|My feet and screaming calves found a new friend in Keen's Venice H2. |
Photo taken by my friend Kian Vicera.
|The most nerve wrecking section for me because I'm afraid of heights!|
Photo from Kian Vicera
We hiked for a total of 4 hours and I didn't get any blisters. It's soft on the soles and the strappy parts that were up against my feet rubbed gently against my skin. My friend Kian who wore trail running shoes asked me several times along the trail if I developed any blisters yet and each time, I proudly answered, "No blisters, yay!".
|Almost near the summit and I was only too happy that I didn't have any issues on|
my choice of footwear. Photo from Kian Vicera
|Happy feet at the summit of Mt. Batulao. My two friends also wore Keen trail running shoes and they|
seem to be pleased with theirs. Photo from Kian Vicera
I can imagine using this for backpacking trips where I want to pack light and not check any luggage on the plane.
|Making our way don the mountain. Bag of Beans, here we come! Photo from Kian Vicera|
I also wish there would be more designs in neutral colors and perhaps something that looks less bulkier. Mine's quite a jolly color and I can't just pair it with anything. :P At the store, I did see another design that came in black but it looked too serious. :P
Final Thoughts + Travel Information on Mt. Batulao
Over-all, my initial test with Keen was very satisfying and I'd recommend it to friends who are also into a variety of activities. It certainly fit my need to bring just one type of footwear on trips that's light, good traction for spur of the moment short hikes, cross a river, then perhaps, go on a food trip or visit a museum the next day. :)
Since I haven't worn mine long enough, I'd have to let time pass by before I can say it's durable but with its sturdy design that's made to face harsh outdoor conditions, I'm quite confident it can withstand me and my escapades.
I get into the silliest accidents and quite callous with my gear so I only trust a handful of brands when enjoying the outdoors since my safety's at stake. Keen certainly got mine. ;)
Oh, and if you're interested in seeing the gorgeous and rugged peaks of Mt. Batulao, do visit my friend's blog for more information - Pinoy Mountaineer.
Shout out to my friends who accompanied me on this hiking trip, Mariel & Kian. Thanks love birds! :) Til our next adventure.