Agile support for treacherous trails.
Blaze across alpine trails and misty coastlines with the low-profile support and waterproof protection of the Keen Men's Aphlex Mid WP Hiking Boot. This streamlined hiking shoe features a TPU Phlexoskeleton that creates a flexible, yet stable structure when you're walking downhill across rugged terrain. Keen's Dry membrane seals out raging downpours, shallow stream crossings, and dewy vegetation to keep moisture from dampening your hiking ambitions. Also, it's highly breathable, allowing built-up perspiration to escape when you're sweating under stifling sunshine.
The dual-density EVA midsole disperses shock, helping to alleviate foot fatigue across rocky ground and uneven trail surfaces. There's also a stability shank, which comes in handy for hauling loads across long distances and treading over craggy landscapes. And for situations where traction is scarce, the multi-directional lugged sole digs into variable environments, ranging from moist forest soil to slick desert rocks.
- Low-profile hiking shoe with flexible support
- Phlexoskeleton overlays provide a nimble, yet solid structure
- Keen.Dry membrane seals out raging downpours and wet ground
- Dual-density EVA midsole disperses shock across rugged terrain
- Multi-directional lugged sole digs into variable trail surfaces
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- Q & A
Keen Comfort on PNW Glaciers
I mentioned that I'd take these Keen Aphlex out on Mt. Rainier and finally did it a couple of weeks ago. Not only on Mt. Rainier's Muir snowfield but they also accompanied me to the summit of Mt. Adams.
These lightweight mid high hikers earned my respect for comfort and water proof ability. They were through streams and 4.5 hours, up and down total time, on Rainiers Muir Snowfield. They were only used on the snowfield and not for a summit attempt. The snowfield was a bit sloppy by the time we had arrive and they shed water like a true water proof boots should and they kept my feet warm. A big thumbs up for a more supportive approach boot.
On Mt. Adams they were on for the entire summit attempt which included throwing on a pair of crampons. Yea, these boots are not made for glacier summit attempts but for this one it was a great choice to eliminate weight and again the shed water like a trooper and also held up well with the crampons. The only injury on this to the boots was a crampon hole in the boot from a stumble and stepping on the top of them with a crampon.
I love these boots from Keen. They are true Keen quality and comfort.
PNW Waterproof Worthy
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Living in the PNW waterproof is a high priority. The Aphlex takes it to a new level with great support, mud clearing lugs and lightweight.
I've been in these for about a month now and so far am impressed. Hiking on the Olympic peninsula coast of Washington allowed for a great test in mud and wet conditions. They handled steep slick trails without a problem and my feet were protected from becoming soaked during full days of rain.
I'll be taking them to Mt. Rainier to give them a whirl on the Muir snowfield this week 8/11/16 and 8/14/16 (*these are not for mountaineering) which should give me a complete view of their warmth and waterproofness.
Fit: I used the same size as my street shoes and the fit is great.
Color: I got my favorite color, Green (Macaw) trim with gray.
Durability: Not sure as of yet but believe they'll hold up. (Hey, there Keen's and Keen's are always great, right?)
Pros- Keen comfort
Cons- They feel sorta like those rubber knee boots that others think are cool in the PNW, but in a mid high boot.