Keen Men's Targhee II Mid

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The Targhee Mid II from KEEN offers four-wheel-drive performance for your feet. The shoe is revamped with the KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The aggressive outsole has 4mm lugs to bite into the terrain, providing excellent traction control. The ESS shank provides torsional stability for a secure ride, while the mid cut height increases ankle support through canyons and over mountaintops.

FEATURES of the Keen Men's Targhee Mid II Shoe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Keen Men's Targhee Mid II Shoe.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Mid-cut height increases ankle support.
  • Substantial Metatomical EVA footbeds are shaped to provide ample cushioning and arch support; can also accommodate orthotics
  • Removable metatomical, dual-density EVA footbed is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot.
  • Midheight cuff offers support to help protect ankles from injury
  • ESS shank provides midfoot support for all-day comfort and torsional stability on uneven terrain
  • S3 (shock, suspension, stability) heel support structure - Engineered to support the foot on impact, dissipate shock and reduce the odds of twisting your ankle.


  • Runs small, order 1/2 size larger


  • KEEN.DRY waterproof/breathable textile membrane keeps your feet dry and comfortable.


  • 4mm multi-directional lugs on the non-marking carbon rubber outsole.
  • KEEN.Protect patented toe protection - outsoles wrap up and over the toes for ultimate protection.


  • Dual-density, compression-molded EVA midsole provides cushion, stabilizes the foot, and allows natural flex
  • Compression-molded EVA midsoles offer shock-absorption and padding for all-day comfort


  • Waterproofed nubuck leather and flexible nylon mesh uppers offer ample durability, flexibility and breathability for comfort on the go
  • Secure-fit lace-capture system with sturdy nylon webbing eyelets and heel wrap helps lock feet to footbeds for increased support
  • Gently brush the footwear with a dry soft sponge or hand towel to remove loose dirt and restore surface. The use of a leather conditioner is recommended to preserve the original quality of the material. Stains should be treated immediately with a solvent-based leather cleaner. This process may cause slight discoloration to the affected area.


  • Webbing pull loops at heel and tongue allow easy entry/exit; padded, gusseted tongue keeps out debris and moisture while relieving lace pressure


  • KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable membranes keep feet dry while allowing perspiration to dissipate before it saturates the inside of the shoe
  • KEEN.Dry, a proprietary waterproof, breathable membrane that lets vapor out without letting water in.

Traction and Grip:

  • Nonmarking rubber outsole features multidirectional 4 mm lugs for traction, grip, and safer descents
  • Nonmarking carbon rubber outsoles with aggressive 4mm multidirectional lugs ensure traction and durability


  • Patented rubber Toe Guards protect feet and uppers from impacts and abrasion


  • Made in China


  • Avg. wt. 18 oz.
  • Keen.Protect rubber toe safeguards against abrasion and mild impact for durability and protection
  • Closeout
  • US shipments only
  • Four-wheel-drive performance for your feet.
Conquer changing terrain in a range of conditions in the KEEN Targhee II Mid hiking boot. The mid-level height of this men's outdoor boot protects your ankle from debris and rocks. Waterproof leather and an eVent membrane keep you dry while offering breathability. Supportive and strong, the S3 heel structure absorbs shock for a stress-free hike, every time you hit the trail in the KEEN Targhee II Mid hiking boot. Fit tip: This style runs a half-size short. KEEN recommends ordering a half-size up from your normal size (if you normally wear a 10, order a 10.5).

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When your boot is named after the famous Caribou-Targhee National Forest, like the Targhee II Mid Boot from Keen Footwear is, you hope certain expectations are met. Well, Keen certainly doesn't disappoint, equipping the Targhee II Mid Boot with KEEN.DRY waterproofing technology that keeps your feet protected from the rain and slush outside, while letting your feet breath to keep them dry from the inside. The metatomical dual density EVA footbed offers a comfy feel no matter how much time or how many miles you put into your boots.
Ready to take on any off-road challenge, the Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Shoes from Keen provides top support and protection on the trail.  This hard charging hiker combines a waterproof nubuck leather and textile mesh upper with a KEEN.Dry membrane/lining to deliver welcome durability with breathable, waterproof protection. Under your foot, the Targhee II utilizes a removable, metatomical, dual density EVA footbed, dual density CMEVA midsole, ESS shank, and S3 heel support to cushion and support your feet and legs over rough trails. Patented Keen protective toe caps provide additional protection from trail hazards. Enjoy trustworthy bite on rough trails thanks to the non-marking rubber outsole with 4mm multi-directional lugs. Average weight: 16.64 oz. Imported.
Manufacturer model #: 1008417.

Sierra Trading Post
From the rugged trail to the long walk home, Keen's Targhee II mid boots with a KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane provide a lightweight, supportive alternative to heavy boots.

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The Keen Targhee II mid hiking boots deliver superior traction and comfort for hiking along rough trails.


