It’s been a while since I’ve been on an adventure. Those of you who know me, know that when I travel, I go out of my way to seek out as much action and adventure as possible.

It wasn’t until I received an email from KEEN that I realized how much I was missing out on here in Chiang Mai. I mean, I had been living here for a couple months at the time and I really hadn’t explored much outside of the old town. How lame of me?

The minute that KEEN contacted me, everything clicked. I was not only honored to have been reached out to by such an incredible company, I was also thankful for the reminder that I needed to get out of the house and get back to my old self. I needed to find the adventurer, the explorer, the adrenaline seeker, that guy Ryan that I used to know.

After some few brief email exchanges, it was on. I was partnering up with KEEN to help test, review and promote a brand new shoe from their latest “CNX” line.

Two weeks after officially partnering with KEEN, a large box arrived on my doorstep. Considering I don’t get packages too often here in Thailand, I was thrilled to see a box with my name on it.

I grabbed the box and jogged into my apartment as if I was a kid in a candy store. I reached for the nearest knife and sliced open the box like a ninja. As soon as I opened the box I was in awe. Two brand new pairs of KEEN Tunari CNX’s in two rad color schemes.

KEEN Tunari CNX Shoes

KEEN Tunari CNX – (Left) True Blue/Magnet (Right) Gargoyle/Bombay Brown

So I’ve got two brand new pairs of kicks. What do I do now? I stared at the shoes for a few minutes as I brainstormed things to do in the area. What would I do? Where would I go?

I knew that what ever I decided to do, it was going to have to be epic. I set two requirements for my adventure.

1. It has to be challenging.

This wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. I was on a mission to push myself and the shoes to the limit.

2. I have to seriously impress KEEN.

I take my job seriously and when a company like KEEN approaches you to work with them, you know you’re doing something right. I wanted to show KEEN my creative side. I wanted to show them my adventurous side. Most of all, I wanted to give them a reason to want to work with me again in the future.

Embarking on a Brave New Adventure

I set out on a brave new adventure. One that would be sure to leave me hot, sweaty and exhausted. One that would challenge both myself and the Tunari CNX’s.

Myself, Liz, and three friends met at the eastern end of Suthep Road at the foot of Doi Suthep and began what would be a fairly steep and difficult trek to Wat That Phra Doi Suthep, one of Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temples.

This is my adventure…


Overall the CNX’s held up really well. I was really surprised to not have any blisters after hours of hiking up and down Doi Suthep, especially since it was the first time I had laced up the shoes. I took them straight from the box to the trail without ever breaking them in which is pretty impressive if I must say.

What makes the Tunari CNX’s really shine is the fact that you almost forget you have them on. I’m serious, if I hadn’t been filming my entire hike for this KEEN video, I would have completely forgotten that I had them on.

By the end of a long day on the trail, I realized two things…

1. The KEEN Tunari CNX’s rock my world.

2. I need to start living the “HybridLife”, KEEN’s mantra and a lifestyle which is all about balancing your time between work, play and giving back. Sounds like a great way to live your life if you ask me.

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Disclosure: This campaign was sponsored by KEEN footwear. As always, all opinions expressed above are my own.