Keen Bryce Mid (2012)

A new boot for this winter, the Keen Bryce Mid also comes in a lower ankle cuff version than the model featured here, and it has that typical Keen design feature of a wraparound rubber toe bumper. Put these on and they also have the renowned Keen fit of a wide forefoot and generally good comfort. In terms of a walking boot the Bryce has a good leather upper with mesh around the tongue to keep weight and price down while increasing airflow around the top of the foot – and this upper provides reasonable protection and support for the foot. The heel cup is particularly supportive too. Underfoot there is a sole unit with well-spaced lugs that are not the deepest available, and so they will probably wear down sooner than others and also they don’t have quite as much grip. But the main problem is there is no heel breast at all, so there is no braking power on muddy descents, loose gravel or smooth rock – meaning this boot is definitely one for level paths rather than anything steeper, in my view. Having said that, when the Keen Bryce Mid is used on firm level paths the stiffness and cushioning of the sole are good enough to make walking comfortable.

Upper materials nubuck leather, mesh
Waterproof lining Keen Dry
Sole unit Keen dual density rubber
Weight  1222g  (pair size 11)
Men’s sizes 6-13
Women’s sizes 2.5-8
Website
www.keenfootwear.com

 

Verdict
The Keen Bryce Mid is a comfortable boot for level paths but on steeper slopes that are loose or slippery the grip is not as good as others, meaning it is not great in the hills.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012