Who should buy the KEEN Explore Vent

The Explore Vent is an excellent offering from KEEN, thanks to its set of trail-empowering qualities. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is designed for wearers who need to cover trail miles with as much agility as possible
  • Prefer a shoe that offers underfoot protection and security
  • Prefer a shoe that gives users extra walking comfort, particularly on level terrain

KEEN Explore Vent logo

Offers ample traction over loose soil

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. 

KEEN Explore Vent outsole

Grants additional forefoot protection

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.

KEEN Explore Vent outsole 1.0

Stable on rugged terrain

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.

KEEN Explore Vent midsole

Helps the user fight off the stink

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 anti-odor technology to fight off the stink.

KEEN Explore Vent insole


Enveloping the foot in the Explore Vent is the shoe’s mesh upper with TPU overlays. It has a breathable liner that 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. 

KEEN Explore Vent upper

Easy to wear on and off

What helps the user expedite on and off, on the other hand, is the hiker’s heel pull tab. The KEEN Explorer 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.

KEEN Explore Vent pull tab

Facts / Specs

Weight: Women 9.8oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake, Antimicrobial
Width: Narrow, Normal / Normal
Material: Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric / EVA midsole, Fabric, Synthetic

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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.