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  • Nubuck and mesh uppers with KEEN.Dry waterproof / breathable membrane repel water and debris
  • Removable dual-density EVA footbeds
  • Heel support structure for stability
  • ESS shanks offer lightweight support
  • 4mm multidirectional lugs for traction
  • Cleansport NXT provides natural odor control

Imported.

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Specs

Best Use Hiking
Footwear Height Over-the-ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Waterproof Yes
Upper Nubuck/mesh
Lining Mesh
Midsole Dual-density EVA
Support ESS shank
Outsole Nonmarking rubber
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 2 lb. 6.4 oz.
Gender Men's

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, even better than I thought they could be. I bought these a month ago to replace my running shoes I had been walking in. I've been trying to strengthen my knees by walking with a backpack, but had been developing blisters with the running shoes. These hiking boots are a game changer. Despite the fact that they are larger than running shoes, I was able to do 10.5 miles today with NO pain and no blisters. They are awesome.
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best hiking boots Ever owned I bought these boots about a month ago in preparation for a hiking trip in the Middle East. I have broad front end feet and can't wear shoes with upturned toes. These boots are perfect I have used them nearly every day, nearly all day I hate to take them off. They are more comfortable and supportive tag my Salomón XACOMP 7. They are so much better than any other boot I used before.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boots !!! I have major issues with both feet - plantar faschiitis, tendonitis and severe arthritis and have great difficulty in finding suitable shoes/boots. Had bone fusion/screws inserted in (L) foot and same issues now with the (R) and my Surgeon recommended firm hiking boots (24/7) for support/stability etc. Recently spent 4 hours at REI San Diego - trying on all 'wide' sizes on all brands in the store. Staff extremely helpful - ended up purchasing and sadly returning 2 prs. of Keen 'Targhees' that felt fine initially but were painful after a week. Resigned to buying custom boots for hundreds of $$ one of the REI staff at 'returns' recommended these boots even though they didn't come in a 'wide' fit. I was skeptical but they felt so comfortable from day 1. They have a wide 'toe box' and didn't really need any breaking in. Because I wear an ankle brace on one foot I have to wear 2 pairs of socks on the other to compensate but the boots didn't feel hot - there's a large area of breathable mesh and they feel quite light to wear. Needless to say after wearing them constantly for a couple of weeks I ordered a second pair and have just received them. I highly recommend these boots for any and everyone that enjoys rambling and hiking and especially for those with medical issues.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I want to wear these eveyday... These boots are perfect for my feet. I like the large toe area and so too does my son. We have tried other Keens yet the gypsum works best. We each are on our second pair.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little too wide for me These are well made, comfortable boots. They only come in an M width, which is what I normally wear, but I think they are a little wider than medium. They were fine when walking level ground but when I tried climbing down a steep wooded hill I found that they didn't provide the support that I needed. I tried using a thicker insert and tightening the laces but my feet still didn't feel securely connected to the boots on hilly terrain. My feet might be slightly narrower than normal so this probably won't be a problem for most people. REI accepted the return with no problem.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great boots! I bought these boots for a 5 day backpacking trip and I am glad I did. Over the course of the trip I went through snow, ice, water, boulder fields, steep inclines/declines, pretty much any terrain imaginable. These KEENs held up great! They kept dry walking through streams and snow, and only became wet once snow or water had gone up over my ankle. After putting over 30 miles on these boots, they are still in great condition with no problems other than your usual wear and tear that come from a trip like that. My only complaint is that I feel the soles could give more support and that is why I give these 4 stars.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from end of a long search We have the Gypsum II Boots for the whole family, the end of a long search for good hiking boots with a wide toe box. The natural position of the great toe is very important for good foot mechanics, but it is hard to find a shoe that is wide enough at the very end. This particular KEEN model has this feature along with a good arch, and provides good support and comfort for long hikes.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this boot! Bought these guys about a monthago to replace my Keen Terghees that had gottena little old. Really love the fit and support right out of the box. Stiff where they need to be and feel broken in for comfort everywhere else. Also like the loops the laces go through so they kind of keep the tension even if you tie them a bit loose.
Date published: 2017-02-11
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I was told that the Gypsum II boots were made in the US. I see that the product description now says imported. Indeed the Gypsum II boots I just received are made in China. Has this just changed? 

Asked by: grgrynlds
Items can be sourced from multiple countries and the country of origin can change. Because of this, we are only able to state the Gypsum II is imported.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-22

 I just wore out a pair of  size 8 1/2 REI Monarch GTX boots made by Merrell.  What size of Gypsum II should I order?  Also, what effect will super feet inserts have on size/fit?

