Footwear Field Test: Keen Aphlex

A sturdy hiking shoe for heavy loads and muddy conditions

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Keen Aphlex; $150 (www.keenfootwear.com)

The Aphlex is one of Keen's newest additions to its hiking shoe lineup and comes in both male and female models. Excited to test the waterproof design, we took it to the lakes and muddy portages of Minnesota's Boundary Waters. The rubber sole boasted solid traction over the slick rocks and greasy mud, even under heavy portage loads. Paired with a neoprene sock it was plenty comfortable. Our only concern is that shoe does take awhile to dry out, so while it does perform well and is an ideal hiking shoe for muddy conditions, those looking for a river-specific shoe, might prefer something that dries faster.

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