- Comfort – 8/10
- Stability – 8/10
- Traction – 8/10
- Durability – 7/10
The Targhee II stands out among hiking boots because of its versatility. They break into them relatively quickly and they offer reasonable comfort throughout the day.
They offer excellent traction on all types of trails and offer adequate protection for your feet. The mesh is water-repellent, breathable and keeps your feet dry.
The heel lock and ESS flank give your feet much-needed support on uneven terrain, but the ankle support is average. (Beginners need to be careful when going downhill)
The main disadvantage is durability. Don’t expect these shoes to last hundreds of kilometers as the seams will wear out over time.
WHAT WE LIKED
- A wide toe box, added heel cushioning and breathable mesh, will keep your feet comfortable throughout the day
- A stiff sole and added toe protection keep your feet safe. (Pointy rocks or exposed roots, don’t stand a chance against the Targhee II)
- The 4mm lugs grip the surface and keep your feet steady, even on uneven terrain
- What if I have to go through a swamp of water? Thanks to its hydrophobic mesh, your feet stay dry, even if you are inches deep in water
WHAT WE DISLIKED
- The mesh and the seams wear out with time, making it less durable
- They run half a size small. (Getting half a size larger than usual is recommended)
If you’re on a budget and looking for something versatile, the Targhee II is our top pick.