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Pros: Comfortable, durable, comfortable.
Cons: Not good for hot weather.
Best Uses: Hiking, backpacking, canyoneering.
The Keen Targhee is a ridiculously comfortable light hiker with heavyweight hiker intentions. Its snug, light, and durable, and offers a surprising amount of support. Its well constructed, has a perfectly sized toe box, and an excellent tread pattern. If you are considering a mid to light hiking boot, this is the one to get.
If the Targhee looks like it will not provide enough support, try our favorite heavy option, the Asolo Power Matic 200. Or, if 3.2 pounds per pair is too heavy for you, try the La Sportiva Eco 4.0, similarly gifted but considerably lighter.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Keen Targhee was by far the most comfortable boot weve ever tested. It was an immediate and striking comparison. The toe box is shaped in such a way that it feels unrestricting while not roomy, and secure while not snug. The experiences of people with different foot shapes may vary, but we doubt by much. A well-shaped heel cup eliminates blister problems and a great lacing system, coupled with plenty of ankle padding, allows you to get a very snug fit.
In classic Keen style, the sole extends a bit over the toe. At first, this was a bit annoying, but we learned to love it. It protected our toes from crushing and stubbing and made the entire boot much more durable. However, the extra rubber does add a bit of weight and makes it hard to edge if you plan on scrambling.
We wouldn't wear the Targhee on the hottest day of the year, and we wouldn't recommend using it for heavy-duty loads, but beyond these we really didn't have any problems with it.
We loved the Targhee for any and all light-duty hiking and backpacking applications. We were also pleasantly surprised to find that they were nearly perfect for canyoneering. While they did not drain water as well as we would have liked, they stayed comfortable during the long, soggy hikes out and gripped wet sandstone exceptionally well.
The Keen Targhee is an excellent value. Its high performing, durable, and ridiculously comfortable, and it can be found selling for under $100.
— Atherton Phleger
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Most recent review: November 26, 2013
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