Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

5 reasons to buy

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of testers do not like the Explore Mid WP’s short laces.
  • Its lackluster breathability is disappointing, says someone who took a chance on the boot.

Bottom line

As far as comfort is concerned, the Explore Mid WP is a stellar KEEN piece. That said, it is also a kind of boot that must be appreciated for its greatness in the areas of waterproofing, durability, and break-in period. The shoe’s diminutive laces, however, might come as a deal-breaker for some.

Overall, the KEEN Explore Mid WP is a worthy trail companion, especially for those who do not mind replacing its laces right away.

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  • The KEEN Explore Mid WP blurs the divide between sneakers and hiking boots with its lightweight build, comfortable confines, and supportive trail performance. The shoemakers over at Keen opted to go PFC-free with its water-repellency, making the boot an environment-friendly product.
  • This hiker of a boot delivers surefootedness over a variety of terrain thanks to its unified sole system. It is designed with rockered heel and toe zones to make strides on level surfaces feel more natural. It consists of a grippy outsole and the shoe’s midsole which KEEN designers engineered with a radial support system to enhance its stabilizing capability.

The Explore Mid WP by KEEN is an over-the-ankle boot built for male and female hikers. It comes imbued with Konnectfit—a brand-exclusive technology that holds the heel firmly in place. A safe and customized lockdown is made possible by the shoe’s quick lacing system.

With the KEEN.All-Terrain rubber outsole, trail lovers can stick to different kinds of surfaces with sufficient traction. Its engineers placed generous amounts of multi-sided lugs all around it to give adventurers improved sticking power over loose soil. These heavy-duty lugs have a depth of 4 mm.

The outsole of the men’s variant has toothy ridges at the heel and forefoot for extra skid resistance on descents. In the women’s version, these ridges are replaced with carved-out lugs.

The KEEN Explore Mid WP is capable of giving wearers adequate cushioning underfoot and ground stability with its stout midsole made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate. The heel part of this component is made considerably thick yet cushy to mitigate shock on impact. Its medial region, on the other hand, is armed with a lightweight stiffener (also known as shank) to double down on arch support.

Atop the shoe’s chunky midsole is a removable footbed for added comfort and support. It is made of polyurethane with anti-odor treatment.

The Explore Mid WP’s upper, which includes the boot’s breathable liner, is a mostly mesh construction. Its protective overlays are made of thermoplastic polyurethane. Its padded collar is notched to give the ankle an even more comfy feel. To make it watertight on the outside yet breathable on the inside, Keen designers imbued it with KEEN.Dry. This proprietary waterproofing technology is also part of the Targhee III Waterproof.

Its fit management system consists of combination eyelets and a round lace. The uppermost eyelets are open hooks which allow for quicker configurations and adjustments.

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