Now that the weather has turned colder and wetter in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, the time has come to put away those light hikers and turn to a more substantial hiking boot. With an eVent waterproof liner and Thinsulate insulation, the Teva Forge Pro Mid hiking boots will keep your feet warm and dry throughout the fall and winter hiking season.
The Teva Forge Pro Mid offer all day comfort starting the minute you first put them on. With Mush insoles, the Forge Pro are basically flip flops in boot form. A shock absorber has been added to the heel, protecting your feet from pain and fatigue, even after miles on rocky trails.
An elastic nylon cuff on the hiking boot cradles your ankle without pressure points that could easily bruise or blister. The cuff also works as a mini-gaiter, helping to prevent mud, rain, and rocks from getting inside your shoe. A pull tab helps you slip your feet into the hiking boots, while an eyelet lacing system enables you to get the boots nice and snug, keeping your foot in place for those endless downhills.
The Spider365 rubber outsole provides great traction on a multitude of surfaces from loose gravel to wet and muddy terrain. You will find that the traction gives out on wet smooth surfaces, however, so be careful. I also had a problem with heavy mud caking up on the bottom of the shoe, much like snow on crampons without anti-balling plates.
The Teva Forge Pro hiking boots fit very snugly, both in the forefoot as well as the heel. The fit is great for narrow to normal feet, but if you have wide feet, you might find these boots a bit too constricting, as they will not give over time like pure leather boots.
Bottom Line: The Teva Forge Pro Mid waterproof hiking boots are a comfortable way to keep your feet warm and dry on the wet and cooler trails of fall or even just walking around town. The hiking boots will fit best those with narrow to normal width feet.
The Teva Forge Pro Mid comes in both a men's and women's version and retails for $140.