Gear Review: Keen Ochoco Waterproof Trailrunning Shoe

I’ve tried several trail running shoes that can crossover to snowshoeing and have been overwhelmed with joy at how effective they are. Of course, boots are supposed to do their job…keep your feet warm and what not. It’s the trail running shoe that can make or break your snowshoeing experience. I’m no runner, but the Keen Ochoco trail running shoe makes me want to start a career as a snowshoe running athlete.

With all the recent snow in Denver, I’ve had the unique opportunity of snowshoeing around my neighborhood. I’ve been testing gear like mad. The Ochocos have performed flawlessly. I trekked across miles of snow in the Ochocos, wearing gaiters and other appropriate gear. At one point, I thought my toes were getting cold. I could feel the oncoming effects of being immersed in snow. After a while, all that went away. The Ochocos matched the performance of my trusty Sorel boots – no trail running shoe has equaled this performance. I’m a Keen fan for sure.

Here are the Ochoco’s features:

How It Fits

* Length: Recommended fit is a 1/4-inch to 3/4-inch space between the end of your toes and the end of the shoe. This shoe fits a half-size small for a correctly measured foot. Go up 1/2 size, compared to most of your dress shoes, for a good fit. For example, if your foot measures an 8 then you should probably order an 8.5.
* Heel: Average width.
* Midfoot: Wider fit with a lower than average arch. Good fit for medium and wide feet.
* Forefoot: Wider width and shallow toe- box with toe-guard keeps the foot protected. Good fit for medium and wide feet.

Pronation Control Technology

* Midsole: S3 heel support structure offers engineered support for a stable foot plant over varied terrain.
* Shape: Semi-curved last allows for a smooth ride and nimble footing. Broad base offers stability.
* Construction Last: Strobel lasted soft EVA for added comfort without sacrificing stability.

Cushioning Technology

* Midsole: Quindensity midsole design offers protection, cushioning and flexibility where it is most needed. Full-length fiber plate helps protect the foot.
* Heel: EVA cushioning system.
* Forefoot: EVA cushioning system.

Outsole Technology

* Bi-directional lug pattern provides excellent traction over a variety of terrains and outstanding downhill traction. Great for any surface. Carbon rubber offers outstanding durability. Full-length fiber plate helps protect the foot.

Upper Materials

* Free Flex asymmetrical lace design alleviates binding over the midfoot. Highly breathable spacer mesh and synthetic upper is designed for dry trail running.

Weight: 13.2 oz (size 9)

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Ryan Alford