Keen seem to be moving away a little from their previous design, but the out of the box comfort remains for this general purpose and lightweight mid. They are still kitted out with some of the same robust features as their predecessors though: toe bumper, heel counter, great cushioning and a grippy sole. It’s a mesh shoe that is very breathable and doesn’t overheat, (even though I tend to run warm). The fit is a little strange, as the boots bend on the toe rather than on the ball of the foot. This didn’t cause me too much trouble but does mean that they are less effective on loose dirt and stone, as there is less contact with the ground as your foot bends. It also seems to be a weak spot for the KEEN.Dry® membrane, meaning that this is where they get damp first. Otherwise it’s a very comfy and flexible boot. Weight 499g per boot.
VERDICT: Comfort and flexibility, good grip but particular fit.
BEST FOR: General outdoors, and easier hillwalking.
Review by David Lintern @