Comment from: Nat [Visitor]
Nat

Great review I'm curious if you have tried out the vivobarefoot tracker would love to hear your comparison as I'm looking for a barefoot boot for hunting. Makes it easier to sneak up on deer when you can feel the ground under foot and still have that protection.

02/25/15 @ 02:53
Comment from: Juha [Visitor]
Juha

Could you please compare kuuva 3's toebox width to panka 2 and niesa 3..? I have tested first panka and niesa and they were too narrow, but i just got vasko and it has same naturun sole as kuuva 3 and seems to be wide enough. And pretty awesome shoe also.

02/25/15 @ 09:31
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Nat,

Unfortunately, I have not tried the Tracker from Vivobarefoot. It's not available in the US for men yet (you can find it for women, but the shape of their shoes are different between genders).

I would say that based upon what info I can find on the Tracker, it would be more appropriate for rugged use, but the lugs would have diminished groundfeel compared to the flat sole of the Kuuva. The Kuuva 3 is more comparable to something like the Scott, rather than the Tracker or the Gobi II weatherproof (which has a lower collar and is only "weather resistant").

Juha,

Both the Panka 2 and Niesa 3 are NARROWER than the Kuuva 3. My toes are basically going pushing from edge to edge on the Niesa, while they have more room in the Kuuva 3.

It has become my favorite winter boot, by far.

-Jarvis

02/25/15 @ 15:39
Comment from: Kare [Visitor]
Kare

Just a short comment on the Kuuva price: it´s 159€ in Europe (including the Value Added Tax of 24%), Outside Europe 128,95€.

02/26/15 @ 05:39
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

I've been chatting with Feelmax and they are working on an Osmo 5!

Stay tuned for future reviews!

02/26/15 @ 10:35
Comment from: Daniel [Visitor]  
Daniel

Great review. I might order a pair to help me through local winter hikes. Warm feet are a nice thing to have.
I am curious to how it would compare to the Sole Runner Transition Vario. Altough that boot is water repellant.

02/26/15 @ 17:19
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Daniel!

We'll be sure to contact Sole Runners for some examples and will try to do a comparison!

-Jarvis

02/28/15 @ 17:28
Comment from: Ben Bisco [Visitor]  
Ben Bisco

Hi Jarvis. I have the Tracker and they are a great boot with one fundamental flaw: the waterproofing just doesn't work. Went on 7 mile stomp across a moor and shoes, socks and feet were sodden! In correspondence with Vivo to see if they are faulty, but in the meantime I'm looking at the Kuuva as a potential audience.

Can you answer a couple of questions? 1) Just how waterproof are these bad boys? Any issues? 2) how does the sizing relate to vivos? I wear UK size 9 (US10) generally, but had to go up a size on the tracker.

Thanks

Ben

04/13/15 @ 10:57
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Ben,

From my experience, the Kuuva has never let in water this entire winter (and I live in Boston!)

Unfortunately, I have not tried the tracker, so I cannot provide a comparison. However, I have heard that the Scott boot lets in some water in, but that one is "weather resistant", not waterproof like the tracker is advertised as.

But, in looking at the Tracker, its sole and lugs, the Feelmax Kuuva will be MUCH more flexible and lighter.

Their toebox is very similar to the Vivobarefoot Gobi and is plenty wide for my feet. They are also very flexible and pretty collapsible. By far, my favorite waterproof boot.

To give you an idea of sizing, I wear a 41 in Vivobarefoot AND Feelmax, 43 in Lems (boulder boot), 41 in Vibrams, 9 US in everything else.

So, if you sized up for the VIvobarefoot Tracker, you should do the same for the Kuuva.

The waterproofing for the Kuuva is in the lining, so the leather uppers can get a little wet, but the rest of the boot stays dry. They don't breath as well because of this, so wear good socks!

-Jarvis

04/14/15 @ 09:09
Comment from: Ben Bisco [Visitor]
Ben Bisco

Great - thanks for the advice!

04/24/15 @ 11:04
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]  
Ryan

Hey, thanks for the review. I'm concerned with the durability of this boot. I'm willing to sacrifice traction for a flat sole but I'm not confident that these boots will hold up to a few hunting seasons... Do you have any thoughts on durability when it comes to rips/tears (i.e. bushwacking or catching the boot on sharp sticks.) I'm only averaging like 1.5 seasons with vibrams but on top of that they just aren't keeping my feet warm enough so I don't end up pushing as far as I should. Would you advise me to look for a different boot?

04/25/15 @ 15:41
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Ryan,

I've worn these guys almost everyday during the historic Boston snow storm. They are a little bit broken in, but definitely good for another season or two--maybe three if I ever decide to start taking care of my things.

