by Diane Spicer
This Keen Terradora review will quickly give you what you need in order to decide if this is the best trail shoe for you:
The trail shoe being reviewed is the Keen Terradora leather waterproof Mid, in mushroom/magnet colors.
Hiking For Her received this trail footwear free of charge.
All of the reviews you read on this website are uncompensated: no money was received to write the review.
These trail shoes were worn on a 10+ mile hike on fairly easy terrain, over an 8 hour period on a 65F day.
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As a long time user of Keen, Hiking For Her is in a unique position to analyze and comment on this new trail shoe from Keen.
Skip this if you're already on board with the way Keen rolls.
But if you want to know all the details, here are the Keen particulars on these trail shoes:
This trail shoe is designed to hug your foot closely while giving you flexibility in the ankle area so you can respond quickly and safely to changing trail conditions.
Note the cushioned ankle panel, which transfers pressure from your Achilles heel to the shoe.
If you're prone to heel issues, these may be the best hiking shoes for you.
Keen highlights the woman specific fit, meaning the anatomical differences between male and female hiker's feet were taken into account when designing the Terradora.
In fact, this style has a narrower fit than a traditional KEEN woman's shoe, making it a good choice for women with normal to narrow feet.
You can select from 3 color choices, including a yellow and red version which are more bold than the brown pair reviewed here.
The Terradora style is also available in a non-leather yet still waterproof version, for a lower price.
I was carrying a fairly heavy day pack, loaded up with a big lunch plus second lunch, a full one liter metal water bottle, two cameras, my old pair of Keens (just in case these didn't work out), rain gear, ten essentials, and my phone (turned off).
These shoes were able to handle the load on the well packed, mostly level dirt hiking trail I was on, over an 8 hour period of hiking (and snacking).
I wouldn't recommend this choice of Keen for a heavier load, or to tackle an extremely rocky or root bound hiking trail.
Keen is known for its out-of-the-box comfort, meaning zero break in time.
However, it's up to you to be sure you've got each trail shoe laced properly.
While your feet may appear at first glance to be a matched pair, they have individual quirks.
Let's use my well used hiking feet as an example.
On the left?
So I had to try three separate times to get the lacing just right:
Yes, this interrupts your trail rhythm and may annoy your hiking partner.
Get the right fit, and you'll never have to limp back to the trail head, using your hiking partner for support.
If your boots or shoes are bugging you, and you've done a "debris check" to remove errant pine needles or pebbles, try lacing and re-lacing at least a few times.
Your feet may have changed a bit.
Or the shoes or boots might have gotten wet and dried in a different configuration.
Socks get thinner over time.
Or maybe it's the phase of the moon!
Just don't give up on things right away, without putting more or less pressure on the problem area with an inventive lacing approach.
Keen calls these trail shoes, but look at the ankle support and heel cushioning they offer!
The leather uppers, the well designed tread...
If you want traditional low cut trail shoes, meaning nothing around your ankles and as lightweight as possible, take a look at their Terradora waterproof shoes.
If you've read other Hiking For Her footwear reviews, you already know I'm obsessed with the soles on the trail shoes or boots that protect my tender soles.
Here's a close up of what to expect on the Keen Terradoras:
You can see how this trail shoe is built to repel water and to keep trail debris away from your ankles.
I'm always up for a challenge, so I decided to wade into the shallows of the river I spent the day paralleling on my day hike.
Here's wading proof!
I spent several minutes walking along the river bank of a convenient rocky gravel bar, being sure to avoid going deeper than the tops of the Terradoras.
At the end of my experiment, see for yourself how the water had just rolled right off!
So I predict that shallow stream crossings and short immersion in standing water won't get your feet wet in these Terradoras.
After getting the lacing just right on each foot, and wearing these trail shoes on a long and satisfying hike, I can truly say that you can't go wrong with a pair of Terradoras if you're looking for moderate support, all day comfort, and dry feet.
Although I usually hike with two pairs of socks (liners + a thicker heel cushioned pair), I was able to cut that back to just one pair of socks, and had zero hot spots.
So I'll close out this Keen Terradora review with this:
These trail shoes are nice looking, breathable, lightweight high performance trail wear.
They're built for durability and waterproof protection.
If your hiking itinerary will take you across deeper water crossings, or into predictably wet and/or rocky terrain, you'll need a different choice on your feet.
Keen makes a waterproof high cut yet lightweight boot that I love:
the Targhee leather EXP Mid.
Keen Terradora Review
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