Keen’s Lightweight Hiking Boots ‘Have Great Traction and Aren’t Slippery’ and Just Got Marked Down By Nearly $100


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Keen’s lineup of hiking boots isn’t highly regarded by adventurers for no reason—many of the brand’s styles offer all the tools needed to crush trails. One of the only drawbacks is that many are on the heavier side. In 2021, Keen launched its Fast & Light collection and debuted the Nxis boot—a new ultra-lightweight hiker that makes travel and speed easy. Now, it’s on sale for nearly $100 off.

Right now, the Keen Nxis Explorer Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots are on sale for as low as $82 on Amazon—up to 54% off the original $180 price tag. This boot began Keen’s venture into lightweight outdoor footwear and has gained traction enough to match its outsole, earning high praise in reviews on Amazon and at REI from hikers who have worn them. Prices vary based on color and size, but most are between 40% and 50% off.

Keen Nxis Explorer Mid Height Waterproof Hiking Boots in Safari/Birch, From $82 (was $180) on Amazon The Keen Nxis Explorer Mid Waterproof hiking boots in Safari/Birch.

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The Keen Nxis Explorer is a mid-shaft leather hiking boot with a supportive padded ankle collar and protective toe bumper. The leather upper was sourced from Leather Working Group-certified factories and features a less environmentally damaging durable water-repellent (DWR) coating that also conditions the leather. It features Keen’s dependable waterproof membrane inside for foolproof protection from moisture that also allows for proper ventilation so your feet don’t overheat. Underneath, the sole has 4mm multidirectional lugs for enhanced traction across rocks, branches, and gravel that wouldn’t look awkward if heading to lunch after a hike.

This newcomer to the iconic Keen hiking boot lineup was intended to give guys a more sustainably sourced, lightweight option that doesn’t compromise the durability and comfort for which the brand is lauded. Weighing in at just over a pound, they’re far lighter than the average hiking boot, making them travel-friendly and less of a burden on longer treks.

Keen Nxis Explorer Mid Height Waterproof Hiking Boots in Bison/Campsite, From $82 (was $180) on Amazon The Keen Nxis Explorer Mid Waterproof hiking boots in Bison/Campsite.

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Shoppers have been responding very well to Keen’s new hiking style, praising it for its surprisingly light weight as well as its water-blocking abilities, comfort, and overall style. “These Keen hiking boots are comfortable right out of the box and don’t need to be broken in much,” as one shopper put it. “They are very lightweight and supportive. They have great traction and aren’t slippery.”

Even Keen diehards have been impressed with this new design. “I’ve been wearing Keen products for over a decade now and I’ve never had a pair of hiking boots or shoes that didn’t hold up under demanding conditions. These boots are no exception,” a shopper said. Another shopper agreed, saying, “I’ve always liked Keen boots and this pair keeps up that tradition. They are well-built, comfortable, and ready for work!”

The Keen Nxis Explorer Mid Hiking Boots seem to be the perfect fit for rough steppers, whether it’s on the trail, at a job site, or a muddy soccer practice. But while they’re as low as $82, we’re expecting sizes to start selling fast. So if you’ve been looking for a lightweight all-terrain hiking boot that can go from scrambling to brunch with ease, pick up your size today and enjoy the savings. 

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