Who should buy the KEEN NXIS Evo WP

The NIXS Evo WP (pronounced by some as "in excess," while some pronounce it as "nexus") is KEEN's yet another jab at speed hiking shoes. Buy it if:

  • You've been looking for kicks that give your toes enough space to spread in naturally.
  • You want something fast, light, and springy all at the same time.
  • Hikers that give you instant comfort are what you prefer.
  • Shoes with laces that won't snap on you anytime soon are what you need.

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Who should NOT buy it

For $50 less, the significantly cheaper Outline GTX from Salomon is a great alternative to the NXIS Evo WP. Also, if you want something with a far snugger heel section, check out the Adidas Terrex Swift R3 GTX instead.

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Surface traction that rules

A blogger says that there's "no danger of kissing the dirt" on the NXIS Evo WP's super-grippy outsole. Regular hikers have the same opinion of the shoe's tenacity, with one stating that it produces "excellent traction on slick hills" and other slippery surfaces.

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The NXIS Evo WP's from-the-box comfort

"These feel really good," says one of the vloggers who find the KEEN NXIS Evo WP extremely comfortable. "They don’t feel like new shoes," says another one of them, making known his observation that the featured shoe provides peak comfiness right from the get-go.

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Quite watertight

"This is awesome" may be the best professional comment out there about the hiker's waterproofing. That said, regular adventurers will not be left behind with remarks such as "100% waterproof" and "handles the PNW rain like a champ."

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KEEN NXIS Evo WP equals mighty expensive

At $180 per pair, this hiking shoe has a steep mountain to climb when it comes to wooing the budget-conscious. Case in point: on average, trail kicks cost $130. Also, in the realm of hiking, anything beyond $140 dollar is already pretty expensive. Conversely, pairs selling for $120 and below are considered budget-friendly shoes.

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Freedom of movement for your toes

To an experienced adventurer, the KEEN NXIS Evo WP has a "nice amount of room in the toes for wiggly piggies." A gear pundit also arrived at the same conclusion, stating that the shoe's toe box feels spacious.

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Ninja prowess in the NXIS Evo WP

"They just feel very springy" is how a footwear critic finds the NXIS Evo WP and its transition-boosting sole unit. The shoe's lightness, especially the women's version, also plays a big role in the hiker's ability to provide ninja-like mobility. "I forgot I was wearing these shoes," says one professional tester, commenting on the kick's barely-there weight.

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Wanted: A more heel-hugging rearfoot

"I really wanted to make this shoe work," says one of the trail-goers who find the NXIS Evo WP's heel hold lacking.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 381g / Women 307g
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: KEEN.DRY
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.