Interesting that the Keen Shellrock is categorized…
Materials: nylon uppers
Use: trails, short dayhikes, around town
Break-in Period: little to none
Price Paid: $70
Interesting that the Keen Shellrock is categorized as a trail-running shoe instead of a trail shoe. I would say the opposite. I picked up a pair on sale recently and I love them as a general trail shoe for day hikes and for kicking around town. I would not use these for any kind of serious running though. They have almost no cushioning under foot.
They are super comfortable and super stable. Typical Keen fit: very wide toe box; average everywhere else. Very well made. Pretty good traction on a variety of surfaces. Mine are not the waterproof model - so I don't expect them to be waterproof - on the other hand, I do expect them to be breathable - and they are.
But, as I said above -- especially if you are a heel-striker -- forget about using these for any kind of sustained running. There's just no cushioning underneath at all. Get yourself something like a Salomon XA 3D instead.
Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . Superb for tackling the trails at a faster pace, Keen?s Shellrock hiking shoes are lightweight and feature a heel motion stabilizer, so you?ll be steady regardless of the terrain. Synthetic upper Moisture-wicking interior Removable dual-density foam insole EVA midsole Signature Keen toe bumper Non-marking rubber outsole Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China. Runs small, order 1_2 size larger. Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide Available Colors: DARK SLATE/NEUTRAL GREY, NEUTRAL GREY/INCA GOLD. Sizes: 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
It's the same Shellrock only a spring version that's lighter, more breathable and quite possibly faster, depending on how hard you want to push it. Equipped with an ESS shank sticky rubber edging zone and Keen's Patented Toe Protection, the Shellrock is designed for performance with looks to kill.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
Keen built the Men's Shellrock Shoe from lightweight, breathable softshell material for fast-paced hikes and trail runs. An ESS shank provides torsional stability while the stiff S3 Heel Support Structure protects your ankle as you tear down the trail. A midsole plate helps prevent stone bruising, and Keen's patented toe bumper has your big piggy covered. Sticky rubber outsoles with multidirectional lugs give you traction on uneven terrain.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Keen Men's Shellrock Shoe (Spring 2009) The Men's Shellrock Shoeby Keenis the same Shellrock only a spring version that's lighter, more breathable and quite possibly faster, depending on how hard you want to push it. Equipped with an ESS shank sticky rubber edging zone and Keen's Patented Toe Protection, the Shellrock is designed for performance with looks to kill.Features: Seamless Soft Shell Upper S3 Heel Support Structure Torsion stability ESS shank Heel motion stabilizer Stone bruising protection plate Toe protection Specs: Upper: Synthetic Weight: 12.95 oz / 367 grams Lining: Woven Textile Rubber: Carbon Non Marking Sticky Rubber
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version