I would bet that some leather conditioning or wax would go a long way to preserving them.

I have not experienced a single rip or tear yet and no water ever gets inside. However, I did manage to snap one of the metal eyelets where the laces criss-cross (my fault, really, but I think Feelmax should have made true eyelets instead of these half-open metal ones)

Feelmax says that it's good for "All-year use, but one of the few barefoot boots suitable for severe winter conditions" and I'll agree. It's definitely more rugged than my Gobi's from Vivobarefoot (non-waterproof), but they are probably not as rugged as the old rockports I used to wear in my non-barefoot days. Overall, these are my favorite barefoot boots and they will stay that way until they die on me, which I expect would definitely last a couple of hunting seasons in your case.

A review of the previous version of the Kuuva (2) shows that they weren't durable past 18 months, but I think Feelmax has gone a long way in improving their design.
(youtube search kuuva review and you'll find it!)
-Jarvis

04/26/15 @ 22:17
Comment from: John Edwards [Visitor]  
John Edwards

Do you know if the Kuuva 3 is available in the USA?

05/02/15 @ 21:24
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

John,

It's on Kuuva's website, along with the Panka and Neisa and more!

-Jarvis

05/04/15 @ 00:13
Comment from: Samantha Driver [Visitor]
Samantha Driver

thank you for the great info and reviews......I'm going to go for a pair of these over the Vivo Trackers.
much gratitude,
Samantha.....from France :-)

09/17/15 @ 16:59
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Samantha,

An excellent choice!

09/18/15 @ 14:24
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]
Matt

Hello, I'm curious how the Kuuva 3's are holding up.

10/02/15 @ 22:16
Comment from: Tanner [Visitor]
Tanner

How proper is the sizing on this boot?

I am a US size 8 and would love to purchase these shoes!

10/02/15 @ 23:15
Comment from: Cody [Visitor]  
Cody

Hi Jarvis,

You mentioned that this boot is not ideal for running. For those who run in minimalist shoes outside of winter, why would this boot not be a great winter alternative? I used to wear VFF Lontras, but they fell victim to the elements and my feet would become cold quickly. Excellent review btw.
Thanks!

10/03/15 @ 12:50
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Matt,

The boots are getting a lot SOFTER, but are still doing pretty well. The waterproofing is still there and the sole has not separated or anything of that sort, but they are starting to look tired--not worn, but tired. Floppy?

Tanner,

the sizing is standard to minimalist shoes. Meaning they are true to size when you know what is your size with minimalist shoes. For example, I used to wear size 11 to have wider shoes, but I am a 9 with minimalist shoes because they are typically wider and with a nicer toebox.

Cody,

These are not great for running in the show in that they are boots! They collar is higher up and you'll feel a bit restricted. BUT if you run in boots anyways, these are fine. I would say that there are no boots that are appropriate for running, but you can run with them in a pinch (catching an uber, for example).
These are pretty warm for what they are. The Vibram KSO EVO WP that I previous reviewed were FREEZING, while I can stay pretty comfy in the Feelmax boots. If things get cold, I can keep moving.

10/05/15 @ 17:48
Comment from: Daniel Lefco [Visitor]  
Daniel Lefco

I wear a 9.5 in Unshoes Uinta sandal. Would you consider that my ideal size on this boot?

10/19/15 @ 16:26
Comment from: Daniel [Visitor]  
Daniel

Also wondering what else is in this class of waterproof and minimalist? For me this will be a rainboot, no snow encounters

10/20/15 @ 09:26
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Daniel,

The fit is true to size. I'm a size 9 US and 41 EU in most and these fit great with the 41.

As you can see from the photos and the review, this is a great snow boot.

10/20/15 @ 11:52
Comment from: Daniel [Visitor]  
Daniel

Thanks, Jarvis! Any other recommendations for RAIN?

10/22/15 @ 12:44
Comment from: Daniel [Visitor]  
Daniel

Finally, have you tried this one yet for comparison?
http://store.feelmax.com/uura-gray

10/25/15 @ 18:37
Comment from: YM [Visitor]
YM

I'd be interested in hearing about comparisons with the cheaper Uura boot as well. (And if you guys decide to do a review of that other boot, so much the better...)

11/28/15 @ 22:50
Comment from: Michelle [Visitor]
Michelle

Sigh. I'm never going to find the right winter hiking boot/shoe for me, lol. I don't know if I need full waterproof (I like breathability), but I do need traction (but still have good sole flexibility) and some amount of warmth (not a summer shoe, but if it were warm, I wouldn't be needing a "shoe" lol). What do you think? =(

11/26/16 @ 14:43