KEEN Revel IV High Polar Boot

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Editor’s Conclusion
The KEEN Revel IV High Polar Boot is an affordable, high-performing winter hiking boot designed for ladies.

This is an all-day boot for use in frigid environments. The traction works on icy trails and cuts through the snow. The uppers give high protection against water, and the thick outsole and 200 grams of insulation ensure warm feet.

A durable boot for ladies to use on trails during cold winter hiking or as an out and about casual, which we recommend.
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Protection

Durability

Warmth

Breathability

Traction

Cons

More color options

Key Features

Snap shot features

KEEN DRY Waterproof
Charcoal bamboo
200 grams of insulation
Leather uppers - Waterproof leather
Dry breathability membrane
Molded EVA midsole
Lace-up system with speed hooks
Waterproof: 7.5 inches protection height for the leg
Fit true to size
Rubber outsole
5mm multi-directional lugs
Ankle support
Pull-on tab
Water depth 7.5 inches
Weight (one boot) 22.7 ounces

Good for use

All outdoor snow activities
Trails
Off-trail
A good winter casual boot
All types of winter hiking, sleet, ice snow, etc

Not good for

Warm weather hiking-breathability

FIT and Comfort

The feedback for comfort is unanimous; this is a comfortable hiking or casual cold-weather boot.

Space enough in the toe box area and lots of good support under the foot arches. The design does factor in that you will probably choose a thick pair of wool socks in cold winter weather, and FIT is good.

Users are impressed that the boot is ready for go without any drawn-out breaking-in period. The lace-up system has speed hooks and a good array of eyelets so you can lace up for comfort and support securely. Breathability is good; the leather uppers are fitted to a dry membrane which allows air movement for breathability. If used in hot summer weather, breathability would be challenged; these boots have 200 grams of insulation to keep in the warmth.

Insulation and warmth

The sole is a thick rubber platform that keeps out the cold. These boots have 200 grams of charcoal bamboo insulation which is very effective for keeping out the cold. The waterproof leather uppers and the dry inner boot membrane act as an excellent insulative barrier.

The combination of quality materials used for making the boot work together to provide effective insulation against icy winter conditions.

Traction

This is an all-terrain hiking boot that can grip snowy surfaces, slushy trails, mud, and icy surfaces but be cautious of black ice, which challenges the best traction capabilities.

Hiking a trail up a mountainside in winter conditions or being a casual out-and-about winter boot. This boot has versatility.

The multi-directional lug design has 5mm lugs that will grip on cold winter surfaces, and the thick sole acts as extra insulation and provides stability for you and traction.

If you are heading into winter condition technical hikes, this boot works well with snowshoes.

Water Protection

The boot is entirely waterproof up to the top of the boot cuff. Wading through water, slush, or snow, the design and materials keep water out.

The boot tongue is padded, and when the lace-up system is cinched, water cannot enter. The leather uppers consist of the skin of leather over a Keen Dry waterproof membrane.

The boot is fully waterproof to a height of 7.5 inches.

Ease for use

Users have commented that the boot is straightforward to slip on and has a pull tab to make the process easy.

Putting on the boot is quick and easy, and the same goes for taking it off. You will be busy cinching or loosening the lacing system and the speed hoops to make this a little quicker.

Value

When you factor in quality, protection, stability, warmth, comfort, and durability, these are valued for money.

The price tag is comfortably mid-range, and you get quality with affordability.

Comparison

For some, a high-cut polar winter boot might be more than is needed, especially if you live in an area where winters are not so cold.

A comparative option can be a lower cut boot, which can also perform in less challenging snow environments,

The KEEN Pyrenees Trekking Boot is an impressive alternative. You won't get the same wading and waterproof depth or higher leg protective support, but you will get the next best option.

Available for both ladies and men.

Snap shot features

Durable rubber sole
4mm multi-direction lugs
Leather uppers
KEEN DRY waterproofing
Mesh liner (ladies version)
Dual-density EVA footbed
Arch support
External stability shank
Cushioned collar
Weight Each boot weighs 17.6 ounces / 500.1 grams

Good for use

Winter trails ( puddles, mud, snow, sleet, rain)
Technical terrain
Alpine/mountain environments
Outdoors winter activities

Not good for

Hot weather hiking

Verdict

The KEEN Revel IV High Polar Boot is as good as its gets for waterproof protection during those cold, wet winter days out on the trail or as a casual boot on snow-covered streets.

For hiking in harsh winter conditions, the protection is good, and the traction is impressive. The leather uppers are waterproof, and protection is doubled up via the inner Keen dry membrane.

Having warm feet in winter is essential, and these boots have 200 grams of insulation. An extra thick rubber sole for more insulation.

The quality, protection, warmth, comfort, and durability are available at a mid-range buyer-friendly price. A good addition for winter hiking gear.