Keen Targhee II

Overview

The Keen Targhee II is my go to everyday shoe. It is available in women’s, mid height, and wide sizing. Both pair of Keens I have owned have a wide footbed so keep that in mind if you are looking at the wide fit. With KEEN.Dry as long as the water or snow do not go above your ankle they do a good job keeping your feet dry. The lace design provides good support and makes for a comfortable fit. Good for everyday wear and getting off the beaten path.

 Fit and Feel

To start both the Keen Targhee II and the Keen Koven WP are the only shoes I haven’t had to put a different insole in. Most shoes or boots that I buy that’s the first thing I do. With the Targhee lace system when you cinch down the laces it locks your heel in so that there is no slip. With the Koven’s I would get hot spots on my heels if walking on uneven terrain over a long period of time. The Targhee does fit average to wide feet. I normally wear standard with shoes and Keen’s work well for me. Arch support is low to mid so if you have high arches you may try a different insole. To view other colors or women’s options go to Amazon

Targhee side by side Koven
Targhee left and Koven right
Targhee and Koven back
Koven left Targhee right

Traction

When looking at a trail shoe that can be worn everyday the sole of your shoe is what takes the beating. As a result you don’t want to leave yourself short. Not enough tread and you will lose traction in gravel, mud, or lose dirt. To much when you’re out and about tends to catch on things. I find the Targhee fits the bill without being to aggressive. Providing longer wear is also an advantage. Below I compare the soles of both the Koven’s are worn but weren’t as deep as the Targhee’s to begin with.

 

Koven vs Targhee II
Koven Left Targhee right

Durability

This is where Keen has so far earned my trust. For 3 years I abused the Koven’s and while they may not win a fashion show they held up. I have worn the Targhee’s for several months and are holding up the same if not better. The main areas of concern on any leather/mesh shoe is where they are stitched together and around the midsole seams. On the Koven’s eventually the mesh tore and the seams around the toe cap began to separate. That was after many miles and to be expected. So far the Targhee’s are holding up well and I believe they will continue to do so.

Targhee and Koven side
Koven left Targhee right

 

Conclusion for Keen Targhee II Trail Shoe

For around town or on the trail the Keen Targhee II will take you there. I’m sure Merrill and some other brands have a comparable options. But I have worn Keens and can only speak for them. Good fit, durability, and soles are important for any shoe. I have found that with Keen. If you are avid hiker or one who only occasionally ventures off road consider the Keen Targhee II as your next shoe.  

Specs

– 4mm multi directional lugs
– Contoured heel lock
– Dual density compression molded EVA midsole
– Hydrophobic mesh lining
– KEEN.Dry waterproof breathable membrane
– Non-marking rubber outsole
– Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed
– Torsion stability ESS shank

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