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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.