Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 16.6ozWomen: 13.8oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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I opted for the Targhee Vent on warm days when I knew there would be no chance of moisture (or I could deal with wet feet for a while).
Updates to Keen Targhee Vent Mid
- The Keen Targhee Vent Mid is designed to bring breathability during warm-weather hikes. Its upper is constructed to allow the foot to breathe and keep a cool in-shoe feel.
- An EVA foam plus the brand’s ESS shank renders lightweight support and cushioning. And when it comes to traction, the All Terrain rubber outsole is in charge.
Keen Targhee Vent Mid size and fit
A hiking boot for men and women, the Keen Targhee Vent Mid fairly runs true to size. It comes in standard width and regular sizes. Hikers can customize the fit through its lace-up closure.
The metal hook enables quick adjustment while the second pair of eyelets works with the injected TPU heel-capture system. As users tighten the laces, it also creates tension around the heel, adding stability.
Providing traction on ground surfaces is the All Terrain rubber outsole. It has 4 mm multi-directional lugs that are widely spaced to channel water out, preventing slips. The toe and heel zone are multilayered which deliver grip during ascents and descents. Keen.Protect is a brand-owned feature added on the toe area to shield the foot from accidental knocks.
This mid-cut day hiking boot features a dual-density, compression-molded EVA midsole which houses an internal shank. This combination provides lightweight cushioning, shock absorption and underfoot rigidity. The brand also incorporated an ESS shank, placed under the heel, for added stability. Atop all this is a bi-density EVA footbed which follows the contours of the foot for enhanced support and walking comfort.
The Keen Targhee Vent Mid has an upper primarily made of water-resistant oiled nubuck leather. It is designed with ventilation panels to promote a good exchange of airflow inside the boot. It is lined with a breathable mesh too which works with the Cleansport NXT to maintain a fresh, odor-free environment.
Its lacing system is comprised of combination eyelets. A heel strap assists in easy on and off, and its cushioned tongue and collar deliver comfort.