Who should buy the KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar

The KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar is a superb winter hiking boots best recommended for:

  • outdoor enthusiasts and experienced hikers who like fording cold streams and snowy paths
  • anyone who lives where the coldest temperature does not go below -20°F

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Offers excellent insulation

Arguably, the main draw of this KEEN hiking boot is its insulation.

KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar Offers excellent insulation

Is the Revel IV Mid Polar for you? The answer to that question is an easy “yes!” That said, the points below will help you form a better judgment as to whether or not the shoe is for you.

Solid option for colder climates (but not below -20°F)

If you live where the coldest temperature does not go below -20°F, this boot is a good option.

KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar Solid option for colder climates

Anything below -20°F, then you are better off with the Revel IV High Polar, which provides sufficient warmth all the way down to -40°F.

Watertight up to 4 inches deep

Its mid-rise collar can fend off water and snow of up to 3 to 4 inches deep. Wear a pair of gaiters if your trail has snowy parts deeper than that.

KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar Watertight up to 4 inches deep

One reviewer gave a caveat when wearing the Revel IV Mid Polar hiking boot in 20 degree weather or colder. He advised to use foot warmers.

Too roomy in the heel area

Some testers commented on the loose heel of the KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar. Its rear confines could be less roomy, based on a small number of reports.

KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar Too roomy in the heel area

Another wearer added that she wished the shoe would get tighter around the ankle so that snow wouldn’t go down against the heel. But a good gaiter would take care of that.

Wonky arch 

A reviewer was unhappy to find the arch wonky. An owner finds the boot’s midfoot section not particularly supportive.

KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar Wonky arch 

Experts and regular hikers alike are impressed with the Revel IV Mid Polar’s excellent insulation.

Incredible water protection 

Many trail-goers find this hiking shoe immensely comfortable. It closely mirrors its high-top sibling in this regard.

KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar Incredible water protection 

This KEEN hiker has incredible water protection, according to professional gear bloggers.

Delivers fantastic grip performance

Experienced adventurers are floored by the boot’s fantastic grip performance, especially on frozen surfaces.

KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar Delivers fantastic grip performance

A footwear critic says that as far as winter boots go, "they are really light." The KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar takes little time to adapt to the shape of the hiker’s foot. Fresh out of the box, the Revel IV Mid Polar fits well and didn't require a break in period.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 24.1oz / Women 18oz
Use: Day Hiking, Snow
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: KEEN.DRY
Features: Insulated, Lace-to-toe, Eco-friendly / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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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.