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2010

Teva Forge Pro Hiking Shoes review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Among the family-friendly areas in Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area (CVNRA) is The Ledges. The Ledges trail area is highlighted by 30 to 50-foot quartz rock formations. The low-hanging cliffs jut out of the earth and make for a fun-filled afternoon of rock scrambling and bouldering.

The Teva Forge Pro, coming out in the Fall 2010 season, is advertised to handle differing terrains like The Ledges. The Teva Forge Pro is a multi-sport shoe that boasts technical features such as aggressive lugs on the outersole and an external heel counter meant for stability.

The Forge Pro incorporates two of Teva’s more popular technologies. The heel cup makes use of Shoc Pad in the heel cup which claims to distribute across the entire foot the energy from your heel strike. The outersole employs Spider365 technology which avers to be adaptable to changing surfaces.

The advantages of the shoe are as abundant as the false rumors stating Justin Bieber is dead. The Forge Pro are low cut which is one of the reasons why they are on the lighter side – 14 ounces. Their wicking ability is commendable even during intense work outs in the baking sun. The footbed did not become a sweat bog in adverse conditions.

The outersole lives up to its claim. The ultimate test is how the shoe sticks to rocky terrain. The shoe performed and can be trusted to hold your balance. Strenuous exercise did not cause excess pain or discomfort in the heel even with activities that required quick and decisive direction changes. The versatility of the Teva Forge Pro makes it ideal for an active day in palces like CVNRA.

There are a few drawbacks to the Teva Forge Pro. The Forge Pro is created for all activities but is not the ideal shoe for excessive use for a particular one. For instance, it is not a great training shoe for long training runs. And it would not be ideal for hiking any trails that have stream crossings since they are not waterproof.

Teva LogoThe Teva Forge Pro is hitting the real and virtual sales floor in the Fall. Teva has a suggested retail price of $110. Teva also is introducing the Forge Pro eVent which is waterproof.


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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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