Teva Wraptor Shield Event
Report - March 20, 2008
Field Report - May 27, 2008
Long Term Report - July 29,
Name: Pam Wyant
Height: 5 ft 5 in
Weight: 165 lb (77
Normal Shoe Size: US women's 9 M
West Virginia, U.S.A.
a long-time interest, I started
backpacking four years ago, beginning with day-hiking and single
overnights. Currently I’m mostly a ‘weekend warrior’, hiking and
backpacking mainly in the hills and valleys of West Virginia, but have
a project to section hike the Appalachian Trail (AT), accruing a little
200 mi (300 km) in the last two years. My usual shelter is a
occasionally I use a tent. In general my backpacking style is
minimalist and I try to cut as much pack weight as I can without
warmth, comfort, or safety.
Initial Report - March 20, 2008
Year of manufacture: 2008
Tested size: US men's size 7
Advertised weight: approx. 14.5 oz (411 g) per shoe
Measured weight: 25.4 oz (720 g)/pair
Right shoe 12.6 oz (358 g)
Left shoe 12.8 oz (362 g)
Teva Wraptor Shield eVent shoes are light weight trail runners with
integrated softshell gaiters. The shoes use the Teva Wraptor
system which consists of a nylon webbing strap that begins at the
inside edge of the heel, wraps across the instep, passes through a slot
in the shoe's sole, wraps once more across the instep forming an X
shape, and buckles to a shorter piece of webbing strap that attaches to
the outside heel section. According to Teva's website, this
serves to secure the foot directly over the cushioning platform for
support and stability.
These shoes are quite different than anything I've ever worn, or for
that matter, seen. The gaiter portion of the shoe covers the
entire outside, with reinforcing leather-like materials sewn over the
toe and heel areas, which appears to help provide additional
support. Five small stripes of reflective silver accent each side
of the toe area.
A small rubbery toe cap about an inch (2.5 cm) wide extends over the
top of the toe at the center, and features an embossed orange spider
symbol and the words SPIDER XC. A small section of webbing runs
directly from the toe cap to the base of the zipper opening on the
softshell material. The black softshell material has orange
swirls imprinted in a decorative pattern at the heel and toe sections,
using a material that feels like that of an iron-on T-shirt
transfer. On each side of the shoe, under the Wraptor strapping
system, is a stiff vinyl-like support piece that extends to within
about an inch (2.5 cm) of the center zipper. A vinyl like tab is
fastened with hook and loop across the top of the zipper, and there is
a webbing finger loop at the heel. The softshell material has a
smooth, elasticized outer face.
of the shoe has a moderate lug, with small V-shaped lugs arranged in a
straight pattern across the center of the forefoot and larger V-shaped
lugs around the outer edge following the curves of the sole. The
heel has a diagonal pattern of lugs. Two grooved channels are
located in the forefoot, and one long groove bisects the heel area.
When the Wraptor system is loosened and the softshell gaiter unzipped,
the orange colored interior of the softshell is visible, and it is has
a waffle-weave appearance. Also visible is the grey colored
interior portion of the shoe, which has the appearance of a soft fabric
sneaker. The inner shoe is sewn to the gaiter along the lower
sides, and also fastened to the gaiter by a stretchy tab at the back of
the heel. Nylon webbing support straps cross the instep area of
the interior shoe. Similar to other trail shoes, the tongue is
sewn in. The shoe is lined with white fabric imprinted with the
eVent name and logo, with a tightly woven orange mesh fabric lining the
top of the inner shoe. The insoles are removable, and appear to
be foam on the bottom and a fleecy material on the top.
The inner shoe was a cord lacing system that tightens by sliding a
small pull toward the foot. The laces pass through small
triangular plastic grommets at the top and thread through two sets of
webbing loops before passing through small holes in the outer gaiter
across the toe section. Due to the way the sewn in gaiter and the
Wraptor system limit access to the lacing area, it appears it would be
impossible to replace the laces.
Trying them on:
I found the Wraptor Shield eVent shoes very difficult to get on.
