Decent boot for decent price. Bought these because…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $129.99


Decent boot for decent price.


  • Waterproof


  • Not very breathable
  • Rubber sole started to seperat from boot

Bought these because I needed a new boot when my 7 year old boots finally said "enough" after the first night of a weeklong trip in the Adirondack High Peaks. Boots were within my limited budget and bought solely based on a friend's recommendation of the Keen brand. 

Boots went from retail to trail with no break-in period and held up very well. My feet were comfortable and provided the waterproof ability that my previous boots decided it could no longer provide me.

Only issue with the boots are that they are not very breathable. I didn't think that my feet would sweat as much as they do because my previous boots were full leather just like the Targhees. It could be a combination of the boot and my body type but I often have to stop and take off the boots to air out my feet. Sometimes when I wear the boots during cold weather the seating of my feet makes my feet cold. 

After a few months the sole of the boots started to come apart. I ended up gluing them back together and they have continued to hold up for over two years. I have only had to water proof them after the two year mark. I have had to replace the insoles during this time, but the boot itself has held up over time.


Glad to hear they held up after the repair. Thanks for the review.

4 years ago

So far after moderate amount of wear an excellent…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 250 australian

So far after moderate amount of wear an excellent boot with a major fault:

The nylon material loop eyelets are all fraying and 2 are broken on one boot through making the boots unwearable.

Until this problem is rectified I would NOT RECOMMEND these boots to anyone.

I am in the process of trying to get these boots replaced but have heard a whisper that KEEN will claim that I have been tightening the boots too tightly. If so this is thing you know we will need a tensionometer to tighten our laces to the "correct degree".

I have read of other people having this problem ... what about the readers on this forum?

I suggest you go and check for fraying on your KEEN eyelets.

I like the durability of the shoe. It's nice and strong…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110


I like the durability of the shoe. It's nice and strong and is comfortable for long days at work and, the best part, my feet do not get Cold!


  • Comfortable footpads


  • Shoelaces are a little too long

The shoes are very comfortable. For long days on my feet they hold up to the rugged terrain that I put them to. I like them on short hikes, but not long ones. The shoelaces are kind of long. But the stiffness of the boot is very good if you like that extra wide.

I have put them through water and they hold up very well. Do not leak in shallow water! I will definitely buy another pair in the future!

Needed boots to use without break-in and these worked…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: around $130


Needed boots to use without break-in and these worked great.


  • Lightweight
  • No break-in needed
  • Fair price


  • Tread seemed a little slippery

The week before I was to hike in Baxter State Park on a 4-day backcountry hike my broken-in boots failed. So on the way to Baxter I stopped at L.L. Bean and bought these boots because the saleswoman suggested they are great out of box. So I bought.

Was very happy that I got no blisters and feet felt great. Did think tread could have been better for damp conditions.


Thanks for the review, John. Glad you were able to find something that worked right away.

4 years ago

Very comfortable easy to wear, last for a long time.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $129 on sale


Very comfortable easy to wear, last for a long time.


  • Tuff
  • Long lasting
  • Comfortable


  • Laces are a bit weak

Great all around boot. Have used them for some time. I use them for camping and fishing too. Would definitely buy more of them.

Absolutely wonderful! Didn't feel like there was any…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Break-in Period: None!
Price Paid: $120

Absolutely wonderful! Didn't feel like there was any break in period at all. So comfortable I don't even want to take them off after a day's hike. I've put 70 miles on them in the last six weeks and they've been great.

I love these boots. They are comfortable, well-designed…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: leather and nylon type fabric
Use: Appal Trail maintenance hikes, repairing the AT
Break-in Period: hardly any
Weight: pretty light compared to my Frankenstein One-Sport boots
Price Paid: $120

I love these boots. They are comfortable, well-designed and well-constructed. But I don't love the difficulty I have had with Keen at finding the right size boot. I have a pair of 10-1/2 Mids. They aren't too small, but I really don't have much wiggle room for my right big toe. Ironically, my left foot is absolutely perfect in size. I had tried a pair of size 11 earlier at REI, and they felt like clunky clown shoes. I would probably be happy with a 10.5 left and an 11 right. I have a pair of Keen low-cut Austins, size 10, and they are perfect.

Warning - when you try these Targhee Mids on, wear extra socks and bring any orthotics or arch supports you might wear. At the store, try any sloping declines you can find to make sure your toes don't touch the front of the shoe.

But these are great boots! And if I can find a cheaper pair of 11 models, I'll buy a pair.

Not broken in yet, but searched all over for a light…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $120

Not broken in yet, but searched all over for a light hiker with wide toe box. I have the Merrel Mesa Ventilator Mid which is a great summer hiker for me. Looking for something for colder weather and waterproof I looked at Vasque Breeze, Merrel waterproof forgot the name, and The Keens, among others I can't remember.

With my heaviest hiking socks, the Keens were the best fit for me. I totally agree with all other comments on the sizing. I take a size 7 shoe. I ended up with an 8 in the Keen. I brought home a 7.5 and after a while my big toe was hitting surprisingly (usually it's the crunched pinkie toes) so I got the 8's. Lightweight, super comfie, cushy, pretty good looking, waterproof, breathable. Ankle support seems a little light though.

So far I love em, but haven't tortured them yet. I reco them worth a look if you need a wide toe box - one of the few styles available for that. Got mine at REI.

These boots rock! I went to REI right before they…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Hiking!
Break-in Period: Immediately!
Weight: 160lbs
Price Paid: $120

These boots rock! I went to REI right before they closed to pick up shoes for a 10-mile hike the next day. I knew my feet were going to hurt no matter what. Having to break them in on a 10-mile hike would have probably killed me, but I had no other choice. When I tried them on in the store, they felt really great. But I didn't know what would happen after a few miles on the hike.

The next day, I put them on and started the hike. To my surprise, they continued to fit great. In fact, my feet NEVER did hurt. It's almost as though I didn't have to break them in. I tread through water and got them totally soaked inside and out. I expected to get blistered but to my surprise again, no blisters!

I'm really impressed by these shoes and Keen's are my new favorites. I would totally recommend these. No problems breaking in at all! Do note that you want shoes to fit snug. It's when you wear the wrong sizes that "break-in" takes longer and is more painful.

These shoes ROCK!

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