Nice write up and I like all the pics. No edits needed for your report. Good test series. Upload when ready.
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> LONG-TERM REPORT
> 24 Aug 2010
> FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
> During the long-term phase, I went on an additional 6 day hikes and 3
> overnight backpacking trips totaling 36 extra miles (58 km).
> Here are some highlighted trips:
> July 1-3 ~ Fremont Indian State Park, central Utah. This was a car-
> camping family reunion in an amazing location. Most of us used
> hammocks to camp. During the day, I participated on a few day hikes
> with the pack. Elevation roughly 6000 ft (1829 m) and daytime
> temperatures in the high 80s F (27 C) with lots of wind.
> July 16-17 ~ West Fork of Oak Creek, Coconino National Forest,
> Arizona. I convinced a co-worker to do an S24O trip (less than 24-hour
> trip) into the Oak Creek Wilderness area. Immediately after work, we
> drove down to the canyon and hiked up the creek about 4 miles (6 km)
> and hammocked in the canyon. The elevation was level at 5400 ft (1646
> m) and the overnight low was in the mid-60s F (16 C). We were up by 4
> AM and back on the trail and back to our car, passing folks just
> rising for the day.
> Aug 7 ~ Cedar Breaks, Utah. A few day hikes with my wife. The
> elevation was over 10,000 ft (3000 m). We encountered a few sprinkles
> of rain (the tail end of a thunderstorm) and temperature of about 40 F
> (4 C).
> Aug 13-14 ~ Fisher Point, Coconino National Forest, Arizona. Another
> S24O trip just outside Flagstaff. The 9-mile (14.5 km) trip took us
> through skunk canyon (6600 ft/2011 m) and up to the top of Fisher
> Point (7000 ft/2134 km). We pitched our hammocks on the edge of a
> cliff. Overnight low was 48 F (9 C).
> PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
> Fremont Indian State Park
> I put in some good testing at the Fremont site. We went on a few day
> hikes to take in the many pictograms and native sites. The high desert
> was hot and dry with mostly rocky, dusty trails, but on one hike we
> crossed over the river. The river topography was amazingly hidden--
> surrounded by desert, this oasis rushes from the central Utah
> mountains and is choked with willows. The frigid water was refreshing
> and shocking.
> I was so grateful to have worn these sandals at this location. The
> ventilation was welcome in the hot, dry climate -- and when we crossed
> the river, I was the only one who didn't have to worry about getting
> his feet wet.
> West Fork of Oak Creek
> Another wetter hike was my backpacking trip into the West Fork of Oak
> Creek, just south of Flagstaff, Arizona. This was my first trip up
> this canyon, but I hope to return again soon. The lush vegetation and
> humidity made me feel like I was back in Virginia. The level trail
> crosses the river many times and my feet were often wet. I hiked the
> last quarter mile in the river as we lost the trail. Canyoneering in
> these sandals was perfect. I can't say that the traction is 100% solid
> on slick rock and moss, but it does a pretty good job of sticking to
> When wet, the straps tend to loosen more often, but I've noticed the
> straps loosen when my ankle bends sharply, like when I'm hiking a
> steep portion of the trail. While the loose strap is mildly annoying,
> it hasn't killed my appeal of the sandal as it has been really easy
> for me to tighten the strap while I'm hiking, with one hand.
> Cedar Breaks
> My wife and I took a few hikes in Cedar Breaks, Utah. We got to the
> trail right after a nice thunderstorm passed through, getting
> everything wet and dropping the temperature considerably. I had to
> layer back up to stay warm, including adding thermals and some socks
> to the sandals. I eventually loaned my socks to my wife, who
> incidentally was wearing her Teva Itunda sandals too. While it was
> cool outside, the sandals did a great job keeping my feet warm as we
> Fisher Point
> During a few hikes, and often in the morning when it is cool, I've
> worn socks with the sandals. With socks, I don't notice the side
> buckle and strap getting loose at all and debris doesn't bother me as
> One thing I really, really enjoy about these sandals is the closed toe
> and fabric uppers. Normally, I can't hike long miles in sandals,
> especially backpacking trips. Add water to the mix and I often get hot
> spots and blisters. Not so with the Itunda. I've found that I have no
> areas that rub raw; the enclosed toe protects my toes from getting
> stubbed or stabbed from debris; and the material and open areas
> provide a great mix of warmth and ventilation.
> The soles have really performed well in protecting my feet from rocks
> along the trail. They are firm and I've found the cushioning just
> right for miles and miles of hiking with a backpack.
> FINAL SUMMARY
> These sandals are a winner. I've had no misgivings about taking them
> on backpacking trips as my only footwear, including trips with lots of
> water. The enclosed toe and fabric upper are really the combination
> that makes these sandals part of my permanent backpacking kit.
> The only real issue is when the strap loosens when they get wet or
> when my ankle pushes on an incline.
> PRO--Great protection from rocks and debris. Comfortable.
> CON--Straps loosen when wet.
> I would like to thank Teva and BackpackGearTest.org for providing me
> with the opportunity to test this product.