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Leave it to KEEN to put that compromise to rest. This Oregon-based company is known for creating shoes that meet complex outdoor challenges while keeping people who wear them feeling comfortable and looking good.
Now it is offering trail shoes that are lightweight, stylish, comfortable and supportive, making off-road runs as quick and confident as striding on asphalt.
The new KEEN Tryon WP shoes are lightweight (13.3 ounces per pair) for running, yet sturdy enough for serious trail runs and even moderate mountain hiking. They are cut to just above the ankle bone, providing some support to the ankle without limiting range of motion. The generous toe box is capped with added protection to prevent toe stubs. And these shoes are even stylish, with three color combination choices each for men and women, including lime green and dark gray.
The KEEN Tryon WP is both waterproof and breathable, thanks to the company's KEEN.Dry fabric, launched in 2009. They incorporate KEEN.ZORB insole technology that absorbs stride shock. Heel stability and support are built into the sole, and the upper mesh is made with minimal seams and to resist abrasions.
Other features of the Tryon WP: A removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed, and a dual density compression molded EVA and PU midsole.
The Keen Tryon WP has a suggested retail price of $120.
Karen Nitkin likes to run, hike, bike, camp and swim. She spends as much time as possible on these activities, while juggling a writing career, family life, and doing errands like laundry and going to the grocery store.
Nitkin lives in Maryland, where the relatively mild climate allows her to run and bike year-round. She also spends at least a few weeks each year in New Hampshire, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. She has set a goal of hiking all 48 New Hampshire peaks that are above 4,000 feet. As of the fall of 2010, she is at number 20, following an epic rain-drenched four-peak overnight in the Pemigewasset wilderness over the summer.
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