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Ready for your off-road challenges, the Targhee II features a waterproof, breathable Keen.Dry membrane, shock-absorbing midfoot support and stability, and an anatomical footbed to cradle the contours of your foot.

Country of Origin: Imported


Keen Targhee II waterproof day hikers deliver tenacious traction, stability and comfort.

These boots tend to run small. When ordering, please select a half size larger than your normal street size.
KEEN.DRY™ waterproof/breathable textile membrane keeps your feet dry and comfortable.

The ultimate day hiker with additional ankle support.

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Also available for: Women
Average footwear weight (pair):2 lbs. 2 oz.
Avg. Weight (Pair):2 lb. 1 oz. (945 g)
Circumference:12 1⁄2 in
Collar Height:15.24cm / 6"
Fit tip:Keen finds this style runs about a 1/2 size small
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Lining:KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable membrane
Midsole:Compression-molded EVA
Outsole:Carbon rubber
Rubber:Non-marking rubber outsole
Shaft:4 1⁄2 in
Shoe Lining:KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane
Shoe Sole:Non-marking rubber outsole
Shoe Upper:Nubuck and textile upper
Support:Nylon shank
Type:Hiking Boots, Waterproof
Upper:Leather with synthetic webbing/textile
Weather:Wet – waterproof
Weight:17.98 oz / 510.63 g
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Keen Targhee II Mid Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Good value. Comfortable. Poor traction

I live in west central Oregon. I walk my dogs in a big 'ol wet field and through muddy, slippery woods almost every day in the pair of boots shown. I have had this pair of boots for about 2 years. Thus, they have had approximately 500 trips to the above mentioned field and woods. I tromp right through the standing water and wet grass in these boots. I have never felt water inside the boots. If you don't know it already these boots are machine washable. These have been washed in the machine three times in hot water with detergent, jeans and riveted Carhartt work pants. I dry them at room temperature or set out in the sun for a few hours to dry after washing. I wash them like this when they get rank and too grimy to wear around town. They are very comfortable because they are wide. They do not provide much ankle support. I did not expect them to. They are light and not too hot in the summer. One of the seams on the right boot gave out and I glued it back with super glue. They was about 3 months ago. No other failures. The speed lace top loop is brilliant. The major complaint I have with them is that the sole compound is not very sticky. I fact, the word "sticky" doesn't apply to these boots at all: "slippery" does. I have fallen on my butt stepping on wet rocks (especially downhill) and on wet concrete, where I am sure Vibram would have held. I slide all over the place in them. Wet steel or iron city grates are one of the worst. I can almost slide across them in these slippery bas*^#@s. Vibram holds on such surfaces. Anyone who says they have good traction is talking about good traction on dry sidewalks or inside the mall. All that said, I hope Keen has softened the sole compound to make them stickier, because I just bought another pair.
yetanotherdave at REI on 11/11/2010

A hiking boot for 90% of the people

The winter was bit more harsh this year. We went to Tahoe area and lots of snow, and beauty. Methodically I started my research to buy a new boot. Danner seems the Rolls Royce of hiker boots. I could not find my size. I have an Rx sole and I need a 15 to fit I never heard of Keen before, and the reviews were so on so. One said the Keendry used for waterproofing is not as good as Gore-Tex, because it dries slower. Other said after hiking 50 miles with a 50 lb backpack can wear fast the boot.

I evaluated myself. I do not carry 50 lb backpacks very often. I don't do Sierra Mountain 50 miles treks. I don't even go into a snowy area not yet cleaned more than once in two years. I put the Keen Targhee II wide on and added my Rx sole, The boot, slightly wider standard, feels like a dream. You put it on and take it off easily.

Hiking boots craze just started. It is similar to every one buying runner shoes, but the great majority of people hardly runs. They use them every day. The hiking boot is more supporting, it's waterproof and one can walk off pavement. And if it feels as good as light shoe, why not buy one?

Sure the double priced and triple priced hiking boots, the one recommended in backpacking magazines, are better for expeditions and mountain trek buffs. I am neither of those guys and gals. Probably the 90% of the readers are probably like me.

Then this is one the best professional made hiking boots buy. If you are in the remaining 10% of the buyers, then consider the hiking boot that take a month to break them in. They can last 10 years. But I do not want a shoe to last 10 years. I can buy a new, techier, trendier pair every 3 to 4 years with the same money
Miha A at REI on 01/01/2011

Targhee II good, but slightly off target

As an aging avid hiker, shoe fit has become critical. Over the years the feet have become wider and flatter and the body a bit less resilient. Nonetheless, I still hike and travel quite a bit. Since wearing out my last pair of hiking boots, I've been having trouble finding a pair which fits. With a size 13, 2E foot the selection is small and problematic.

