User Review: Keen Men's Targhee II Mid
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30
Waterproof, wide, and comfortable.
- Great toe space
- Cleans easy
- Heavier than trailrunners
- Not quite as breathable
Prior to getting my Targhee II, I was using trailrunners when backpacking. I loved wearing lightweight trailrunners but found that I always get blisters after every trip (regardless of miles). Additionally, I didn't like how trailrunners tend to taper by the toes — it hurts when going downhill.
Enter the Targhee II. First impressions to me was the weight, compared to the runners I had, this was significantly heavier. However, I noticed how much wider the shoe was, especially in the toe area. I purchased a pair and began wearing them to town just so I can break them in. I found them to be quite comfortable.
After using this pair on a trail, I was convinced that this was a great shoe. Since wearing this shoe back in August of 2011, I have to say that I have yet to get a blister and I have yet to have any issues with any pain on my toes. It's a great shoe if you're not quite ready for trailrunners but want to trade up those heavy boots.
Yours truly slogging comfortably uphill wearing my Keens.