Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

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 Waterproof 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.

Tip: see the best hiking shoes.

Good to know

  • 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.

A men’s-only KEEN 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.

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 boots 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.

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.

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.

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

-Hikers looking for alternative Keen options can check out the KEEN Targhee III Waterproof.


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