The Targhee's run a bit small (1/2) size so the only option was a 14. The boot fits a wide foot quite nicely both in the forefoot and instep. While the boot portion is a bit wide for my narrow legs/ankles, it still fits reasonably well (in contrast to other boots). The Targhee's offer very nice support for the ankles and foot and are rather cush. A short break in period is required (3-5 miles max) and they are good to go. The lacing is fairly secure with only one top cleat (another one would be nice to reduce lace slippage). In addition they are fairly light and seem well constructed.

On the downside the boots are fairly warm and not that breathable. I guess they trade waterproofing for breathability? So far, they have remained waterproof after a month though the long term prospects are questionable. Also, the soles provide reasonably good stability but the traction is only fair and they don't perform well on wet rocks and severe trails (too much penetration).

Overall, the Targhee's are a fairly good bet for day hikes though I doubt one would choose this shoe for a multi-day trail adventure. The longest hike I've done so far in these boots is 15 miles without any significant rubbing, blisters, etc. The biggest postitive is that they fit well for hard to fit wide feet (especially at the toe box) at a reasonable price point.
DocR63 at REI on 04/04/2013

Comfortable and Affordable

Bought these boots very recently without too much hiking boot knowledge. I tried on some other brands (mainly from Merrel) and found the Keen Targhee Mid II to be the most comfortable. The price was very attractive too. Think of this boot as a step above a trail running shoe.

I used them on a recent camping/fishing trip to Lopez Lake in Arroyo Grande, CA. There were some easy to moderate hiking trails in the area and the traction/comfort/support of the boot was outstanding. Stepped in the water a few times while getting to some hard to reach fishing
spots and my feet stayed dry. No water came through; however, I did not stand in the water for any extended period of time.

I also find myself wearing them in place of my regular new balance tennis shoes- around town and for everyday use. They're good looking shoes!

I did not notice any premature wear, as noted by some reviewers, but I did not do any crazy rock climbing or extended hiking/backpacking trips. Just 1/4 to 1 mile hikes to fishing spots. The rubber "lugs" on the boot sole do seem a bit flimsy, but no damaged rubber or unusual wear as of yet.

Chief complaint- they do not breathe very well. My feet got pretty hot at times, but I can deal with that. I'm not too crazy about the plastic lace hooks, either. I haven't broken one yet- but I do not like worrying about pulling the laces too tight and snapping one off or ripping one off against a rock on a trail. I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

In summation- GREAT boot. The comfort trumps all the cons. I would definitely recommend this boot for light hiking and outdoor activities.
Hey Andy at REI on 05/05/2011

Best fit for wide feet.

I'm very surprised to see so many negative reviews. I'm not saying that they are incorrect. I'm just saying that I haven't had the same experiences and I have put thousands of miles on my Keens.

I'll agree there is an issue with premature wear in the interior of the boot where your heel rubs when slipping your foot in and out. My first pair wore out after 2.5 years of heavy use wearing them everyday to work where I am on my feet nonstop, several >80 mile treks with a 40lb pack, and many day hikes usually around 10 miles each. Other than the interior heel wear, the only other problem was a few of the lugs started coming loose, and the 'Keen' emblem feel off both boots. My newest pair has carried me down the Art Loeb Trail twice, many day hikes, and everyday to work over the last 10 months or so. The interior heel is already worn down, but like new otherwise.

I have jumped creeks several times and the waterproofing held up fine when they were submerged. I have really only had to hike about 4 miles in rain. They kept my feet dry then too. We usually tarp it up and wait it out, so they haven't been tested much with rain.

If you have a wide foot like I do, there is no better boot. I have owned Lowas, Solomons, and Merrils. They don'y even come close. These boots have a wide, square toe box that keeps your toes from being cramped together. If you blister between your toes, try Keen. For this reason alone, I'll never buy anything other than Keens.
Electric Itch at REI on 01/01/2013

Great boots for the mountains

These boots are great. I had read that they did not require much break-in time so I thought I'd try it out.

The first time I wore them was on an 18-mile trek to Half Dome in Yosemite. I wore them with a single pair of REI wool socks. They were very comfortable and I had no hot spots at all during the hike.

I wore them again for my next hike (80-miles from Carson Pass to Donner Pass on the PCT) and, again, they were very comfortable. This time, however, I felt a slight hot spot under my big toe a few days into the hike. I never did anything to try and fix it (i.e. no moleskin) because it was not a big deal. No blisters. I think the extreme downhills on parts of the trail with a 50-pound pack contributed to it. Also, I once stepped into creek about 5 or 6 inches deep and my socks stayed dry.

The large toebox allows for plenty of room to move your toes around. Not cramped.

Another minor nice feature is that the top "hooks" that hold the laces really grip the laces tight. Not once did I have to re-tie my boots due to them coming undone or even getting loose.

Keens run small so buy a slightly bigger size than you are used to. I normally wear between a 10 and 10.5 shoes but bought the 11s in this boot.

