Teva Riva Winter Mid Hiking Boots Review

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My hiking boots were getting worn out. I have had them from the year I spent in Africa in 2009.  If you want to see a picture of the worn out old dogs, you can see them in nearly every post of us hiking. Which brings us to this review of my 2015 Teva Riva Winter Hiking Boots. During my search for new boots I had a list of requirements. That list went something like this:

Leather

At-least a 3/4 ankle height (for ankle support)

Little bigger for my extra thick wool socks

Strong and aggressive sole

I chose the Teva Riva’s because they met all my requirement. The Teva’s had their work cut out for them, I only had them for 2 days to break them in before a 15 mile hike on the Foothills Trail. Well here goes the review.

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The leather exterior is a high grade and durable leather, which after a nice coat of Mink oil repels water like the dickens (or water off a ducks back, whichever you prefer).

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The sole of this boot is very strong and durable (made by Vibram) and the lugs are very aggressive.

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The sole proved itself many times on our last hike, thru water, across slippery rocks and tree roots.  My feet stayed dry and my ankle’s went uninjured for a grueling 15 miles, even having a 50lb pack on my back.

Here you can see the great craftsmanship of these boots, and the high rise rubber soles (great for stability).

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The laces are amazing and I love the eyelets and the great feel when snugged up tight (not to tight, not to loose, just snug enough). The insole feels good and the 3M Thinsulate liner keeps my piggies warm when the trails get cold.

The size fits great, perfect for a nice thick pair of wool socks

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Well that is the review of the Teva Reva, “where can I get a pair your asking yourself”. Glad you asked I found mine on Amazon.com for <$90.  Well hope you enjoyed this review, do you have a pair of Teva’s or another awesome pair of hiking boots? And always happy adventuring.

 

S.A.K. Huntsman II review

 

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Originally I carried a KA-BAR #1213, (#29 in the above picture) this knife works amazing if you have to chop wood or if you get attacked by a wild boar. Unfortunately we have yet to be ambushed by a wild “anything” (except giant worms and the occasional rabid squirrel). And with specs like this:

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Blade Detail:

Plain Blade Length (inches): 7.00

Blade Material: High Carbon

Black Carry System: Kydex Sheath Handle

Material: Kraton

Overall Length (inches): 11.75″

Weigh: 11 oz w/o sheath

WOW is right! I defiantly carry it when we are camping and weight is not a issue. In my mind the “versatility to weight ratio” is not quite worth it (for backpacking anyway).

Which is why I went in-search of a new every-day-carry (EDC). I know what you are thinking “Swiss Army Knifes are bada$$, so bada$$ that Richard Dean Anderson (better known as Angus Macgyver) used one in almost every episode of the EPIC TV show that aired from 1985-92 Macgyver. I had always wanted a “real” S.A.K., I like many young men of the late 80’s and early 90’s could only afford an awesome “knockoff”. Which was used and abused for many years until it was retired (sold at yard sale to a mini Macgyver). Once I decided on a official S.A.K. the only thing left to do was research, and I’m really good at research. In a week of research I had made a list of which tools I “required”. I used a sweet website where you can select which tools you want and it will tell you what S.A.K.’s have the tools that you want. I wanted:

Large spearpoint

Small spearpoint

Bottle opener/Large Screwdriver (flat head)

Corkscrew (must have)

Hook (super cool, has many uses)

Reamer

Scissors (must have)

Can opener/Sm screwdriver

Woodsaw

Toothpick

Tweezer (Must have)

Based on the tools I wanted my knife was the Huntsman (cellidor scales) or Huntsman II (nylon scales) which is AWESOME but what about the Deluxe Tinker, Fieldmaster, Hercules, and Mechanic. Now was the hard part, I had to decide what tools I “really” didn’t need. First off, the Deluxe Tinker has small pliers which is cool but not really required for my uses. Other than that it is the perfect size and has all I would need. The Fieldmaster has a really small Phillips which is not a necessity for me. The Hurcules is a newer bigger 111mm S.A.K. which is sweet, but it doesn’t have the hook and is a little big for an EDC. The Mechanic is the only 3 layer in the bunch, but it doesn’t have a hook or corkscrew (must haves for me) and once again the small pliers issue. Yes at first I wanted a Swisschamp or Workchamp, but 8-10 layers are far from a EDC. Which brings us to the Huntsman II, I really liked the nylon scales and it was a little cheaper on Amazon than the Huntsman (cellidor scales).

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The only downside to S.A.K.’s is that they don’t have a pocket clip which causes them to go to the bottom of your pocket and are hard to get out with all the keys, gum, and money in there. So I went and bought a pocket clip from Pocket Clip for <$8. It works great at keeping the knife right where I can reach it if the need arises.

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Just a closeup of the razor sharp blade that has been used many times on our Adventuring. All-in-all we have used this Huntsman for cutting rope to spreading peanut butter. I have used the Scissors from opening food packages to cutting pages out of books. I’ve used the hook as a hanger and a weight to rig a bear sack in a tree. The woodsaw was used to cut up thick kindling. It is an awesome knife and I have no negatives about it. Here  is another sweet pic.

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I hope that you liked my review of my Huntsman II. Do you have an epic story of a S.A.K. or of your awesome EDC? Plus what is your EDC? As always happy Adventuring!