Who should buy the KEEN Targhee II Mid

The Targhee II Mid may have what it takes to serve day hikers well, as long as KEEN resolves its durability concerns. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a day hiking boot engineered to help individuals complete their adventures with ample performance and protection.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that can prevent water from entering.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that can keep their balance as they traverse challenging terrain.

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Offers excellent traction on wet and dry surfaces

Like most trail-specific boots from KEEN, this comes with a non-marking rubber outsole to keep users stable on treacherous terrain. It sports a network of 4mm-deep diamond-shaped lugs along its profile to give traction on wet and dry surfaces.

KEEN Targhee II Mid outsole

Excellent heel control and protective toe box

It incorporates a heel brake into its design for added control in downhill conditions. The outsole’s front end covers a significant portion of the toe box to prevent stubbing.

KEEN Targhee II Mid heel

Delivers energy return while reducing shock

Outdoor enthusiasts are able to tackle uneven ground conditions with enough cushioning, thanks to the KEEN Targhee II Mid’s EVA midsole. It uses a dual-density compression-molded design to deliver energy return while reducing shock. An ESS shank is integrated into the midsole to give rigidity and torsional stability.

KEEN Targhee II Mid midsole

Excellent arch support

This KEEN footgear features a removable metatomical footbed. Its dual-density EVA design is engineered to cradle the user’s foot and provide arch support. KEEN also infused this component with probiotic technology to combat odor-causing microbes.

KEEN Targhee II Mid arch support


The KEEN Targhee II Mid is equipped with an upper made of sturdy nubuck leather. Its surface is coated with a perfluorinated chemical (PFC)- free coating to repel water. A KEEN Dry membrane is embedded into the upper to hinder water from entering the boot. It also enables excess moisture and heat to pass through to make the upper breathable.

KEEN Targhee II Mid upper

Easy to wear

This hiking boot employs several fabric loops and metal hooks to help the wearer adjust its fit. It is connected to a contoured lock mechanism in the rearfoot area for extra heel support. A pull tab is also positioned at the back of the collar to give wearers easy on and off.

KEEN Targhee II Mid Easy to wear

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 493g / Women 403g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: Keen Targhee, KEEN.DRY
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Narrow, Normal, Wide / Narrow, 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.