110 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2013
If you only want your heal to be 1/2" from the back edge, don't go with a size up if you are a half-size shoe. I usually wear 10.5 in Nike brand shoes. I bought the Size 11 which left an inch from heel to back edge and 1.5 inch from toe to front. I re-ordered the Size 10 and it's a perfect fit. There are a total of three straps. Across the front portion of the foot, over the foot and also one to position your heel (back strap). You can completely adjust them for a great fit.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2015
I got in one shipment all in size mens size 11:
Teva Obern 11
Teva Toachi 11
Teva Katavi 11
Teva Hurricane 11
Hurricane - these are very nice and highly adjustable because of the way the heel and mid-foot strapping integrates together. This was only true for the Hurricanes. It was possible to get them to fit quite comfortably, in spite of the material looking like it might be harsh, because of the way these can be adjusted for fit - and because the heel strap can ride very low on the heel vs. on the ankle.
One thing I did not like in the Hurricanes was the velcro running all the way down to the sole of the shoe. For me, velcro picks up lint and fluff all the time and having that huge amount of excess ‘hook’ portion of velcro is not a good thing. I am certain that after a short time that would be just a mass of stuff picked up and stuck to the ‘hook’ velcro segment that is left exposed.
I found, however, that for me the Katavi were more comfortable than the Hurricanes because of the extra strap padding and the mesh and padded panels. Because I don’t need them for water, the Katavi made better sense. There was virtually no exposed velcro for them when they were adjusted to fit me - another plus.
Hurricane 10 1/2 oz 295g (single mens 11)
Here are the differences and comparisons of the various sandals (see photos):
Weight of single sandal (size 11):
Obern 383g (13 1/2oz)
Toachi 343g (12oz)
Katavi 308g (10 3/4oz)
Hurricane 295g (10 1/2oz)
Note that that the Katavi and Hurricane XLT weigh almost exactly the same, even though the Hurricane is billed as ultra-light and the Katavi not advertised as such so much by Teva.
The four from top, side, tread are in review photos.
Hurricane and Katavi had identical treads with different slightly foot beds. The shape and foot fit of the beds was virtually identical for the Hurricane and Katavi. The Obern was close, but had a higher arch support and was more rigid and felt a bit narrower at the middle foot. I felt the arch support too much on the Oberns. The Toachi in contrast had an extremely narrow tread and footbed and my foot could not even fit on it.
All of these were size 11 in mens - but they fit very differently.
The Hurricane and Katavi are the most similar, and the Katavi with the extra side mesh panels and suede material for the strapping was much more comfortable with and without socks. The material used for the Hurricanes was not nearly as comfortable and the expose rings added to that feeling compared to the Katavi. The Hurricanes, however, I expect would handle being wet better than the Katavi and dry faster.
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
I've worn the sandals for several 8-10 hour days now and they are very comfortable. The soles are sturdy and provide good traction, and the footbed is firm yet conforming and comfortable. The straps feel strong as does the velcro with which they fasten. I ordered the next whole size up (I wear a half size) from what I wear in other shoes, and they fit perfectly. Good product. Would buy again.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2012
This is the first pair of Teva Hurricanes I've owned, but not my first Tevas, and I absolutely love them. I normally wear a size 12.5, but since these don't come in half sizes, I ordered a 13. The 13 gives me an extra 1/4" or so on the heels and toes, which I prefer, but some may like them a bit more snug.
The straps are high quality and feel very strong; however, it does take a little time and fiddling to get them adjusted to your foot. Once they are adjusted, they are quite comfy. The velco is very strong and sticky, but only time will tell how well it holds up. The soles are firm, yet flexible, and provide a fair amount of arch support. The tread on the soles it surprisingly resilient; I spent a couple days fishing in them, and they provide great traction even on wet concrete boat ramps.
One note: they do require a little break-in time to get your feet accustomed to them, especially if you're new to wearing sandals. I had a couple spots that were starting to rub a bit sore (this was after ~8 continuous hours of wear), but with some additional adjustment and more time in them, the problem resolved itself.
