‘Odd looks from the kings of quirk, but the Aphlex is a comfortable, cushioned lightweight hiker for those who like a softer feel underfoot.’
Outdoors Magic: Light, comfortable, cushioned, waterproof, plenty of reinforcement for uppers.
Outdoors Tragic: Won’t suit lovers of traditional stiff soles, waterproof liner ends below ankle. Lightly treaded sole.
Outdoors Grabbit? The Aphlex looks like nothing else out there thanks to the plastic exoskeleton overlying the fabric upper, but get beyond that and it’s a super comfortable, cushioned and flexible lightweight hiker with a medium broad forefoot fit. That might disappoint those who love the original super high volume US forefoot fit, but makes them suitable for more people overall. The boot’s waterproof, but the liner stops below ankle bone level, so mind those streams, plus the lightly treaded outsole is happiest on firm to medium ground. Not one for traditionalists, but great if you like light and flexible.
Lightweight walking and hiking boot / fabric mesh upper with reinforced overlay and exoskeletal heel holding thing / KEEN.DRY waterproof liner / Dual density compression-molded EVA midsole / Cleansport NXT™ odour control / Molded TPU heel and toe protection