The Keen Targhee III Low is a great hiking shoe. It has a waterproof membrane that keeps water out, though the leather absorbed quite a bit of water in our tests, rather than shedding it. While the traction was mostly good, we did find them to slip somewhat on bare rock. They have a good amount of cushioning in the midsole and a durable rubber toe box. It is cut on the wide side though, so if you have regular to narrow feet, you might not get a good fit in this pair.
Keen Targhee III Low - Women's Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Comfortable for wide feet, rubber toe box is durable
Cons: Lower cut can let water in, doesn't ventilate well
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Targhee III Low has an oiled nubuck leather upper, and a waterproof lining. The rubber sole is a proprietary blend from Keen, with 4mm multi-directional lugs. It's available in sizes 6-11 and two colors.
Whether or not you find the Keen Targhee III Low comfortable depends on the width of your feet. While not quite as wide as other Keen shoes we tested, they are still wider than most of the other models. So, if you have wide feet, this pair will alleviate the pinky toe squishing and rubbing that can make a fun hike miserable. Conversely, if your feet are narrow to regular width, you might find your forefoot swimming around, creating hotspots and eventually blisters. This shoe is middle of the road for the amount of cushioning under the forefoot.
The Targhee III Low is a great option for day hikes in cool weather. They're perfect for those with wider feet that can't get a good fit in other brands.
We did notice that our feet got a little hot in this shoe though. The membrane that keeps water out of the shoe is supposed to be letting your foot vent, but the full leather upper seems to trap it in somewhat. If you do hike primarily in hot, dry weather, then a shoe without a waterproof membrane might be a better choice.
We got reasonable support from this shoe, though not quite as good as others in the test. The Targhee does come with a well-structured insole, which we appreciated since so many of the models out there come with nothing more than a flat liner.
Keen uses their own proprietary rubber on this sole. The lugs are well-spaced to shed mud and are on the softer side. They provide great traction on the trails but are a tad slippery on bare rock.
This pair weighs 1 lb 9 oz in a size 7. That makes it heavier than some of the lighter synthetic pairs, but not the heaviest pair in this review either. Other models weigh about a quarter of a pound less than these, and the difference is noticeable. The extra rubber around the toe box is nice from a durability perspective, but it does add some weight to the shoe.
The "KEEN.Dry" waterproof breathable membrane works well at keeping water out of the shoe. We had no leaking during our bucket test, but the leather did absorb quite a bit of water, making the shoe noticeably heavier. The ankle opening is only 3.5 inches off the ground, which is lower than some, meaning water could splash in the top of the shoe.
We gave this shoe high marks for durability. The rubber toe box provides a lot of protection from toe stubbing and dragging. There is exposed foam on the midsole, but it wasn't separating as we saw on other shoes.
This pair retails about in the middle of the pack for hiking shoes. Note that the mid-height version of this shoe retails for only a little more, and is our Best Buy winner in our Women's Hiking Boot review.
If you're looking for a comfortable pair of hiking shoes and have wider than average feet, the Keen Targhee III Low is an excellent choice. They offer good cushioning and support and will keep your feet dry in the rain.
— Cam McKenzie Ring