Friday 27 January 2012

TGO Insulated Boots Review

This last few months I've been wearing insulated boots whenever the weather has been cold enough, as I've done for several winters now. I've been trying two new pairs - the Keen Revel and the Teva Forge Pro Winter Mid - and have written a review for TGO that's on the TGO website here. As TGO has put up a picture of the Teva boots I've put up one of the Keens so you can see what both look like.

Now I'm just hoping there'll be enough cold weather over the next few months for me to wear them much more.


  1. Hi Chris,
    May I ask how long did you wear the Keens? I bought them on the strength of your review and I regret to say that they've proved to be the most uncomfortable boots ever! Cushioning is excellent and they look gorgeous, very warm, no doubt about that. But the high cut just killed by ankles and heels. I'm back from a two-day backpack in the Cairngorms and I'm afraid they really spoilt my fun in the fantastic weather! I've got deep bruises around heels and ankles... Thought I'd say something to warn potential buyers. I usually get along with boots so I wasn't expecting this problem. I loosened them up when the pain started but it made not difference. Not sure what's wrong with them or what could be done to sort them out. I'm tempting to throw them in the bin...


    1. Hi Andy, I'm sorry to hear about your problems with the Keens. I wore them a fair bit last winter - I don't have a detailed record as I used them as general outdoor footwear during cold weather - and I've been wearing them again this winter. I haven't had any problems with them and like other Keen boots they fit me well. It sounds as though they don't fit you. Mayve the lacing pattern could be altered with them tied lower down to lessen the pressure? Did you buy them from a store rather than online? If so they might be able to stretch or alter the shape for you.

  2. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for your reply. I did try lacing them down and it did help a bit, but still it was quite an ordeal. They were bought online but it's a bricks and mortar shop too so I can ask if they can do something about it. I thought fabric can't be stretched the way leather can but it's worth a try. I like them a lot apart from that. I'll try wearing very thin socks and see if it makes a difference. Maybe I got a defective one, if you wore them more than once they should have bothered you.

    On the plus side, I had an out of this world camp high up on Beinn a' Bhuiridh the same night you and Terry were camped on the other side of the Gorms. It was just sensational, I doubt I'll ever have another night like that!