Keen Tryon WP shoes

Review by Arnie P

Keen Tryon WP shoes

KeenTryon WP shoes

KeenTryon WP shoes

The Tryon WP were provided by Keen for review purposes.
I have been wearing Keen hiking shoes/boots for several years and have like the fit and comfort they provide. In the next few months I will be looking to see if this tradition has continued, The Tryon WP shoes are lightweight and waterproof.

From web site

Description

The Tryon WP shoes are fast, responsive and designed for endurance. Specially engineered S3 technology provides added stability and suspension so you can feel confident and secure on the trail. Combining the innovative shock absorbing KEEN.ZORB insole with minimal seam construction, lightweight mesh, and KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane the swift moving Tryon WP shoes offer comfort and durability for the long haul.

Weight: 13.4 oz / 396.285 grams
Fit Tip: We find this style runs pretty true to size.
Upper: Abrasion-resistant and breathable textile mesh upper
Activities: Trail Running, Hiking
Type: Shoes, Lace Up
Weather: Wet – waterproof

Features

Abrasion-resistant and breathable textile mesh upper
KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable membrane
KEEN.Zorb Strobel
Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed
S3 Heel support structure
– Stone bruising protection plate guards feet against rocks on trails
Torsion stability TPU shank
TPU heel stabilizer
HYBRID.OLOGIES:

S3
Shock, suspension, stability – otherwise known as S3 – is engineered to support the foot on impact, dissipate shock and reduce your odds of twisting an ankle.
KEEN.DRY
A proprietary waterproof, breathable membrane that lets vapor out without letting water in.

Product care

Waterproof/Breathable
Gently brush the footwear with a damp, soft sponge or hand towel to remove loose dirt and restore surface. Stains should be treated immediately with a gentle solvent-based cleaner. This process may cause slight discoloration to the affected area.”

Back to my review

The Tryon WP hiking shoes are available in 3 colors: Rust Gargoyle, Black/Keen Yellow, and Dark Shadow/Lime Green. I received the Black/Keen yellow in size 9. The shoes weighed in for me at 13.6 oz each. This is within the accuracy of my scale. There is extra material at the toe end for protection. There is an extra pair of eyelets that just beyond the range of the shoe tongue. I could use them to dress the ends of the laces. I like the feel of the laces. They are flat and fairly thick. One of the problems of some laces is they need to be retied a lot and that can be annoying.
Keen Tryon WP top view

Keen Tryon WP top view

Keen Tryon WP bottom view

Keen Tryon WP bottom view

Keen Tryon WP extra eyelets

Keen Tryon WP extra eyelets

Trying the Tryon WP

My feet slid in very easily and there was a snug feeling for a few minutes. Then it felt like I had been wearing them for a long time. My feet were cool when I put the shoes on and within a few minutes my feet were warm and comfortable. My initial impression is the grip is very good. These are close to being the lightest hiking shoes I own. I am looking forward to using these shoes for my Spring hiking. Spring has some unique problems. There are a lot of muddy areas especially on partially thawed ground. Most streams are swollen from the melting of the snow and this usually means getting my feet wet when doing a stream crossing. This water is very close to freezing as it has passed over frozen ground and ice. I have crossed barefoot and in shoes without stockings. Because the rocks on the bottom of the stream are cold, rough and slippery, my preference is to cross with shoes without socks. The final decision is made just prior to crossing a stream. I will be wearing these shoes all day everyday until I feel confident to go on day long hikes or backpacks.
Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say about the Keen Tryon WP hiking shoes.

Update

5-3-2011

Of all the items I wear or use on a hike, I find that hiking shoes/boots require the most diligence in using the item prior to going on an 8-12 hour hike.  I do not want to get a blister or sore spot and realize that I have several hours to get back to the trail-head and a different pair of shoes.  About 6 years ago, I had made reservations to spend the weekend at my ski club.  I was in the process of bagging the 4000-foot mountains in New Hampshire.  I had bagged one on Friday, 2 on Saturday, and was at the trailhead on Sunday when I had a very sharp pain in my foot.  The skin between 2 toes was raw and oozy.  I was not going to cancel my hike just because of the pain, but I was far more concerned about possible infection, so did not continue the hike.  I now do extensive preconditioning of my feet in the hiking shoes/boots before going on a long day hike or backpack.

