Facts

  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.

    Hiking Shoes

    The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering Boots

    Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.

  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.

    Good to know

    Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.

  • Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.

  • Price
    $130
  • Feature
  • Weight
    Men: 15.4oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal
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Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Aside from hiking, the Keen Saltzman WP was also a good shoe for playing disc golf, based on plenty of customer reviews.
  • This shoe gripped well on different grounds, according to numerous users.
  • Several wearers testified to the comfort delivered by the Saltzman WP.
  • This hiking shoe was slightly expensive but all worth it, as stated by a handful of satisfied online purchasers.
  • The waterproofing of the Keen Saltzman WP kept many wearers’ feet dry.
  • An abundance of Keen loyalists testified that it runs true to size.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few users were dismayed with its hefty weight.
  • The sole was a bit stiff, according to a horde of disheartened hikers.

Bottom line

The Keen Saltzman WP proved that it was not only suitable for hiking, but it can also deliver well in other outdoor activities. It was also appreciated with its provision of comfort, protection, and traction. However, it still was not able to please everyone. All in all, the Keen Saltzman WP is a good pair of hiking shoes for those who do not mind having extra weight on their foot.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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95 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Tactical Fireman

    For me, so far, they've been great.

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Updates to Keen Saltzman WP

  • The Keen Saltzman WP is a light hiker that’s ready for the trail whether its sunny or pouring outside. It is both waterproof and breathable, thanks to the materials and technologies used in the upper.
  • Arch support and cushioning are granted by the metatomical EVA footbed and polyurethane midsole. On the other hand, surface traction is delivered by a rubber outsole.

Keen Saltzman WP size and fit

A men’s-only day hiking shoe, the Saltzman WP comes in regular sizes and standard width. The brand recommends getting a half size bigger than the usual to get the best fit as this pair runs small. Its traditional lace-up closure can be used to customize the fit.

Outsole

Enabling this hiking shoe to grip on various terrain is a solid rubber outsole. Its aggressive lugs grant ground stability on bumpy grounds. The space in between the cleats shed off stuck debris to prevent slips. Additionally, it is equipped with Keen.Protect which acts as a toe bumper, shielding the foot against accidental bumps.

Midsole

The Keen Saltzman WP features a polyurethane (PU) midsole for durable cushioning and compression resistance. It houses a nylon shank for support and underfoot rigidity. To provide arch support, it comes with a metatomical dual-density EVA footbed. It follows the contours of the foot for a natural and comfortable ride.

Upper

This low-cut day hiking shoe has a mesh upper to offer optimal trail comfort. It is lined with the proprietary Keen.Dry, a waterproof barrier that prevents water intrusions. It also promotes breathability. Overlays on the entire base of the upper amplify protection and abrasion resistance.

Its contoured heel lock is connected to the lacing system which helps prevent heel slippage. Its lace-up closure mixes metal eyelets and fabric loops for fit management. Donning and doffing the shoe is made easier through the handy pull tabs at the heel and top of the tongue.

Additional Info

  • The women's version of this shoe has been discontinued.