7 Best Keen Hiking Boots, 20+ Shoes Tested in 2022

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7 Best Keen Hiking Boots, 20+ Shoes Tested in 2022

KEEN—this footwear company needs no introduction! Makers of amazing outdoors kicks, particularly sandals, this brand puts out incredible hiking boots that go against the current design-wise.

We’ve tested over 20 KEEN hiking boots to come up with our top picks. This is the place to be, whether you’re looking for the lightest pair, a boot that crushes miles in the cold, or a KEEN hiker that inspires confidence in every area.

How we test hiking boots

We at RunRepeat delight in serving honest and objective reviews on the best KEEN hiking boots. Here is how we do what we do:

  • Trail boots from KEEN aren’t always cheap. That said, we buy all of them using our own money to give ourselves the freedom to create insightful and unbiased reviews.
  • Every KEEN boot we test thoroughly. We hike in each pair to gauge its best qualities and to determine the category under which it excels the most.
  • We reflect opinions from hundreds of gear experts and regular users in our comprehensive reviews.

The fruit of all that yields what we call the CoreScore. We use this system to help us determine the cream of the crop from KEEN.

Best Keen hiking boots overall

KEEN Targhee III Waterproof Mid
KEEN Targhee III Waterproof Mid

CoreScore

87
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 36,090 users
87 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Excellent ankle support
  • Offers comfortable feel
  • Flexible
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Laudable warmth
  • Excellent grip on various terrain
  • Short to zero break-in period
  • Commendable toe cap

Cons

  • Unsatisfactory waterproofing
  • Lack of breathability
  • Restrictive fit
  • Poor quality

Verdict

After days of rigorous testing 20+ KEEN hiking boots, we gotta hand the platinum badge to the Targhee III Waterproof Mid!

This hiker is the best of both worlds in that it’s mighty tough on the outside, yet brilliantly comfy on the inside. Speaking of its durability, the Targhee III Waterproof Mid is an absolute tank. Its leather upper felt solid right from the start, yet it never felt too stiff nor restrictive.

Now, as mentioned, the Targhee III Waterproof Mid is a win in the comfort department. On day one, this trail boot felt supple all over; although, we’d like to give its footbed and midfoot zone extra points in this regard.

Despite its grounded, grungy look, the KEEN Targhee III Waterproof Mid didn’t weigh us down. At around 490 g per shoe, this brawny kick kept up with our crazy pace like a boss!

Our time with the Targhee III Waterproof Mid was also a supportive one. We especially loved how it allowed us to twist and turn without losing our footing, considering how uneven and rocky the terrain was.

And, oh, this fantastic KEEN boot is quite affordable ($145 MSRP), so don’t you dare pass on it!

KEEN Targhee III Waterproof Mid full review

Best lightweight Keen hiking boots

KEEN Voyageur Mid
KEEN Voyageur Mid

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 15,234 users
81 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Accommodating fit
  • No need to break in
  • Excellent traction
  • Lightweight
  • Sufficient ankle support
  • Laudable breathability
  • Quick drying
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Sole wore out easily
  • Insufficient underfoot protection
  • Sole peeled off
  • Causes bad blistering

Verdict

Our king of the hill when it comes to lightness is none other than the Voyageur Mid! It’s true—this KEEN boot at no more than 460 g per shoe permitted us to make bigger strides minus the shin pain!

Despite its weightlessness, the Voyageur Mid didn’t slack off in giving us the amount of ankle and heel support we expected of it. Rugged terrain wasn’t a threat to our often-wobbly ankles, thanks to this light-yet-solid bad boy.

From the box, the Voyageur Mid spoiled our feet with generous pampering. Its no-bunch tongue was the star of the show for us. It just felt so rich and supple that we refused to take off our pairs hours after our testing.

