Who should buy the KEEN Zerraport Trail

The KEEN Zerraport Trail might benefit you if:

  • You are looking for hiking sandals that can be machine washed to save you time and energy.
  • A hiking companion supportive enough to reduce foot fatigue and stress is what you are after. 

Who should not buy the KEEN Zerraport Trail

Hikers looking for a sandal with a quick to put on action may have to look past the KEEN Zerraport Trail. Testers blame its difficult access on either the sandal's short instep strap or its neoprene upper that does not stretch at all. Also, fans of lightweight hiking companions might also find this model somewhat heavy. Lastly, these sandals might not appeal to health-conscious hikers.  An owner, who happens to be an avid fan of hiking sandals, finds the Zerraport Trail unremarkable on the breathability front. They are better of with the KEEN Uneek.

The comfiness of the KEEN Zerraport Trail

About a third of those who have reviewed the KEEN Zerraport Trail find this sandal sufficiently comfortable.

Happy arches

Thanks to its supportive nature, your arch will not fail you in this closed-toe sandal from KEEN.

Alternatives to the KEEN Zerraport Trail

Arroyo III

One of KEEN’s more protective offerings, the Arroyo III will help you rack up hiking miles through puddles and shallow streams. It has a fuller rubberized toe cap, which acts as a barrier against bumpy hazards. Its outsole is engineered with deeper lugs, delivering extra tenacity on loose-soiled terrain.


If you like hiking sandals whose uppers do not get soaked, then the waterproof Newport has to be on your radar. While you will not mistake it for a hybrid piece, the toughness of its design screams longevity nonetheless. Underfoot, this Zerraport Trail alternative is also a force of nature in that it mitigates shock as remarkably as it adheres to a variety of surfaces. It is the only hiker in this section that comes in men’s and women’s variants.

Targhee III Sandal

Another closed-toe affair as the Zerraport Trail, the Targhee III Sandal borrows elements from KEEN’s Arroyo III and Newport. From the former, the same outsole design, while from the latter, the waterproof leather upper. It is more expensive than the above alternatives, however.

Care guide for the Zerraport Trail

Most hiking sandals are as easy to use as they are to clean. The same can be said of the Zerraport Trail. Without further ado, follow these easy steps to keep this sandal as dirt-free as possible.

  • The Zerraport Trail is a machine-washable product, but before you throw it in the tub, remove its footbeds first.
  • Warm water mixed with a small amount of mild detergent should suffice.
  • Wash it (preferably by itself) while the machine is set to gentle.
  • Let the pair air-dry under some shade (away from sunlight).

Facts / Specs

Use: Light Hiking, Water hiking
Features: Strappy, Closed toe / Orthotic friendly / Antimicrobial, Non-marking
Width: Normal
Construction: Strappy, Closed toe
Material: Mesh upper, Rubber sole / Fabric
Season: Summer

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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.