Keen Trail Wasatch Crest Waterproof

Like most Keen footwear, this trail-running shoe features the wraparound rubber toe protector that is moulded into the outsole. A more unusual feature is the angled lacing that is designed to allow a more natural flex of the toe. The upper is not mesh like most other trail-running shoes, but it‘s lined with waterproof and breathable eVent, so your feet should be drier in these than most running shoes. There is lots of heel support and excellent underfoot support to provide great stability when running. There is also a lot of cushioning to really take the strain out of pounding along hard tracks. The outsole grip is good enough for easier tracks too. But this is a very heavy shoe and it feels quite ‘clumpy’ compared to the lighter, more dexterous options that are available. For trail-running a waterproof liner may not be ideal for everyone, as once water gets in it can’t get out and also these will be hotter in dry weather than the open mesh options. The outsole does not offer the grip of other shoes here, so these are restricted to smooth forest tracks rather than anything more challenging.

Upper synthetic textile, eVent waterproof lining
Sole carbon rubber, 3mm lugs, stability place
Sizes 8-13 (men’s) 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 948g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info providedVerdict
A waterproof shoe that is not as light or as grippy in mud as others, but it is okay for longer runs on smooth forest tracks due to the high level of support and cushioning

Review by Graham Thompson