Comment from: Nocona [Visitor]

Jarvis, first this is a great, complete review. Well done. Very nice boots.

What I'd love to see in the future is more side by side reviews comparing similar shoes. For example, how do these shoes compare with the Vivo Tracker FG's? I love side-by-side comparisons. Xero is also putting out their first waterproof winter boot in the Fall (finally) and I am looking forward to a review of those as well. I can't imagine a more comfy waterproofer than my Vivo Tracker's,but those Kuuva 5's could give them a run for there money. Cheers!

04/15/19 @ 15:08
Comment from: [Member]


We can do that!

I'll try to do more head to head reviews in the future!

I'm glad you like your Trackers! I haven't checked them out yet, but I've been meaning to. Perhaps next season!


04/24/19 @ 09:47
Comment from: Blobby [Visitor]

Great review.
With these improvements, Feelmax Kuuvo 5 seems to be the perfect complement to Vivobarefoot shoes line (according to me, it lacks a full waterproof mild-winter shoe).
I haven't clearly understood whether there is some insulation lining in addition to Sympatex waterproof membrane. It seems that it is not the case; am I right ?

About the sizing, can you give comparison with other shoes ? Maybe it is true to size with american sizing system, but given corresponding european sizes are slightly awkward (42 <-> 8.5 (42 usually corresponds to bigger american size), 43 <-> 9.5 ...).

04/24/19 @ 12:28
Comment from: [Member]


Feelmax is true to size for me. I wear 9.5 and I wear an EU 43 in Feelmax sizes.

There is a small amount of insulation with the Kuuva 5, but as it is a minimalist boot, there is little to restrict movement.

Your ankles are pretty well taken care of, but your toes can get cold when walking through snow, so that is supplemented by socks.

Basically, you can see this as a boot that is capable for all weather requirements, with an okay baseline for warmth, but you can wear increasingly thicker socks to keep yourself warm in the winter.

04/24/19 @ 13:25
Comment from: Molly [Visitor]

This is an exceptional breakdown - I will likely be buying a pair of these this coming winter based almost entirely on this review!

08/22/19 @ 20:13
Comment from: [Member]


Aw, thanks! I really appreciate it!

Coming soon: Carets and Shamma Sandals!

08/23/19 @ 15:06
Comment from: Patrick [Visitor]  

Thanks again for the review Jarvis! (I thanked you the first time on your Kuuva 4 review.) I pulled the trigger and ordered a brown pair yesterday, along with the thermal insoles. I had considered Lems Boulders as they have a waterproof pair hitting the market next month, but I really like the look of the Kuuvas.

10/05/19 @ 10:50
Comment from: Ruben [Visitor]  

Hey! Thanks for this article. I ended up buying the Kuuva Trek. I have to say that when I looked at them from above they seemed really ugly but once checked in the mirror they look 99% normal as you can see in your own posted pictures :)

I was wondering if you’ll review the Feelmax Aapa 2? I saw them in the shop (I live in Finland so they’re not that rare) and they looked really good and casual. I didn’t go for them for the winter as they’d not be very warm and probably not that water repellent but could be a good candidate for review.


11/12/19 @ 11:23
Comment from: Erika [Visitor]

Thank you so much for the review!

I've been going back and forth between these two boots for weeks, but now I know which ones to buy. I don't know if that was the case in spring, but now Feelmax sells winter insoles that you are supposed to use with your winter boots :) I think those would keep your toes warm.

Greetings from Finland!

11/28/19 @ 04:42
Comment from: [Member]


We will have another Feelmax review coming up, the latest VASKO, but I will ask them about the Aapa!

12/05/19 @ 10:49
Comment from: [Member]

If you live in a a snowy area, I definitely recommend the Kuuva 5, while the Trek is good for non-snow situations or fall.

12/05/19 @ 10:50
Comment from: Kieran [Visitor]  

Thanks for the review!

I wondered how you found the durability of the boots in the end? I would be wearing them for work over very rough terrain in really wet conditions, was a bit concerned that they would fall apart quite quickly with the glued on soles.

07/15/20 @ 15:59
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Kieran,

I have had multiple pairs of Kuuvas over the years and none of them have had any issues. I've worn each pair almost exclusively throughout multiple winters in New England and aside from replacing the laces on one pair, they have all held up through hikes, sledding, and even snow skating! Obviously, each individual's experience will vary, but I have always been happy with Kuuva boots.

Provided you are not exerting unnecessary force on the section where the sole and toes meet, I don't see why they would fall apart, mine have not. Even so, if something were to come undone, shoe goo is amazing

07/15/20 @ 16:21

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