My wife and I are both KEEN fans, and we usually end up wearing their shoes, no matter the season.
I am very happy with the quality and durability of their boots, and of course with the design, which I see as a great combination between rugged but stylish.
Quick Listing of Main Features:
- Sporty lace-up boot with waterproof upper
- EVA midsole and removable footbed for exceptional support
- S3 heel support prevents ankle injuries
- Keen.Dry liner wicks away moisture
- Multi-directional lugs for dependable traction
- Rugged style with a waterproof nubuck upper
This is my first time buying actual hiking boots because I used to prefer wearing trail runners, which were good enough for me.
But this year I decided to give these hiking boots a try, and I believe I made the right decision.
The design caught my eye right away, and I simply knew I had to buy them.
There are simply so many qualities that were implemented in these KEEN boots, that I simply couldn’t resist buying a pair.
I don’t compromise when comes to shoes or boots.
Trail running shoes are awesome, but they don’t have half of the things that KEEN boots have, especially parts that protect the foot; KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots protect the whole foot and give me the stability that simple trail runners can’t provide. .
These hiking boots are a bit heavier than any of my previous hiking boots. The front part is wide, so I don’t feel any pressure on the sides of my toes…. no painful blisters since I started wearing them.
After I bought them, I wore them at home and around town just to break them in. To be honest, they were comfortable from the very first moment.
I didn’t have that classic moment of “Oh, they are a bit uncomfortable, but I think they’ll be OK in a while”.
Waterproof Nubuck Leather / Nylon Mesh
They are made of waterproof nubuck leather, and flexible nylon mesh, all well combined to provide me with ample durability, flexibility and breathability.
Their mid-height cuff is ideal for the support I need. This way the chances of hurting my ankles are minimized.
The uppers have a secure-fit lace closure system with sturdy nylon webbing eyelets; the heel wrap locks the feet to the foot beds for even stronger support.
Whenever I walk downwards I don’t feel like my feet are slipping towards the shoe tip.
Another super practical part is the pull loop, placed both at heel and tongue. Without much effort I can put on my shoes and easily take them off.
The tongue is padded, and keeps out debris and moisture, while at the same time keeping lace pressure off my foot.
As the name suggests, these shoes are made of KEEN.DRY waterproof and breathable membranes. My feet keep dry all the time.
The material is breathable enough to let perspiration dissipate before it saturates the inside of the shoe.
Can you see those toe bumpers, or as KEEN calls it, Toe Guards? It protects the toes and the uppers from impacts and abrasion.
They have removable substantial metatomical EVA foot beds. KEEN sticks to the EVA foot beds as usual; these are shaped to provide ample cushioning and arch support.
You will understand what I’m talking about once you put these KEEN hiking boots on. The arch support is incredible and makes these boots ideal even for sport activity.
These compression-molded EVA midsoles are placed in the Targhee shoes solely for the shock-absorption and padding.
The shank is made of nylon for additional torsional stability, and protection from uneven terrain. KEEN makes shoes (as usual) with non-marking rubber outsoles, in this case with aggressive 4mm multidirectional lugs for durability and traction.
My Targhee II have a torsional-stability ESS shank in the midsole, that helps me stabilize my feet as I move. Fatigue is minimized all thanks to the KEEN ESS shanks.
The combination of all of these traits makes these hiking boots excellent. I believe I bought the best pair of boots so far.
Let’s hope they will last for at least a couple for years. Their first big challenge is the upcoming winter, which I believe will be a piece of cake for these rubber outsoles.