KEEN Targhee Mid II Hiking Boots

As a casual hiker with strong brand loyalty, I was torn when I needed to purchase a new pair of hiking boots. After speaking to several people who had also worn the same brand of boots as myself, I found that they had the same general complaint about scrunched toes. After much online research I came upon KEEN and decided to give them a go. I settled on a pair of waterproof Targhee II Mid hikers.

SIZING

I do not have big feet but I do have wide feet. After trying on several sizes I felt most comfortable in a size 10- a 1/2 size larger than all my other shoes. The first thing I noticed was the roominess of the toe box and was almost concerned about it until I read on the Keen site this was to be expected.  I would most definitely recommend trying these hikers on in person for best fit.

COMFORT

To test out these new hikers we went on a little hike on a lovely little mountain – Mt. Rainier. We did the Rampart Ridge Loop, approximately 4.5 miles with a 1300’ elevation gain. Little did I know how much I would love my new hikers. With no break-in prior to this hike I am glad to report NO BLISTERS, were received, not a one. The hikers laced up snugly with that roomy toe box and throughout the day I was nothing but comfortable, constantly reminded of how roomy the toe felt.

The fit and finish is top notch with not one internal seam noticeable. From steep inclines to steep declines, these hikers stayed comfortable and cool. These boots are made with the Keen.dry- a proprietary waterproof, breathable membrane that lets vapor out without letting water in. I’m not a technical boot engineer but I do know these boots breathed well and stayed dry when crossing the patches of snow we encountered on the trail.

TRACTION

The Rampart Ridge Loop is no slouch when it comes to inclines and declines. The trail was dry but loose dirt, rocks and even snow did not hinder these boots. Traction was as good as I could ask for in a hiker. Just take a look at those outsoles, the rugged lugs grip like mad.

VERSATILITY

These are labeled as a trailhead hiker but I have put in a few miles of everyday use and I can easily see these boots being an everyday shoe. Even after Rampart Ridge Loop I was not begging to get out of the boots. I just loosened up the laces and went on my way.

Eco-FRIENDLY

Anyone that knows Keen knows they are above and beyond Eco-Friendly. Not only do they take pride in bringing you eco-friendly boots, they live the eco-friendly life, all the way down to their über eco-friendly office facilities.

Pros

Cool and comfortable even after a full day of hiking

Versatile, a great every day boot

Waterproof upper

Fantastic grip on and off the trails

Über eco-friendly

 

Cons

Feet look wider than they are – seriously, this is all I can come up with

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am proud to say that KEEN has earned a new brand-loyal customer in me. I am already looking into getting a pair of the Portico Flips.

Shoe Specifications:

Date Available: Currently Available

Manufacturer’s Website: Keen Targhee

Weight: 18 OZ/510.0 G

Materials: Dual density compression molded EVA midsole, KEEN.DRY ™ waterproof breathable membrane, Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed

Size Tested: 10

Fitting: US Sizing

Availability: Mens 7-17 EU 39.5-49.0

Colors: Dark Earth/Neutral Grey, Black Olive/Yellow, Walnut, Gargoyle/Burnt Henna

 

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About the author

Michael J. Falco was born and raised in New York. After living in Georgia, Illinois, and Florida, he now resides in Seattle. He has driven through every state in the continental US and considers himself both an avid traveler and nature lover. Michael finds his peace in nature be it via the sounds of the ocean and sand between his toes or the majestic views and cool breaze atop a mountain peak. He has travelled to Shanghai and Hong Kong and has a goal of travelling across Europe next. A graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a degree in Architecture, Michael is a freelance photographer, writer, and designer. In quieter times, he practices meditation and the ancient art of Zen

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