Who should buy the KEEN Targhee Exp WP

The KEEN Targhee Exp WP is a sleek, low-slung, and amazingly versatile hiking shoe. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides protection from rain or moisture.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers support and stability.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides superior arch support.

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KEEN Targhee Exp WP notable features

  • The shoe features a performance mesh upper, a dual-density EVA midsole, and a rugged outsole. Inside the shoe is the KEEN.Dry waterproof membrane that shields the foot from rain or moisture.
  • It also incorporates an Injected TPU heel capture system and an ESS shank for support and stability.
  • The KEEN Targhee Exp WP also has a metatomical footbed that offers superior arch support.

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Size and fit

This low-cut hiker from KEEN has a breathable mesh upper that stretches well and creates a snug fit. It has quite a roomy toe box and a slightly padded tongue and collar, for a comfortable fit. Moreover, the shoe features a clever bungee cord lacing system with a loop around the back. This enables the wearer to tighten both sides easily and keeps the back of the shoe closer to the heel for a more secure fit. Lastly, the Targhee EXP WP comes with an injected TPU heel-capture system for a locked-in feel and stability.

KEEN Targhee Exp WP laces

KEEN Targhee Exp WP offers enhanced grip on rocky surfaces

The Targhee Exp Waterproof hikers feature an all-terrain outsole that offers a good amount of stability and durability. The top area of the sole has triangular lugs for enhanced grip on rock, gravel, and dirt.

KEEN Targhee Exp WP outsole

Designed for all kinds of surfaces

More importantly, this outsole is designed for all kinds of surfaces, including wet trails, soft grass, and muddy ground.

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Soft and flexible midsole made possible by EVA foam

This shoe uses EVA for the midsole. In particular, a dual-density EVA foam ensures that some parts of the midsole have enough flexibility and softness to support various movements. Such material is inserted into the shoe through compression, like most types of performance footwear.

KEEN Targhee Exp WP midsole

Comfortable and supportive platform

On top of the midsole is another piece of EVA material that serves as the shoe insole. This footbed has a metatomical design which means it adapts to the shape of the foot, giving the wearer a more comfortable and supportive platform. Between the outsole and the midsole is an ESS shank - a supportive structure that gives the shoe sufficient rigidity while maintaining comfort.

KEEN Targhee Exp WP insole

Abrasion-resistant and flexible

The upper is made of breathable mesh with leather overlays for increased support and durability. Mesh makes a good shoe material because it is resilient to abrasion and is quite flexible.

KEEN Targhee Exp WP upper


Lining the shoe interior is a waterproof membrane that protects the foot against rain or water. It also features a mud shield made of leather for added protection and durability.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 455g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: KEEN Targhee, KEEN.DRY
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.