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September 06, 2010

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Eric

Do the A86s have a rockplate?

Amy Jurries

Hi Eric,

The A86s don't have a rock plate like you might get in more heavy duty trail shoes.

Amy

jeremy

I've always been a fan of Keens, their normal wear shoes were a god send for my wide toe box needs. how do thes fit in the toe box? the look unusually narrow and pointy for a keen. what is the heel drop in them, does it seem fairly low?

Amy Jurries

Hi Jeremy,

The toe box is a bit thinner at the top than a normal KEEN hiker but I didn't find it to be a problem as they still give ample room. I put a picture up on The GearCaster Facebook page with the two side by side so you can see the difference: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=457555888789&set=a.457555883789.245537.106324903789

The heel drop is indeed very low- not exactly barefoot, but with my crude measurement I would say around 3mm.

Amy

Woah!

how does the size compare to a keen sandal size? I know most people go up 1/2 a size for a keen sandal over their "Street shoe" size, but many folks go down 1/2 size for running shoes across several brands.

what's your take?

Amy Jurries

Hey there- in terms of sizing, the A86s fit me in the same size as my street shoes- I wouldn't go up a 1/2 size in these as they might get a bit too sloppy. Hope that helps!

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