The Keen Skyline Mid is a mid-cut boot with a lower ankle cuff than others in the test. What is striking about it though is the stiffness in the sole and toe box, which means it offers far better protection on rockier ground than others. The forefoot is also wide so it may suit some kids’ feet better than narrower boots. But the outsole does not have deep lugs or a deep heel breast for grip, and so I suspect others would offer more grip. The lug pattern and lower ankle cuff make the Keen Skyline Mid better for good paths rather than rocky or wet ground where grip may not be ideal.
Upper leather and textile; waterproof lining
Sole non-marking carbon rubber
Sizes 7-12, 13-5 youth
Weight 772g (pair, size 2)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 25
The Keen Skyline Mid is good for wide feet, but performance is best on good valley paths rather than more challenging ground.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011