Darren S. shared this picture with us on Facebook. He took the picture “this week on the Otago Central Rail Trail in New Zealand.” It’s 150km rails-to-trails project between Middlemarch and Clyde.
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As a daily cyclist who appreciates clipless pedals, I’m always on the look out for “normal” looking SPD-compatible shoes. There seems to be no shortage of SPD compatible shoes in the world, but like Lycra, most SPD shoes do not blend well in casual non-bikey company.
The KEEN Austin hides its utility well in a normal looking and comfortable Oxford-style shoe that is fit for daily use on and off the bike. Like most KEEN shoes, the Austin has a distinctively wide toe box and a thick black rubber sole that wraps up over the front of the toe. The Austin’s muted tan color is officially called “Shitake.” Thankfully, there are no garish colors or overtly loud labels to distract from the quiet and unoffending design. In fact, the KEEN Austin may be the only boring looking shoe that is SPD compatible. But boring is a huge win in this category, and in the end, the Austin blends well with a wide range of casual clothing and performs reasonably well on the bike too.
Posted by John Speare
First Look: Keen Sox
Founder/Chief Editor of Benosh, Josh is a husband and father who loves outdoor activities, from fishing to hiking to skiing, and finds meaning in the journey.
Once again, we owe a debt to our good friends at Keen. After our article on the great Keen Buttes ran and I made a shameless plea for socks cool enough to match their footwear, they responded…with a care package of their amazing “sox”!
I must admit that I didn’t know Keen carried sox until we learned Keen was sending the Buttes, but we here at Benosh are aware how much difference a good pair of socks can make (check out How Smart Are Your Socks here). Keen has recognized the same thing.
First impressions of Keen’s contribution to the sock revolution are very positive. Like some of the best from Smartwool and others, the Keen Sox come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and weights. They’re also available in Lifestyle and Performance, and in Marino Wool and ECO-synthetic.
A quick hike up the local urban wilderness trail revealed that Keen Boulder Canyon light hikers in natural Australian Merino wool were the perfect companions for the Buttes. Breathable, snug, and cool in color, my feet were treated to a great synthesis of light hiking shoe and socks as the hiking gods intended.
The only down side I see is the price—one pair of the Boulder Canyons run $16.95, which to an old-school sensibility is a lot to pay for socks. However, in the effort to save money, a few pairs of naturally anti-microbial Marino socks will carry you a long way…
We’ll run a more extensive article when we’ve had a chance to sample all the sox, but for now the verdict is positive. Keep an eye open for the full review.
Dear KEEN team:
Thank you so much for your support for The PEPY Ride V. Although the ride had it’s ups and downs, like all rides in life do, we feel that it was an amazing trip, and we thank you for being part of it.
As our legs recover, we at PEPY are reflecting on the most adventurous educational tour of the year. Twenty people joined us for the 1000KM journey, cycling across Cambodia and stopping along the way to learn about PEPY and our NGO partners. The route took us to remote rural areas such as Bantey Cahmmar where we had the opportunity to see first hand the benefits of community driven tourism initiatives, to the bustling streets of Phnom Penh where we learnt about Cambodia’s dark history, and ended down on the coast. We aim to educate our tour participants about responsible travel and inspire them to go out and take actions to create the futures they hope to see in the world. One of the quotes we say throughout our trips is always:
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes YOU come alive, and then go out and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” YOU all at KEEN are doing that – bringing the world the most comfortable shoes for adventurous people, even those who cycle across Cambodia. YOU all are doing what makes you come alive we think, and we’re psyched to be on your team.
Hugs, love, and thanks from the PEPY people.
Daniela Ruby Papi