Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The KEEN Explore WP is fantastically watertight, according to about a handful of those who have bought it.
  • A small number of wearers adore the stylish looks of this hiking shoe from KEEN.
  • Based on a couple of reviews, the Explore WP provides huge amounts of hiking comfort.
  • The hiker’s break-in period is virtually non-existent, says a patron who has used the footgear quite a few times.
  • An owner finds the KEEN Explore WP a good pair of lightweight hiking shoes.
  • Its level of durability is nothing short of magnificent, a user who has purchased it claims.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Someone who took a chance on the Explore WP says that the shoe has underwhelming arch support.

Bottom line

On the waterproofing front, the Explore Waterproof is something wearers can rely on. It is also an incredible hiking shoe that many can bank on in terms of comfort, which is accessible on day one, and aesthetics.

That said, this durable hiker might disappoint those who value arch support above all else in their gear. Nonetheless, the Explore WP is an excellent KEEN offering whose trail-centric pros can be taken advantage of right from the get-go

Tip: read our review of KEEN Explore WP, or see the best hiking shoes.

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-The KEEN Explore WP, the waterproof sibling of the breathable Explore Vent, is a competent hiker built with the level of comfort found mostly in sneakers. Its engineers designed it with a kind of water repellency that is PFC-free. PFCs or Perfluorinated Chemicals may be harmful to the environment as they do not break down or degrade easily.

-It comes with two technologies exclusive to the brand: KEEN.Dry and KEEN.All-Terrain. The former delivers all-around waterproofing, while the latter provides sufficient grip performance on different types of surfaces.

KEEN’s Explore Waterproof is a low-top hiking shoe for men and women. Its ghillie lacing promises a personalized and secure lockdown. This closure system works in conjunction with the Konnectfit system to prevent the heel from slipping out of position.

The Explore WP hiking shoe supplies its wearers with ample surface traction through its KEEN.All-Terrain outsole. As it has a good amount of multi-sided lugs, which have a depth of 4 millimeters, trail lovers can go from point A to point B with enough footing security—especially on soft- or loose-soiled terrain. The outsole of the men’s variant comes with ridge-like patterns around the rear and forefoot regions. The one in the women’s pair, on the other hand, has the same parts engineered with blocky protrusions instead.

This hike-centric offering from KEEN uses an EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) midsole to protect the foot from sharp and bumpy hazards and to give adventurers a steady footing on the trail. Within its confines is a lightweight shank which amplifies the midsole’s capability to support the foot around the arch. KEEN shoemakers engineered it with a radial support system, leaving the Explore WP with enhanced stability underfoot.

Helping the midsole level up its cushioning game is the hiker’s removable polyurethane footbed. Its eco anti-odor construction aims to keep stink-causing microorganisms at bay. Outside extra comfort, this plush subcomponent also delivers additional arch support.

The low-top upper of the KEEN Explore WP is a combination of high-quality mesh fabric and TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). Its inner walls are made of breathable mesh. The component responsible for keeping the foot as moisture-free as possible is the KEEN.Dry technology (the same tech that makes the Targhee III Waterproof watertight).

Its closure system uses a long-wearing lace made of interwoven synthetic cords. It works with the shoe’s combination eyelets to lock in the foot securely.

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