First the quick release buckle must be unfastened, and the Wraptor
webbing pulled through the channel in the sole to loosen the webbing as
much as possible. Due to the webbing being one piece, a strap
remains in place in front of the zipper. Due to the hook and loop
attached to the webbing, which will not pass through the channel, I get
only about an inch (2.5 cm) of space under the webbing to work
with. Then I unfasten the hook and loop at the top of the
zipper. Next the softshell portion is unzipped, which takes a bit
of maneuvering due to the webbing strap being in the way. When I
let go of the zipper at the bottom, the hook and loop at the top
usually partially fastens again. So, I unfasten it again,
exposing the inner shoe, and then pull the plastic tab on the laces as
far loose as possible, pull the tongue out, and spread the shoe as wide
apart as possible in order to insert my foot. The webbing strap
in place across the instep again limits how far I can spread the shoe
apart. Since the inner shoe and the gaiter are both soft fabric,
the upper edges of both shoe and gaiter tend to want to fold inside, so
I need to try to hold the fabric taut as I slide my foot inside.
Sometimes I still end up with a fold in either the inner shoe or the
outer gaiter, so I have to reach inside the tight area to pull the
offending area straight and finally, smooth out the tongue.
ready to fasten the shoe. First, I pull the laces tight and slide
the plastic tab down the laces to secure them in place. Next, I
zip the zipper up about half way till the webbing strap stops my
fingers. I then reach under the webbing strap to pull the zipper
the rest of the way up, fold a gusset of material that extends behind
the zipper head out of the way, and finish zipping to the top. I
then fold the zipper pull down, and fasten the hook and loop tab across
the top of it. Finally, I pull the webbing strap of the Wraptor
system tight through the channel in the sole, and fasten the quick
release buckle, and the procedure is complete.
As the manufacturer website indicates, the shoes fit snugly in the heel
cup and across the instep area, and has a roomy toe box. The
inner shoe has what I would consider a normal sneaker style cut, while
the outer gaiter extends to just cover my ankle bone. The top of
the gaiter fits very snugly, and the vinyl-like hook and loop fastener
that covers the zipper feels a bit stiff in the front of my foot.
The shoes seem to fit properly with sufficient length and width, while
providing a lot of support across the instep area, the forefoot, and
the heel cup. They feel very stable on my foot, with no real
Wraptor Shield eVent shoes appear to be well made with even stitching
and quality materials. Considering the technical appearance and
materials, my impression is that these shoes have been designed with
performance in mind. The soles of the shoes feel cushiony for
comfort, yet supportive and stiff enough to prevent rocks and sticks
from being felt through the bottoms of the shoes.
I like the light weight and apparent breathability of the materials,
although I have not yet had the opportunity to test their
waterproofness or to put them through a hard enough workout to test
just how breathable the material is.
The only real concern I have at this point about the shoes is the
cumbersome method of putting them on and taking them off. While
this would not seem to be a problem with short day trips, I often like
to air my feet during lunch or other long breaks on backpacking trips,
and considering the time it takes to take the shoes off and put them
back on, I may find this burdensome. Although I sometimes take
Croc shoes along for camp and water crossing shoes, on some warmer
weather trips I like to leave spare shoes behind, relying only on my
trail shoes. I have some apprehension about the feasibility of
getting the Teva Wraptor Shield eVent shoes on quickly enough for those
inevitable middle of the night bathroom trips, so I wonder whether it
will be possible to rely on them for my sole shoes on a trip.
The Teva Wraptor Shield eVent shoes are unique in design and from the
type of materials used and the design that stabilizes the foot while
providing support and comfort appear to be built for performance.
However, putting the shoes on and taking them off is cumbersome and
could use some simplification.
This concludes my Initial Report.
Field Report - May 27, 2008
Over the last two months, I have worn the Teva Wraptor Shield eVent
shoes on six short
dayhikes of around 3 mi (5 km) in western West Virginia in temperatures
around 30 F to 70
F (-1 to 21 C). These hikes were taken on old
semi-maintained dirt and lightly rocked county roads that are often
quite muddy. I also wore them on a
longer dayhike of about 11 mi (18 km) in the Damascus, Virginia
area. The trail in this area was mainly smooth single track with
gentle ups and downs; only a few rocks and roots and one long steeper
descent were thrown in for good measure. A light rain or mist
fell most of the day. I also wore them for a short exploration
hike in the nearby Backbone Rock area the next day, when the weather
was overcast but dry.
