Who should buy the Teva Ridgeview Mid
The Teva Ridgeview Mid is a lightweight, waterproof and eco-friendly backpacking shoe best recommended for:
- hiking, backpacking trips, walking around town and mid-winter outdoor escapades
- lunchtime strolls up the hill or multiday treks on groomed trails or snowy path
The Ridgeview Mid is imbued with Teva’s own waterproofing tech, giving hikers complete moisture protection in inclement conditions (think snow and heavy rain).
Engineered with a stabilizer, a.k.a. shank, the Ridgeview Mid’s midsole offers enduring protection and cushioning, with enhanced midfoot support to match.
Ridgeview Mid delivers reliable traction
Its Vibram outsole is completely wet-surface ready. The lugs built on it also have more depth to them, delivering additional traction over muddy or grainy soil.
Compared with most backpacking boots, the Ridgeview Mid is lighter (by approximately 100 grams) and less expensive (by around $50).
Lacks a heel brake
While its Vibram outsole is fully capable of giving you surefootedness on various surfaces, it lacks a heel brake, which provides extra stopping power on descents.
The Ridgeview Mid does not come with a gusseted tongue, making the boot’s waterproofing unreliable in waters going beyond 3 inches in depth.
Made from eco-friendly materials to help the environment
The shoe’s upper is made roughly of 75% recycled polyester. This was certified by an independent Leather Working Group, whose advocacy and mission is to promote sustainable and environment-friendly business practices within the leather industry
Every piece of leather found in this backpacking boot is sourced from tanneries certified by said Group. For instance, the waffle knit lining of the shoe is 100% made from recycled polyester.
Some lacing issues
To an experienced hiker, the boot’s uppermost lace tunnels make fit adjustments rather tricky. When it comes to shoe’s footbed, says one owner, it could use a bit more cushioning.
But as far as backpacking boots are concerned, this Teva piece is satisfyingly light. Numerous hikers also find the Teva Ridgeview Mid either “most” or “totally” comfortable.
The effective waterproofing of the Ridgeview Mid is lauded by reviewers thanks to it leather and waterproof membrane booties.
The shoe fences out moisture like a champ, wearers say. It protects the feet against heavy weather conditions, keeping them comfortable and dry.
Teva Ridgeview Mid provides ankle support and grip
The Teva Ridgeview Mid comes with a reassuring collar. Trail-goers are impressed with the shoe’s remarkable ankle support and grippy outsole.
If you got strong ankles or just need more collar freedom than support, then check out the Ridgeview Low instead. Make no mistake—this hiker is by no means a downgrade. It is as capable a backpacking piece as its mid-cut older sibling!