User Review: Keen Men's Targhee II Mid
Materials: leather/synthetic vamp, event liner
Use: daily use, hiking, fishing
Break-in Period: 3 months
Price Paid: $125
1. Permanent waterproofness due to eVent liner.
2. Reasonably light weight.
3. Square toe box.
4. Great "quick lace" system - can be laced up "too tight" within seconds.
5. Great reflective strips that can be seen for hundreds of feet at night.
I've worn the boots for over a year, and they keep me dry despite me using them to hike through frigid Tennessee streams and daily walks through the snow, slush and rainstorms of Minnesota winters.
I find that my toes never feel restricted in this boot.
Lacing up takes literally seconds as a set of lace-lockers at the top of the boot allow you to cinch the laces first, then the boots hold the laces tight for you while you tie them down.
The tread hasn't worn down much at all in the last year. I'm rather surprised about this.
This boot, despite the use of an aramid shank, has a very flexible footbed as well as a rather flexible ankle support. As a result, this boot isn't exactly a load-bearing hiking boot, but more of a light-hiker.
If you're carrying a 30+ lb load on your back, this may not be the boot for you...
How to improve:
If Keen somehow stiffened up the shank without increasing weight and improved the ankle support somehow, then this boot would move up to the "hiking boot" class. As it stands, the Targhee Mid II is more of a waterproof mid-height trail shoe.