Who should buy the KEEN Venture WP

The Venture WP is an amazing piece from KEEN—one that wears its hike-worthy traits on its sleeves quite proudly. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a sleek hiking shoe built to give wearers a weather-protected ride on the trail without sacrificing mobility.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers odor management and water repellency.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that delivers improved walking comfort over level ground.

KEEN Venture WP logo 1.0

Excellent traction over different types of terrain

In this gear, trail lovers can safely traverse slippery surfaces thanks to Venture WP’s KEEN All-Terrain outsole. A layer made entirely of rubber, this heavy-duty outsole provides sufficient traction over different types of terrain, especially on loose soil with its 4-mm multi-directional lugs. Its front end has a cupped construction, giving the shoe enhanced structural soundness at the forefoot.

KEEN Venture WP outsole

Light-but-tough underfoot cushioning

The Venture WP from KEEN uses a light-but-tough midsole for cushioning underfoot and terrain balance. Since it is made of EVA (short for ethylene-vinyl acetate), this component has a great shelf life and is capable of bearing considerable stress and weight. KEEN engineers made it extra hardy and supportive by coupling it with a lightweight stability shank.

KEEN Venture WP midsole

Excellent arch support

Doubling down on comfort is the shoe’s dual-density footbed. It is made of polyurethane (PU). Besides cushioning, this removable footbed also grants additional arch support.

KEEN Venture WP arch support

Breathable and waterproof

Most of Venture WP’s low-cut upper is made of breathable mesh fabric. As it comes built with KEEN.Dry (a company-exclusive liner also seen in the KEEN products Targhee III Waterproof and Saltzman WP), the shoe is both adequately breathable and waterproof. 

KEEN Venture WP waterproof

Offers extra forefoot protection

At its front end is a sheet of toe rand for extra forefoot protection. 

KEEN Venture WP upper 1.0

Easy to wear

Its heel, on the other hand, comes with a toe loop for a more convenient on and off.

KEEN Venture WP easy to wear

Durable lacing system

The shoe’s lacing system makes the upper’s utility come in a full circle. It consists of synthetic lace and durable non-plated eyelets. It works in conjunction with the footgear’s KonnectFit system, which is made up of a sturdy cord and plastic casing.

KEEN Venture WP laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 17oz
Use: Day Hiking, Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: KEEN.DRY
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Antimicrobial, Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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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.