Updates to KEEN Targhee EXP Mid Waterproof

  • The Targhee EXP Mid Waterproof from KEEN is built for day explorers who frequently take on extra-challenging trails. It is capable of keeping the foot dry with its proprietary waterproof membrane.
  • Allowing wearers to make smoother strides over level ground is the footgear’s rockered sole unit. It is made up primarily of the gear’s compression-molded midsole and multi-lugged outsole.
  • This KEEN hiker comes engineered with mud shields. Their presence makes the boot extra durable and easy to clean.

Size and fit

KEEN’s Targhee EXP Mid Waterproof is a mid-top, fairly true-to-size boot for male and female day hikers. The men’s version is offered in widths regular and wide, while the women’s variant only comes in standard. Its sizing selection is made up of half and full sizes. Users may have a safe and customized lockdown with the use of the footwear’s ghillie lacing system.


The engineers over at KEEN furnished the Targhee EXP Mid Waterproof with a sturdy outsole for surface traction. Strategically scattered all around it are multi-sided protrusions (also known as lugs) that help wearers latch on to markedly slippery terrain. The claw-like ridges present at its rear and front ends double down on slip and skid resistance during uphill and downhill traversals.


This waterproof hiking gear from KEEN provides footing stability and terrain protection with its compression-molded midsole made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate). Its dual-density construction makes it cushy yet tough. An internal nylon shank and an ESS shank are built into its confines for additional arch support.

Helping the midsole up its game in terms of cushioning is the boot’s Metatomical footbed. It is made entirely of EVA. It also provides added arch support besides comfort underfoot.


What envelops the foot in the Targhee EXP Mid Waterproof is its over-the-ankle upper made of mesh fabric. It is imbued with KEEN.Dry—a company-owned tech that grants the gear ample breathability and water protection. Polyurethane-coated leather overlays, which Keen dubs as mud shields, strengthen its form and give it adequate abrasion protection.

The boot is reinforced with a TPU heel-capture system and a sturdy toe cap. The former enhances the shoe’s capacity to support the heel (as its name suggests), while the latter promises sufficient protection against bumpy hazards. Its front closure uses a sturdy lace made of a synthetic material. This lace passes through combination eyelets, most of which are made of fabric.

Nice to know

-For users looking for another option from KEEN, check out the Targhee III Waterproof Mid.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 18.3oz / Women 15.4oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.