Keen shoes have unique styling around the forefoot, which tends to be a bit broader than most with a protective roll of rubber over the toe box. In the Bryce Low these features are brought together to form a mountain activity-style shoe with a twist of finesse. The upper is nubuck leather, rather than the thinner suede of other shoes, and this gives the upper a robust feel and prepares it well for lots of abuse. To keep weight down and improve comfort the tongue area is mesh and this also means the Keen Bryce Low looks a little less ‘outdoor’ than it might with a full leather upper. The heel cup is very supportive and this support extends to the sole unit, which provides an exceptionally stable platform. There’s great cushioning too and the overall effect is that the Bryce Low is extremely comfortable when walking; indeed I started to live in these for day-to-day wanderings outdoors, as they’re so comfy and stable. The outsole has widely spaced lugs that are deep for this type of shoe. I’d prefer a heel breast for better descents, but that is the only niggle here.
Upper material nubuck leather, synthetic tongue
Waterproof lining Keen Dry membrane
Sole unit dual density EVA midsole, carbon rubber outsole
Men’s sizes 6-13
Women’s sizes 3-8
Weight 1144g (pair, size 11)
The Keen Bryce Low is an extremely stable and comfortable shoe for walking, but a more pronounced heel breast would make it better for softer ground, while others are far better for climbing or running.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013