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John B.R.

John B.R.

PNW, west of the crest

John B.R.

John B.R. wrote a review of on July 29, 2012

4 5

(3.5 stars) I feel these would be a great pair of on-trail hiking boots. The keen adzorb sole is nice and cushy, there is a good toe-spring (good if you like it, bad if you do not), and the lacing keeps your foot snug and in place. The leather, along with front and back rubber toe caps make it a little burly and certainly durable.
Where I ran in to problems was using the boot off trail and on steep slopes. The traction just would not "grip-up". The tread pattern of the bryce is different from other keen boots. It has these "direction arrow lugs" that although is a good try for something different, just does not apply well off trail. I slipped a lot more than i expected to.
The keen.dry membrane worked well on the few stream crossings that I had encountered.

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John B.R. wrote a review of on June 17, 2012

5 5

These are awesome as a base for anything outdoors. I prefer these to the boxer brief b/c they allow a little more air to circulate on those hot summer days. I have some other brands (ibex, icebreaker) and I only wear these now.
If you have a previous version the 2012 is slightly lighter in fabric and a little less constricting. Over-all the fit and feel is great.
I had to switch from Patagonia's Capilene boxers b/c of backpacking stank and the lack of breathability during the hot summer months.
Most definitely worth picking up on sale if you are on the fence about buying a pair or not. Merino is great and these are a prime example of why.

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John B.R. wrote a question about on January 29, 2010

How does the hardface technology fare compared to Polartec Powershield? I assume Powershield does better at blocking elements.
I don't own any "hardface" fleece because it seems (from a distance) that it is just a fleece with a slight hard exterior, so not being much different in how it performs than "regular" fleece.

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