In a head to head comparison of leather waterproof hiking shoes, the Keen Targhee II hiking shoe placed highest in stability, traction and protection. It proved to be a highly comfortable and durable shoe recommended for use across a variety of trail surfaces and lengths. Be sure to allow some time for break-in.
Traction and Stability Wide, S3, dual density rubber soles with 4mm lugs provided above average traction and stability across a variety of trail surfaces. Nylon webbing and shank system provided enhanced stability over uneven surfaces, and minimized twisting. The Quality Capture lacing system, with textured laces, kept laces securely fastened, and feet snuggly in place during use.
Protection The patented rubber toe guards and dual density rubber soles provided above average protection against impact and abrasion. Leather sides and gusseted tongue kept debris from entering the shoes.
Support and Comfort The metatomical EVA foot beds shaped to the foot and provided excellent comfort, cushion and arch support. Densely padded tongue and heel beds provided optimal comfort for lengthy wear. Pull loops on the heel and tongue allowed for easy on off use. The wide toe bed allowed ample room and foot comfort.
Waterproofing The waterproof nubuck leather and KEEN.DRY™ waterproof breathable membranes kept feet dry in both damp and wet situations, while allowing perspiration to escape.
Durability The shoes wore well, and held up to trail impact, with no immediate signs of wear. Leather sides did not shred.
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HOW WE TESTED
To accurately assess the performance of a women’s hiking shoe, a number of testers put each product through rigorous hiking, on over 20 miles of varied terrain. During these hikes the testers pay close attention to the level of product performance across six factors most affecting a hiker’s foot comfort and risk of foot or ankle injury on the trail.