Ive owned at least 7 sets of Teva Tera fi2s and put 500-1000 miles on them. So I was a little hesitant when the Tera Fi3 came out. I read some bad reviews such as hard shock pad and uncomfortable straps.
Now that Ive been wearing the Tera fi3 black ones for over a month, I must say they are comfortable. Even the shock pads feel softer. Im just wondering if other reviewers received some inferior sandals? Or do the different colors use slightly different materials? The reason I say this is because the Tera Fi2s I got from Sierra Trading Post, and the black ones that came straight from Teva, felt different.
I now prefer the 3s over the 2s because the arch is slightly higher which translates to a more comfortable walk, hike, and backpacking trip. To me theyre softer than the 2s. Ive backpacked in Tera fis for over 7 years now and they are great in all terrain: Rocky Mountains, desert, bog, rain or shine. I like these sandals since theyre light weight and extremely hard to twist your ankle (which I have not been able to accomplish after a few thousand miles). And unlike boots, theyre comfortable right out of the box. However, there are tricks to the trade for high mileage sandal backpacking. One of them is using a fast drying, cushy, cool sock. Another is cinch them tight when walking and loosen them when resting. This will prevent blisters. You wont need camp slippers with these. Just loosen them and feel a bit of heaven in camp. If they ever get muddy (typical on my trips), I just rinse them in a stream. When its raining at night, I leave them outside my tent in the rain and put on clean sandals in the morning.
I thought the tera fi 2s had the best grip on sloping wet granite: Much much better than vibram. However, these Tera Fi 3s have even better grip! The traction is incredible!
I also do basketball, tennis, and biking in these sandals. I like black sandals with black socks and them my work mates never notice Im wearing sandals.
This is a good high quality sandal.