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.
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The Keen Gypsum Mid helps you follow the trail further with this sleeker yet more rugged version of the Keen Targhee II Mid. Waterproof nubuck leather upper Keen.Dry waterproof breathable membrane Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbedTorsion stability ESS shankExternal TPU heel stability 4MM multi directional lugs Keen zorb strobel for added stability under foot Non-marking rubber outsole
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 for overnight hikes and winter ascents.
CLOSEOUTS . Enjoy all-weather comfort no matter how many miles you plan to hike in Keen's Gypsum mid hiking boots. The wet weather protection of a KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane and the shock absorption of KEEN.Zorb strobel construction makes for happy feet on long trail days. Available Colors: GARGOYLE/TAWNY OLIVE, DARK EARTH/MIMOSA, DARK EARTH/CELESTIAL. Sizes: 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, A.
- Sierra Trading Post
4mm multi directional lugsDual density compression molded EVA midsoleKEEN.DRY (TM) waterproof breathable membraneKEEN.Zorb strobelNon-marking rubber outsolePatented toe protectionRemovable metatomical dual density EVA footbedS3 Heel support structureTorsion stability ESS shankTPU heel stabilizerWaterproof nubuck leather upper Specifications Weight: 15 oz/425 gType: Hiking Boots, WaterproofFit Tip: We find this style runs pretty true to sizeLining: KEEN.DRY(TM) waterproof breathable membraneUpper: Leather and textileRubber: Non-marking rubber outsoleMeasurement Note: Our measurements were taken using a Women's size 7 US (37.5 EU). Measurements may vary by size. Hybrid.ologies S3: Shock, suspension, stability - otherwise known as S3 - is engineered to support the foot on impact, dissipate shock and reduce your odds of twisting an ankle.Keen.Dry: A proprietary waterproof, breathable membrane that lets vapor out without letting water in.Metatomical Footbed Design: This internal support mechanism is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot.Keen.Protect: Can a sandal protect your toes? The answer is yes. The reason is KEEN Patented Toe Protection where the shoe outsoles wrap up and over the toes for ultimate protection. Product Care Care for Waterproof/Breathable: Gently brush the footwear with a damp, soft sponge or hand towel to remove loose dirt and restore surface. Stains should be treated immediately with a gentle solvent-based cleaner. This process may cause slight discoloration to the affected area.
- River Sports Outfitters