We take a look at Keen’s latest release, the Karraig Hiking Boots, specifically designed for European trekking,…
Created in salute of the rousing spirit of the iconic mountains and challenging passes found throughout the British Isles, the Karraig (£160) is a premium European Made backpacking boot is designed to deliver performance and stability as solid as the Gaelic rocks its name is inspired from.
As the flagship model of Keen’s European Made hiking collection, the Karraig has been specifically built for technical ascents and backpacking trips on demanding terrain. Constructed with a premium leather and performance mesh upper, a high rebound PU midsole offers durability and resilient cushioning, with a full length shank providing stability and protection. The boot is also the only one in Keen’s collection to feature the unique combination of an integrated dynamic ankle support, contoured heel lock and an additional lace locking eyelet.
The Karraig has been designed specifically to provide comfortable space in the forefoot area, crucial for comfort on longer treks and higher level climbs. The boots feature 5mm wide lugs for reliable traction, with an additional heel brake designed to give the wearer total control whilst descending.
The Karraig also has a KEEN.DRY® waterproof, breathable membrane and breathable mesh lining treated with planet friendly Cleansport NXT odour control, intended to keep feet comfortable and dry even in warm or inclement conditions. They are also equipped with asymmetrical lacing with lace locking eyelet and speed hooks, a removable dual density EVA footbed with arch support, and a high abrasion rubber tips for extra durability and protection on challenging approaches.
We’re currently putting them through their paces and will reveal our verdict in the Spring issue!