I also tried on the low-top version of these but my heel slipped around too much. These mid-top boots are just right. Definitely will consider Keens again.
LoneRiver at REI on 08/08/2010

great for my wide foot

Bought these in the womens size-11, I've had them for over a year now with aprox.150mi in them. i personally had to wear them a few time before they felt comfortable. Not quite wide enough for me even after all the miles. Therefor I'm feel compelled to purchased the men's size 9, in hopes of a wider fit, BECAUSE, for the type of hiking we do they are a great boot.
Up to this date I've not a problem with the wear of the boot. There is some, but not alot, as far as being water"proof" only water "resistant"! sure feel great standing in a cold stream on a hot day! In reading some of the othe reviews however, I have found that my feet get quite hot wearing the boot,but, my feet run warm anyway,AND the laces were a bit short at first they've stretched a bit since!
The ONE "trek" my daughter and I did on the Washington coast however, told me that perhaps I should have had a boot for specfic terraine on a beach hike (from Lake Ozette Ranger Station to Cape Alava across the beach to Sand Point and back to the station) that was 9.2 miles. Six miles on board walks and 3.2 mi across a very slippery beach, I had alot of slipping a twisting which resulted in a severly sprained ankle! I don't recommend this boot for that kind of acitivity! Keep to trails, woods preferably!
twisted at REI on 10/10/2010

So far so good... Love the comfort

First off this is by far the most comfortable hiking boot I have yet to own. The break in time was next to zero. I put on the shoes right after arrival and hit a ten mile hike, feet were in Heaven.

I have submerged the shoe up to the Waterproof line on multiple occasions and NO water leaked in. When water did get in after complete submersion, shoes dried faster than Gortex models I have used previously.

At this point I only have about 200 miles hiked in these boots. Spent some time on the Tahoe Rim Trail, Big Sur and Kings Canyon National Park. So far the tread wear is lite and boots still appear to be new.

Again nothing is coming apart at this point, tread wear is at expected level. I mainly purchased the boots for ankle support as I use to sport trail running shoes for hiking becasue of previous boot discomfort experiences, but after numerous ankle turns, I figured it was time to sacrifice comfort for stability, but in the end I got both with these shoes.

After I have hiked more miles I will give an update on wear and tear. Would have given them 5 stars but I have not had the boots long enough to determine that yet. At the discounted price it was a good buy thus far and no complaints here.
OhioHiker4 at REI on 07/07/2010

comfortable, but beware superfeet!

The base fit of these boots is great. When I tried them on compared to the low-rise version of the same shoe, I knew these were the ones to go with. They just felt snug and secure on my feet.

However, since I normally swap out OEM insoles for SuperFeet (green) inserts, I did so on this particular boot right before a trip that involved lots of walking... big mistake. For some reason, the shape of the heel cup on these boots combined with the semi-rigid heel area of the SuperFeet insole formed a bit of a gap/seam that rubbed two matching blisters right into my heel after a day of walking (mostly city streets). Once I realized the problem, I immediately had to find a store to pick up a set of non-rigid insoles to carry me through the rest of my trip (along with some moleskin :). Problem solved. So, if you are a fan of SuperFeet, triple-check the fit and break them in a bit locally before you commit to that setup on a trip away from home!

The only other minor complaint is that these shoes are a bit more closed in design than my previous pair of GoreTex based shoes, so these definitely run a bit warmer. Having done some walking in the rain with these Keen boots though, they seem to be waterproof.
leeep at REI on 05/05/2011

Great shoe but needs maintenance

These Keens are amazingly comfortable. I have been looking for a hiker that fits snug, has wide toes, comfortable at every step. I have taken them all over the southwest and most of California.

There are downfalls to this shoe. Like most complaints the stitching comes apart within a couple of months. But I was prepared for it after reading the reviews. The stiching gave way at the south rim of the Grand Canyon and with a little needle and thread they are good as new and have held for 6 months now with no problems. "JUST A LITTLE NEEDLE AND THREAD!!!" No reason to trash the shoes because we can't sew.

The water proofing has not lasted but like every shoe that says it is waterproof you have to give them maintenance. I am a surveyor and I spend lots of time in boots, but you have to keep using boot oil to keep them waterproof. Soil has a way of soaking up oils that are in the boots that keep them waterproof. So if you love your Keens you maintain them just like a car or any other boot that you love.

