KEEN Women’s Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot Review

Editor rating

0/5 on August 10, 2017

User's rating

PROS

  • Less break-in period
  • Sturdy and breathable
  • Roomy toe box
  • Lightweight
  • Good value for money

CONS

  • Low ankle height
  • Not durable

VERDICT

The KEEN Women's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking boot is a good choice for beginners. It offers good value at a reasonable price.

KEEN describes its Women’s Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot as four-wheel-drive performance for feet. When we looked at the external design of the hiking boots, we were convinced that it has been built with great care for those who love to tread the toughest path. It has the unique trademark of Keen Footwear, a company that is committed to create original and versatile products for outdoor adventures.

Since its release, the Keen Targhee II Mid has been one of the most popular hiking boots for women. They promise to keep your feet dry and well protected all year round. The innovative design takes care of the contours of your feet and provides extra comfort even for day long hikes. This is a mid-height shoe that enables you to hike, scamper, backpack, or scramble far from the hustle-bustle of city life.

Let’s take a look at the features and find out whether it fits our standards for the best hiking boot for women.

Features

The Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot is lightweight and comfortable for those who love to embark on day hiking trips. It feels easy on the feet from the moment you put it on till you take it off after a long day’s hike.

The Torsion Stability ESS Flank and contoured heel lock feature keeps your feet in place without any extra movement to give you a good grip. It has a good amount of padding and cushioning in the right places for enhanced comfort.

The Targhee II has a roomy toe box which reduces the break-in period and makes it ready to use straight out of the box. We also appreciate the fact that these shoes can perfectly fit wide feet, which is a problem with other hiking boots from other brands like Merell and Salomon.

According to the manufacturer, these shoes run a half size smaller so we would recommend that you order a half size bigger than your original size to get the perfect fit.

The Targhee II provides amazing support with its 4 mm lug depths that also add sturdiness to the boot. The outer sole is tough to last in rough terrain and the thick rubberized cover provides enhanced protection for your toes.

The 4mm lug depths provides a lot of stability and support to these boots. They enhance the traction capacity, enabling you to get a good grip even on loose gravel and rough terrain.

However, the boot lacks in terms of ankle protection. The sole thickness does not match with the height of the shoe; as a result there’s not much support for the ankle.

If you come across a wet and muddy patch in your hiking trail, there’s nothing to worry as long as you have the Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot on your feet. These shoes are water-resistant so even if you have to hike through a wet area or there’s a slight drizzle, your feet will remain dry.

However, it’s worth noting that the ankle height is pretty short so your socks will get wet in heavy rain or deep water.

Most of the boot is made from leather and rubber material that adds sturdiness to the product. At some portions, you can find nylon mesh that allows your shoe to be breathable. This prevents your feet from getting sweaty and uncomfortable when the temperature soars.

Advantages

  • These boots are comfortable and they come with a minimal break-in period.
  • They can easily accommodate people with wider feet and give them a snug fit.
  • Toe box is roomy and the front rubberized cap provides enhanced protection to the toes.
  • The outer sole is thick and sturdy. It delivers a good performance in tough rocky terrain and in all-weather conditions.
  • They are lightweight, waterproof and breathable to ensure maximum comfort.
  • They are reasonably priced so they offer you good value for money.
  • The manufacturer stands behind its product and offers a one-year warranty.

Disadvantages

  • The ankle height is short so they lack enough support for the ankle.
  • The lace eyelets tend to break easily as they are made of woven fabric.
  • Not the right shoe for multiple-day hikes as they might not be able to take a lot of beating.

Verdict

The KEEN Women’s Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot is a good pair of hiking shoes for beginners. They are perfect for short day trips. The lightweight, sturdiness and breathable quality of the boot also make them a good choice for professional hikers.

However, please bear in mind that they are made for light hiking trips and they may not last well for day long hikes on rough terrain. The boots can last for two to three years before they start showing signs of wear. At this price, it’s definitely not a bad deal.

One response to “KEEN Women’s Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot Review

  1. Hiking Boots says:

    The Keen Targhee II Mid has been one of our favorite choices for well-priced, all-around hiking boot for years. This year, we put them to the test once again to compare them to the latest in hiking boot design. The Targhee II did not disappoint and ended up ranking as one of our best value boots. They are comfortable and supportive and held up well during our weeks of testing on the mountain trails of California.

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