User Review: Keen Men's Newport H2
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
These are great sandals, comfortable, durable, and they perform for what they are made to do.
- Toe protection
I haven't had mine as long as I have had the leather version, but I have used them on a few good adventures where I didn't feel my Chacos would keep my toes safe. Mostly only in river situations, but they dry fast and they drain well!
As far as little pebbles go, every sandal will get little pebbles in them it will just be a little bit harder to get them out of these guys versus a more open sandal. Tis the price paid for that toe protection.
I would recommend these sandals to any casual adventurer looking for a solid outdoor sandal, or any lake goer in need of something comfortable. Personal preference though, unless I really need the toe protection (for example in muddy waters, or swift rivers) I would stick to Chacos.
For those of you reporting the "stink" from the great beyond, KEEN blends the Aegis microbe shield into the footbed, you can reactivate it by putting it in direct sunlight to dry after a good wash. If you would like to machine wash them that is fine, or hand scrub with some good soap either way will work just remember to dry them in direct sunlight.
In the past they had a problem with the back heel strap breaking, that is why in the beginning I went with leather over the H2, but a recent conversation with the KEEN rep at my store revealed to me that about 2 years ago they reinforced the back strap with double stitching to avoid that problem.
Overall, KEEN really does make a quality product. I have seen people wear these for years and years, they'll bring in their old ones all the time to see what we can do for them. 90% of the time the tread has just been worn smooth from adventure.