A longtime favorite of distance hikers, the Keen Targhee II doesn't need much introduction. Its low price and extremely capable design have been upholding its ranking as an extremely popular shoe. Foot support and comfort are top priorities in this shoe's design. There are few trails you should fear when wearing this Keen model, even when carrying a medium pack. The toe protection is near-legendary, so you can forget stubbed toes on unseen rocks and roots when trails get rough. Two key aspects kept this shoe off the podium this year — poor water resistance and the heaviest weight in the review. Overall, though, this shoe remains a great value for many hikers, ourselves included.
If you like the toe protection of the Targhee shoes, but want a boot for your hiking ventures, check out the mid-cut Keen Targhee II Mid. Both share the same wide foot shape, construction, and materials. The "Mid" version has a taller ankle shaft, which offers more ankle stability and support for longer backpacking trips with heavier packs.
The Targhee II lost the Best Buy crown this year to the Vasque Juxt, which is much more lightweight, breathable, and $15 cheaper. One pair we expected to compete well against the Keen model was the Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof. It provides more traction and durability, but it couldn't match the support or keep our feet as comfy as the Targhee II.
The Targhee III is here! Keep scrolling for all the info on this new version of a longtime favorite.