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Keen Commuter II Bike Sandals - Men's

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  • Sandals feature a full-length SPD-compatible plates and a thermoplastic urethane cleat tap plates
  • Polyester webbing uppers are lined with hydrophobic mesh for comfort and fit, and faster drying and durability under heavy water usage
  • Linings and footbeds are treated with AEGIS Microbe Shield® to help control odors
  • Uppers are laced with elastic cord, secure with quicklocks and feature a rip-and-stick instep strap for a sure fit; features 3M reflective pull loops for easy on and off
  • Patented toe guards protect feet on and off bike
  • Removable EVA footbeds provide cushioning
  • Nonmarking carbon rubber outsoles offer durability; knife-cut siping delivers reliable traction on wet surfaces
  • Keen Commuter II bike shoes do not include cleats; (cleats typically come with pedals, and are available separately)


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Keen Commuter II Bike Sandals - Men's Specs
Best use
Recreational cycling
Polyester webbing
Stretched mesh
Bungee lace
2 lbs. 2 oz.
SPD compatible
SPD-SL compatible
Time compatible
Look compatible
crankbrothers compatible
Speedplay compatible
Footwear closure
Traction tread
Average footwear weight (pair)

Keen Commuter II Bike Sandals - Men's

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Rated 3.4737/5 based on 19 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by fromLook Else Where I've had several issues with these sandals and would NOT recommend them to anyone but ex-girlfriends. 1. If you love the insole, they won't replace it or offer to sell another. Their customer service is horrendous. 2. The plastic lace grip broke, impossible to replace. 3. Laces don't have convenient placement, they are tucked under laces. 4. Quality is very poor - the sandals tear towards the rear at the stitching. 5. The cleat platforms are brittle and break.
Date published: 2011-07-27
Rated 1out of5
by frombuy the springwater instead in keen's defense, they offered me a credit when i contacted them for a warranty replacement. i ordered the springwaters instead and am glad i did. here was my experience w/ the commuter IIs: purchased in march '11. worn daily for 15mi one-way commute. plastic loops broke within two months. velcro started to fray within four. fabric began ripping within 5. this particular batch of commuter IIs are inadequately built for long-distance daily bicycle commutes and will fail within one year.
Date published: 2011-10-04
Rated 1out of5
by fromStiching fails stiching failed, this was a replacement pair for a pair of the original commuters, which also failed at the stiches.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 2out of5
by fromSizing is waaaayyy narrow! Extremely narrow. I have happily worn Keen Kanyon sandals (size 11) for over a year. They're too long, but I needed the larger size to accommodate wide feet. I ordered size 11 Commuter II sandals expecting them to be 1/2 snugger. What a shock. They are so narrow I couldn't begin to get them on (like Cinderella's ugly sisters?!?). I suspect they are closer to 9 or 9 1/2. I strongly suggest a store fitting before buying. If they fit your foot, they look like they'll last a long, long time. Well-made...for elves.
Date published: 2011-05-28
Rated 2out of5
by fromBad heel strap I've used this shoe/sandal for over two years and love riding with them. But the heel strap design is terrible. The heel strap doesn't lap around, rather it is sewn to the soft fabric at the sole. Both shoes are disintegrating in this location. Only fix on a long trip was Gorilla Tape. otherwise this could have been something good. It won't be as fun to wear my Sidis.
Date published: 2011-10-13
Rated 2out of5
by fromVery comfy, but not durable I bought these cycling sandals b/c I wanted cycling shoes that would dry quickly during the wet winters in Portland, Oregon (nothing like putting on wet shoes for the morning commute). These sandals certainly dry quickly and are wonderfully breathable, but they also aren't very durable. I've had my pair for about a year, and both heel straps have torn. Also I find I can't pull really hard on the pedals when I'm clipped in. I ride a recumbent bike and really need to pull hard on the pedals, but the sandals feel loose - there's no way to tighten the laces much b/c the loop has just a plastic clamp that loosens easily. I'd recommend these sandals only for occasional use (very wet rides, especially). I'm heading out to get a more durable shoe that laces tightly and allows me to pull without feeling as though it's about to come off my foot.
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 2out of5
by fromGreat concept but not durable I purchased the Keens about a year ago and used them for 2 relatively short bike tours (10 days each) and few training rides. They fit my relatively narrow feet well and proved to be an extremely comfortable and versatile sandal for touring (both on and off road). In fact, I absolutely loved the sandals. Unfortunately, during the waning days of my most recent tour, the stitching in the heel area of my Keens started to fail...a problem that has been documented by other reviewers. I was very disappointed...mostly because an apparent silly design defect mars what is otherwise a fantastic product. REI accepted my return for a full refund...5 stars to REI for its customer service. I decided to give the Keen Arroyo Pedal a shot as a replacement. It's a wider sandal so I went a size down...but appears to be a more durable design than the Commuter IIs. I hope Keen develops a Commuter III version that substantially improves the durability of what is otherwise a great concept.
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 4out of5
by fromOverall, they're awesome, but I wouldn't I've commuted several times with these, only about 17mi each way, and they're certainly stiff enough for that. They are narrower than regular Keen's but not so much that you look goofy walking around in them. I've got the Ritchey Road SPDs and as a result of their axle placement had to grind down parts of the bottom of the shoe, which I also had to do on my regular shoes so nothing against the Keens. You still hear the cleats grinding when walking on some surfaces. With no socks my toe rubbed a little more than I'd like but nothing terrible. Overall, they're awesome, but I wouldn't do a century in them.
Date published: 2011-05-23

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