I bought a pair of these for my father who stands on forflifts all day and now his feet no longer hurt at the end of the day...and the stitching has held.
Konkienam at REI on 08/08/2010

Negative Reviews:


These are absolutely terrible boots that don't last, the customer service rep even told me that the tarhegee II was not made for hiking. How is a hiking boot not made for hiking? the soles came off at just about every point on the shoe within 30 miles, and when I contacted them they made me go through all these hoops, they finally agreed to send a new pair of boots but a different model ( I cant recall which one). upon receiving the boots in the properly named box, I assumed it was the boot I was told I was going to receive. after hiking 30 miles in white mtn. national forest I contacted them again and told them my boots were falling apart. It turns out they sent me a less expensive boot from the ones I originally bought. they insisted that I send them pictures of the inside of the toungue to observe the tag. the funny thing was it was just a white square ( it was like this as soon as I bought it, but did not suspect any foul play would occur) with that and the fact that the boots were already destroyed, I sympathized with them that this in fact was the boots they sent me and this was the wear that had occurred. they then started to accuse me of lying to them and trying to scam them for a free pair of boots and really insulted me. I could not believe what I was hearing from them and the situation I was in. after that I vowed to them that I would make sure I would do what I can to make sure other thru hikers would not go through the same ordeal. I was very displeased with the whole experience.
CoreyMPCT2014 at REI on 11/11/2013

Great! then...Meh.

I bought these with hesitance as a replacement for my old, worn out Asolo hiking boots. I bought these because
A: I'm a tightwad and I wanted to save some money
B: They're very light and comfortable

I wore these out of the store and straight to a trailhead in the Gorge for a 9.5 mile hike brand new, and they were fantastic.
In fact I put many many miles on them last year after I got them because they were so comfortable.
For me there was zero break in time.

Fast forward a year later; the lining for the inside ankle padding has worked loose, the leather looks like it's five years old, and the stitching down by the toes is starting to get very ratty.
Also I find the traction to be a little iffy compared to any Vibram sole I've used. on wet surfaces these boots feel like they want to slip.
I haven't slipped in them, but having that feeling with a pack full of gear is not a reassuring thing. Maybe it's just the material but they don't feel nearly as secure to me as other boots, shoes and even sandals I've had.

Yet, they're still very comfortable, and I want them to last a long time, but they don't look like they're going to.

I like these boots a lot, but I see some very basic quality control issues going on. Maybe I'm wrong and they just went cheap on the outer material, and the boots will look like hell but last forever, but I don't think so. I will post anything relevant to my very subjective review if anything changes.
Average Knucklehead at REI on 07/07/2012

Fashon Boots, Not Hiking Boots

I am a geologist and have various hiking boots I use depending on the type of terrain. My REI-equivelant hiking boots were up for replacement and decided to try Keen based on reviews. Well, those reviews were not quite accurate. The sizing is off, the insole is so bad I actually wore them without the insole in it, the top lace comes over the tongue and rubs against your leg, absolutely no ankle support (if you are going to use a pack you MUST have some sort of ankle support), and that rubber tip touches my toes when going downhill. If you look at the shoe the first thing you see is that rubber toe and what's wrong with it? Compare it to your foot side-by-side. A foot is not straight across, it's angled. So it's like putting your foot in a box, not a shoe. Bad design but more of a fashon styling. If you are going to hike, work in these boots, wear a pack, depend on a pair of shoes, or want a shoe you can wear in comfort you may want to look elsewhere. Heck, my Whites are more comfortable! Sadly, REI would not take them back on return, either. Very odd for them so I have a pretty pair of fashon shoes in my closet. Not even worth donating.
geojim at REI on 11/11/2010

Comfort but poor durability.

HOW TO USE: These boots have a large sole area, and so would be great for snow or sand or, perhaps pine needles. On rocks and gravel, the sole feels too wide, and catches on edges when you'd prefer it did not.

PROS: Comfortable and lightweight and available in a design suitable for people with wide forefeet and not-so-wide heels.

CONS: NOT, let me repeat, NOT durable. After 4 days of 3 hour walks on a slightly stoney trail, I noticed that the "fingers" of the sole were coming loose. Thereafter, I would either super-glue or epoxy them back into place every few days. Luckily I carry these adhesives in my kit. These newer bonds would then fail because the material under the black sole material would break away.

I have gone though dozens of peirs of climbing boots, and never had anything like this happen before. I was genuinely concerned that I would be stuck on some mountain in Turkey with no usable boots to walk back on. I mean, comfort is important. Waterproofing is important, but basic durability is the one thing that one has to reply on absolutly. I would never ever consider purchasing a Keen product after this, and I am a bit disappointed that REI carries them.
MidAtlantian at REI on 11/11/2013

Great until they prematurely wore out

Bought these boots last October and right out of the box took them on a 10 mile hike with zero issues at all. These are incredibly comfortable boots. Unfortunately, they wore out almost completely after one year! The linings have ripped, the soles are worn through in several spots, the stitching has started to blow out and the fabric is separating in the toebox area. In short these things are completely worn out. They're just shot. Now they're just my town shoes. I know that they're only 150 or so, but at the rate they wear out, I should have just replaced my old Asolo TPS 520s, (2nd pair of those, btw) which finally gave out after 5 years of very hard abuse.
In short, these are incredibly comfortable, and as long as you don't mind replacing them every year, then they're fine. Or save yourself some scratch and get some boots that last longer.
I should also mention that I didn't even really put that many trail miles on them, which makes it even more heinous that they wore out as quickly.
Average Knucklehead at REI on 01/01/2013

Great fit, poor execution

Great fit if you have wider feet. Toe box is fairly square which feels great, while looking a little goofy. Great support, all-day comfortable, and plenty of traction. Never had any blisters while hiking Baden Powell, Baldy, Halfdome, Whitney...

