Touring - Uncleated Keen Sandal Review after 7 months of touring...
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03-17-10, 11:53 PM
We've been on the road for seven months. I just wrote up a review on our uncleated Keen sandals here. We've had them for a few years + the 7 months of touring and finally had to replace them. Check it out here:
03-18-10, 05:42 PM
Thanks for that! I will be ordering Keens with our Eddie Bauer sponsorship tomorrow and was hoping they would be good for touring!
03-21-10, 10:48 AM
We love our Keen sandals and hiking shoes! The shoes are in great shape after a year, though we wear our sandals more often. The sandals are still going strong, though they are starting to look pretty tattered and the elastic laces have split. We just tied them back together and they've been fine so far.
03-21-10, 11:51 AM
I really like the idea of touring with one main pair of shoes that lets you do everything: pedal, hike, walk, camp. It seems like the Keens are really well received in that aspect. The question then arises about what the best pedal is to pair with these shoes. I've been following Tara's Going Slowly blog and I'm really interested to here how you like those Power Grip straps. What makes them better than standard cages and straps? I currently have cages on my Specialized Allez and love them for riding around the city. They keep my feet in the right place, no slipping off the pedals, and are really easy to pop in and out as I keep them pretty loose. Looking at the pictures here, it seems like the Power Grips make your foot sit differently depending on what shoe you are wearing. Is this true or just a bad picture? Any other advantages to using this system over cages or clipless pedals? Thanks so much!
03-21-10, 07:42 PM
I have been wearing Salomon shoes for the past year and have really liked them on the bike. I was all set to buy another pair of them until Eddie Bauer came through with a sponsorship deal and they don't carry the Salomons so I'll get Keens. Hope I like them as much as the Salomons!
As for the Power Grip - I am using Power Grips too. I switched over from cages because my feet are too big to fit in the toe cages. I cram my feet in, but can't get my foot positioned right. I wear a men's size 12. I know I could have put some spacers in the cages to put them out farther, but I figured they would drag on the ground too much. Anyway, I decided to try the Power Grips and really like them. I can position my foot whereever I want rather than having them locked into one position. They are great for touring!
03-21-10, 11:21 PM
Howdy. I've used Powergrips + MKS Touring Pedals with Keens and thought they were alright. I found that I had to use the extra long Powergrips because the toe box on Keens are so wide and they were tough to get into the regular length ones.
In the end, I tossed the Powergrips. We ride with MKS GripKings that have spikes in them and love them. I think any BMX type pedal with traction pins would work great with Keens. The spikes/pins give enough traction so you don't slip off the pedals when it is wet. Our bikes are around 140lbs, so it seems that any retention system has diminishing returns with all our weight.
GripKing with spikes reviewed here: http://epicureancyclist.com/?p=868
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