Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid Boot
For what it’s worth, the Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid Boot is listed on the Keen website as a ‘Best Seller’ and after ~ 60 days of use, I can see why. If you are new to the Keen brand, they are known for build quality, environmentally conscious design features and material use, and an outdoor/rugged style.
This includes clever resourcing from certified leather tanning groups, anti-odor elimination through the application of probiotics embedding in the footbed, and water-proofing that eliminates carcinogens (i.e. cancer-causing chemicals!!!).
I found arch support continued throughout my strides during walking, light jogging, and downhill descents. The toe box is wide and un-intrusive, while still maintaining comfort with very little lateral movement of the balls of my feet and toes. Mid boots can often have interference with ankle movement depending on how tight you fasten them however I found that the Targhee III with Keen’s ‘Speed Hooks’ allows for quick lace-up with confidence the laces would hold throughout miles of use.
Keen provides traction as expected for a sturdy hiking boot, responsive and consistent through grass, dirt, mud, granite rock gardens, and erosion control timbers. Sizing seems to be running 1/2 size big. Example: if you typically get a size 10, I’d consider a size 9.5.
Maintenance of these Keen’s stay true to the brand. Wash with warm water by hand, use a soft brush to remove dirt from the sole. Stains can be treated with soapy water, gum eraser, or a water/vinegar mix. Note you may see discoloration with water/vinegar…. the Targhee III’s are made with tanned leather!
Excited to expand the use of Keen’s Targhee III’s through the Fall and Winter months for weekend adventures as leaves change colors, running errands and Colorado sees a return of precipitation in the weather forecasts, and eventual snow-season where the waterproofing and foot-support will be welcome in ski-resort parking lots and snowy happy hours. Just make sure to put them on the correct feet…. kids these days!!!
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