Who should buy the KEEN Explore WP

The Explore WP is an excellent KEEN offering whose trail-centric pros can be taken advantage of right from the get-go. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that delivers all-around waterproofing.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides sufficient grip performance on different types of surfaces.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that can prevent the heel from slipping out of position.

KEEN Explore WP logo

Offers ample surface traction

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. 

KEEN Explore WP outsole

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.

KEEN Explore WP outsole 1.0

Protect the foot from sharp and bumpy hazards

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. 

KEEN Explore WP midsole

Within its confines is a lightweight shank that 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.

Excellent arch support

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.

KEEN Explore WP arch support

Excellent ventilation

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.

KEEN Explore WP upper

Secure lockdown

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.

KEEN Explore WP Secure lockdown

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15.1oz / Women 10.4oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.