Product Design Engineer from Salt
Targhees fit wide feet well, so some of us must use them.
But their soles are not adequate for general hiking. 1) They
have poor traction on snow because the tread is rounded and
shallow (its more economical to mold the sole this way, but
not worth it at any price). On snow, they are no better than
my name-brand walking shoes. That is no exaggeration - I
compared them side by side throughout the winter and often
preferred the shoe for traction. 2) You can feel every rock
you step on. I mean every little rock telegraphs right
through the sole - very uncomfortable. Great boot for summer
walks on clean trails and desert sand. Not so good for
winter/spring use, or mountain trails.
RicRie74 from Peoria, IL
Great for hiking totally comfortable! I work in the badlands
of Montana most of the summer and the terrain is a rock hard
"sandpaper" like clay when dry and slippery as ice and gooey
when wet. A big issue when hiking steep terrain. Traction is
great... I am now on my fourth pair in three years. I wear
them basically everyday of the year. My first pair started
to fall apart after a few months, but a call to Keen Rep.
explained to me that the issue had been resolved through
quality control. The other three pairs I have had no problem
with other than the soles wore out quicker than most.
I am very picky when it comes to hiking shoes/boots but the
comfort is amazing. Although they tend to get a little hot
and sweaty it is a small sacrifice. Supposedly waterproof
they do leak a little. Also the top lacers wear down and
crack or snap off.
NOCMAN from FT. Washington, PA
My first pair which is very comfortable and light in weight.
Unfortunately that's where it ends. I have these for 2
months now. I have been a long time Merrell Chameleon
customer and decided to give the Targhee's a try. A result
of Merrell quality issue's in recent versions of the
Chameleon's. I use these everyday and walk 4-5 miles on
local trails 6 days a week. They provide little to no Ankle
support on uneven / rocky surface. As for the claim of being
waterproof! They aren't even water "resistant". 10-15
minutes walking in 3" wet grass and my feet were soaked.
They didn't just get wet at the ventilated areas, water
soaked through the leather and the KEEN.DRY water proof
membrane. Shame as they are the most comfortable boot I have
had in years.
Oldman3000t from San Diego, CA
The shoes fit great, I have been using work boots for Day
Hiking for about 8 months. I put these on and it feels
great. I increase my walking speed by 1/2 mile per hour. The
reviews are not great about the shoe coming apart, but they
have 1 year warranty. If my shoes go bad, I get a new pair.
I paid more because I bought them here at REI,[...]. I have
a wide foot and they feel great, they hold my toes in place,
they don't move up and down. I have had them for a little
more then a week. I put approx. 40 miles on them and no
blisters or heel problems. I have done 2000 foot treks up
and 2000 foot down. No toe problems, I found the foot
protecting against rocks very good. I do use wool socks only
with this shoe, they are much easier to put on and take off.
I would give it a 5, after 6 months from now if the shoe
holds up or if the warranty is still good. One last note, no
break in time.