Gear Review: Keen Bryce WP Hiking Boots

Low-cut hiking boots with plenty of support.

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These waterproof, low-cut hikers weigh in at just a hair over two pounds but pack the punch of mid-duty boots for hauling loads up to 30 pounds. One Seattle tester gave them an A-plus for foot protection and high scores for traction, fit, and comfort. “No amount of splashing across Hoh Rainforest creeks in Olympic National Park could sink these shoes—the design and proprietary waterproof/breathable membrane is totally leakproof.” The outsole’s sticky rubber and siped (scattered with thin slits) hexagonal lugs helped maintain traction while scrambling over wet rocks, downed trees, and early-season snowfields.

“I never experienced a slip or a roll,” says one tester. On- and off-trail, testers found the Bryce WP hugs the foot with a supportive fit, cradling low to medium arches and securing the heel firmly in place with a sturdy heel bumper. In front, a wide toebox allows feet to swell and toes to splay out naturally. “The monster toecap definitely shields your toes on rocky scrambles,” according to one tester. An arch-length TPU shank in the sole makes it moderately stiff, but thanks to dual-density EVA in the midsole and footbed, testers found them so comfortable that there was no need to bring an extra pair of camp shoes. Also available in a higher-cut version. $125; 2 lbs. 2 oz.; m’s 7-15, w’s 5-11;