The Targhee Mid II from KEEN offers four-wheel-drive performance for your feet. The shoe is revamped with the KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The aggressive outsole has 4mm lugs to bite into the terrain, providing excellent traction control. The ESS shank provides torsional stability for a secure ride, while the mid cut height increases ankle support through canyons and over mountaintops.
FEATURES of the Keen Men's Targhee Mid II Shoe
Waterproof nubuck leather upper
Keen dry waterproof, breathable membrane
Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed
Torsion stability ESS shank
S3 heel support structure
Dual density compression molded EVA midsole
4mm multi-directional lugs
Non-marking rubber outsole
SPECIFICATIONS of the Keen Men's Targhee Mid II Shoe
The last time I scaled a 14er was 34 years ago when I was much younger. This summer, I joined a group of guys to climb 14ers in Colorado. I spent a solid week looking online at reviews and all sorts of boots and hiking shoes was a bit overwhelmed by all the options. Finally, I made a short list of what was most important to me which included: waterproof (hate wet feet); had to support my ankles (sports injury from years ago); had to be comfortable as I was going to spend several hours on rocky terrain; and reasonably priced. I narrowed my list down to three shoes: Keen Targhee Mid II, North Face Havoc Mid STX/XCR and Pategonia Drifter AC Mid Waterproof. Ultimately, I settled on the Keen Targhee Mid II as it felt best on my foot walking around my home. The real test would be the mountains. Three days of hiking 14ers in rain, sleet, hail, sun and climbing bolders, navigating scree, water, mud proved the right choice. Light on my feet, no blisters and great grip on rocks.
They are extremely comfortable and after one day breaking them in they feel great, and feel ready to get out to the trails. Great ankle support and ventilate decently regardless of them being waterproof! Totally recommend.
"Great, comfortable boot for light-to-medium hiking and around town."
I am one of those people who like to have a single pair of shoes for everything, so I pretty much wore these boots non-stop for a year and three months. For everyday wear and backpacking trips, including an eight day through hike with ~40lb pack, these boots proved to be comfortable and had good traction in every situation I wore them in. They are excellent for my wide feet. The only knock I have after wearing the crap out of them is the lace loops (keeps them from 5 stars). The webbed lace loops don't hold up like the rest of the shoe, and were the reason I had to retire them. If the lace loops wouldn't have failed me, I am confident they would have lasted a couple more months.
My husband needed some hiking boots for our trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. I have the women's version of these boots and adore them so I obviously tricked him into getting these exact boots despite letting him try on some other top brands at the mall. He usually wears size 10.5 in all his other running and dress shoes, but we found going up a 1/2 size in these was ideal and worked great with some nice wool hiking socks. He loves them and says they are nice and roomy, comfortable, and didn't need to be broken in before climbing around Acadia.
I took these out on a total of 3 trips totaling probably under 30 miles, and the webbing started tearing on the laces. I tried to retire them to work duty, and day one, the webbing tore on both shoes. Overall, i've decided to go back to my good 'ol Merrells.
Recently got back from a fabulous trip to Calgary, Alberta Canada. My husband and I did the Glacier Hike (tea house) near Lake Louise. These are the hiking boots I bought for him just before our trip. He loved them, and I was jealous (now I want to buy the women's version of these!!!!) He said they were very comfortable, gave him good traction, were breathable; I think they look good too!
Bought these boots for the BWCA. As soon as I put them on they fit like a glove. I've worn these for two BWCA trips so far and they have been great. Comfortable, reasonably lightweight, waterproof, and durable. I love these boots.
I can't stand normal Keen sandals. I always seem to get more sand, dirt, rocks and water stuck in the bottom of my foot for me to really enjoy them. Needless to say, I was VERY skeptical before buying a pair of their boots. I guess they do everything that I wanted out of a pair of boots (waterproof, keeps my feet warm, etc.), but sometimes my heels are sore after wearing them for a long time. I've peaked a couple of different mountains with them and the dogs are usually barking by the time I get home, but they hold up well and have been good for the most part.I wouldn't take this on a multi-day trip, just little day hikes.