I wore them on a short (around 3 mi/5 km) overnight backpacking trip in
mid-April in the North
Bend State Park area in central West Virginia. Temperatures on
this trip ranged from around 50-60 F (10-15 C) with pleasant, partially
cloudy weather. The trail was dirt interspersed with roots and
rocks, with relatively mild elevation change other than one steep
My most significant use of the Wraptor Shield eVents was during a
backpacking trip in the Canaan Mountain area of the Monongahela
National Forest in eastern West Virginia, covering around 27 mi (43.5
km). The first day
was cool, with temperatures in the 50 - 60 F (10-16 C) range, dropping
to just above freezing (around 33 F/1 C) the first night. The
second day was warmer, with night temperatures only falling to around
52 F (11 C). There was no precipitation during the trip.
The trail was a difficult mixture of roots, rocks,
and mud bogs (lots of mud bogs!), with a few small stretches of gravel
forest roads. I would have to say this is probably one of the
more challenging areas I have hiked as far as the quality of trail
footing. There was some elevation change, mostly in one steep
uphill. The photo below shows the Teva Wraptor Shield eVents just
before stepping into the muddy trail section shown to the side, which
was actually one of the more mild boggy areas.
Use and Findings So Far:
This has been an interesting and somewhat conflicting test so
far. On the one hand, the Wraptor Shield eVent shoes have proven
to be very waterproof and breathable. Even on the slogfest I
experienced on the trip in the Canaan Mountain area, the shoes remained
totally dry inside. I didn't even have socks that were damp with
sweat, so the breathability has proven as good as the waterproofing.
this does not mean that I haven't experienced a few problems with the
shoes. First, they still are very cumbersome to put on and take
off. This is even more noticeable when I am tired and there isn't
a good place to sit. On backpacking trips I typically just slide
my feet into my shoes when I get up in the mornings, tie them up, and
I'm done. This is something I can usually easily accomplish while
which is nice when I've already packed up before changing from camp
shoes. With the Wraptor Shield eVents, I really need a place to
sit to put the shoes on because it is too difficult to balance on one
foot while I get the hook and loop open, the zipper spread apart, the
tongue up and out of the way, and then maneuver my foot through both
the upper eVent portion and the inner shoe while hampered by the strap
across the top of the shoe. I simply cannot balance long enough
to accomplish all this. Then there is the process of tightening
the laces, moving the plastic tab that holds them to a comfortable
spot, struggling with the zipper under the strap (a three-step process
- zip it as far as I can, move it under the strap, then zip again), and
finally fastening the hook and loop top. All this is much easier
to accomplish while sitting down, so I have to remember not to pack my
sit pad before changing my shoes. On colder mornings I also need
to remember not
to remove my camp shoes and put the Wraptors on until I have removed
the base layer pants from under my hiking pants so that I don't have to
go through the cumbersome process more than once.
The Wraptors have proved quite comfortable - for around the first 3 mi
(5 km) of a hike. On my shorter day hikes, near the end of the
hike I've noticed some mild soreness of my feet in the area of the hook
and loop fastener, which is also noticeable the next day. In
fact, on the North Bend overnight trip and while exploring Backbone
Rock after the longer day hike in the Damascus area, I found I had to
leave the zipper open about 1 in (2.5 cm) and the hook and loop as
loose as possible to relieve pressure on this area of my feet. On
longer hikes I've found that shortly after 3 mi/5 km, I begin to
experience some tingling or numbness in various areas of one or
sometimes both of my feet.
Sometimes it is my left toe cramping up, as was the case on the
Damascus hike, when I actually took the shoe off because I thought I
was getting a hotspot. This happened again on the first day of
the Canaan Mountain trip, but I just worked through it because I knew
from my prior experience that it was not a hot spot. Sometimes it
is the right foot, where the tingling is usually on the upper right
side of my foot, although I have also had some mild tingling in the toe
area on this foot.
After about 5 mi (8 km), I often start to experience an ache in the
upper right side of my right foot, running from just below the bend of
my foot nearly down to my toes. This ache usually grows steadily,
remaining at the 'ouch that hurts but it isn't debilitating' stage for
the remainder of the day (including after I am finished hiking).
At around 6 mi (10 km), the bottoms of my feet begin to feel very tired
and sore, and I notice myself getting slower and stiffer. This
was especially noticeable on the rough Canaan Mountain area trails,
where I was often balancing on uneven rock or roots for long distances.