Overall this is a great shoe that serves its purpose whether you are on the trail, in the water, or even just walking the dog. I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time in them.
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
I've been wearing Teva's since the early 90s when they were the standard issue of every whitewater rafter and kayaker. I have since discovered myriad other excellent applications for this simple, durable and versatile footwear and I wear them year-round (even in snow). I have a nice "Teva tan" to prove it!
The Teva sandal is fundamentally an ageless footwear design, possibly one of the earliest known to humankind, which has just been re-worked with modern high-tech materials and ergonomic engineering. I am practically a "barefooter" in my daily life, meaning I don't prefer to have my feet confined in shoes, where they invariably get warm, sweaty, incubate fungus and bacteria and produce odours. And yet, being barefoot all of the time is not safe, practical, sanitary, or lawful in some places. So Teva sandals are the next best alternative! They allow air circulation and freedom from confinement, and protect the soles of your feet from direct contact with sharp objects, filth, contamination, and endless unknowns.
What's high tech about it? High strength NYLON WEBBING (which could bear your body weight before breaking), VELCRO FASTENERS (and in some models, Fastex buckles), the comfortable SHAPED FOOTBED with arch support made of special ANTI-MICROBIAL RUBBER, and the nice SPLIT SOLE design with TREAD pattern. Bargain variants of river sandals (Teva clones) may use cheap webbing that will fray or break under load, bad fasteners that make it inconvenient to just slip on and off quickly, a bad footbed can make your feet ache, and without the micro-ban zinc the porous rubber will swell with colonies of bacteria from your feet making the sandals stink egregiously. Even having decent tread makes a difference on slippery surfaces, and the split sole allows not only a more natural foot flex but also allows for things like biking/riding, and foot accessories should you wish to attach them (impromptu crampons or snow shoes).
The biggest value added innovation to the Teva line in recent years is the anti-microbial footbed. Teva sandals dry very quickly and they naturally float.
Besides the original intended use as a fully amphibious sandal (which means you can immerse them, swim in them, or be around wet surfaces without damage), they are very comfortable to wear around camp, or around areas of uncertain hygiene when walking around in the middle of the night (i.e. outhouse). For me, these are essentially my back-up footwear and slippers when I travel. They conveniently pack flat and fairly clean (placing them sole to sole with their own Velcro straps) in a small stuff sack. Excellent for the beach, casual shopping, public showers, wandering around inside a hotel or hostel, and even light hiking/touring.
Some UNintended uses for Teva's. Like, thermal/fleece socks with sandals turns Tevas into warm boots. One can make instant improvised "shoes" or mocassins with Tevas by wrapping your feet in cloth, fur, plastic, insulation and then strapping on the Teva's for the sole. As alluded to before, one can use the basic sandal layout as a base for both improvised crampons and snowshoes, or as a template for... improvised Tevas! (using rubber from tires and some cord). You can also wear it as a hazmat overshoe when you need extra sole protection/when entering very bad, hot or corrosive environments. I have used a single Teva as a protective pad on my foot when it was splinted and bandaged. You can throw your Teva's into a fire for emergency signaling as the rubber will burn briefly (2-3 minutes) with thick black smoke. Similarly, you can improvise small vertical signaling flags THROUGH the soles of the Tevas that will float on the surface constantly without extra work if you find yourself stranded on open water. I find Tevas a decent choice for either herding or applying traumatic compression to arthropods that wander into my living area.
