Thursday, 18 August 2016 20:25

Teva Kimtah Mid eVent Leather: Tested & Reviewed Featured

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Teva say the Kimtah Mid eVent are “For tough trails that turn into sunny-day downpours and post-hike drinks, the Kimtah Mid eVent Leather always keeps up. It’s a waterproof hiking shoe that’s super comfortable, supportive and durable.”

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Technical

  • Waterproof leather upper
  • eVent® waterproof breathable membrane
  • Full grain leather lining
  • Nylon shank
  • Soft Shoc Pad™ in the heel gives you serious shock absorption.
  • Heel stabilizer for foot centring and control
  • Spider365 Rubber high grip sole
  • Aggressive lug design ideal for loose terrain
  • Weight: 1120g (per pair based on UK 8.5)

Usage: Hillwalking on mixed terrain from road, path and onto rock and scree.

Straight out the box these boots had me intrigued. Until now I was only vaguely aware of Teva but hadn’t had any experience with their products and had mostly assigned them to the “slightly outside of my go-to brands” bracket but once I picked one up I knew I needed a closer look.

These boots are light – VERY light. Initially the eVent/leather mix has a slightly stiff feel and a slightly waxy texture. A very generous toe welt and a lacing system that seats the foot well. When putting them on, they felt more shell-like than sock-like (think Scarpa rebel GTX) and once tightened they felt a little roomy around my slightly narrow mid foot and a little hard around my ankle. I have slim legs and feet so often find I need a narrower boot.

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Walking around at home suggested they were very light, very comfy in the sole cushioning (due to Teva’s Soft Shoc pad design) and had good foot roll. That ankle stiffness was a niggle at first though.
Now for a proper test outdoors.

With a house move consuming my time we grabbed an afternoon and headed up a local hill to put them through their paces.

Parking up, the start of the route was road and path. It was a hot day so I was keen to see how they would do sweat wise. After 20 minutes I was pleasantly impressed. Not only were they super comfy on the sole, very light to move in, breathable and the initial over stiffness had eased off leaving a very pleasant walking experience indeed. Initial thoughts at this point is the Kimtah would make a great trekking boot.

As the incline began the path became less man-made, more rocky and uneven and the scree started to appear. Now to test the grip and roll.

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The Kimtah did their job very well!

Moving over mixed terrain the sole cushioning was a welcome feature and the slightly lower (it’s a mid-boot) but stiffer ankle meant great roll support – add to this the well-designed lug pattern and you have a boot that grips very well.

We summited, got a selfie and headed back down. As it was a nice day and the path quiet I decided to put the Kimtahs to a jog test – just how comfy can they be?

Impressively so! I covered a good amount of ground at a downward run and despite the Kimtah not being aimed at this activity they were brilliant.

These will be in the car for future adventures and once the Scottish rain returns in earnest I can give them the true test but walking around in rain and even immersing in a deep puddle they are solid on the water proof front from what I can tell.

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Not stiff or precise enough for higher end scrambling or mountaineering but for trekking, walks or mixed terrain/steep hillwalking I’d be happy. For those with a wider foot they would be ideal, a narrower one may need some lacing work but give it a try.

Overall – a new find – and at this price (RRP £120) - well done Teva!

Last modified on Friday, 19 August 2016 08:44
Davy Wright

Most at home in the outdoors, preferably on top of something big and pointy. Scotland is Davy's playground, which is why he doesn’t mind getting wet. But winter is where it’s at. Hiking, scrambling, camping and a bit of climbing when I can. Sucker for a ridge. At a lower altitude he try getting out on his bike and run if he has to.

Davy describes himself as "a bit of a gear geek, maybe less of the bit. I like to see how things work or don’t!" In following this line Davy has become a respected and authoritative blogger over the last few years, working with many of the UK's major manufacturers and retailers.

Preferred activities: Hillwalking, camping, scrambling, trying to get better at climbing/ice climbing, cycling/mountain biking

Areas commonly visited: Lochaber, Cairngorms, Lake District

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