Update: 600,000 steps in KEEN Boots

It’s been one month since our first intrepid hiker reported back from the field after backpacking for a week in Montana.

Now, four weeks and hundreds of thousands of steps in, we’re happy to report the KEEN Durand boots are holding up fine despite the use and abuse.

In the past month this pair of KEEN boots has been around the USA

We set out in July to hike 1 million steps in the Durands, which are KEEN’s new built-in-the-USA boots. So far, they’ve been shipped to five hikers around the country (all with size 13 feet!) to put down about 600,000 steps.

That’s 284 miles in more traditional measurements. We have about 400,000 steps to go, and the boots are currently en route to the Ozark Mountains.

Brandon Lawrence along the St. Croix

This past week, tester Brandon Lawrence took a turn. He hiked 39.6 miles — 83,635 steps — along the St. Croix River. The rocky, boreal terrain hugs the Minnesota/Wisconsin border and includes exposed billion-year-old rock, sheer cliffs, and endless river views.

Said Lawrence of the Durands, “They were the best hiking boots I have ever worn.” He noted feeling sore after hiking back to back days. “My legs hurt but my feet were fine.”

See more about the Durand boots on KEEN’s site, and monitor the GJ blog as we keep trekking this summer and into next month toward a goal of 1 million steps!

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.