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Keen Versatrail

rated 4 of 5 stars
photo: Keen Versatrail trail shoe

This is a lightweight, high performance shoe suitable for hiking, walking, or just casual wear. The shoe is true to size and very comfortable for any purpose.


  • Proper fit
  • Comfortable
  • Easy on/off with single pull lacing system
  • Lightweight


  • Not meant for really challenging terrain
  • Not water proof

I received this Keen Versatrail shoe to trial on a high altitude adventure in the Sierra Nevadas and Mont Blanc in France. This lightweight, high-performance hiking shoe helps you tackle trails fast. It has a full-length layer of cushioning to absorb shock, and the breathable foam tongue gives it a custom-feeling fit. The lining is a breathable textile. Your foot stays cool even in hot, humid temperatures.

I wore this shoe on several 8- to 10-mile hikes and never felt uncomfortable. This shoe's light weight was a big plus for hikes with minimal elevation gain or rock climbing challenges. It has a non-marking rubber sole. The single-pull lacing system was a big plus for convenience. The fit is true to size. 

Not waterproof but quick drying due to its meshing and textile materials.

Excellent traction and stability for a lightweight hiking shoe.

No break-in required. This shoe is ready out of the box.

$120 with six color combinations.

Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)

Disclosure: The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

Easy break-in. Easy on and off. Hybrid performance on and off trail. Stylish sneaker.


  • Go anywhere performance
  • Elastic pull laces make for easy entrance and exiting
  • Cushion factor hides hard surfaces made it easy to break in


  • Fit may be too narrow for some who are used to Keens

First off, I have to say I am not a big Keen fan. I've worked in shoes for over two decades and they are not even in my top 10 favorite brands. That being said, I felt like I needed to try something new to try and convince me otherwise.

I was looking for a hybrid trail hiker. Something that was comfortable both on the trail and on concrete. I also wanted something I could treat like a slip on so when I was camping and needed to run to the calling I didn't need to lace a pair of boots.

I've owned these for about four months now. I've used them for basketball, bouldering, trail running, biking, and even neighborhood walks. The name says it all, a very versatile shoe. The grip is amazing. I compare most shoes to Teva's spider rubber which I find to be superior grip and it's definitely comparable. I prefer minimal shoes with a lower drop, but something about the contour of the heel cup gave me satisfaction and they grew on me.

The only reason I didn't give them a higher rating is because one of my pet peeves with Keen is their longevity and that's to be decided still. So far though I'd say they are looking good. My expectation is they last two seasons with the arsenal of shoes I own. I like the color variety too.

I don't ever buy the same shoe twice, but I may have to make an exception with these. Good job, Keen!

Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $24

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