Never underestimate the importance of a water proof hiking boot.

During my last hiking trip, my friends and I got caught in an absolutely miserable storm of hail and snow followed by freezing rain at the summit. While I have hiked in wretched conditions in the past, I have always managed to keep my boots dry. This time was different.

My boots not only got wet, they were soaked through. My wool socks became sponges and my feet froze during the miserable 7 miles back. When we reached the trailhead, we discovered that everyone in the group had hiking boots that were soaked through.

Ever since then, I have searched for a water proof mid hiking boot whose cost doesn’t break the bank but keeps my feet dry in variable conditions. My intended use for these boots are for day hikes where I’m carrying light loads and on semi-rough terrain.

Enter Keen’s new APhlex water proof hiking boot.

Keen APhlex Waterproof Boot review

The mid-sized hiking boot has TPU Phlexoskeleton that wraps around my feet and offers a comfortable support and protects my toes from rocky, uneven terrain. The synthetic upper mesh is breathable so my feet don’t feel weighted down.

Other features:

  • KEEN.DRY waterproof membrane blocks out moisture while letting cool air in
  • Natural odor control keeps the stink at bay
  • S3 for structure, stability and suspension
  • Non-marking rubber outsole with multi-directional lugs grip any terrain
  • Dual-density compression molded EVA midsole
  • Speed lacking hooks

Keen APhlex Waterproof Boot review

The APhlex did not feel like overkill when I took it out on a trail.

Retailing for $160, the APhlex comes in two colors for women (Plum/Shark and Raven/Gargoyle). Also available in a mens version.  Buy them below.