Who should buy the KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof

Gypsum II Mid Waterproof from KEEN is a backpacking gear ideal for those who are:

  • looking for a waterproof boot that does not sacrifice breathability
  • more comfortable wearing an over-the-ankle pair of boots during treacherous treks
  • eager to experience the brand’s very own KEEN.Zorb that maximizes underfoot cushioning

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Sticky outsole of Gypsum II Mid Waterproof

The KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof is equipped with a grippy, non-marking rubber outsole. It has 4-millimeter, multi-directional lugs to ensure that mud and dirt do not remain stuck on its surface. The design of this outsole also creates a channel to let water out when traversing wet areas, thus maintaining its grip.

KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof sticky outsole

The footwear company's patented toe protection—KEEN.Protect—is also incorporated into this day hiking boot. It safeguards the foot against accidental bumps.

KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof toe protect

KEEN’s layer of underfoot technologies for comfort

KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof makes use of a removable, metatomical, dual-density EVA footbed. It is engineered to give arch support and it conforms to the overall shape of the boot, enhancing comfort. Moreover, the dual-density EVA foam adds cushioning and flexibility.

KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof arch support

To maintain the freshness of the environment inside the boots, KEEN has applied the Cleansport NXT in the Gypsum II Mid Waterproof. Also, providing an additional layer of comfort is the KEEN.Zorb. This full-length cushioning is shock absorbent and delivers instant relief.

KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof heel support

Securing every step on the trail is the ESS shank. It renders torsional rigidity which stabilizes and adds midfoot support in every stride. The stability of this day hiking boot is further enhanced by the heel support structure.

Durable yet breathable upper of Gypsum II Mid Waterproof

KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof leather upper

To provide the Gypsum II Mid Waterproof a hard-wearing yet breathable upper, KEEN has combined nubuck leather, mesh and textile lining together. Nubuck leathers are known for their resistance to abrasion and wear accounting to its durability.

KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof waterproofing technology

KEEN.Dry—a patented waterproofing technology from KEEN keeps the feet safe against wet outdoor conditions. It also allows moisture from the inside to escape, preventing blisters and hot spots.

KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof gusseted tongue

The KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof has a gusseted tongue which provides additional protection against debris. The pull loop on the back of the heel and the top of the tongue warrants smoother adjustments, while its soft, padded collar renders comfort.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 542g / Women 465g
Use: Day Hiking, Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: KEEN.DRY
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Non-marking, 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.