My feet seem to be getting somewhat more used to the stiff top of the
shoe where the hook and loop is, since I was able to fasten the zipper
completely and close the hook and loop securely all three days of my
most recent trip. I did, however, notice a slight soreness in
that area, as well as the top right side of my right foot the next
day. I also had to loosen the arch strap around 1 in (2.5 cm) the
last day, as my feet had apparently swollen a bit.
positive I noted is that the smooth exterior of these shoes sheds water
well and dries very quickly, which I hope may help keep the shoes
waterproof longer. The grip of the sole seems to be very
good. I have not slipped on any surface; which is good
considering the number of notoriously slick river rocks (some
submerged) I stepped on during my last trip and the slick muddy areas
I've day hiked.
Another positive has been that the shoes seem to be very
stabilizing. On the Canaan Mountain trip, a wrong step caused my
ankle to turn to the side on one rock, however I quickly recovered my
balance without suffering the consequence of a strained or twisted
ankle. I believe the good support of the Wraptors was responsible
keeping me from injury.
On the minor irritant list, the hook and loop fastener on the arch
support strap picks up a lot of leaf litter and bits of debris and the
strap itself holds some. This makes sliding the strap through the
slot in the sole a bit more difficult when the shoes are muddy, as they
often are in the areas I hike. I also had one buckle completely
lock up and refuse to come unfastened on night 1 of my Canaan Mountain
trip. I managed to get the shoe off that night and on the next
morning without having to unfasten the buckle, but it was more of a
struggle that way. Later on day 2 at camp I performed minor
'surgery' with a pocket knife, scraping and digging the dirt away from
the inside of the buckle and finally managed to wriggle it free.
The photo to the left side shows a tiny piece of wood chip on the right
side point of the clip that had worked its way into the inside of the
buckle and apparently prevented it from opening. I think if the
Wraptor Shield eVents had a more solid buckle without the small open
areas it might prevent this type of problem.
So far, the Teva Wraptor Shield eVents are
proving to be waterproof, breathable, supportive, and grippy.
They are wearing quite well so far, with no noticeable
the down side, they are very difficult to put on and take off, to the
point of being frustrating, even after two months of use. I have
also been experiencing foot
fatigue and soreness on longer hikes. The design of the buckle
allows small bits of forest litter to enter, which can cause the buckle
to jam shut.
More to come:
This concludes my Field Report. During the final portion of the
test, I plan to replace the stock insoles with after market memory foam
insoles to see if this decreases my foot fatigue and soreness.
Long Term Report - July 29, 2008
In late June, I wore the Teva Wraptor Shield eVents on an 11.4 mi/18.4
km day hike on the
Appalachian Trail in the southern part of Shenandoah National
Park. The weather was humid and hot (in the 80-90 F/27-32 C
range) for the most part, although a moderate storm kicked up
toward the end of the hike, cooling things down a bit, and we ended up
hiking about 2 mi/3 km in
varying amounts of rain. Most of the trail was a single width
dirt path interspersed with roots and rocks, with a couple of small
sections being wider 'jeep trail' type roads.
In early July, I wore them on a day hike of about 5 mi/8 km in western
West Virginia, but with the temperatures again approaching 90 F (32
C). The trail was mostly single width dirt with some rocks and
roots, and a small section of weedy 'four wheeler' path. It did
not rain during the hike, but had rained previously in the day (and a
few times in the prior days) and the trail was wet and muddy with
standing water in some areas.
I have also worn them on eight different 3 mi/5 km hikes on old narrow
dirt county roads that are semi-maintained. Temperatures
ranged from 60 to 90 F (16 to 32 C), and conditions ranged from dry to
a moderate rain.
Use and findings:
During this portion of the test I removed the stock insoles and
replaced them with an inexpensive pair of memory foam insoles.
Even though the new insoles did not look thicker than the stock models,
I found they made an immediate difference in how my feet felt in the
shoes. I no longer experienced any cramping, burning, or soreness
in my feet and they felt less fatigued, even after the 11.4 mi/18.4 km
hike on the Appalachian Trail. This was a great relief, since
there is nothing more miserable on a trip than feet that are tired and
I wore the shoes with a variety of socks, and found the most
comfortable (for summer hiking at least) was a pair of light weight
wool crew socks. The shoes also worked equally as well with
heavier wool socks and thin nylon socks. I'm happy to
report that my feet remained blister-free over the course of the
test. I did continue to experience a few small calluses on the
sides of my big toes and the tips of my second toe, which is normal for
me when I hike a lot.