Asked by: Bob49
If you have ordered an 8.5 in your previous boots, an 8.5 will most likely be the best fit in these boots as well. Superfeet insoles do take up a bit of volume in the shoe so the shoes will not feel quite as roomy, but Superfeet insoles do offer much more support than what is already in this shoe and many people find them much more comfortable.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-27

What is the difference between Keen.Dry and Out/Dry?

Asked by: Old Retired Guy
KeenDry is a waterproof membrane technology proprietary to Keen. OutDry is a waterproof membrane technology proprietary to Columbia Sportswear. Both products offer waterproof performance.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-09

How well would these work on a CDT thru hike?

Asked by: technician
For an extended backpacking trip, we recommend backpacking boots which will give you more support for the extra distance and heavier loads: https://www.rei.com/c/mens-backpacking-boots
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03

my left foot is smaller than my right foot, both size 11D. in buying a boot that is 11 1/2 my left foot slips all over the place. How to fix this>?

Asked by: Fearless
​REI does not sell shoes individually, however if the differences are large enough between both feet, you may need to purchase separate sizes. This can be best discovered with the assistance of a footwear specialist using a Brannock measuring device on each foot. A specialist can also recommend other solutions like supportive foot beds as well. Please visit your local REI store or a shoe store for more assistance.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-16

I ordered these with the intention of using them for day hikes as well as multi-day backpacking trips under heavy load. Is there really that big of a difference between these and "backpacking" boots? So much so that it warrants a different purchase?

Asked by: cstaats
We do not recommend these boots for backpacking. Backpacking boots are designed to be more supportive when carrying heavier loads across a longer distance, offer more ankle support for stability, generally have stiffer midsoles and are very durable.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-06

Deciding between these and the KEEN Durand. Which shoe is more flexible/less stiff/ easier to break in? Interested more in day hiking for work 10-12hr days, i will not be carrying heavy packs for more than a few hours at a time.

Asked by: Adrian
​The Durand is typically comfortable out of the box and does not require much break in, where the Gypsum is stiffer and more supportive but may take some break in time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-08

I love keen for the wide toe & narrow heel, just like my foot!  Love my Keen Pyrenees (sp?) but the local karst forest I hike in is tearing them up, & they are not being made anymore :(     Will these fit like the Pyrenees? note: targhees do NOT fit

Asked by: roy adsit
We believe the Gypsum and Pyrenes offer similar performance. However, since they are constructed on a unique last for each model, you can expect a slightly different overall fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-27
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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, even better than I thought they could be. I bought these a month ago to replace my running shoes I had been walking in. I've been trying to strengthen my knees by walking with a backpack, but had been developing blisters with the running shoes. These hiking boots are a game changer. Despite the fact that they are larger than running shoes, I was able to do 10.5 miles today with NO pain and no blisters. They are awesome.
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best hiking boots Ever owned I bought these boots about a month ago in preparation for a hiking trip in the Middle East. I have broad front end feet and can't wear shoes with upturned toes. These boots are perfect I have used them nearly every day, nearly all day I hate to take them off. They are more comfortable and supportive tag my Salomón XACOMP 7. They are so much better than any other boot I used before.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boots !!! I have major issues with both feet - plantar faschiitis, tendonitis and severe arthritis and have great difficulty in finding suitable shoes/boots. Had bone fusion/screws inserted in (L) foot and same issues now with the (R) and my Surgeon recommended firm hiking boots (24/7) for support/stability etc. Recently spent 4 hours at REI San Diego - trying on all 'wide' sizes on all brands in the store. Staff extremely helpful - ended up purchasing and sadly returning 2 prs. of Keen 'Targhees' that felt fine initially but were painful after a week. Resigned to buying custom boots for hundreds of $$ one of the REI staff at 'returns' recommended these boots even though they didn't come in a 'wide' fit. I was skeptical but they felt so comfortable from day 1. They have a wide 'toe box' and didn't really need any breaking in. Because I wear an ankle brace on one foot I have to wear 2 pairs of socks on the other to compensate but the boots didn't feel hot - there's a large area of breathable mesh and they feel quite light to wear. Needless to say after wearing them constantly for a couple of weeks I ordered a second pair and have just received them. I highly recommend these boots for any and everyone that enjoys rambling and hiking and especially for those with medical issues.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I want to wear these eveyday... These boots are perfect for my feet. I like the large toe area and so too does my son. We have tried other Keens yet the gypsum works best. We each are on our second pair.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little too wide for me These are well made, comfortable boots. They only come in an M width, which is what I normally wear, but I think they are a little wider than medium. They were fine when walking level ground but when I tried climbing down a steep wooded hill I found that they didn't provide the support that I needed. I tried using a thicker insert and tightening the laces but my feet still didn't feel securely connected to the boots on hilly terrain. My feet might be slightly narrower than normal so this probably won't be a problem for most people. REI accepted the return with no problem.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great boots! I bought these boots for a 5 day backpacking trip and I am glad I did. Over the course of the trip I went through snow, ice, water, boulder fields, steep inclines/declines, pretty much any terrain imaginable. These KEENs held up great! They kept dry walking through streams and snow, and only became wet once snow or water had gone up over my ankle. After putting over 30 miles on these boots, they are still in great condition with no problems other than your usual wear and tear that come from a trip like that. My only complaint is that I feel the soles could give more support and that is why I give these 4 stars.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from end of a long search We have the Gypsum II Boots for the whole family, the end of a long search for good hiking boots with a wide toe box. The natural position of the great toe is very important for good foot mechanics, but it is hard to find a shoe that is wide enough at the very end. This particular KEEN model has this feature along with a good arch, and provides good support and comfort for long hikes.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this boot! Bought these guys about a monthago to replace my Keen Terghees that had gottena little old. Really love the fit and support right out of the box. Stiff where they need to be and feel broken in for comfort everywhere else. Also like the loops the laces go through so they kind of keep the tension even if you tie them a bit loose.
Date published: 2017-02-11
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Questions & Answers

