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Keen Hyperport H2 Sandal | Review

A new take on a classic design by Keen. Expect loads of cushioning, performance in and around water and some good eco credentials

I’m a total sucker for a Keen hiking sandal and the more eye-catching the better. A good few years back, I remember being a big fan of the yellow camo patterned Keen EvoFit One – a marmite shoe if ever there was one – and I’ve always been firmly in the ‘for’ camp in regards to the very unique Keen Uneek. This, the Keen Hyerport H2, is therefore right up my street, and, following my testing period with it, I’d say it’s probably the comfiest and most practical sandal from the U.S. brand that I’ve tried so far.

This is a sandal – or shandal – that’s designed for activities near water, prioritising grip on wet and hard surfaces, good drainage and a very fast drying time; all the qualities you need when you’re walking along rocky riversides while searching for a wild swimming spot or when you’re rockpooling on the coast or even kayaking or paddleboarding. Based on the original Newport sandal which Keen has been making for over 20 years, the Hyperport retains the popular aspects of that model, but it’s a fair bit lighter and comfier and a touch more modern. It’s been a success from the get-go, picking up a coveted ISPO award following its launch earlier this year.

OM editor Will using the Keen Hyperport H2 on a road trip around the coast of Brittany.


I had the Hyperport H2 in my usual size, a UK size 10, and it fitted perfectly and very comfortably. It comes with the classic Keen fit. That means it has a generously-sized toe box with plenty of wiggle room and then a standard fit throughout the rest of the shoe. I like this shape and tend to get on very well with all Keen shoes, though I know that people with very narrow feet can find them just a bit too wide.


The Hyperport H2 has a chunky sole that feels very spongy and shock absorbing. There’s clearly some kind of plate within the midsole which creates a degree of stiffness and protection underfoot and there’s also a lot of arch support too. The outsole design appears to prioritise grip on hard surfaces, with a soft rubber compound and a ridged pattern that creates a large amount of surface contact.

The upper is made from a stretchy mesh and webbing straps that are all pulled in around the food via a toggled bungee. It’s a closed-toe design but there’s still bucket loads of ventilation across the foot. The upper also comes treated with a PFAS-free DWR and an eco-friendly anti-odour solution.


I’ve been wearing the Keen Hyperport H2 around and about for the last few months on short dog walks around my village and for trips to the beach. I also recently took my pair with me on a road trip around the coat of Brittany in France and it was a trip that they were a perfect match for.

The Hyperport H2 came in handy on the rocky shoreline of Brittany’s Île-de-Bréhat.

With the temperatures at times reaching around 30 degrees I was glad to be wearing them as they kept my feet nicely ventilated while out hiking, sitting on the beach and driving between towns. Wearing them on coastal hikes, I really appreciated the amount of cushioning they provided and the comfortable and supportive fit. The rubber compound on the sole had a nice stickiness that gave a reliable footing on rocky shoreline walks and the lug pattern gave a degree of traction on dry and dusty paths. If you want something for slippery muddy trail hiking then I’d say you’d be better off opting for something like the Keen Targhee sandal or the Keen Arroyo as the lugs on the Hyperport’s outsole are pretty shallow.

Using the Keen Hyperport H2 sandals in water, I was pleased to find that they didn’t suddenly become slippery and unstable to walk in and instead kept their shape and held my feet in place well, so they’re excellent for river crossings. The upper mesh felt comfortable when it was wet and, after full submersion, had a very fast drying time. After extended use around salty water, I haven’t noticed any material degradation.

One thing I particularly liked about the Keen Hyperport H2 is the fact that the upper material at the heel can be flattened down and stood on comfortably to allow you to wear these as slip ons. I’ve even been keeping them by my back door ready to step into when I quickly need to nip into the garden or run the bins out!

I’ve got some kayaking coming up this summer and I can see this sandal being very handy for that. I haven’t used the Hyperport for paddle boarding yet but I get the sense that it’ll grip very well on top of a board. On a recent summer trip, I found it gripped well on the hard, smooth surface of a boat’s deck.

There are certainly airier and lighter sandals out there but I’d say the Hyperport strikes a good balance between breathability, weight and support. The colours? Well, it seems Keen are looking to turn heads with this collection because all of the colour ways are either bright or bold but if you want something more muted that’s still similar in performance then the original Newport sandal, which the Hyperport is based on, should be a suitable alternative.

Price: £95
Weight: 345g (per shoe)
Best for: hikes along coasts and rivers in warm weather
Key attributes: lots of cushioning, quick drying, good grip on hard surfaces
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