Why We Chose It: Innovative mid soles, lightweight, eco-friendly build
Weight: 375g (per shoe)
2005, the year the first ever Youtube video was uploaded, Pope John Paul II died, Freddie Flintoff bowled England to a famous Ashes win and Keen launched the first ever Targhee boot.
15 years on and the Targhee is now in its third iteration, with modernised features and a bunch of much eco-friendlier materials to, um, boot. As well as the model on show here, bear in mind that there are also a bunch of other different styles to suit different needs.
What’s The Keen Targhee III Best Suited To?
This particular Targhee is one of those generic hiking boots. That might sound a bit belittling, but we don’t mean it that way. What we mean it is that it’s that kind of boot that will be on your feet a hell of a lot, something that’ll suit everything from country walks and dog walks, to day hikes in a national park and long-distance backpacking trips. It wouldn’t look too out of place when just worn about town either.
It’s limits probably lie in the more technical stuff – basically winter mountain conditions or the more serious scrambles.
The Eco Credentials
First up, Keen have banished PFCs from the Targhee’s durable water repellent coating, getting rid of the potentially carcinogenic and persistent chemicals in favour of an eco-friendly alternative. They’ve also given the inner lining and sole an anti-odour treatment that utilises a safe, naturally occurring probiotic proven to be just as effective in odour control as the chemical alternatives – but without any of the ecologically damaging side effects.