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Keen Targhee II Hiking Shoes

Keen Targhee II Hiking Shoes

Manufacturer Description

The Targhee II hiker from KEEN is ready for your off-road challenges. The KEEN.DRY membrane creates a waterproof seal. A removable metatomical footbed quickly molds to your foot's shape for personalized comfort. Breathable and durable, the leather and mesh upper lets you meet challenges with confidence.


Lining - KEEN.DRY Waterproof membrane and breathable textile

Upper - Leather, webbing and mesh, Waterproof nubuck

Rubber - Non-marking rubber outsole

4mm multi directional lugs

Dual-density compression molded EVA midsole

Patented toe protection

Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed

S3 Heel support structure

Torsion stability ESS shank

Measured size 9: Weight – 471 g (16.6 oz)

Retail - $120

YMMV Review

The Keen Targhee II Shoes are a staple in the Keen line up. They have almost been around as long as their sandals and are still going strong. I originally had some reservations when I purchased these shoes but I have been happy with the purchase since.


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The Keen Targhee II Hiking Shoes are a solidly constructed shoe. The upper is made out of leather, mesh, webbing, and waterproof nubuck. Combine that with an inner lining of Keen.Dry and the shoes are waterproof. Keen.Dry is a proprietary breathable waterproof membrane that lets vapor out while not letting water in. The webbing straps on the upper are used in conjunction with the lacing system to provide a secure fit. There are only 4 eyelets for lacing which was one of my main concerns with the shoes. The tongue is gusseted up about ¾ of its length further adding to the waterproofness of the shoes. On the inside there is a metatomical dual density EVA footbed which contours to the foot and adds some cushioning. The heel also has the S3 support structure built in which stands for stability, shock, and suspension. This supports the foot on impact and reduces the chance for ankle injuries.

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Lugs for Traction

The toes area has the patented toe protection bumper which has made Keen famous. In the midsole Keen uses a dual density compression molded EVA to provided cushion. There is also a torsion stability ESS shank for protection and stability on rougher surfaces. The outsole uses a non-marking rubber outsole with 4 mm lugs for traction.


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The Keen Targhee II Hiking Shoes are said to run a ½ size small. I normally wear a size 9 in these and the 9 worked well for me. Since I have had mine for a while I have heard they are a bit smaller now so this suggestion may be correct. I find the fit to be not overly wide but not tight either. It really depends on how thick of socks I wear on how tight they will fit. The sole of the shoes contour to the bottom of my foot really well. The main concern when I first got these shoes was the lack of lace eyelets. I was not able to securely keep my foot in place when I first got the shoes. After wearing them a little bit the shoes have broken in well and my heel is securely in place even when the lacing does not seem very tight. Do to the lacing structure, the laces do not come up very high on the foot which feels a little different than normal but the shoes still fit well. I have uses these shoes on long hikes and climbs and had no blisters or discomfort yet.

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Keen Dry Inside


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The Targhee II Shoes have been a pleasant surprise. I was worried about the fit and they worked well. I was worries they would not be substantial enough for hiking as I have had surgery to repair some ligaments in my ankle but these have been very stable. The sole grips well on dry and wet rock. The Keen.Dry works well and if worn with a gaiter they can withstand quite a bit of water. I have been pleasantly happy with the comfort and performance of these shoes. They are a little on the heavy side for a pair of hikers but they are solidly made and very stable so it is worth it.

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Wider Toe Box


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The Keen Targhee II Hiking Shoes excel in what they are made for; long lasting comfort for the trails ahead. They are a bit of overkill in and around town but comfortable enough to wear there too. The lacing system is enough to keep you foot secure but seems to always feel like my foot is not secure even if that is not the case. I have been happy with the durability these shoes have showed so far, even on the sharp shale and rocky surfaces of the South Sister, the shoes still look great. I would recommend these as an option for a stable hiker for putting in long miles. At $120 they are adequately priced with their competitors in the market. As always, your mileage may vary.





Wide Toebox


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