I continue to find the shoes a pain to put on and take off, so much so
that I only wear them for hiking or backpacking. Being able to
fully unbuckle both straps across the top of the foot would really be
an improvement to these shoes in my opinion. I found it very
tedious to try to work the zipper under the strap that doesn't
unbuckle, and it also interfered some with loosening or tightening the
laces of the inner shoe. I did not have any further problem with
debris getting stuck in the buckle, so hopefully the problem I
experienced on my Canaan Mountain trip was just an unlucky fluke.
The shoes turned out to be very easy to clean up. Not wanting to
damage the eVent fabric and compromise the waterproofing of the shoes,
I e-mailed Teva with a request for cleaning instructions and received a
reply within a few hours. Here is what they recommend for
are some helpful cleaning ideas. We foremost recommend using a mild
water and hand wash, please do not machine wash. Also try scrubbing the
sole with a soft bristled brush while cleaning and gently bending the
from heel to toe under water pressure so that any dirt in the grooves
top sole will wash away.
option for killing bacteria is to place the sandals in a sealable
and freeze them overnight.
-Mix 1 cup of Listerine (or any antibacterial mouth wash) to 2 cups of
Soak for 15 minutes and scrub with a bristled brush. Let air dry.
-Put sandals in a pool with chlorine for 15-20 minutes. Scrub with a
bristled brush. Rinse. Air dry.
-Wash them in the shower with Shampoo."
So far, washing the exterior with plain water and scrubbing with a soft
bristled brush has worked quite well for me. The sleek eVent
fabric on the outside makes this particularly easy since there are few
crevasses for dirt to hide in. I have not had any problems with
foot odor building up in the shoes, so I have not felt the need to try
to clean the inside of the shoes.
One thing I really like about the shoes is that they are truly
waterproof. I've worn them through puddles, wet grass, and thick
mud, and never had any problem with my feet getting wet. The
water truly does not get in through the eVent barrier. This has
held true even while cleaning them under a stream of water from the
kitchen sink. Unless I splash water too high up the shoe, the
stays dry while I run water over the outside.
Just as important, the eVent Shields have been very breathable.
My feet don't overheat and my socks don't get excessively sweaty.
The built in gaiter does a good job of keeping out debris, and the
interiors of the shoes have stayed very clean. The shoes have
seemed very supportive, with the Wraptor system keeping my foot stable
inside the shoe.
The tread of the shoes has good gripping power. The only time I
ever slipped in the shoes was on a muddy trail, and even then it was
only in a couple of spots that had loamy soil with a lot of
semi-decomposed leaves. They have performed very well on both wet
and dry rocks and in the typical red clay mud around here. The
soles seem to shed mud reasonably well even when traveling through
sticky clay. The
tread does not appear worn, and for the most part neither do the
uppers. The only very noticeable sign of wear is on the grosgrain
strap, where some threads have become fuzzy and loose. The
exposed portion of the Velcro fastener near the sole of the shoes has
picked up a few stray bits of leaf litter or other tiny debris, but
this is cosmetic in nature and does not affect performance. I do
wonder if the Velcro strip could be made a little shorter which would
allow more of the grosgrain strap to pull through the shoe sole and
allow a little more room under the strap to maneuver the zipper and
inner shoe lacing system. As I expected from my early
impressions, when the shoes become muddy it can be difficult to pull
the grosgrain strap through the sole of the shoes to loosen them up.
The design of the shoe, with the criss-crossed strapping system does
seem to make them more supportive. I have not had any issues with
the shoes seeming too flexible, even when wearing them on very uneven
terrain with lots of roots and rocks. In fact, I find that even
if a misstep makes my foot flex sideways, the shoes are supportive
enough that my ankles don't twist - I simply recover my balance and
The Teva Wraptor Shield eVent trail shoes have proven to be truly
waterproof, breathable, and comfortable (after changing the stock
insoles). They grip well on a variety of surfaces, are
supportive, and are easy to clean. There really isn't much more I
could ask for in a trail shoe, except for them to be easier to put on
and take off.
While the strapping system contributes greatly to the support of the
shoe, it makes them very difficult to put on, makes it harder to adjust
the inner shoe, and makes zipping them up or down a pain. In
spite of this, I feel the positive breathability, comfort, and
waterproofness make up for this downfall, and I plan to wear them for
many more hiking trips.
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