Only problem: It wears out really quickly. The stitching on the sides fell apart, the tread started coming off, and the waterproofing failed. I tried shoe gooing it back together, because I really loved the fit of the shoes. If you take a good look at the tread you can tell where it's going to fail, and it did. The eVent breathed well, then a little too well when it began letting in water. Still loved the fit, went on a few more hikes, until a hike after the recent rains (late winter 2010). Stuck my toes in a creek, water flooded in, my boot was about as waterproof as a tennis shoe.

I wish all boot companies made square toebox shoes, not everyone wants a pointy toe'd, narrow cowboy boots. The Keens were a perfect fit, if they were only more durable...
Doug in LA at REI on 02/02/2010

Slippery when wet!


These are probably the worst pair of shoes I have ever bought. Who in their right mind make boots that turn slippery when they get wet? They just suddenly lose traction completely, much like walking on ice.

I wore these 1 day, in that day I fell down two times. I haven't tripped in over 2 years until I got these. I slipped on wet PAVEMENT in the rain. To put it in perspective, I'm a perfectly healthy, coordinated 28 year old without a hint of disability. There is something about the rubber compound that makes these boots instantly and completely lose 100% of traction at just the right angle. Thus you have no slip, or warning, your foot just shoots out from under you.

I now have both my knee's bruised, one skinned, and a torn pair pants. I WILL be returning these! I will walk barefoot up hill in the rain (possible around here) before I put these on again.
malibu35072 at REI on 01/01/2011

A heartbreaking experience

I've had a set of these boots for the past 18 months. I've worn them in a variety of environments ranging from the Yosemite backcountry to the depths of the Ventana Wilderness. I am an avid hiker/backpacker.

As I mentioned before, I've had these boots for 18 months. In reality, I've had 2 pairs over the past 18 months. The first pair failed when the nylon eyelet on one boot broke. Keen replace them under warranty although I expect the same failure to occur. I also find these to be very hot boots. Even with high-tech hiking socks, my feet feel as though they are on fire. I've not had a similar experience with other boots in the past. I attribute this problem to the Keen Dry waterproof fabric. It does not breath and my feet end up both hot and wet. Overall, I find them very uncomfortable as a result.

On the plus side, traction is great; they are extremely light, and provide excellent ankle support. Would I buy them again. Definitely not.
NorCalAdventure at REI on 09/09/2010

Great fit, soles fall off

I have three pairs of these of various ages. They are fantastic for trail hiking. I bought my latest pair for the 500-mile Camino de Santiago walk in Spain. I knew I'd be blister-free in these boots from previous experience, and I wanted new ones so they might last through the hike. I have had mixed results with these and the low-cut versions; some last reasonably well, but on others the sole quickly starts separating from the upper. This latest pair started coming apart on day 3 of the Camino. I found some contact cement made especially for boot soles, and was able to re-attach the sole a few days later just before it came completely off. The repair lasted for the rest of the (32-day) hike. This tells me that I can glue a sole in the bathroom of a hotel better than Keen can do it at the factory. Keen has a serious quality control issue here.
naclassics at REI on 11/11/2013

Best hiker for falling on your butt

This is my second pair of Targhees. The first review was much more favorable than this one. With now over 2 years of experience with these boots I can say with absolute confidence that the lack of traction on anything but hard, dry surfaces is the worst I have ever had in a pair of boots. I cannot remember ever wearing slipperier boots than these. Not only is the sole compound too hard and almost lacking in adhesion, but the tread is closed, which precludes clearing even the shallowest of wet snow. The slimey feeling underfoot on anything other than a hard, and dry surface makes for miserable walking anywhere but the mall, the summer sidewalk and Starbucks. They do last though; and they are waterproof and light and attractive. But stay off wet surfaces with them or you will end up on your butt. I know. Keen really needs to fix this problem.
yetanotherdave at REI on 02/02/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Not for all feet or heavy packs.

