Keen Gypsum Mid
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $159
As comfortable as a boot could possibly be.
- Cushiony inside, tough outside.
- Pure comfort.
- KeenDry WPB membrane works.
- A day or so to dry if water gets in the top.
- Traction sketchy on smooth wet rock.
Imagine wrapping thin pillows around your ankles and walking on a rubber mat. With bumpers on your toes.
That was the first impression, and many days of tough use later they still feel the same way. I'd be surprised if it was possible to get blisters in these, given the right size. The ankle-locking lace system works, so I could half size up from 'town' shoes and have maximum wiggle room with no chafing or slippage.
They are built noticeably wide in the forefoot, which lets the foot adapt to long hikes and uneven terrain. Less foot fatigue at the end of the day than other shoes and boots I've tried. The sole is flexible, but thick enough to feel solid and stable. Traction is good on steep dry rock, and in loose dirt, gravel and mud; the one time I've slipped in these was on sloped wet rock.
The waterproof-breathable membrane does what I hoped it would do. My feet are dry in shallow streams, dew-covered grass, waterlogged moss, puddly bogs, and drippy undergrowth. The leather 'skeleton' of the boot has quite a bit of mesh in smart places, and feet don't feel swampy. No sweat-damp socks til July.
However, don't get water over the top of them, or let rain run down into them. Remember the cushions? Day at least to dry, so put rain pants or gaiters over them.
So far these Gypsum Mids have seen six long trips (10 days plus) and about a year's worth of 3 day weekend trips, with no real sign of wear. They're used on barrens, bogs, beaches, boreal forests ... varied terrain, not primarily rock, never pavement, so YMMV.
I wanted a higher cut boot because I was tired of mud, sand and pine needles in my shoes. It was either commit to a permanent shoe-gaiter combo, or try boots. I tried on dozens of boots at multiple stores over a long period of time. Still very happy with these, would buy again.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140
Great boot with a great fit!
- Great fit
- None so far
I got these boots in exchange for a pair of Targhee II's that had a very poor fit. Keen's customer service was great in helping me with that issue. They not only make a great product they are also a top notch company.
I have only had these boots about a week so my experience with them is limited. However, we had some snow recently followed by a few days of sunshine so today was an excellent opportunity to try them out on the sloppy, muddy trails. They performed great. My feet stayed dry and the fit was very stable.
I like the way Keens fit in that there is plenty of room in the toe box but not so much that you have too loose of a fit. Today's hike was a short trip on my local trail but I can see that the Gypsum will work great on longer more strenuous hikes with weight on my pack. I am looking forward to many miles in these boots. I would highly recommend!
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Keen Gypsum Mid hiking boots take the trail less beaten. These torsionally rigid boots are similar to the Keen Targhee II Mid but with increased stability underfoot. Waterproof nubuck leather upper Dry waterproof breathable membrane Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbedTorsion stability ESS shank External TPU heel stabilizer 4MM multi directional lugs Keen zorb strobel for increased stability underfoot Non-marking rubber outsole
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Built with increased stability to take you farther, Keen's Gypsum Mid is an all-terrain boot with a wide outsole, Keen.Zorb cushioning, shock-absorbing comfort, and a waterproof, breathable Keen.Dry membrane for overnight hikes and winter ascents.
- EMS refers to the men's version
The KEEN Women's Gypsum Mid Hiking Boot was designed to handle hiking and backpacking, so it can definitely stand up to your morning stroll to the coffee shop. Keen built the Gypsum with plenty of cushioning and stability to get you where you need to be without frozen feet or face-plants.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Follow the trail farther afield in the Gypsum Mid, an all-terrain boot built with the technology to take you there. Featuring a wide, 4mm lugged outsole, a KEEN.Zorb strobel and KEEN.Dry waterproof breathable membrane, the Gypsum Mid delivers the stability, comfort and moisture management needed overnight hikes and winter ascents.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version