I thought I’d ease myself into this test, opting for a pretty gentle dog walk at first. Nothing too heavy, just a stride around the local woods on reasonably flat ground in the Plain of Vic, Catalunya.
The soles from the off had a pleasing bounce too them and although a little wide in the toe area for me wearing thinnish socks, they felt like they fitted well on the heel and ankle. Again, as per my first impression during their unboxing, they were noticeably light on the foot. And so, because of this plus point, I thought I’d then test them as a piece of approach footwear in Mallos de Riglos, Northern Spain, later carrying them in my backpack once in my rock shoes.
The trails leading to all of the climbing routes in Riglos are narrow, loose and steep, profanity inducing scree paths that wiggle through shoulder high bushes. Here, in the main, the going under foot is slippery regardless of what you have on your feet, especially when descending. Although the soles of these boots are nice and bouncy on smoother ground, on scree and rough, lumpy loose paths I felt the press of every stone that I trod on. For this kind of terrain, or all terrain as KEEN note in their features description, the soles seemed a little too flexible for my taste. The soles did however do a splendid job on the rock while we dealt with several rappels off a route in Riglos.