I bought these boots on a Tuesday around noon. I wore them out of the store around town, I wore them at work (Construction) and after on Wed, Thurs, & Fri. They were a little uncomfortable in the arch area at first but I thought they just needed to be broke in. The uncomfortable feeling did not go away, but it was very slight & comparing to many, many years in higher end Hi-Teks they were more comfortable than the Hi-Teks. On Saturday I wore the boots on an 8.7 mile hike at Henry Coe State Park in California. The hike was a 3 star out of five, the terrain was relatively flat, solid footing & wide trails for the first 2.5 miles, and then it started to get fun with lots of elevation & terrain variation for the rest of the hike. About the first half of the hike was solid somewhat uneven moist soil, icy, narrow trails, with water run off & soil erosion on the trails. The rest of the hike was a little more advanced with switchbacks, creek crossings, light rocky terrain & some elevation variation. I weigh about 210 lbs & I hike with a 40-45 lb pack stuffed with 6-8 liters of water, lots of 1st aid supplies, plenty of food, rope, webbing, hardware, flashlights, flares, etc. These boots were definitely not enough support for how I travel even on a day hike. Today is Sunday (day after the hike) & my feet hurt worse than they ever have. Very sore deep into the tissue & bones. I am a firefighter in the Sierra Nevada foot hills and I have hiked for 40-60 miles, 48-72 hours straight, regularly, wearing 10" boots, wildland fire gear, a 70 pound hose pack & a ground cutting tool. My feet would be very tired after my shift and somewhat sore but never compared to how my feet felt after the hike yesterday or today. The boots feel like they would be great for everyday use, or day hiking with a very light pack (a couple liters of water & lunch) & a good aftermarket insole. I love that they are very light weight (can hardly feel them on your feet), & that they are water proof, the price is nice too.
FF7619 at REI on 12/12/2008

Comfortable but at what cost?

I love how comfortable these shoes are, I've been on some 10 mile hikes on steep rocky terrain and even when jogging down hill my feet felt good.

I used these boots in Southern Utah on climbing approaches and they allowed me to feel fairly secure on sandstone surfaces and on moderately technical scrambles.

I did make the mistake of leaving the lace hooks untied during one approach which caused my shoes to get snagged together and nearly tripped me over the edge. If you wear these shoes do not leave the hooks untied unless you aren't risking a fall if it trips you up.

I wore the shoes a week ago (June) to approach the West Slab of Mt Olympus. The trail is mostly dry creek bed with muddy sections and ice as the valley steepens. The shoes performed well when dry but when wet they were treacherously slippery. They did not edge or provide good traction on the ice/snow but I managed to take my time and pass the snowy sections.

Tonight, after another short hike to climb, I sat down to wash the dust off my shoes and was discouragingly met with seams on the left shoe coming undone. Stitching has come undone and the shoes are clearly coming unraveled quickly.

I'm discouraged because they have provided great comfort however I've only hiked maybe 50 miles total and that's simply unacceptably little for a hiking shoe to fall apart.

I'll be taking the shoes back and exchanging them for a, hopefully, more durable shoe. Ideally I'll find something that offers greater edging capability too.
bulletbikeguy at REI on 06/06/2010

Targhee II's in the desert

Belong to a couple of hiking groups in Gold Canyon, AZ on the edge of the Superstition Mtns so 2-3 dayhikes per week. The terrain is decomposing granite and solidified ash, crumbly and sharp. My second pair of Keen Targhee II's are about to bite the dust. Both pair were comfortable right away and gave good traction and pretty good support. I would recommend them for those reasons. One pair stayed dry, the other didn't. I had hoped that the first pair were lemons as far as wear and tear but both pair significantly deteriorated/wore out over a six month hiking season. The current pair has a broken heel retention strap and one broken lace loop and blown out the outer seams at the side of both boots. The sole lugs also come unglued at the small end on the sides of the sole. they seem to wear quickly to me. The Keens larger toe box is good for my hard to fit feet so I'm going to try the Keen Pyrenees this time. Looks like the same toe box but no nylon heel retention strap or lace loops and a traditional one piece leather front with no low side seams to abrade away the stitching. There are numerous other Keen wearers in the group who generally agree on the good fit and faster wearing issues but I may be harder on mine than the rest.
Desert Delver at REI on 02/02/2010

Good fit - straight out of the box

Bought these boots online and received them no more than 2 days prior to my scheduled departure date (by the way, this was my own fault as I had deliberated too long before placing an order).

As most Keen footwear I own, there was a minimal period of time needed for break-in. I wore these boots for one working day prior to my departure on a 2 day backpacking adventure. The fit throughout the backpacking was secure and snug, especially around the ankle and heel; not once did I need to re-adjust the tightness, which was a good thing because the terrain was slippery and rocky with the trail non-existent in some locations.

My two major complaints about this boot are the lack of pronation control and lack of available traction. The heel and ankle seem to be structurally slim/tapered and this threw off my balance. As I am used to having a boot that would rigidly support in uneven terrain, this boot gave me a bit of problem. I think this issue contributed to the lack of available traction. If I can't get good footing, I would expect some stability in traction. Maybe the next model will have a more aggressive thread to overcome the ankle and heel structure - just an idea :)
Chaiguy72 at REI on 11/11/2011

Love Hate relationship

I have to say that I was not that knowledgeable about shoes/boots when I bought these. They were recommended for a hike with full pack on the AT through the Smokey's. Not what these boots are for! Killed my feet and I was able to stop before major injury. Not the boots fault, but I say that to say this, these are light hikers. I weight 200 pounds and carry upwards of a 60 pound pack. These boots are not for that. You feel every little rock and bump in the trail and there is little to no stiffness in the sole for support.

