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Old 04-02-09, 12:48 PM
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This weekend I used my 20% off coupon and dividend at REI to buy a pair of Keen Commuter bike sandals. I find them incredibly comfortable and lightweight, but have only used them on short rides, so far. Has anyone used these on any more extensive rides? How do they hold up?
They do take a little getting used to when exiting, as they have some lateral give, but not so bad that I have done an Artie Johnson, yet.
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Old 04-02-09, 12:51 PM
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i have done a couple extensive rides with them. i get a bit of chafing on the strap/gap by my pinky toe, and i think they do not drain water or pebbles as well as open-toed sandals. they do seem lighter and stiffer than the old shimanos, which i prefer. and the tan lines are slightly more ridiculous

edit: i think they are overpriced as well

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Old 04-02-09, 02:24 PM
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Love the Keen Newports as hiking/sailing shoes (the soles are built for grip on decks) but I'll warn you, the "antibacterial" insoles don't work. Those things STINK after a few hot days without socks. Just saying...
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I've had my Keen Newports for about a year now. I love em'. Very comfortable. They took the place of the Lake mtn shoes I wore before. They're is nothing like riding a bike with sandals on. Keens are perfect with the toebox and such. I start wearing them w/ socks when the aftn temps are above 45f. With colder morning temps I just put the shoecovers on over them and I'm good. Wish I had em' 20 yrs ago. I have'nt noticed any "stinky feet" problem with them either.
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I've been thinking about the commuter sandals for a while myself but last year after reading several reviewers complaints about them being too narrow and the rubber coming apart, I decided to hold off until they fixed the problems. This year I've since seen a new colour for men and women and appearances lead me to believe it's a new version though I can't be sure if they've fixed the problems from last year.
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I love my Keens, I have used them for a 39 mile ride on Skyline drive, and several other longer rides with no issues at all, love them!
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I bought them at the Spring 2008 REI sale. They are my preferred biking 'shoes' for temps over 50F. I have used them for day rides of 30-60 miles, weekend tours of 150 miles and week-long tours or 300+ miles. They are a whole lot more comfortable than my Shimano MT-41 SPD shoes which I use in cooler weather. They are pretty comfortable to walk in off the bike as well.
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I bought some last year. I've used them for commuting, touring, and shorter brevets. They have been quite comfortable and seem to be holding up very well.
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I wear the Keen Newport sandals a lot, but they are a bit heavy and use only a thin piece of elastic to tighten them up. This is fine for loose summer sandals, but would not be good for bike shoes. Are the cycling shoes lighter and do they tighten-up with the same elastic restraint??
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I bought a pair at RAGBRAI last year. They were the only shoes I wore on my last 2 tours, 150 mi and a 250 mile trip in Florida.
They only have the elastic string cinch. I use clipless pedals and have not had any problems unclipping.

These sandals are wider the the older Shimanno sandals.
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