LTR - Oboz Teton Shoes - Nathan Kettner
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LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
In the past two months, I've worn these shoes just about everywhere I've gone,
which has been mostly to work and around town. I did get them out on the trail
for a few short hikes, but nothing more than a mile and never in inclement
weather or difficult terrain.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
Since I didn't wear the Teton shoes on any challenging terrain during this final
test period, I can really only comment on the comfort they provided while
wearing them for long durations, which was very much the same as during the
previous test periods - very good.
I intentionally avoided wearing the Teton shoes in any bad weather, or on a long
backpacking trip when I reasonably expected to encounter bad weather, because
they are not waterproof. In hind sight, I should have taken this feature into
more critical consideration before selecting the Teton shoes for testing.
The Teton shoes are well made, very sturdy, and quite comfortable. And, as an
added bonus, they are apparently stylish - I've received several comments on
their unique design. As I've noted before, my personal preference for a
high-topped shoe and a waterproof layer or coating are the two biggest drawbacks
for me when considering whether to choose the Teton shoes for a hike or
I will continue to wear the Teton shoes for as long as they last, but I will
avoid wearing them on steep trails where my heel tends to slip and any time I
expect to encounter rain or wet undergrowth that will soak the shoes and make
them heavy and uncomfortable.
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