Is the KEEN Voyageur Mid something we’d recommend for warm-weather pursuits? Well absolutely! This supportive hiking boot is stellar in terms of breathability. Hot feet shouldn’t be a thing in this boot if you ask us. If you happen to sweat in it profusely, we’d wager that it’s your socks’ fault!

And, boy, is the Voyageur Mid quite versatile or what!? We used it on man-made floors and such, and we felt great walking in it. Get one for yourself now!

KEEN Voyageur Mid full review

Best winter Keen hiking boots

KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar
KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 941 users
93 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Excellent insulation
  • Immensely comfortable
  • Waterproof
  • Superb water protection
  • Grippy performance
  • Lightweight
  • Fast break-in

Cons

  • Loose heel
  • Not particularly supportive

Verdict

Do you want to be on top of your game this winter season? Then strap up with the Revel IV Mid Polar!

Chilly feet have no place in the Revel IV Mid Polar’s cozy confines. It’s true—the boot’s insulation kept us warm in the snow, where the temperature was around 5°F, give or take. And the most unbelievable part? When we got indoors, where it was considerably warmer, our tootsies didn’t sweat!

Wetness, courtesy of melted snow, was fence out completely by the Revel IV Mid Polar. Not a single drop of moisture got in, leaving us with fresh tootsies for hours in the cold.

Now, when it comes to comfort, we give the Revel IV Mid Polar all the accolades we can give it. Not an area inside its plush confines let us down. But perhaps what floored us the most in all this was the boot’s ultra-supple heel. We didn’t feel any rubbing or hotspots around this part at all.

On icy rock and snowy slopes, the Revel IV Mid Polar didn’t disappoint. Yes, there’s no slippage to report about this boot!

KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar full review

Best Keen waterproof hiking boots

KEEN Greta
KEEN Greta

Out of stock in all 49 shops

KEEN keen hiking boots  

CoreScore

86
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,192 users
87 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Effective insulation
  • Excellent comfiness
  • Less break-in period
  • Watertight
  • Lightweight
  • Grippy hiker
  • Supportive

Cons

  • Bulging tongue
  • Prone to bunching

Verdict

If zooming past your friends on snowy trails is your thing, then the Revel IV Mid Polar is for you. Built with the adventurer’s cozy tootsies in mind, this homey KEEN offering will warm both your heart and feet as you outwit the biting cold outdoors. Skipping hikes in the winter is no longer an option! However, some were dissatisfied with its lack of support in the midfoot section.
KEEN Greta full review

Best Keen backpacking boots

KEEN Wild Sky
KEEN Wild Sky

CoreScore

79
Good!
4.0 / 5 from 109 users
88 / 100 from 1 expert

Pros

  • Amazing comfort
  • Excellent ruggedness
  • Nice-looking design
  • Excellent traction
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Lack of padding in the upper tongue
  • Hard to lace-up

Verdict

Comfortable, durable, and supportive - the KEEN Wild Sky has gained the spotlight for its amazing features. Those who have worn these boots in the trail are stunned by its rugged construction. And despite its robust features, this boot remains light and sleek, with a nice-looking profile that looks good on or off the trail.
KEEN Wild Sky full review

Best value Keen hiking boots

KEEN Ridge Flex Mid WP
KEEN Ridge Flex Mid WP

CoreScore

85
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,340 users
85 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • Remarkably flexible
  • Sticky on various surfaces
  • Wow-level comfort
  • No break-in period required
  • Lightweight
  • Quite tough
  • Watertight
  • Great ankle support

Cons

  • Not the most breathable
  • Not enough room for lacing creativity

Verdict

While far from being a teleportation device, the NXIS Speed Mid will hurl you from point A to point B in a flash, minus the slipping and sliding along the way. This ultra-comfy hiker from KEEN also has fantastic ventilation to match its speedy nature, giving you a fresh hiking experience each time you venture out. And with its fair asking price, the mighty supportive NXIS Speed Mid has great investment written all over it.
KEEN Ridge Flex Mid WP full review
Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.