KEEN Targhee II Mid

Waterproof Mid Hiking Boots

Keen Targhee Mid

Weight: 16.0 ounces (Men’s 9)
Trail Use: Very Good
Off Trail Use: Good to very good
Stack Height Heel/Toe: Unavailable
Heel-to-Toe Drop: Unavailable
Width: Medium to wide
Fit: True to size
Waterproof: Yes
What We Like: A supportive and durable true hiking shoe that provides protection in wet conditions

MSRP: $130
Traction: 4.5
Support: 4.5
Long-Distance Comfort: 3.5

KEEN Targhee II Mid is known for their classically styled, durable footwear. The Keen Targhee II Mid waterproof hiking shoes are comfortable once broken in, extremely stable, and last for years. The waterproof treatment on the shoes provides extra protection in rainy or snowy conditions. However, if the shoes do get fully soaked through, it will take awhile to dry them out. The footbed is engineered to prevent twisting and encourage stability, which makes them great for beginning hikers or backpackers who may be worried about traveling through varied and rocky terrain.

These KEEN Targhee II Mid shoes are not as comfortable out of the box as others on this list. Because of this, it’s imperative to recognize that these require a break-in period, and to buy them well in advance of a trip. In addition to support and stability, these shoes have a very grippy outsole that moves well over off-trail terrain. However, because of these shoes’ heaviness, it is challenging to move quickly. We recommend the Targhees for backpackers and hikers who prioritize stability and durability.

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  • Extremely stable and durable, these shoes will last a very long time
  • Waterproof treatment helps the durability of these shoes, even when taken in rainy or snowy conditions
  • Once broken in, they’re very comfortable
  • Footbed is designed to prevent twisting and keep the wearer stable on uneven surfaces


  • Heaviest shoes on our list, will not be comfortable for extremely long days
  • Require a break-in period and may take some getting used to
  • If the shoes get fully wet, it takes awhile to dry
  • The bulkiness of the shoes makes it difficult to be nimble and move quickly in tricky terrain


  • Beginning hikers and backpackers who want to feel extremely secure and stable
  • Shorter day-hikers and backpacking trips where the conditions may be varied
  • A pair of shoes that will last a while


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