User Review: Keen Men's Targhee II Mid
Materials: leather, eVent waterproof membrane
I have very difficult feet to fit. I have flat feet, narrow at the heel, wide at the mid foot area, and normal width toebox. These fit pretty ok, except the heel is a little wide for my feet, so I can feel my heel roll a little. But so far no twisted ankles yet.
Despite what most reviewers say, I don't find it has a wide toe box. It's just not pointed like most shoes are shaped. But that helps reduce the impact on your toes then going downhill. It's also not a high volume shoe. I replace the stock insole with my custom made ones, which are slightly thicker, and the boots feel pretty snug around the feet without tightening the laces much.
The good: very comfortable out of the box. Good cushioning, uppers not too stiff, so requires very little breaking in. It feels like boots with the cushioning of sports shoes. Waterproof, good breathability. Kept my feet dry through a 30 min long light shower, except for water running down the ankles, which cannot be helped. Grip is good on all kinds of dry terrain, but on wet surfaces it does not grip that well. Definitely looses out to Vibram in that area.
The bad: Laces slip through eyelets. I find I have to retie the laces once in a while. I now use 2 short laces on each feet, one for the bottom three eyelets, another for the top two to tighten up the ankles area.
Not thick enough around the collar. I have thin ankles, and I have problem keeping the collar tight around the ankles. Maybe a second pair of eyelets further back will solve this.
Thew uppers are too soft to provide ankle support, which kinds of defeat the purpose of wearing boots.
The eVent membrane keeps your feet dry, but the leather itself dose not shed water at all. In fact, it absorbs pretty fast. Definitely wax it right out of the box. I regret not doing so. Now the leather is slightly stained from absorbing dirt along with the water.
The threads on the sole are showing wear after less than 50km, so I'm don't think the shoe is going to last very long.
The flat front at the toes makes it harder to grip on small ledges when climbing slopes.It's like the exact opposite of rock climbing shoes.
Bottom Line: Comfortable, decent boots. A bit pricey, but worth it if you want comfort without having toe spent months breaking in the boots.