Verdict from 1 expert and 89 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • According to droves of satisfied buyers, the KEEN Terradora Wintershell was very comfortable.
  • A majority of online purchasers praised the warmth given by this winter hiking boot.
  • According to some consumer reviews, this piece of gear was effective in sealing out water.
  • Its grip performance on snow and ice trails was excellent, based on the testimonies of several owners.
  • The Terradora Wintershell’s ample ankle support impressed some outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Its waterproofing was effective, as testified by a few hikers.

1 reason not to buy

  • A minority of users were dismayed with the KEEN Terradora Wintershell’s thin soles. Some can even feel the terrain when hiking in this boot.

Bottom line

KEEN has managed to satisfy winter hikers with the Terradora Wintershell because of the comfort it provides and its warm feel. Its effective waterproofing and solid grip were also appreciated by the outdoor community.

However, this boot’s thin soles weren’t received well by the others. All in all, the KEEN Terradora Wintershell is a piece of gear that can be used effectively in cold conditions, thanks to its set of positive qualities. Users who prefer a boot with better underfoot protection should look elsewhere.

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Good to know

  • The KEEN Terradora Wintershell is a mid-cut hiking boot. Although specifically given winter performance features, it can also be used all year round.
  • A KEEN.Dry membrane lines the upper to prevent water from entering. 200g of KEEN.Warm insulating material is also embedded within the upper to trap heat in cold temperatures.
  • Cushioning and support are supplied by the boot’s low-density ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. On the other hand, its non-marking rubber outsole delivers traction on paths filled with ice and snow.

The Terradora Wintershell is available in whole and half sizes for women. Although offered in standard width, KEEN notes that it has a narrower fit than its regular offerings. The boot fairly runs true to size. Its lace-up closure system permits a secure and customized fit for female adventurers.

This winter hiker uses a non-marking rubber outsole engineered for cold weather conditions. It has a pattern of aggressive lugs that provide grip on icy and snowy surfaces. The sole’s heel and forefoot areas contain grooves which create ascent and descent control. The unit also covers the front area, functioning as a toe protector.

This mid-cut hiking boot is equipped with a low-density EVA midsole which grants a kind of cushioning that cradles the female foot. It’s paired with an ESS shank to make the footgear rigid. Arch support and underfoot comfort are supplied by a dual-density polyurethane (PU) foam footbed.

The KEEN Terradora Wintershell features a nubuck leather upper combined with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) shell, making it sturdy and flexible. Two hundred grams of KEEN.Warm technology supplies insulation to the user. A KEEN.Dry membrane lines the upper to seal water out without sacrificing breathability.

The boot’s interior is lined with microfiber fabric to wick moisture away and create a comfortable in-shoe feel. Its closure system has a variety of eyelets and a synthetic lace. A pair of pull loops are found on the tongue and collar for an easy on and off. Moreover, footgear’s molded collar promotes comfort without restricting ankle flexibility.

-This product is snowshoe compatible.


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