"A great three-season boot," according to a trusted gear critic, encapsulates the Tempo Flex Mid WP. Built with flexible grooves that resemble the face shield part of Kylo Ren's iconic helmet, this hiking boot from KEEN is complimented for its speedy maneuvers, especially on dry ground. It's also as amazing price-wise as it is formidable in wet conditions.
- Sneaker-like comfort
- Barely-there weight
- Superb waterproofing
- Spacious forefoot
- Requires no break-in
- Among the budget-friendliest
- Not for muddy traversals
- Frail upper
Who should buy the KEEN Tempo Flex Mid WP
Armed with KEEN's BELLOWS FLEX technology, the featured hiker doubles down on momentum above all else. Purchase it if:
- Being nimble while feeling ankle-secure is how you want to be on the trail.
- Waterproof hiking boots that don't cost a fortune are what you prefer.
- You need a pair that lets your toes spread out comfortably.
Who should NOT buy it
Immense comfort in every pair
Gear pundits are overwhelmed with the plushness of the Tempo Flex Mid WP, with one unapologetically calling it "a winner" on the comfort front. If that remark is not enough, there's more:
- "I really did feel like I was wearing sneakers."
- "A dream to wear."
- "Comfortable straight from the box."
- "KEEN, you guys nailed it!"
Tempo Flex Mid WP: Mighty through stormy weather
With comments like "my go-to shoe for rainy days" and "works as advertised," the KEEN shoe in question lives up to the WP (waterproof) part in its name. Such remarks came from adventurers who experienced no leaks after a long submersion test in a nearby creek.
One of KEEN's lightest
They "really do feel fast and light"—this is how a professional blogger describes the Tempo Flex Mid WP. It's "super-efficient over long distances," says another expert who barely noticed wearing the boot while walking in it for hours. Their remarks are also backed by data, as the featured hiker is 125 grams lighter than the average, which is 579 grams per shoe.
Keep off the mud
According to professional bloggers, while the boot’s outsole does well on dry, rocky ground, it “doesn’t perform well in muddy conditions” or on wet and mucky terrain. They blame it on the boot’s shallow lugs, which could’ve been deeper.
Spread your toes in the KEEN Tempo Flex Mid WP
A footwear maven is convinced that those with stout toes "will love the shape of the boot." It has "plenty of room in the toes," says another critic who has wide feet.
The Tempo Flex Mid WP is "a real pleasure to wear," says a professional reviewer, referring to its excellent forefoot flexibility. He and two other gear testers link this fantastic characteristic to the boot's ridge-like forefoot implement, which makes walking easier.
Gets the job done around the ankle
Despite its lightness, the Tempo Flex Mid WP is "surprisingly solid and supportive," especially around the ankle.
And it's pretty inexpensive
This KEEN gem definitely earns a space in our budget-friendly catalog, thanks to its MSRP of $110 per pair. After all, it's way cheaper ($86 cheaper, to be exact) than the average asking price of hiking boots, which is $196.