What's new from KEEN for next spring, 2014 - scoop look at the latest in outdoors footwear.
More future gear from the recent OutDoor Show in Germany, this time it's a look at what's new from KEEN Footwear for spring 2014, stuff that - with the exception of our first lightweight boot - is due in the shops around February time next year.
New Marshall Mid - Out In September 2013
The Marshall lighht hiker resembles one of KEEN's more traditional models, but it's taken some cues from the sleek, 'almost barefoot' CNX range that launched this spring with a slimmer-line construction than KEEN's traditional, big-toed models. It has all the features you'd expect from KEEN like a TPU shank, PU mid-sole, midfoot arch support and flexible sole unit but in a slightly lighter package.
The signature toe bumper is present and correct too. We're not 100% sure, but think the fit may be a little lower volume too, like CNX. Uppers are fabric and you can opt for either a waterproof membrane version for £120 in Mid form or a non-membrane version for £80 is due out in spring 2014.
Madison Low CNX - February 2014
The Madison Low is a new addition to the CNX range for next spring. Like current CNX models it weighs in at sub 283g - the women's version is just 218g) and features the CNX slimmed down fit and lower-profile sole unit with an 'almost barefoot' 4mm drop from heel to toe.
Multi-direction flex grooves in the sole give easy underfoot mobility and the upper has been slimmed down too. There's also KEEN's pronounced arch support feature. The Madison is designed as a lightweight multi-sport shoe with a lightweight welded synthetic and mesh upper.
We're big fans of the glove-like CNX fit and lightness and the Madison looks like a nice addition to the range. It'll sell for £110 in Mid form and £100 as a Low.
Gallatin Low CNX
The new Gallatin is a sort of updated version of the Clearwater waterfront sandal offering a bit more foot protection than the Clearwater. It's a sort of sandal/shoe cross using quick-drying, debris-stopping mesh of a sandal, but with shoe levels of foot coverage.
The rest of the shoe is standard CNX, with a washable polyester webbing upper comes with a two-millimeter bungee lace capture system for a secure but flexible fit. KEEN says it's ideal for the sort of river trails where your feet are likely to get wet, but should work equally well on drier terrain with great breathability thanks to the mesh.
The Gallatin will retail for £85 once it's available in early 2014.
Class 5 - 'Surf And Turf Shoes...'
These landed an OutDoor award and they're designed for the sort of activities which mix water with a bit of dry-land action, Kayaking for example. The outsoles are razor-siped - tiny slits in the rubber improve grip on wet rock - they have an anti-pong Aegis inner treatment and at 218g they're also super light.
The sides of the uppers are made from PU while the centre is a fast-drying microfibre. Quite a specialist bit of kit, the Class 5 is set to retail for £75.
Class 6 - A Step Further
The Class 6 takes things a step further again with uppers made completely from waterproof PU with big venting holes. They looks slightly barking mad but have an anatomically shaped and non-slip EVA footbed for comfort and a PU mid-sole for cushioning underfoot.
The tongue is made from microfibre again for fast wicking and drying and the mesh lining is Aegis treated to resist odours. Again the outsole is razor siped for grip.
All the above bar the waterproof version of the Marshall due out in September 2014. More information on the current KEEN range at www.keenfootwear.com.