Kit review: Teva Riva Peak eVent walking boots
The American footwear brand best known for their wonderfully comfortable adventure-style sandals has launched a new hiking boot. In fact, Teva claim that the three-season Riva Peak Mid eVent boots bring “flip flop” – and presumably that means, sandal – comfort to hiking boots. On first looks, the boots are as far removed from sandals and flip-flops as is possible in a shoe. The hiking boots are leather from toe to mid-ankle height and very robust looking. Teva have made sure the Riva Peak boots will stand the test of time and all your three-season walking requirements by using a full-grain leather that is 2mm thick all over and with 2.2mm in strategic areas. Teva have also added a protective toe bumper for further durability. If you like walking boots that look modern yet still have all the advantages of leather, Teva Riva Peak hit the mark.
The sole, which is made by hiking boot favourite Vibram, boasts a fairly aggressive lug pattern that’s ideal for getting off the beaten track and also for walking trails. This is a three-season boot so this means they can be worn in spring, summer and for some winter walking. The winter walking would normally be lower level although in mostly non-snowy hill and mountain conditions, you will find the Teva Riva Peaks cope well. The boots weight 720g for a EU43 pair, which isn’t the lightest you’ll find but it’s not the heaviest either, especially for a leather walking boot.
On test: Teva Riva Peak hiking boots
The boots are immediately comfortable on the foot (so that's wear the flip flop/sandal comfort levels come in!). If you remember the days when you had to wear-in leather walking boots, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how these feel. The forefoot is wide-ish and will most likely suit most of the population. This is not a boot for narrow footed people, but I guess there are less of us than wider-footed walkers. Saying that, my heel still felt nicely cupped inside the boot. The forefoot volume is also fairly roomy so, again, these boots will fit the majority of people. If you have a medium to wide foot – but not narrow, nor really wide – these will suit you beautifully.
The Riva Peak is very flexible for a leather boot and the sole feels nice and bouncy, which I really like. The ankle height is mid, which is another reason why these are rated a three season boot and not a four. If you like your ankles to be more securely held by your walking boots, go for something else. However, if like many summer walkers you like a mid-height ankle that is both supportive and comfortable you’ll like the Teva Riva Peak boots The Teva Riva Peak Mid eVent walking boots are in shops from March, priced at a reasonable £140. There are men and women’s versions. See www.teva.co.uk