Local use including day hikes.

Within a couple days of receiving them, I was wearing the Tryon shoes all day long.  I did not have any problems.  I also noticed I very seldom had to retie my shoelaces.  To some, that is a minor detail.  Maybe I am lazy, but when I am backpacking I don’t like to have to remove the pack and retie my shoes.  Then it was time to use the Tryon shoes in the gym and I did so on 3 cardio devices, Elliptical, recumbent bike, and treadmill.  I am up to club limit of 1 hour on all these machines.  The shoes performed very well.  I was comfortable.  My feet did get a little warm, but I was not concerned.  I have gone on a few hikes and I am very pleased with the traction, comfort, and light weight of these shoes.  I like the loop at the heel of the shoe because it makes putting on the shoes easier than if there were no loop.  I find the loop well designed and quick when using it.  I have been out in the rain and stepped in puddles.  Under those circumstances, I usually come home with wet socks and feet.  This has not happened.
Wilmington forest

Wilmington forest

Wilmington forest

Wilmington forest

Pepperell forest

This was an 8-mile hike on a warm day with a slight breeze.  The pace was moderate and the hike was completed in about 3 hours.  My friend and I did this hike to get in condition for upcoming backpacking trips in the warmer months.  I was very happy with the performance of the Tryon shoes.  I was comfortable and my feet stayed dry because there was adequate ventilation.

Pepperell forest

Pepperell forest

I am enjoying using the Tryon shoes and will soon be spending a week in the White mountains of New Hampshire.  I will be back in a month to report on my upcoming trip and expect that with anticipated dryer weather, I will have more local hikes to discuss.

A last look

6-2-2011

The weather has gotten better, but the rain fall has been above normal. In this period, I continued doing training hikes and a week of hiking in the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire.

Hiking in the Pepperell forest

My hiking friend feral_cat (trail name) and I have had hiked four 8 mile hikes in this forest. The last hike we completed in 2 2/3 hours. This is about 3 MPH or about 3 times faster than our average speed of about a mile an hour on 3-day 18-mile backpack. The temperature for the last hike was 85 F and there was no breeze. I was surprised my feet did not get overheated or uncomfortable.
hiking in Pepperell Forest

hiking in Pepperell Forest

Hiking in the Franconia Notch New Hampshire

The hikes included hiking along the shore of Echo Lake, the bike trail to the trailhead for the Skookumchuck Trail, the trail to Bald Mountain and Artist Bluff, the Copper mine Trail, the Sugar House Trail, a 5 mile snowmobile loop trail, the trail to Baby Basin, and a hike to Profile Lake to look at the Memorial Design for the Old Man in the Mountain. More information on the Memorial design can be found at
Man of the Mountain Memorial

Man of the Mountain Memorial

The terrain on these hikes was quite varied and ranged from easy to difficult. Hiking on the bed of a stream is rocky. In many places the rocks are covered with moss and this can be very slippery especially when wet. Walking on the bike trail is paved but this is usually hard on the feet. I was comfortable on the paved surfaces but still prefer nonpaved surfaces.
on Copper Mine Trail

on Copper Mine Trail

on Copper Mine Trail

on Copper Mine Trail

junction of Bald Mountain and Artist Bluff

junction of Bald Mountain and Artist Bluff

on snowmobile loop

on snowmobile loop

looking at Baby Basin

looking at Baby Basin

Summary

The shoes are lightweight and provide good isolation from the rocks on the trail. I never felt any of the sharp rocks on the trail, which is a good thing. I may not have hiked in the hottest possible weather but I feel they have done very well at 85 F and may possibly do well at much higher temperatures. Comfort can be described in many ways but for me all day comfort is important especially on the long 10-12 hour hikes. I have worn these shoes many times for 12 hours and at the end of the day I did not feel a need to take my shoes off. When I did take them off there was no great relief after they were off. Another way of saying this is my feet did not swell during a full day of use. I am looking forward to using the Tryon WP shoes for my upcoming backpacks.

I wish to thank Keen and 4alloutdoors.org for the opportunity to review the Tryon WP shoes.

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