I do however where these for very light hiking and everyday use and they are WONDERFUL! The most comfortable boot I've worn. Light, easy on and off. The size is true to form. Keen is the only brand I can buy off the internet and know that it will fit and fit right.

I have had no wear problems and these have held up well. I have had them for about 8 months now. Would I buy another pair, yes, would I recommend them, yes, but know what you are wearing them for.
Mac the chilled adventurer at REI on 01/01/2009

Comfortable, Wear out quickly

These are the most comfortable hiking shoes I have ever owned. If my feet feel good, I feel good all over. I'm 59 years old, fairly light, and carry a light pack for 40 - 50 mile section hikes on the AT a couple of times a year. I had never found a pair of boots that fit my toes - long and broad - until these Keens. Everybody else raved about them but warned about the quick wear, but I decided to give them a try. They are as comfortable as people say. I could wear them every day and I'd like to wear them to work but they look funny with my priest's black suit and vestments. Sometimes I wear them anyway if I can get away with it. After less than 150 miles on the trail I haven't had a problem with the soles, the leather, or anything else, but the liner has worn through just from the friction against the sock around my ankle. If I can figure out how to patch them I'll keep wearing them. Duct tape?
PadrePadre at REI on 10/10/2010

Comfortable boots, not for weak ankles!

I would not recommend these boots to anyone with weak ankles, there is no way to tie the boots tight or even snug around you ankles. I would be concerned on the trail of these boots having trouble with the top plastic hooks breaking. Once they are broke there is absolutely no ankle support.

On the good notes: I don't have weak ankles so I didn't mind, and the hooks allow you to loosen your boots with out them actually being tied, say for walking around the campsite after a long hike. I thought they did fine in creek crossings that were short, I never put them in for long periods. The toe box is a hammerhead toe suffers dream, made these boots well worth it to me as there is lots of room for you toes.

Overall I thought they were very comfortable and easily broken in and did well on a 3 day backpack trip in the Rockies. Given they broke in so easy I wonder how long they would last, also given some of others responses.
azhwymn at REI on 11/11/2009

Not Stable Enough

I originally posted a review on here giving the Targhee II a 4 Star rating. I mentioned that the ankle support and lateral stability of the boot seemed to be lacking and after several hikes on various types of trails I am certain that this is the case. On every hike I've been on with these boots my ankles have rolled - fortunately I was able to catch myself before twisting or breaking my ankle each time.
On my last hike I tried a more technical, strenuous hike and my ankles rolled at least a dozen times on a 2.5 hour hike.
I like everything about these boots except for the lack of lateral stability, especially in the heel area and the lack of ankle support.
I would only use these for light hiking. They are okay on the technical stuff but be cautious about landing your foot where the trail gets a bit bumpy.
I would still recommend these to the casual, light hiker but not to anyone interested in doing more rugged, technical stuff.
Haptown at REI on 03/03/2010

Love Hate relationship

Love the fit, lightness and general comfort. They were not too hot and seemed to breathe just fine. They are definitely not waterproof so wear something else if you expect lots of stream crossings and occasional snow fields. The issue for me was durability & after just 10 miles, a seam started to pull apart. The soft tread compound and lack of a more rigid midsole makes for light weight and comfort, but also proved to be an issue on the very rocky trails of Colorado's high mountains and the CDT. After a few miles even without a day pack, I could really feel the stones pushing through the soft sole. The shoe seems much better suited for 'softer' trails. I use a pair of leather HiTec Altitude IV boots with a more protective midsole for the rougher [and cold and wet] stuff and wear the Keens 'back east'. But even with the negative comments, I gotta admit this Keen model is certainly a comfortable boot!
Alpine Steve at REI on 10/10/2008

Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots- Mens

I purchased these boots, as did my girlfriend, and hiked an 80+ mile detour route from Stevens Pass-Snoqualmie Pass, WA. We broke them in prior to our hike, simply by some day hikes. They leaked by my third or so day hike! I then used them for a 7-day survival school, where I walked many many miles on uneven ground. Prior to this, I had some stitching repaired. During the school, other seams came apart. Once the soles wore down some, they became VERY slippery on wet wood and muddy areas. *They are very comfortable and they have a wide a toe box, so I still might consider purchasing another pair- BUT, for the price and how little time they break down, I might reconsider.* If the stitching was better, and more waterproof, I would buy these all the time! For a one-year use of about 150 miles, these are great boots.
Back-Blast at REI on 12/12/2010