KEEN Ridge Flex hiking boots

Step It Up: KEEN Launches ‘Bellows’ to Improve Hiking Boots

Easier, more durable, and longer-lasting, KEEN’s new hiking boots boast perks for hikers everywhere.

在制鞋行vwin徳赢真人视讯业的最新技术不会使鞋子快or lighter, just better — according to KEEN. The brand told us it will add its Bellows Flex technology to hiking boots to make them “more efficient.”

Basically, the boots will bend more easily in flex areas, like the base of the tongue and at the ankle. KEEN claims this tech also results in greater durability and overall comfort. Bellows Flex currently exists in the brand’swork boots. But it will debut inKEEN’s hiking boots in January 2021.

KEEN Bellows Flex: All About The Tech


Each shoe will have the inserts added at common high-wear points, like the upper toe-flex area. The brand claims this will not only make steps easier but will also reduce wear and tear in those areas.


KEEN bellows flex overlays
The flex technology in KEEN Tempo Flex (left) and Ridge Flex boots (right)


When KEEN tested against similar boots in the hiking category, the Ridge Flex required 60% less energy to bend on average. (KEEN didn’t disclose which other models were tested.)

What’s more interesting to us than “easier steps” is the durability component: a pair of hiking boots (an expensive investment) could last much longer with this tech that protect against high wear.

KEEN’s new technology will debut in two models: the Tempo Flex hiker-sneaker and the more conventional Ridge Flex hiking boot. Both the KEEN Tempo Flex ($150-160) and the KEEN Ridge Flex ($160-170)will launch in January online.

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Mary is based in Denver, Colorado, but frequently travels abroad. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.