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Cheffy wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The fit of the last (foot shape) is identical to the MT10. The upper has a bit of room in the toes but is a stiffer mesh that has less give than the mesh of the MT10, designed to keep out dust/sand and protect from puddles. It tends to fold and bunch up a little around the flex point for me but it will probably soften with use. The tongue is not gusseted and I found it easily twisted and folded when putting the foot in.

Length is true to size barefoot or with a thin sock. However, I found the toe-room a bit lacking compared to the MT10 due to the stiffer upper, and even a wide (2EE) in my size allowed my 4th and 5th toes rubbed the end. In the end I needed to go up a half size to the 11D in the MO80 to accomodate my wide toe splay, even though the shoe was a tad long for me.

The MO80 has good forefoot flex but is definitely much stiffer then the MT10 (particularly in the mid-foot and heel), though not as stiff as the MT110. The midsole is a beefed up MT10 with amazing toothy tread. It is a bit less cushioned than the MT110, especially in the forefoot. The vibram outsole is soft and will probably wear fast on rock and asphalt but is great for trails. The lugs will probably make it uncomfortable on paved roads anyway.

Lastly - there is a pronounced arch support in these compared to the MT10. That might be a good or bad thing depending on your needs. True minimalists will probably find it far too much, while bad over-pronators like myself transitioning to minimalist running will appreciate the support. I couldn't keep the MT110s due to lack of any arch support and the raised lateral edge increasing my over-pronation.

Overall a good shoe, but I wish it had a little more midsole in the forefoot. The level of midsole support is a bit light for people transitioning or logging a lot of hard miles on technical terrain, and the stiffer heel/midfoot and arch support might encourage a heel strike in those still learning proper barefoot form.

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Cheffy wrote a review of on September 20, 2012

4 5

Great grip, fits wider in toes and overall medium volume. Very comfortable, but fits small - definitely go up a half size unless you have narrow feet. Even then I found the toe box a little low volume due to the thick foam insole. But swap it out for a thinner one and it's a great comfy fit. Filters out stones etc yet leaves a decent ground-feel. Not too stiff.

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Cheffy wrote a review of on December 11, 2011

4 5

A slightly rugged but handsome shoe. Slate black is more of a light olive/brown, and the two tone look is quite subtle. Good tread for a casual shoe, grips well on a variety of surfaces but not overly aggressive. Leather is decent quality but soaks up moisture very easily, so if you plan to wear in wet weather be sure to treat them with nikwax or something similar first.

Fit true to size, unlike some keens (e.g. Targhee II). Medium width overall with a slightly wider heel, and good volume in toe-box (more than for many other keens), plus the classic keen wide/squared toe. Fit is different than the Austins, with the Briggs having both more volume and width in the toes.These are also a bit heavier, feel like they might be a little more durable.

The volume is quite adjustable depending on how they are laced. Tied snuggly, they fit my medium width, low instep, low volume/narrow heeled and square toed feet well enough. But they could definitely fit a higher volume foot with a wider heel.

The footbeds are unique compared to other keens - they're very thick, with a thinner open cell foam over a denser poly-urethane closed-cell foam underneath. They are very comfortable. The footbeds provide moderate arch support.

They are stiff at first, especially the edges of the tongue and around the ankle bones for bony feet like mine, but they begin to soften quickly. A few days of wear should break them in enough to wear for long walks.

Make my feet sweaty, but most leather shoes do. Wearing in freezing weather kept my feet comfortable when moving, but wouldn't want to stand around long in them.

Overall a very good shoe. I've only worn them a few days so I can't speak about long-term durability, but they seem and feel well made, much like all my other Keens.

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Cheffy wrote a question about on November 28, 2011

How are these boots for toe width and volume? I have medium width, low volume feet with narrow heels, skinny ankles, and kind of squared off toes. My 4th and sometimes 3rd toes will press against the toe box in most boots in my measured size, irritating my morton's neuroma. I often go up half a size to help my toes but this usually makes the boot fit too sloppy.

Since they run on the narrower side, if I order a half-size up will they fit my foot, or will they be too large? I wear mid-weight merino hiking socks usually. Trying to find good top view pics of the toe-box in these, but they look pretty round compared to others which taper more sharply (like the Alp Trainer).

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Cheffy

Cheffy wrote a review of on May 9, 2011

5 5

Length is true to size, perhaps a tad on the long side. Fits a narrow heel and lower instep well. A little higher volume in the mid to forefoot, but good for low to medium volume feet. Forefoot width higher than average, but not wide - definitely a D width. Toes taper but more spacious than most, so people with more rounded toes might appreciate this boot. Seem to work well for my low volume feet with think ankles/narrow heels but a wider forefoot. Lock my heels in like no other, rigid where needed but good forefoot flex. Built solidly but not too heavy. Outstanding outsole lugs. Stock insole is fantastic, moderate arch support, perfect for my medium arches that find superfeet green arches a little too high. Have yet to take them on a hike, but confident they will take a thrashing.

Order your measured size in a mid-weight sock.

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