Keen Obsidian WP Review
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Keen is a known leader in ultra comfortable trail footwear, and the new Obsidian waterproof hiking/trail running shoe is no exception. The upper, composed of a seamless piece of durable canvas material with a KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable liner provide a great fit. In our tests, the waterproof upper also did its job, successfully keeping snow and puddles outside the shoe. The lacing system is made up of a comfortable gusseted tongue, a unique asymmetrical lacing system, and a reinforced heel support structure which we felt really locked us into the shoe. The obsidian sports Keen’s trademark toe wrap which will protect from all trail hazards. The outsole seemed like it could have had slightly higher profile lugs when we threw some seriously gnarly trails at it, but on less aggressive terrain, the Obsidian feels very sure-footed. Overall, we thought the KEEN Obsidian to be a tough, super comfortable light hiker even versatile enough for trail running. For more information on the Obsidian WP and other Keen footwear, visit www.keenfootwear.com.
From Keen on the Keen Obsidian WP :
With an aptitude for off-roading the stealth Obsidian Waterproof is light, fast and full of technology for trail performance. The seamless waterproof breathable construction upper keeps feet dry and happy. Torsion stability ESS shank, S3 heel support, tri-density footbed and stone bruising plate provide stability and support and protect feet from unexpected trail hazards.
Weight: 15.88 oz/ 450 grams
Lining: Leather / Microfiber
Rubber: Non-marking rubber outsole
Fit Tip: We find this style runs about a 1/2 size small.
Activities: Trail Running
Type: Shoes, Lace Up
Weather: Wet – waterproof
– Compression molded low profile EVA midsole
– KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable membrane
– Metatomical tri-density footbed
– S3 Heel support structure
– Secure Metatomical strap design
– Stone bruising protection plate guards feet against rocks on the trail
– Torsion stability ESS shank