Gear Up: Keen Arroyo II Sandal

keenI remember when I bought my Keen Targhees very well: I came home from work, opened the box in which they were delivered, laced them up, and walked right out the front door for an impromptu hike through the snowy countryside. The Gore-Tex lined beauties were comfortable, warm, and performed well in the snow. As great as my Targhees are, though, wearing them during the summer months can be stifling for my feet. For this reason, it was time for me to Gear Up with a nice pair of hiking sandals for trips to the trail when it’s hot. Today, we’ll take a closer look at such a sandal, Keen’s Arroyo II.

The Arroyo is a quality sandal made from waterproof nubuck leather uppers that create a flexible, durable, quick-drying, protective, and supportive ride for your feet. They also feature Keen’s patented rubber toe caps to protect your feet from scuffs and uneven terrain. You’ll also find nylon mesh linings in key areas, which control moisture and allow your feet to breathe.

Finding a snug fit is a breeze with the Arroyo’s one-pull elastic drawcord laces, which secure the sandal’s uppers around the instep. Tightening the laces draws in the sandal’s webbing strap that runs through a heel counter, minimizing the risk of your heel slipping.

The Arroyo features removable EVA footbeds that provide plenty of cushioning and arch support, while the EVA midsoles offer shock absorption and padding. The carbon rubber outsoles are equipped with deep lugs to provide improved traction, even on loose dirt, gravel, or slick rocks. This is very important on the trail, and can be a blessing in a pair of sandals especially.

Keen’s Arroyo II is available in two different color patterns for men, and one color in the women’s model. Both run $100, which makes them quite affordable for anyone looking for a reliable hiking sandal this summer.

If you’re not doing any very demanding, long distance hiking with a full pack, then Keen’s Arroyos are a great purchase. They’re breathable, comfortable, and durable enough for day hikes, walking around, or even kayaking, but I wouldn’t use them for anything more serious. Mid-cut hiking boots designed to keep you warm and shy are great pieces of gear, but they can be like wearing two saunas on your feet during the summer. If you have room in your budget for winter AND summer hiking boots, then Keen’s Arroyo II sandal is a great piece of gear to add to your arsenal.