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I just received these in the mail today, and right out of the box, I love everything about them. One thing I would like to ask the community at large, though, is should I have gotten them a half size bigger (8.5) to accommodate hiking socks if I'm planning on doing some relatively distant hiking in these? I ordered an 8, and they fit splendidly, but I'm concerned there may not be ample room in the toe area for thicker socks to be bearable under more extreme hiking conditions.
Any body have any input on this? Keep 'em or return 'em for a half-size larger?
Since there's a good amount of leather in the upper, they will stretch a quarter to a half size with time. I think you'll be fine.
Just in case, wear them around the house with thicker socks. If they fit correctly, but you have them cinched too tight, you will feel it across the top of your foot in the mid arch area. If you feel it on one, or both sides of the ball of your foot or your toes hit front, then they are too small. For me, if a shoe/boot is too small, I don't notice it until I've been wearing them a few hours. Obviously, don't wear them outside unless you're SURE you will be keeping them.
Hope this helps, good luck with them and enjoy!
Do these shoes or any other waterproof shoe that Backcountry sells come in a 10.5 EEE or 11 EEE?
I've looked through a good portion of the hiking shoes and have never seen any that are specifically called out in a wide size. Your best bet would be to click on the "Live Chat" link at the top of the page. The folks at Backcountry are great to work with and can find an answer for about anything.
For an impending thru-hike of the PCT, I am debating between three different pairs of hiking shoes that will need to be appropriate for sections of the trail which will inevitably range from scalding to frigid, if all my research done up to now serves me well. That being said, I have narrowed down my choices to either these, the Salewa Alp Trainer GTX Hiking Shoe, or the Salomon X Ultra GTX Hiking Shoe.
Anyone recommend one over the others, and if so, why? Any input, suggestions, or advice would be most appreciated. Thanks!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
At first, I wasn't sure what to make of this shoe. I liked it in the store, and it looks great, but upon wearing it around town and for my first hike, I found it to be somewhat uncomfortable. I basically put them on my shoe rack and didn't touch them for a while. One day, I decided to give them another try, and I wore them for a week straight. I don't know if there was just a short breaking-in time that I didn't allow for or what, but now they are absolutely my favorite shoe. I wear them almost every day and have been doing so for most of the last year. I've worn them through slush and mud and dust and everything else the midwest could throw at me, and they still look really nice, if not brand new. The Vibram sole is still going strong, hardly any signs of wear after all this time. The suede is still soft and supple, somehow. My feet have never gotten wet, and the shoe vents well too so they are rarely if ever sweaty.
In short, this is a great shoe and I would absolutely buy it again. If they aren't 100% comfortable on your first hike, give it some time to adjust to your feet. Within a week I bet you'll love them too.
I tried adding this photo to my review but it would never accept it for some reason. Love these shoes, highly recommend.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I am a golf course supt. and deal with the elements 70 + hours a week. These shoes lasted longer than any shoe I have had in over 10 years. Although they were soaked every morning from dew, rain, or snow, my foot was never...ever wet, not even from sweat! I am now buying my third pair, great shoe.
Is the eVent comparable to gore-tex?
Yes. It even breaths a bit better.
I have an eVent drytop that I've been impressed with so I went for these also. Buying a Teva hiking shoe is a first for me but thought what the hell. The shoe is dry but yes, venting is limited so no tramping around in cotton socks with these. I would add an improved foot bed for better cushioning also but will probably never get around to doing that. I think these were a good purchase.
What's the difference between this shoe and the Teva Raith eVent shoe? Is one lighter than the other or something? Thanks.
Not a whole lot of difference. The Riva has more quality, name-brand materials: a vibram sole, suede nubuck leather upper, and weighs 1-2 oz more. The Raith has a teva spider rubber sole and manmade upper materials.
This is a great shoe for what it is. They don't vent very well but that is the trade-off you get for being waterproof. I think their best use is casual and light day hikes. As always, Vibram soles never disappoint.
I've put about two seasons of wear on my Teva Rivas and I've been very happy with them. They are my go to shoes for day hikes and when the weather becomes unfriendly to my chacos. I think that I've probably put over 100+ miles on them and have often worn them for over 10 hours straight and they have been very comfortable. Very little break-in period and I haven't had any problem with blisters or hotspots. I have superfeet oranges instead of the stock insole but when I tried them on they seemed fine as well.
The eVent linings have held up very well to all the wear here in the Pacific Northwest and combined with the leather uppers, my feet have never failed to stay dry. That being said, they do heat up quickly and become to hot to wear in warm/hot weather.
I've been very happy with the overall construction of the shoe. The Vibram soles are very sturdy and provide excellent traction even on some wet/slick surfaces. I also really like the thick rubber toe cap. The heal of the shoe is also leather which has been easy on my feet and shows no sign of wear.
The Revas make a great choice for a light hiking and PNW winter shoe. I couldn't be happier.
I'm pretty happy with these shoes so far. I've had them for a year and a bit but only in the last 6 months have they really been given a solid work out. The stitching has held up very well around the shoe, the vibram sole has a great balance between long life on the tread and importantly traction in slippery conditions. The event lining has been very comfortable to wear. To be honest I can't tell the difference between Gore Tex and Event when it comes to breathability as in summer (South East QLD Australia) most breathable linings struggle to keep up unlike in cooler parts of the world. But the shoe has been a solid performer and I would consider buying them again.