I was told that the Gypsum II boots were made in the US. I see that the product description now says imported. Indeed the Gypsum II boots I just received are made in China. Has this just changed? 

Asked by: grgrynlds
Items can be sourced from multiple countries and the country of origin can change. Because of this, we are only able to state the Gypsum II is imported.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-22

 I just wore out a pair of  size 8 1/2 REI Monarch GTX boots made by Merrell.  What size of Gypsum II should I order?  Also, what effect will super feet inserts have on size/fit?

Asked by: Bob49
If you have ordered an 8.5 in your previous boots, an 8.5 will most likely be the best fit in these boots as well. Superfeet insoles do take up a bit of volume in the shoe so the shoes will not feel quite as roomy, but Superfeet insoles do offer much more support than what is already in this shoe and many people find them much more comfortable.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-27

What is the difference between Keen.Dry and Out/Dry?

Asked by: Old Retired Guy
KeenDry is a waterproof membrane technology proprietary to Keen. OutDry is a waterproof membrane technology proprietary to Columbia Sportswear. Both products offer waterproof performance.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-09

How well would these work on a CDT thru hike?

Asked by: technician
For an extended backpacking trip, we recommend backpacking boots which will give you more support for the extra distance and heavier loads: https://www.rei.com/c/mens-backpacking-boots
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03

my left foot is smaller than my right foot, both size 11D. in buying a boot that is 11 1/2 my left foot slips all over the place. How to fix this>?

Asked by: Fearless
​REI does not sell shoes individually, however if the differences are large enough between both feet, you may need to purchase separate sizes. This can be best discovered with the assistance of a footwear specialist using a Brannock measuring device on each foot. A specialist can also recommend other solutions like supportive foot beds as well. Please visit your local REI store or a shoe store for more assistance.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-16

I ordered these with the intention of using them for day hikes as well as multi-day backpacking trips under heavy load. Is there really that big of a difference between these and "backpacking" boots? So much so that it warrants a different purchase?

Asked by: cstaats
We do not recommend these boots for backpacking. Backpacking boots are designed to be more supportive when carrying heavier loads across a longer distance, offer more ankle support for stability, generally have stiffer midsoles and are very durable.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-06

Deciding between these and the KEEN Durand. Which shoe is more flexible/less stiff/ easier to break in? Interested more in day hiking for work 10-12hr days, i will not be carrying heavy packs for more than a few hours at a time.

Asked by: Adrian
​The Durand is typically comfortable out of the box and does not require much break in, where the Gypsum is stiffer and more supportive but may take some break in time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-08

I love keen for the wide toe & narrow heel, just like my foot!  Love my Keen Pyrenees (sp?) but the local karst forest I hike in is tearing them up, & they are not being made anymore :(     Will these fit like the Pyrenees? note: targhees do NOT fit

Asked by: roy adsit
We believe the Gypsum and Pyrenes offer similar performance. However, since they are constructed on a unique last for each model, you can expect a slightly different overall fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-27
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