From The Field: Hiking The Mountains Of Kurdistan

Our “From The Field” column gives a quick look at gear in testing from the GearJunkie staff and readers around the country and the world.

The Scene: Darrin Pelham is a remote paramedic working in the oil-exploration industry. He is assigned to a seismic crew in the mountains of Kurdistan, and when crews go to the field to drill, survey, or blast he is there in case anyone gets injured.

The Gear: Last fall, Pelham was one of about 10 GearJunkie readers who won a pair of KEEN Durand boots in a contest. He has put a ton of miles on the Durands, which are a built-in-the-USA model, and had some great notes from the field.

Feedback: “It’s the rainy season here in Kurdistan so there has been a lot of thick, sticky, heavy mud. This month is the worst month for weather and there has been a lot of rain and snow. I have worn the Durand boots in some very diverse terrain and have gone through water and have had no issues with wet feet. On the other hand, I have had no problems with excessive sweat issues in warmer temps. These boots are just awesome all the way around.”

KEEN Durand Hiking Boot

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