Terri Fi 5 Released
Teva's latest version of this sandal is the Terri Fi 5. The updated sandal has a new silhouette and boasts a lighter weight than the Terra Fi 4. Compare the two sandals below, with the 5 shown first, followed by the 4 we tested.
Though we are now linking to the Terra Fi 5 above, the review to follow is our account of the Terra Fi 4.
Hands-On Review of the Terra Fi 4
Testers are fond of the added features to aid comfort and the overall stability of this sandal. Whether on dusty trails, slick rocks, or wading in water, the Teva Terra Fi 4 is an excellent choice for both comfort and performance.
The Teva Terra Fi was evidently designed for supreme comfort. We like the added neoprene that minimized rubbing and dried quickly.
Teva uses their proprietary "Spider Rubber" on the sole of the Terra Fi, which is engineered to be extra grippy and provide greater friction on tricky trails. The Terra Fi fell into the middle of the pack when it came to traction, getting beaten out by Chaco models like the Z/Volv 2 and the Vibram soled Bedrock Cairn Adventure.
While it isn't the grippiest sandal out there, the Terra Fi gave adequate traction during testing throughout a wide variety of surfaces—especially transitioning from wet to dry. The firm outsole material is supportive and also allows the tread to 'bite' on rough, angular rocks. Furthermore, the cushioned footbed has a grippy rubber surface that helps keep your foot secure during high-performance outings.
It wasn't the grippiest sandal we tried, but the Terra Fi 4 held it's own during the trials of our review.
We are very impressed at how comfortable the Terra Fi is out of the box. With padded straps and a cushioned footbed, there is virtually zero break-in period for these sandals. Quick-drying neoprene guards the heel against hotspots and maintains a secure hold even when wet. Our testers all agreed that these added features made the Terra Fi noticeably more comfortable than their closed toe cousin Teva Omnium 2.
The classic Teva design utilizes three adjustable straps that run behind the heel and twice over the top of the foot for a secure, intuitive fit. Though they both adjust the same, we prefer the padded webbing of the Terra Fi 4 (right) to the previously tested XLT 2.
Utilizing a spongy "Shoc Pad" footbed, the Terra Fi conforms to your foot and also provides a good amount of cushion from rough trails and hard impacts. It also goes well with socks when additional comfort and warmth are necessary. The only reason the Terra Fi lost some comfort points is because of where the webbing loops land on top of the foot—some of the testers found them to be awkward.
As soon as you pick up the Teva Terra Fi, you can feel how sturdy the sole is. Despite having a cushy footbed, the midsole and outsole material is made of a very hard and durable rubber that is beefy enough to handle sustained abuse on the trail. Though it feels relatively lightweight in comparison, the Terra Fi performs about as well as the Chaco Z/Cloud model.
The stiff sole and supportive footbed of the Terra Fi 4 make it one of the most stable sandals in this lineup.
A unique feature that our testers enjoyed is the heel spoiler that helped cup the heel towards the rear of the sandal. Not found on many of the sandals we tested, this extra heel support helps your foot lock in and prevents sliding while scaling steep inclines. However, if you're looking for uncompromised stiffness and durability in your sandals, maybe you should take a look at the higher scoring Chaco Z/1 Classic.
The Terra Fi scored well in this metric because of its highly adjustable and easy-to-use velcro straps. In the traditional Teva fashion, this sandal hugs your foot around the heel and in two places over the top of your foot. Once all three straps have been adjusted to a comfortable position, the user need only release one strap to slide in and out of the sandal. This adjustment style is very straightforward and has proven effective over time.
Though the Terra Fi is quick and easy to adjust, we wished that we were able to achieve a more snug fit. Sometimes, our testers found themselves wrenching on the straps only to provide an uncomfortable fit. For the most part, we chose to wear the Terra Fi with just moderately tightened straps. If you need a more precision fit out of your sandals, we recommend the Cairn Adventure.
In true Teva fashion, the Terra Fi 4 is a highly adaptable all-terrain sandal that is comfortable both in and out of the water. The thick sole is burly enough to handle rugged terrain but also still light enough to travel with. They are athletic enough to handle multi-sport adventures but also still stylish enough to be worn at the local watering hole.
Ample cushion, great support, and a stiff sole mean that the Terra Fi 4 is primed for all sorts of adventuring.
This sandal doesn't excel in one area in particular but manages to function well in every single testing metric. It is designed to perform in the water, but would also satisfy the needs of hikers, bikers, and other landlubbers. Plus, the ability to wear the Terra Fi with socks means you can get some extra mileage out of them when the temp starts to drop.
The Terra Fi 4 is a great all-around sandal that provides reliable performance in many different conditions. We believe that the neoprene padding and quick-drying materials make this sandal a stand-out option for watersports enthusiasts.
Priced at $100, the Terra Fi is one of the more expensive sandals included in this review. Though, the materials and construction of this sandal are high quality and will last for years to come. For a little less performance but half the cost, take a look at the Teva Original Universal.
No matter the weather, these Tevas will get you where you need to go.
It's hard to go wrong with Tevas— river rats and climbing dirtbags alike love them. And with some welcome performance upgrades, the Terra Fi 4 is a step above what you might be used to from the brand. Whether you're looking for rafting sandals, travel sandals, or simply lounge-around-camp sandals, you'll find a friend in the Teva Terra Fi 4.