Our verdict


Individuals searching for a comfy hiking boot that is both lightweight and waterproof may find the KEEN Targhee II Mid as an interesting choice. It also receives appreciation for its comfortable feel and surface traction.


  • Insanely comfortable hiking boot
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • Grippy outsole
  • Short break-in period
  • Excellent arch support


  • Nondurable outsole
  • Lack of ventilation
  • Lack of ankle support

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 that helps individuals complete their adventures with ample performance and protection.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that prevents water from entering.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that keeps their balance as they traverse challenging terrain.

KEEN Targhee II Mid logo

Offers excellent traction on wet and dry surfaces

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

KEEN Targhee II Mid outsole

Excellent heel control and protective toe box

It incorporates a heel brake which adds control to taking on downhill conditions. The outsole’s front end covers a significant portion of the toe box that prevents 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 that delivers energy return while reducing shock. An ESS shank is integrated into the midsole giving it 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 cradles the user’s foot and provides arch support. KEEN also infused this component with probiotic technology combats 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 that repels water. A KEEN Dry membrane is embedded into the upper which hinders water from entering the boot. It also enables excess moisture and heat to pass through making the upper breathable.

KEEN Targhee II Mid upper

Easy to wear

This hiking boot employs several fabric loops and metal hooks that 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 making for an easy on-and-off.

KEEN Targhee II Mid Easy to wear