Why We Chose The Keen Terradora II Mid WP: A progressive update on a much-loved favourite
The first Keen Terradora boot went down well with our Test Team when it was launched back in 2016. Well enough, in fact, to make it into our Outdoor 100 series that year. Now for 2020, this second iteration has also impressed us enough to be included – even though the updates are fairly minor. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…
Who Is The Keen Terradora II Mid WP For?
First things first, this is a boot that’s specifically designed for women. What that means is that it’s built around a last (or a model of a foot) based on the average shape of a woman’s foot.
Due to its low overall weight and light, nimble feel, the Terradora II is primarily best-suited to trail walking. We’re talking about lighter, well-maintained paths – not anything super technical or rough. It’s highly cushioned, comfortable and quite casual looking as well so it’ll serve well as that option for daily life; whether that’s walking the dog, doing yoga in the park or commuting to the office.
With its combination of a lightweight mesh, a Keen.Dry waterproof membrane and internal backer fabric, the upper is just about as breathable as waterproof boots get. On hot days they will still get a little clammy, but that’s something that’s pretty much inevitable with any membrane lined boots. Still, the lightweight mesh does make a difference.
There’s not too much in the way of protection for this fabric, just a modest toe bumper and PU strips which also add a bit of extra structure. As we’ve kind of already said, you’re not going to want to be wearing these over any terrain that’s especially rough.
“For anyone who’s looking for a boot for light hikes during the summer, this, we’d say, would be a good option to bank on.”
The comfort underfoot comes through the combination of a removable EVA foam insole, an EVA midsole and then a shank that brings a slight bit of rigidity while also stopping any sharp stuff from being felt.
The outsole, which features Keen’s proprietary rubber compound and a tread with 4mm deep lugs, offers enough traction for any dusty or relatively muddy tracks. Keen claim that this model is grippier than the last one, but we wouldn’t say we noticed much difference. After all, the lug depth hasn’t changed, they’ve just redesigned the pattern.