Keen makes fewer compromises while designing lightweight shoes than other manufacturers, and the Targhee 2 rightly has a dedicated following. The mid-cut boot version provides good ankle support for those who need it. Both the low- and mid-cut versions are popular with thru-hikers on the Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails. Hikers seeking an even more supportive shoe should check out the La Sportiva FC ECO 2.0, our Top Pick for Backpacking. The The North Face Ultra 109 GTX won our Editors' Choice award, and we consider it the best do-everything hiking shoe in our review. The Ultra 109 and Targhee performed and scored very similarly, so choosing between the two will primarily be a choice based on fit and budget. The Ultra 109 tends to fit average to narrow feet better, while the Targhee favors average to wide feet. Finally, the Keen is a little lighter per shoe.
After comparing the Targhee 2 to the competition in our 2015 update, we're happy to announce that this tried-and-true favorite has earned our Best Buy Award once again!