I bought two pairs of 6980 shoes on sale in California…
Use: short dayhikes, no or light pack
Break-in Period: None needed
Weight: Me: 90kg
Price Paid: -
I bought two pairs of 6980 shoes on sale in California this spring. Seemingly very nice shoes, and after "testing" in Arizona and Nevada my trusted (but worn out) Salomons were retired. Big mistake...
After being idle in Denmark for a while, I brought one pair of Tevas to Australia. They failed miserably, losing both front soles after a few days in the desert (btw: no extreme temperatures, always less than 40C) Having no backups and nowhere to shop I had no option but keep using them. I can tell you they are both uncomfortable and dangerous with no soles....
In short: Everything about those shoes spells quality - except the glue used on the soles! Nice materials, finish and excellent comfort. But a shoe should not fall apart after only ~5 weeks of use. For a trail shoe this is unforgiveable.
I'll rate them just over "useless" - and hope that I've got a single errored pair... A sufficiently glued one would get close to top rating!
Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . Teva Ossagon trail shoes feature Teva Wraptor Fit strap technology, protective toe caps plus rugged, trail-ready construction and support. Shoc Pad polyurethane and EVA unit in the heel cup transfers impact across the footbed. Non-marking Spider Rubber(R) outsole blends a high coefficient of friction with excellent durability. Nubuck and synthetic mesh upper for durability and great venting performance Synthetic lining helps wick moisture away from feet EVA midsole for lightweight support Great rubber compound for wet or dry traction Removable footbed for comfort and great fit Metal D-ring and eyelet lacing system Weight: 1 lb. 13 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
January Clearance On now! Teva Ossagon shoes offer traction and support to keep you on your feet and ready for more. Perforated, waterproof nubuck uppers are durable yet breathable. Wraptor Fit technology snugs securely across insteps while pulling webbing in at heels and arches for a supportive, static fit even when wet. Nylon linings wick moisture and dry quickly to keep your feet dry and comfortable. Soft, compression-molded EVA midsoles with embedded Shoc Pads in heels supply all-day cushioning and shock absorption. Nonmarking Spider Rubber outsoles with aggressive lug design bite into mixed terrain and shed debris that can slow you down.
- REI refers to the men's version