Keen Hoodoo II Walking Boot for Women
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Hoodoo II Walking Boot for Women
Features to Note:
- Upper: Waterproof Nubuck leather
- Midsole: EVA with Torsion stability ESS shank
- Outsole: Non-marking rubber
- 200g KEEN.Warm® insulation
- 4mm multi-directional lugs
- KEEN.DRY® waterproof breathable membrane
- Patented toe protection
- Made in China
Keen's Voodoo are an insulated, calf length boot made from Nubuck leather - incorporating a subtle floral design on the outer side of each. The foot component has the characteristic 'chunky' Keen look around the front where this is some toe protection. There's a robust looking sole unit with 4mm lugs. The boots are fastened with laces although these stop just below the top of the boot.
I've found it a little bit of a struggle to get them on and off in that the laces don't seem to open quite enough in the foot area. (It was also a little difficult inserting the orthotic I need to wear these days but after a bit of a wrestle, I managed this as well.) Once on - however, I've found them really very comfortable. I've been wearing the same size that I normally wear in walking/hiking boots. I think the Hoodoo are slightly smaller than the norm lengthwise and also a little less wide. Something to bear in mind if you have broader feet. They fitted me well around the calf.
We've had lots of 'weather' in the UK in the last few weeks (Dec 2013-Jan 2014) but - so far- no significant snow or ice. So I've had lots of opportunity to try the Voodoo out in rain, wind and in temperatures down to about 2 deg C. And yes - they've been comfortable over relatively flat terrain and have kept my feet comfortable and dry during some short day walks in intermittent rain and through wet grass. In longer bursts of heavy rain, I did experience some water seepage through the tongue area.
The traction on wet grass and mud is very good. The insulation has been fine in temperatures I've tried so far (down to 2 deg C or so) but may be not enough for very much colder temperatures. (The problem would be exacerbated by the fact that it's not possible to tighten them right in at the top of the boot.) There's not much by way of ankle support so these aren't really the footwear for rocky, unstable ground.
Keen's Hoodoo are towards the leisure end of the spectrum. That having been said they are a good combination boot that will certainly appeal for cold weather as stylish every-day wear but with enough functionality for shortish winter day walks on relatively flat terrain such as canal tow paths, country parks, woodland etc.
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