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KEEN Red Rock Mid Hiking Boots review
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KEEN Red Rock Mid
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is carved in the foothill of the Rockies just a few handfuls of miles from Denver. The venue combines entertainment and nature. The hiking and biking trails are a great way to spend a summer day and then cap it off with a concert at night.

The Keen Red Rock Mid hiking boot borrows the name from the park concert venue and surrounding park. The Red Rock Mid features:

  • Waterproof nubuck leather/breathable mesh upper and breathable membrane
  • Waterproof removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed for maximum support
  • Torsion stability TPU shank
  • Dual density compression molded EVA and polyurethane midsole for comfort
  • Drop in EVA heel insert
  • 4mm multi directional lugs for traction
  • Non-marking rubber outsole

The lower portion on its upper consists of a natural material – dyed nubuck leather. Nubuck is a tried-and-true material that is known for its durability. The nubuck leather in the upper gives added protection to the boot’s toe box.

The boots are lightweight – 18 ounces. And wear well. The use of the leather in the upper gives it a natural action. The outersole on KEEN Red Rock Mid has mid-sized lugs that make the boot perform admirably on rocky surfaces to softer dirt trails. Standing in a stream for a few minutes did not penetrate the boot.

KEEN LogoOverall, the KEEN Red Rock Mid lives to the high company standards. It will work well for day hiking in Red Rocks and is also workable for shorter overnight excursions. The KEEN Red Rock Mid can hold up over different surfaces including wet ones during stream crossings. KEEN lists the Red Rock Mid at $120.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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