claim. Thus far, my experience with Keen products has been nothing short of peerless.
Running up both sides of the bellows tongue is four sets of riveted eyelets, a set of matching ankle anchors made from contrasting webbing, and two sets of locking speed hook to keep the feet in and the ick out. To help bolster this fit, the ventilated heel collar is plushly padded. This whole ankle/heel assembly is also reinforced by an external heel counter for added security and stability.
- Direct-attached PU midsole for durability and comfort
- Full-length shank for stability
- Waterproof upper
- Keen.Dry waterproof, breathable membrane
- Dual compound rubber outsole
- Integrated PU heel cushion
- Leather lining
- Removable metatomical dual density footbed
- Built in America
*it should be noted that according to Keen, the Liberty Ridge should not be used with aftermarket insoles or orthotics.
According to Keen, the Liberty Ridge is “Designed to handle any trail surface, if you rack up serious backcountry mileage with a full pack, this is your boot. American Built with materials from around the world.” For more information about Keen and its vast lineup of footwear, clothing, and accessories, click here.