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With a pair of Keen waterproof hiking boots, you are bound to get optimal performance on the trails, whether its pouring or hot outside. There are numerous brands offering different types of footwear made for the outdoors and getting one may be cumbersome. It is important to consider where and when are you going for a hike. Is it a season where rainfalls are predominant? Is the terrain most likely wet? With Keen’s hiking boots, you are prepared whatever the condition is.
What makes Keen hiking boots waterproof?
Best Keen waterproof hiking boots - May 2019
The brand’s very own Keen.Dry feature is what makes most of the hiking boots from Keen impermeable to water. It lines the interior of the footwear and protects the user against wet encounters. It also maintains a breathable environment, so the hiker’s foot does not get soaked by their own sweat. A characteristic that is certainly a plus to this membrane is the Cleansport NXT odor control. This antibacterial treatment is embedded in the lining which wards off the development of odor and also helps expel moisture out.
Notable Keen men’s and women’s waterproof hiking boots
Keen products range from multi-sport sandals to hiking boots. They also offer work boots which cater to different industries such as construction, transportation, and manufacturing, to name a few. Here are some of the notable Keen boots you may find interesting when on the hunt for a new pair of outdoor gears.
Keen Oakridge Mid Waterproof. This all-purpose hiking boot combines nubuck and mesh to promote a durable yet breathable upper. Waterproofing is amplified, thanks to the combination of Keen.Dry membrane and a hydrophobic lining. Its midsole and removable insole are both made of EVA which cushions each user’s step without the bulk. And, with a non-marking rubber outsole carrying 4-millimeter deep lugs, you can have a stable and secure footing over rugged terrain. Those who like the silhouette of the Oakridge but need lesser ankle support may try checking out its low-top version which comes in a waterproof and non-waterproof version.
Keen Durand II Mid Waterproof. This iteration of the Durand Mid WP wears a premium nubuck leather. It also carries the Keen.Dry membrane for breathability and waterproofing. It is slightly taller than the Oakridge Mid WP, and it has three sets of speed hooks allowing for quick fit adjustment. Its contoured heel lock adds stability on the trails and maintains a secure fit. Its midsole is made of polyurethane or PU which is a much resilient foam than EVA. Its rubber outsole utilizes dual-compound which offers more traction and amplifies durability. A plus point to this day hiking boot is it provides an option for wide-footed hikers.
Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid. The third version of the Targhee Waterproof Mid comes with an updated look ready for all-terrain adventures. It wears an LWG-certified leather which is combined with mesh panels to create a balance between comfort and durability. The Keen.Dry membrane makes this boot watertight. It has an injected TPU heel-capture system which adds stability. Its midsole is made of a bi-density compression-molded EVA (for lightweight cushioning) which houses two support elements, an ESS shank and an internal resilient shank. These two materials support the foot without limiting its flexibility. It carries the brand-owned All Terrain rubber outsole—also carrying 4-mm deep lugs—for surface traction. It is available in a low-cut waterproof version with standard and wide width options.
Frequently asked questions
Are there wide Keen waterproof hiking boots?
According to Keen, their boots run wide which allows them to accommodate a 3/4E size foot. For women who want a wider fit, trying on a pair of men’s boot will help. A men’s boot is a women’s wide and is two sizes larger.
How do I take care of my Keen waterproof hiking boots?
It is recommended to clean your Keen hiking boots using cold water with mild soap or detergent. Let it air dry and do not use an external heat source (such as a hairdryer) to facilitate drying.
Initially, waterproofing is not necessary for newly-acquired boots. However, after a few uses, Keen suggests treating the footwear with a silicone-based waterproofing spray. Reapplication of treatment helps maintain the boot’s structure and overall integrity. Additionally, the brand suggests this process should be done once every three months.
I noticed there is an unpleasant odor inside the boots. How do I remove it?
Getting your boots soaked is something that cannot be avoided especially under sudden downpours or unexpected stream crossings. Over time, this may lead to the development of odor. In such case, remove and wash the footbed. Rub the boot’s interior and the footbed with a tea tree essential oil. If the stock insole is not removable, hand wash the inside of the shoe with a gentle cleaning agent.