Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • According to a lot of satisfied users, this boot was very comfortable.
  • Many owners had nothing but praises for the KEEN Revel III’s thermal insulation.
  • Its tank-like build was commended by a handful of buyers.
  • Numerous outdoor lovers raved about the lightness of this KEEN product.
  • Some customers appreciated how it granted sufficient arch support.
  • The minority said that the waterproof upper kept their feet dry from wet trails.

1 reason not to buy

  • The KEEN Revel III’s laces do not hold up well and often unraveled during a hike, as testified by several outdoor junkies.

Bottom line

In terms of comfort and warmth, the Revel III from KEEN delivers a satisfying result. Its sturdy build and lightweight design make this boot a welcome addition to any hike as well. Unfortunately, the boot’s flimsy laces kept loosening more than the usual. Regardless of this setback, the Revel III’s share of strengths makes it a good option for winter hikes.

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Good to know

  • The KEEN Revel III is a mid-top hiking boot that’s packed with features designed for winter adventures. This third-generation hiker uses KEEN.Warm technology while its predecessor, the Revel II, is lined with polyester synthetic insulation.
  • The nubuck leather upper contains a KEEN.Dry membrane to for water protection and breathability. Its compression-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole grants cushioning. The boot’s dual-climate non-marking rubber outsole delivers traction on wet and dry surfaces.         

This winter hiking boot from KEEN is crafted for male and female adventurers with regular-width feet. It comes in a range of half and full sizes. The gear’s lace-up closure system permits fit customization. Moreover, it runs relatively true to size.

Preventing outdoor lovers from losing their footing over uneven ground or slippery surfaces is the Revel III’s non-marking outsole. Its dual-climate construction is able to withstand both cold and warm weather conditions. The outsole’s multi-directional lugs contain self-cleaning channels to optimize traction. Also, its front section extends towards the upper to heighten durability and protect the toes from stubbing.

The KEEN Revel III uses a compression-molded EVA midsole to for cushioning and shock absorbency. It works with a thermoplastic-polyurethane (TPU) shank to make the boot more rigid and resistant to contorting.

The KEEN men’s Revel III is equipped with a Heat Trapolator to enhance its insulation. It has three layers of heat-trapping materials sandwiched underfoot to trap warmth inside the boot.

Its women's version also features the Heat Trapolator with the addition of a thermal heat shield footbed. Apart from providing arch support, this component also grants a boost in underfoot warmth. It uses a combination of wool and a thermal foil barrier to keep the user’s foot toasty

The KEEN Revel III’s rugged look is owed mainly to its nubuck leather upper. It is lined with a KEEN.Dry membrane to seal water out while keeping the boot breathable. A 200g KEEN.Warm layer is embedded within the upper gives lightweight insulation in cold temperatures.

The footgear’s closure system employs a round lace, metal eyelets and hooks for fit management. A ring hook is also incorporated into the upper to hold the gaiter in place. Its padded collar and tongue promote comfort while keeping debris out. Also, a pull tab is positioned at the collar’s back to facilitate an easy on and off. 


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