Keen A86–($90)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Dec. 8, 2010

Keen knew enough about minimalism and espionage to decide that, were Maxwell Smart a trail-running secret agent, the A86 would have called his name—minus not only the shoe phone but just about everything else, given the close fit and close-to-the-ground feel. Reminiscent of the Waffle Racer of the ‘80s—after dieting and with asymmetric lacing updates—the super-fly, super-flex A86 and its lightweight race feel is good for efficient runners who don’t need a lot of underfoot protection and who enjoy close-to-the-ground agility and stability.

Tester’s Take: “I liked how flexible it felt while toeing off. The lacing system helps to wrap the foot just right by tightening in all the right places.”

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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