Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Almost everyone who has reviewed the KEEN Explore Vent commends the shoe for being superbly comfortable.
  • This incredible hiking shoe has very pleasing aesthetics, based on numerous reports.
  • Many customers adore the Explore Vent’s astonishing lightness.
  • The break-in period of this trail-centric shoe from KEEN is practically non-existent, a couple of hiking enthusiasts say.
  • According to less than a handful of users, the Explore Vent does not disappoint when it comes to surface adherence.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers find the hiker’s confines a bit too unforgiving for adventurers whose feet are bulkier than usual.
  • The KEEN Explore Vent’s laces come undone easily, says an owner who has hiked in it several times

Bottom line

It is not that hard to love the Explore Vent, considering that the shoe is nothing short of remarkable when it comes to comfort. This amazingly light hiker is also something many would adore in terms of looks and break-in time.

That said, wide-footed trail seekers might find its overall fit disappointingly restrictive. Nevertheless, the Explore Vent is an excellent offering from KEEN, thanks to its set of trail-empowering qualities.

For more, check our guide to the best hiking shoes

Facts

Rankings

A top 10% best hiking shoe
A top rated KEEN hiking shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this August

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-The KEEN Explore Vent is designed for wearers who need to cover trail miles with as much agility as possible. As its name suggests, the shoe comes with a combination of technologies that put breathability front and center, making it a competent companion for hikes done in the summer months.

-It is furnished with a heavy-duty sole unit for underfoot protection and security. It is adequately rockered front and back to give users extra walking comfort, particularly on level terrain.

A below-the-ankle KEEN hiking shoe for men and women is the Explore Vent. It is engineered with the Konnectfit heel-capture system which, as its name implies, locks the heel in place for a more secure fit. Owners may achieve a customized lockdown in it using the hiker’s lace-up closure.

With the Explore Vent’s rubber outsole (a.k.a. KEEN.All-Terrain technology), trail explorers can navigate slippery and tricky surfaces with sufficient sticking power. It can produce ample traction over loose soil, thanks to its 4-mm thick crescent-shaped lugs. The outsole in the men’s version has grippy ridges at the heel and forefoot for additional traversal security during descents. Aside from traction, this component also grants additional forefoot protection.

The KEEN Explore Vent is equipped with a stout midsole made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate. On it, owners can expect to remain stable on rugged terrain with sufficient cushioning and shock absorption underfoot. Its engineers slipped in it a lightweight shank to enhance its supportiveness. They also armed it with a radial support system to bolster the shoe’s lateral (side-to-side) stabilizing capability.

Completing the equation of the Explore Vent’s midsole is a removable footbed made of polyurethane (PU). It provides not only extra cushioning but also added support. It is imbued with an anti-odor technology to fight off stink.

Enveloping the foot in the Explore Vent is the shoe’s mesh upper with TPU overlays. It has a breathable liner which is also made of mesh. The Konnectfit technology with which the hiker is engineered adds to its structural integrity, especially around the heel. Both its tongue and ankle cuff are generously padded to give the wearer an even more comfortable in-shoe experience. What helps the user expedite on and off, on the other hand, is the hiker’s heel pull tab.

The KEEN Explore Vent’s lace holes consist of synthetic loops and non-plated eyelets. They work in conjunction with the footgear’s hard-wearing lace (synthetic) to lock the foot in place.

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com