Keen Marshall WP
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Colours: Raven/Tawny Olive, Gargoyle/Rust, Forest Night/Spicy Orange
Sizes: UK 6.5 - UK 13
Weight: 554 gms (UK 10.5) per shoe
Features to Note:
- Upper: KEEN.DRY waterproof membrane in upper with closed mesh and leather overlays
- Midsole: High rebound PU with full length TPU stability shank, removable EVA footbed
- Outsole: solid rubber with 4mm multi-directional lugs
- Women's fit available
New for Autumn/Winter 2013 in Keen's 'fast and light' category is the Marshall which features both a mid-cut and an approach-like low cut version. I've been trying the out the latter - an attractive looking shoe with some contemporary styling including Keen's signature toe bumper.
It is indeed light weight and very flexible laterally and longitudinally; consequently there's not really much protection at the front. I thought the fit was a little on the generous side especially in the width and it took me a little while to adjust the fit with the lacing system. However, once done, I have to say it was extremely comfortable right from the go. And for me, an added advantage is that it is possible to replace the inner with the custom orthotics that I now need to wear for any extended use.
I prefer a higher cut boot for mountain walking, so I've been wearing the Marshall for a variety of lower level outings (in some pretty wet conditions) and also at the gym. They've certainly kept out the rain (albeit with the sacrifice of some breathability) and have been very comfortable on level paths - I did think I could feel sharper rocks more than I wanted over rockier terrain. The traction was mostly ok although I did find it a little lacking on wet grass slopes.
Whilst not the best option for rockier/uneven paths, this low cut version of the Marshall is a light, flexible shoe at its best for walking on level paths, forest trails, canal tow paths etc in wet or dry conditions. Good looking enough for more general casual wear - and not out of place in the gym!
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