Finally, I shall mention the common failure points of Tevas, since I have owned about 6 pair (and about 10 of other brands) through my 20+ years of use and field testing. Most common failure will be, the Velcro (hairy side). They will start to get less efficient and eventually become virtually useless after about a year. Luckily, they are easy to replace (sew on or glue on). The second most common failure point for me is the center front of the sole and the tread on the sole in general. I know that I probably wear my Tevas more than most people, but I literally wear the tread down to smooth flatness in a couple of years and the center front area usually first develops an erosion hole. I don't consider this a failure of the product as I put many miles of rough use on them and I don't expect them to last forever. If you get this model, or any recent model Teva, it should not be a problem, but please recall that bacterial foot stink problem on the older or knock-off versions of Tevas that I mentioned. Though they are reasonably comfortable sandals after an initial break-in period, I would NOT recommend them for any distance hiking or hiking on loose dirt or sand. This is because dirt, sand or grit will eventually get under the straps where it contacts the skin and will cause blisters and abrasion injuries. I learned this the hard way taking a 10km walk along a seashore turning my feet into bleeding hamburger.
Good luck and may your Tevas take you to many new wonders!
46 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2011
I bought these because they were fairly inexpensive (about $45), to replace a more expensive pair of Tevas that I've worn out over the past eight years. My old ones have some more padding between the web straps and my foot, and are considerably more comfortable. I find myself still wearing my old ones, though the soles are separating from the uppers. But perhaps when I start wearing the new hurricane's more often, my feet will get used to them. But if I was to do it again, I would spend $30 more and get more comfortable ones.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2015
Bought the Hurricane XLT, Tanza, and Terra FI 4 sandal to compare!
Hurricane XLT: Found the XLT's to be simply unwearable for any considerable amount of time. The straps were scratchy, they had no padding except for a thin patch at the heel, and the hard plastic strap holds frequently dig into your foot. (The worst for me was the one right by the base of the heel) Liked the material of the insole, had some squish to it and felt comfortable. Fairly rigid outsole. Ran true to size.
Tanza: Marked improvement over the XLTs. Much more generous padding throughout and a more supportive overall. Similar insole material to the XLT, sole seemed thicker and more rigid though. Over time, noticed the closure as well as the strap by my large toe were leaving uncomfortable marks in my skin. Both were just snug on my foot so I don't think they were pulled too tight. Slightly different strap style and look. Ran true to size.
Terra FI 4: The best of the bunch. Shared the same strap style as the Hurricane XLT's but with much improved padding throughout. All plastic was padded and did not contact skin. Very soft and squishy insole - felt pretty good to walk on and was still supportive. Ran true to size. Very flexible sole, no problems bending at my toes. Just generally easy to forget I was wearing them, which was ultimately what I was after. Very pricey as all Tevas are but since I buy sandals maybe once every 5-10 years I'd consider it a good investment if they hold up. Time will tell!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
I just bought this sandal after wearing out a very similar set (Hurricane-something, purchased for $40-ish at Famous Footwear) after wearing it almost exclusively over the course of 18 months, so I'll present my experience with the older set and describe the differences I see with these.
What I like about this sort of sandal is that it lacks the padding and arch support of the more expensive ones, making it very light and flexible. The solid heel provides much better resistance to ripping under lateral stress when compared to sandals with honeycombed heelstrike absorbers. The fully-synthetic construction allows it to dry quickly, but it still tends to develop odor and footcruft if worn without socks. With enough layers of wool hiking socks it can become arbitrarily warm and weather-resistant.
All the adjustments are velcro, but after 18 months I didn't see any sign of that beginning to fail. The sole does have a tendency to delaminate - the newer set seems as though it might be more robust in that regard. The only reason I'm replacing my old set is that I've wore through the outsole and most of the strap where it wraps around the bottom of the insole.
I used this sandal for walking, hiking, biking, and sitting around in an office. I wouldn't recommend running on pavement with them on account of the noise. And other issues. Why would you want to run on pavement anyway?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2011
a Little Bigger then expected but nothing that would make me not wear them. Pretty decent overall but needed a couple days to break in. I suggest taking them in the water or shower to soften the straps.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2011
My little toe needs to get use to the strap on it.
Other than that these sandals fit my feet and are very comfortable.
The design keeps my foot flat gives decent support on my ankles.