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Keen Targhee II Mid - Women's Review

   
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Overall avg rating 5.0 of 5 based on 4 reviews. Most recent review: April 10, 2014
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Pros:  Extremely comfortable, lightweight, great toe protection.
Cons:  Soles wear out quickly
Best Uses:  Dayhiking, light backpacking, canyoneering.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (2/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Keen
Review by: McKenzie Long ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ May 11, 2012  
Overview
Known for its sandals, the Keen company does surprisingly well with its hiking boots. The Keen Targhee II wins our Best Buy award for being the most comfortable, high functioning boots for the least amount of money. They are waterproof, supportive, and offer tons of toe protection. Their main downside is that the foam on the soles may not last through multiple seasons of hiking, but if you are looking for unmatched comfort in a dayhiker at an easily accessible price, the Targhee II fits the bill. If you love this boot but don't need protection from water, check out the Keen Voyageur, which has the same sole and toe-box, but has a meshy upper and lacks a waterproof membrane, making them more breathable. These boots are a similar weight and comparable in features to the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's, which is comfortable, supportive, and waterproof, but are much less expensive. If you need a heavier boot for backpacking, look into the Scarpa Kailash or the Asolo Bullet GTX - Women's.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Support
Available in a mid and low-cut version, The Targhee II can offer more ankle range of motion or more ankle support, whichever you prefer. The toe bumper adds extra support around the front of the foot.

Traction
The multi-directional lugs on the sole provide great traction for multiple types of terrain.

Comfort
Keens have a very unique toe box. It may look a little goofy, but it provides the least restricting fit. The toes have room to move, yet the heel cup is secure enough that the foot does not slide around.

Style
We find the look of Keens to be a bit funky. However, the looks are dictated by function, providing an especially comfortable and protective toe-box, so it makes the unusual looks excusable. The color choices on the Targhee II are fun with bright accents.

Durability
Overall, Keen boots seem sturdy and durable. The extra rubber on the toe holds up to as much toe-stubbing as the sloppiest hiker can manage. However, the first thing to wear out would be the exposed EVA foam on the sole. We polled other tough women hikers to see what they think of the hiking boots in this review, and one female Forest Service employee got out her pair of Keens that she wore continuously for one summer, and showed us how the sole was deteriorating. The EVA makes them light and cushy, but the sole will not last as long as burlier boots with Vibram soles such as the Asolo TPS 520 GV or the Asolo Bullet.

Water Resistance / Breathability
Keen's proprietary waterproof membrane, KEEN.DRY, stood up to our water resistance test. We wore them into ankle deep water, and none at all crept inside. The coldness of the creek water could be felt, but the feet themselves stayed perfectly dry.

Personal Stories
A retail associate at Mammoth Mountaineering in Mammoth Lakes, California, a frequent stop for PCT hikers, reported that Keen hiking boots are very popular with customers. One couple returned to the store and raved about how amazing and comfortable they are, both of them buying a second pair to save for when their first pair wears out.

Best Application
Because of their light weight, great protection, and waterproof membrane, these are perfect for day hikes, short backpacking trips, and even canyoneering where you will be romping through wet pools.

Value
At $130, these are among the least expensive boots in this review, as well as being among the most comfortable. If you are looking for an inexpensive waterproof boot to get you through some hiking or canyoneering adventures, these would be an excellent choice that would not disappoint.

Other Versions
Keen Targhee II Women's
Keen Targhee II Mid Men's
Keen Targhee II - Men's

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   Apr 10, 2014 - 01:38pm
julean · Backpacker
I purchased these shoes in 2008, and they are just beginning to wear out. Soon, I'll be purchasing another pair. I've worn them in all conditions--rain, snow, trail, jungle, off trail, traveling. They're a perfect light all-round boot, and I love that the "high top" part is high enough to provide support but not so high that it constricts you in every day use. The top opens up nice and wide to air them out after a long day, and the wide toe box keeps your feet from getting tired. I wear green superfeet in them, and I've never had a single blister. They're probably not the coolest looking boots, but they are definitely the most versatile.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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Nov 29, 2012 - 03:10pm
 
Linda Long · Hiker · Houston
These are probably the best hiking boots I have ever worn.I bought these right before going on a hiking/camping trip to High Sierras/Yosemite. Since I live in Houston, I was not able to try them out on hills before hiking in the Sierras. I was expecting to have the normal new shoe issues but didn't have any issues at all. I have small feet with bunions so it is hard to find a shoe with a big enough toebox without a giant heel. The high top and the secure lacing system kept the shoes from slipping on my heels while still giving me plenty of room for my toes. I did add inserts without trying the arch support that came with the boots so I don't know if that was actually necessary. But I had miles of pain free hiking.
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silveriec · Mountain Biker · VT
My backpacking co-worker last season wore these all season. As did my boss. One woman had wide feet and although Keens are wider in the toebox, she bought a Men's equivalent of a women's 9. She did not wear insoles, but after a month and a half of hiking, the ball of her foot was starting to kill her (her pack was at least 40lbs). I talked her into at least getting a 3/4 length insole with a metatarsal pad to help spread out her toes and let her feet relax a bit while hiking. That helped alleviate some pressure/pain she was feeling. She put about 230 miles on these boots be before her feet started to bother her. The boots held up well, and she had no complaints in the traction, toes hitting the front of the boot, or of any hot spots otherwise.

The other woman, has a fairly small and narrow foot. She had a neuroma on the ball of her foot and had custom orthotics from her podiatrist. They were 3/4 length harder plastic insoles. She was having a flair up when hiking, and it was affecting her gait. Despite her pain (probably from older footwear) she was able to hike for 3 days in the wilderness in comfort. The wider fit of the Targhee II Mid and custom insole helped keep her pain minimal. In her downtown she only wore Chacos as that is what felt best.

Overall, these shoes fit a lot of people, but if putting in higher mileage, perhaps invest in an insole with a met.pad to have to further take advantage of the wide toebox.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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