Keen Targhee II £100

TESTER Anna Humphries

Trail (UK) - - SHOES VS BOOTS -

■ Ma­te­ria● Up­per suede leather and syn­thetic mesh, Keen.Dry wa­ter­proof lin­ing

■ So●e 4mm deep lugs

■ Me■’s 6-16 ■ Wome■’s 2.5-8.5 ■ Weight 824g (size 7)

A well-es­tab­lished shoe that car­ries the Keen trade­mark de­sign of a broad toe box with the sole rub­ber ex­tend­ing over the toe for more dura­bil­ity. The up­per is leather and syn­thetic mesh, and there’s a wa­ter­proof lin­ing to keep feet dry. You also get Cleans­port NXT treat­ment to con­trol odour. This shoe was no­tice­ably wider than oth­ers, and they felt a lit­tle too wide once I got onto the rock­ier ground, as the edges tended to roll off smaller holds and my foot moved side to side within the shoe. The foot space was great on level paths though. The out­soles per­formed well on paths and there was enough stiff­ness to pre­vent rocks pok­ing into my foot. Like oth­ers, a deep heel breast would give bet­ter grip.

PROS Good lugs for grip, rea­son­able stiff­ness to make rocky paths com­fort­able, good toe pro­tec­tion

CONS Wider fore­foot is a draw­back on rock­ier ground, needs a deeper heel breast for slopes and more stiff­ness for rocky ter­rain, up­per un­likely to be as durable as those with less stitch­ing and less mesh

BUY IT IF You have a wider foot, or are walk­ing on level paths and want bet­ter pro­tec­tion against stones

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