KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot Review
The KEEN Men’s Torghee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot is intended for outdoor adventure. It offers the comfort and support of an athletic shoe, with the protection and ruggedness of a great trail boot. The upper is made of nubuck, to keep moisture out. The 4mm multi-directional lugs provide traction so you won’t slip, and the compression-molded EVA midsole will add spring to your step.
-waterproof, breathable KEEN Dry membrane
-dual-density EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) foam midsole
-removable contoured EVA foam footbed
-ESS shank for torsion stability
-S3 heel support to prevent ankle injuries
-weight: 17.98 oz.
-stitch accents and bits of color on heel and laces
-dimensions: 14” x 10” x 6”
-ships within the US and to select countries outside the US
The KEEN Men’s Torghee II is a nice-looking boot with an upper made of nubuck and textile. Nubuck is cowhide rubbed on the outer side so it feels like suede. The Keen-Dry insert is a waterproof membrane which provides a barrier against moisture, yet allows the wearer’s feet to breathe, even when worn all day. The S3 heel support helps prevent injury. The S’s stand for Shock, Suspension, and Stability. This shoe is designed to support the foot on impact and absorb the shock. Inside is a removable EVA footbed which provides arch support and hugs the contours of the foot. The ESS shank also stabilizes the foot to help prevent fatigue, while the 4 mm lugs put a firm grip on the terrain.
The KEEN Men’s Torghee II Mid Hiking Boot is comfortable, light, and easy to walk around in – but it really doesn’t hold up as a hiking boot. The soles are a bit flexible for trail hiking, and the rubber is too soft to be durable going over rocks. After months of wear, the rubber midsole may separate from the outer sole. The workmanship and glue are disappointing. In addition, the waterproofing wears out after a year or less. While the toes are protected, the upper area around the tongue is thin, and will not offer great protection against snakes. Finally, the laces are very long, and they have trouble staying tied, even when double-knotted. The last shoe lace loop is plastic, not metal, and may tend to come apart with continuous use.
If you want to explore some other hiking shoe / boot options before making a purchase, check out the Columbia Men’s North Plains Waterproof Trail Shoe, or even the Adidas Men’s Terrex Swift R GTX Mountain Sport Shoes.
The KEEN Men’s Torghee II Hiking Boot is a great shoe for walking around the mall, or hiking for a few miles on a smooth trail. You can walk all day without getting blisters because of its fit and comfort. It’s ideal for everyday use, but just isn’t durable enough for many miles of hiking on steep hills and rocky terrain. Serious hikers will want to pay a little more money for a better-constructed product.