I’ve been a long time user of Keen’s Targhee’s, in low and especially mid form. I used them on my recent West Highland Way trip, and on various stuff from walks in the park to hike-a-bikes to scrambling. So I was interested to see the Voyageurs, which are in essence a Targhee without the waterproof liner. The outer construction is quite different, although the overall profile is the same. The mesh breather panels will hopefully do their job. The sole is the same as the Targhee unit as well, this newer version is much improved from the older version that was only good on trails in Utah. The fit is standard Keen, wide toe box and neat heel which suits me fine. They feel good initially, I’ll get some backpacking done on them in the coming weeks and see how they fare.
Keen also sent me a pair of Arroyo II’s. These looks like another Targhee derivative, this time one that’s been assaulted by a primary school child with a pair of scissors who’s been told to “Make that shoe into a SliPKnoT mask”. Full of holes they are, but all in the right places. It’s really a sandal with a rubber toe. I can see them being good for cutting about casually, in fact I’ve had them on all day, but with an Injinji Tetratsok to stop grit grinding away between your toes they should be great on summer hills. The sole is again the Targhee unit, so no problems forseen there. But the lacing was a cord and cord-lock affair which doesn’t work and slips constantly, so I’ve already ditched it and stuck a pair of laces on.