By Jason Heaton
on 11.28.11
Photo by Gishani

When you’re hauling a week’s worth of gear on rough terrain, nothing beats a heavy duty pair of thick leather backpacking boots. But let’s face it, most of the time, it’s a day hike to see some fall colors or a romp in a muddy dog park with man’s best friend. Then you don’t want to lace up a five-pound pair of stiff boots, but sneakers won’t do either. You need a pair of good day hikers – lightweight, waterproof and comfortable – like the KEEN Pyrenees ($140).

The Pyrenees are part of KEEN’s Trailhead line, falling somewhere between approach shoes and high end technical boots. Despite the traditional lacing rings and hooks, these are no old school waffle stompers. Break-in time is negligible and the fit is what you expect from KEEN – comfy and supple right out of the box. But don’t be fooled. The Pyrenees are highly capable hikers, with a waterproof membrane, chunky lugged sole and full nubuck leather construction that could pull long-weekend backpacking duty if need be. In fact, they’re so versatile, the Pyrenees might be the only boots you need.

Buy Now: $140

Photo by Gishani for Gear Patrol

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