Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Comfiness: Droves of hikers find the KEEN Rapids H2 insanely plush.
  • Fit: It is satisfyingly true to size, based on numerous reports.
  • Lastingness: About a handful of reviewers are impressed with the sandal’s triple-A durability.
  • Aesthetics: Several hikers are in love with the Rapids H2’s head-turning looks.
  • Weight: Incredibly lightweight—is how a few testers describe this KEEN sandal.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Break-in period: A small number of trail-goers claim that the Rapids H2 does not wear in fast enough.
  • Underfoot security. Its arch zone could be more supportive, according to an experienced hiker.

Bottom line

Adding the Rapids H2 to your trove of hiking sandals means making your collection come full circle with something confidence-inspiring in and around water. Indeed, this offering does KEEN proud (yet again) with its comfortable confines, lightness, and true-to-size fit. Although a worn-in feel might take a while, once broken-in, your feet will thank you both across streams and on rugged trails.

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The Rapids H2’s tiny little secret

In online photos, this can be tricky to spot, but the Rapids H2’s adjustable heel strap can be completely removed. Without it, the sandal in question transforms into a slip-on, giving you easy on-and-off access as a result. Having it detached also translates to avoiding chafing your heel and more ankle freedom at the expense of full rearfoot security.

KEEN Rapids H2 vs. Newport H2

The Rapids H2, thanks to its capabilities and uniqueness, earns a spot in our collection of high-quality KEEN sandals. Purchasers like to pit it against the Newport H2. Take a look at their differences below.

Weight. The Rapids H2 takes the crown in this area as it is lighter than the Newport H2 by approximately 40 grams.

Features. KEEN’s Newport H2 is imbued with anti-microbial properties, while the Rapids H2 comes with a non-marking outsole.

Pricing. The Rapids H2 is slightly more affordable than its rival by about $10.

Heel strap. Between the two competing kicks, only the featured sandal comes with a detachable back strap. The one in the Newport H2, however, has a sturdier connection to the sandal’s ankle posts.

Takeaway: If versatility for less is what you are after, the Rapids H2 is an easy pick. If a more solid sandal is more your groove—one that can keep your tootsies smelling fresh for longer—fancy a pair of Newport H2s, instead.


How KEEN Rapids H2 ranks compared to all other shoes
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