User Review: Keen Men's Targhee II Mid
Use: day hikes or overnighters with light pack
Break-in Period: a few hikes
I bought these hikers after reading the reviews here. I was looking for a lightweight waterproof day hiker. I required a wide toe box and these were one of the few that fit the bill for me. The terrain I predominantly use is hilly upland forest, cedar bush and farm field.
These boots have met my expectations nicely. I did have concerns about the toe piece delaminating but that has not been a problem and I have worn these boots almost daily now for about 10 months.
They are not heavy or "klunky" feeling. The tread has a good grip good on the surfaces I travel.
There is no sign of stitching coming loose or significant "hot spots" of wear.
I'll probably buy a second pair in the fall before Keen comes out with a new model and, as all shoe manufactures like to do, change something in the shoe to improve it but instead ruin it.
The real test for this shoe will be next month when I'll be hiking in Jasper...but I have no doubt it will perform well.
I highly recommend this boot.
Update: August 24, 2008
This is an update to my previous review.
I took my Keen Targhee mid II boots with me to hike in Jasper National Park in Alberta.
I love these boots for hiking the trails of southern Ontario but I am glad I brought my full grain leather Lowa's along. They were most suited to that terrain. The Targhee's were too light for hiking the Rockies especially if you were on all day hike. I found that after a half day on the trails when my lower leg muscles tired I needed the support of a heavier boot to prevent a rolled ankle...nothing against the Targhee's but they weren't built for that terrain.
I'm still glad I have them and still highly recommend them for lighter work.
Update: November 24, 2011
OK, three years later and I need to update this review.
My original boots are still in use for around the house — doing the dirty jobs where I don't mind if they get wrecked.
The waterproofing really lasted only about 18 months which was a bit disappointing (minus 1/2 star) BUT considering they were my everyday shoe also, maybe that's reasonable.
I live in southern Ontario which has four distinct seasons, (July, August, September and winter — well not quite that severe) so the boot takes a beating. Nothing has fallen apart on the boots. No de-laminating of the soles, uppers are good, only the cushioning is done.
I'm glad Keen is not like the running shoe companies that feel they have to change a shoe every 6 months. If it ain't broke, don't fix it is my mantra and it seems Keen feels the same way. To that end I purchased a second pair a few months ago.
A lot of miles were put on these boots so in my opinion they are definitely worth the relatively low cost.
My rating remains