Keen Gorge Boot - Men's


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KEEN designed the water bootie Men's Gorge Boot for our paddler friends, but that doesn't mean it's only for them. The Gorge Boot is for anyone looking to keep cold out and comfort in. The 3mm neoprene keeps feet warm in the river (or any soggy place), the two strap system is easy to adjust even with frigid fingers, and the high traction outsole grips the most slippery surfaces. Aegis Microbe Shield controls the bacteria and fungi that cause odors, stains and product deterioration and is free of environmentally harmful substances.


  • Upper Material: abrasion resistant synthetic and 3MM neoprene upper
  • Lining Material: AEGIS Microbe Shield treated lining
  • Multi point adjustable strap system
  • Footbed: Removable metatomical EVA molded footbed with AEGIS Microbe Shield
  • Outsole: Wrapped outsole with multi directional lug pattern, High traction, performance water outsole
  • Fit tip: Keen advises this style runs pretty true to size
  • Weight per shoe: 14.84 oz, 421 g

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

9 Reviews

  • Build quality: 6
  • Great value: 4
  • Ease of use: 3
  • Great design: 3

  • lack ankle support: 1
  • sizing: 1
  • wears loose: 1
Quality: 4.6 / 5
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Fit: 2.8 / 5

9 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

August 25, 2011

Very well made boot. This boot will fit your needs as you venture into the woods, onto jet skis, and the rocky rivers that I rumble through. I get quite a few looks and questions on where I purchased them. Great so far. Definitely keeps the sand out.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
from Jasper, AR
55-64 yrs

Keen Men's Gorge Boot-Great Boots!!
May 17, 2012

I bought this boot as a replacement pair for my pair of Nike ACG water booties that I have used for many years. To my delight after receiving the Keens and upon inspection, these shoes are made nearly identical to the Nike pair that I have so enjoyed. The Gorge boots are extremely well made and quite comfortable due to the large toe box typical of Keen shoes. Good traction on the sole and easy to get on and off. It has adjustment across the heel which is important if you have a narrow heel which I do. I am a woman boater and I normally wear an women's 8 in most water shoes, but I ordered a 7 in the men's size as I wanted to be able to wear my drysuit with them. As I stated, they fit really well, but I still have room if I wear the drysuit. Overall, I am very pleased with these boots and feel they are a great value for the price!

Pros: well made, functional stying, comfortable, easy to get on and off
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

April 11, 2011

I mostly creek boat and have been nursing a pair of Keen Payette booties for two seasons. I liked the style/design, but the durability and build quality were a little lacking. In addition, the multiple velcro straps made entry and exit a bit annoying. While shopping around for a replacement, I narrowed it down to the Keen Gorge boot and the 5.10 Canyoneers. This time around, I decided to give the Gorge boots a try, as they're less expensive and I don't need a full-on boot. When they first arrived, I was impressed with the build quality and overall rugged appearance. It is a creeking shoe/boot rather than a dressed up bootie. The soles are thick and the insole is a comfortable foam/rubber, opposed to the delicate neoprene fabric of the Payette. The Gorge is easy to get on/off with only two velcro adjustments. I am a little concerned by the slightly larger ankle opening letting in gravel and debris, but haven't put this to the test yet. I wear a size 9-9.5, but ordered the Gorge in a 10. The fit is good, with a little extra room for neoprene or dry-suit socks. I was expecting a little more ankle support and in this regard, they're a bit on the bootie side. Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend the Keen Gorge boot as a great alternative to the 5.10 Canyoneers.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Tennessee Valley
55-64 yrs

The Boots, They Work
July 30, 2011

These boots work great for what I want, which is water shoes for doing research work in streams and rivers. The sole has a reasonably gripping tread, and the various fasteners hold the shoe on your foot (which isn't always the case). The fit is tight but not too tight; you should probably order a size larger than you might otherwise, especially if your feet are on the wide side. After 6 weeks of steady use they still look new, and even better, don't smell.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Albuquerque, NM
35-44 yrs

Great shoe
March 08, 2011

I use the shoes for whitewater kayaking. They have a really good thick sole. They fit in my creeking kayak but do not fit in my Playboat due to the thick sole. They could use more ankle support before I would call them the ultimate kayak shoe. Good over all and really comfortable.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: lack ankle support
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from Durango, CO
25-34 yrs

Just received but stoked to try
September 13, 2011

I just got these boots but they seem pretty stout. They are also my first pair of boots so I don't have much to compare them too. Overall, I'm not super impressed with the "lacing" system. I wish it could get tighter. I bought them larger so I could fit my drysuit in them. I do think they sole seems really solid, and I really like the "climbing" feature on the outside ball of the foot.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Arkansas
55-64 yrs

Keen Gorge Boot
November 06, 2011

Really liked the look and feel of the boot. Appeared to be of top quality like Keen usually is. I ordered a size 10 and found it pinchd my toes so unfortunately I had to send them back. I would suggest 1/2 to 1 size larger than you normally wear. Would have exchanged for the larger size but they were out of stock.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value, Cons: sizing
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5

Swiftwater training
April 27, 2011

Used boot for swiftwater training. Wore it over dry suit sock with one inner sock. Easy to put on and close but it was a bit loose when it got wet. I might be better with 1 size smaller. Quality, look and feel were very nice.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: wears loose

toasty toes and awesome grip
August 03, 2012

I'm an old school fan of the basic booty, and have to say that these Keens have really done me right. This boot goes well beyond any of my expectations of a neoprene boot. The magic of this boot lies in the foot bed and sole. The sole is very traction based, which is what you would expect, but the area around the big toe has real climbing rubber welded into the base, and wraps around over the top of the toe. The foot bed has a very supportive arch, and while soft and flexible, it is supportive enough for extended walking intervals. I recently used these on the Middle Fork of the Salmon river, and found them very comfortable even on extended hikes scouting rapids.

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